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What Happens On The Edges Of Cities When Farmland Gives Way To Development
March 30, 2018 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Amy Mayer & Erica Hunzinger (Harvest Public Media) … Since 1980, the amount of land being farmed or grazed in the U.S. has dropped 13 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Much …

As We Approach 10th Anniversary of $147 Oil, Could It Happen Again?
March 30, 2018 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

by Landon Hall (Fuel Freedom Foundation)  The price of oil reached a record high of $147 on July 11, 2008. Could such a sharp, unexpected spike occur again?  … Market forces alone aren’t likely to cause oil prices …

Auto Exec: Raise the Octane Rating of U.S. Gasoline for Bump in Fuel Efficiency
March 30, 2018 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  At a recent American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers meeting, General Motors executive Dan Nicholson voiced the automaker’s support in raising the minimum octane rating of the U.S. gasoline …

Biofuels to Bioproducts: A Growth Industry for Australia
March 30, 2018 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Australia)  The massive economic, social and environmental benefits that can be delivered to Australians through the creation of a strong bioenergy industry could be lost without clear government strategies.
Increased use of 10 per cent ethanol-blended …

How to Make Greener Biofuels
March 30, 2018 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

by Martin Høj (ScienceNordic/Phys.Org)  … The biological processes that transform biomass to alcohol yield a relatively low amount of energy, around 35 per cent of the potential energy stored within the biomass. So we are certainly not using this …

Energy Entrepreneur Proposes Hibiscus Farm at Molokai Ranch
March 30, 2018 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/Honolulu Star Advertiser) An energy entrepreneur has proposed purchasing the Molokai Ranch and turning part of it into a farm for hibiscus that would be used for bio-fuel.
Andres De Rosa, the CEO of renewable energy …

Exclusive: Trump Weighs Dropping Personal Efforts on Biofuel Reform – Sources
March 30, 2018 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)   President Donald Trump is seriously considering abandoning efforts to remake the nation’s biofuel laws after wading deep into an issue that divides some of his core constituencies, according to three sources …

March 27, 2018: NHTSA Proposes to Retain Existing CAFE Penalty
March 30, 2018 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Transportation)  NHTSA is publishing in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking titled, “Civil Penalties,” which proposes to keep the penalty rate for violations of the agency’s CAFE program as they currently stand …

Bioemergent Materials: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Alternative Natural Rubber Development
March 30, 2018 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “What would industrial progress be without natural rubber?” asks Rubber Journal Asia. “It’s hardly imaginable.” Listed as one of our four most important natural resources (the others being air, water, and …

Team Discovers Enzyme Domains that Dramatically Improve Performance
March 30, 2018 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/ National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  It was more than 10 years in the making, but when it came to uncovering the secrets of the molecular structure of enzymes, perseverance paid off. By studying and comparing the …

Companies Show Interest in Producing Hydrogen in Gladstone
March 30, 2018 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Tegan Annett (The Observer)  Interest in producing hydrogen as an energy source is on the rise in Central Queensland.
At a recent Future of Hydrogen in Australia Conference Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said two companies approached him …

DSM Announces Broad Product Offering for the Biofuels Industry
March 30, 2018 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

(DSM/Newswire Today) Royal DSM announces its commitment to bring innovative solutions to the biofuels industry with a full portfolio offering of yeast and enzymes for starch, fiber and biomass conversions – DSM.com. Euronext: DSM KON —  Royal …

Nth Power and Nth Plant: The Digest’s 2018 Guide to Process Scale-Up, or Not?
March 30, 2018 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) You probably knew him first as the VP for Biofuels at Chevron, and later the Program Manager for the DOE Biomass program. Paul Bryan’s a noted consultant on technology development and …

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations, 3.28.18 Release
March 30, 2018 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  According to BIO, the global economic value today of the biobased economy – including industrial biotechnology, renewable chemicals and polymers, biofuels, enzymes and biobased materials – is $355.28 billion. And looking at …

Recovering Phosphorus from Corn Ethanol Waste
March 30, 2018 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Michael Torrice (Chemical & Engineering News)   Finding a way to reuse the element could help lower nutrient pollution  —  … When industrial plants process corn grains to make the fuel, or even food products such as …

US Grains Body Wants to Supply Ethanol for Fuel Blending
March 30, 2018 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Tv Jayan (The Hindu Business Line)  Ethanol supplied by sugar producers is enough for around 4% blending, whereas India plans to blend 10% ethanol  —  A trade association representing US ethanol producers said recently it wants …

Air New Zealand Says It Will Be at Least 10 Years before Aviation Biofuels Commercial
March 30, 2018 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In New Zealand, Air New Zealand says that despite talking with 30 companies following its call to source 20 million liters of aviation biofuels last year, no one is scalable at …

UPDATE 1-ADM to Suspend Biodiesel Output at German Plant
March 30, 2018 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hogan (Reuters)  U.S. agribusiness group Archer Daniels Midland Co will suspend production at a major biodiesel plant in Germany because of increasing cheap imports of the renewable fuel into the European Union, it said on …

The Circular Economy: It’s Time Has Come
March 30, 2018 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Kapil S Lokare (Biofuels Digest)  … Prior to the energy crisis, most economies were too extravagant; now, they have now overreacted and have become retrenchment-mad. It is imperative to think rationally and design progress with the …

Bellwether Stocks of the Advanced Bioeconomy Report Good Vibes: Shoulda Put a Ring on ‘Em?
March 30, 2018 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Two bellwether public stocks of the advanced bioeconomy — Amyris and Renewable Energy Group — reported strong quarterly and annual results this past week, and Aemetis’ stock has been on a …

Researchers Use Light to Turn Yeast into Biochemical Factories
March 30, 2018 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Lonnie Shekhtman (Princeton University)  … In a series of experiments, they used light to control genetically modified yeast and increase its output of commercially valuable chemicals. The results offer scientists a powerful new tool to probe …

James Hay Reviewing Products after Biofuel Saga
March 30, 2018 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Hope William-Smith (Money Marketing)  James Hay is reviewing its older products, following its well-publicised issues with the Elysian Fuels biofuel investment scheme.  
James Hay revealed last May it is involved in a legal dispute with HM Revenue & …

Greenbelt Resources and Biofuels & Energy Announce “SLV Biopro”
March 30, 2018 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources)   Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO), an innovator of sustainable energy production systems, in collaboration with Biofuels & Energy, LLC (B&E), announced today the San Luis Valley Bioproducts Project, known as SLV Biopro. The project will feature Greenbelt’s …

Alchemy for Modern Times: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to CRI/GTI’s IH2 Process
March 30, 2018 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The IH2 process was developed by Gas Technology Institute (GTI) of Des Plaines, Illinois—a research, development, and training organization serving energy markets.  GTI experts invented, tested, and patented IH2 technology and are providing …

Europe’s Ethanol CEOs Besieged by RED II and Illusory Truths
March 30, 2018 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by James Cogan (Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd/Biofuels Digest)  The CEOs of Europe’s big ethanol firms (Tereos, Cristal Union, Alco Group, Crop Energies) are under seige.  
They are battling imported and sometimes fake used cooking oil, not-yet-viable advanced fuels, …

Byogy Renewables Secures Path to Commercialization With Historic ASTM Bio-Jet Fuel Specification
March 30, 2018 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(Byogy Renewables/PR Newswire)  California biofuel company Byogy Renewables welcomes last week’s ASTM Alcohol To Jet (ATJ) ethanol based specification ballot measure approval, putting Byogy on track as a leader to produce one of the world’s first “full …

Regulatory Fixes Will Open the Market to Ethanol Quickly — How EPA Could Easily Remedy Issues with RINs.
March 30, 2018 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

by Adam Gustafson (Boyden Gray and Associates/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Such short-term fixes to high RIN prices ignore their underlying cause—EPA’s artificial constraints on the volume of ethanol that can be blended into the nation’s fuel …

Sustainability Is All the Rage but Financing of Extreme Fossil Fuels Is on the Rise
March 30, 2018 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Eshe Nelson (Quartz Media)  … Last year, when economic losses from natural and man-made disasters exceeded $300 billion, big banks across the globe increased their financing of “extreme” fossil-fuels activities by 11% to $115 billion, according to …

Shell — Yes, That Shell — Just Outlined a Radical Scenario for What It Would Take to Halt Climate Change
March 30, 2018 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Chris Mooney and Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  Royal Dutch Shell on Monday outlined a scenario in which, by 2070, we would be using far less of the company’s own product — oil — as cars …

NACSAA Advances Recommendations to Shape UNFCCC Agricultural Work Program
March 30, 2018 – 10:16 am | No Comment

(25 x ’25/North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance) Last November, we wrote here of a major breakthrough occurring at the global climate talks in Bonn, Germany, where, for the first time, delegates approved plans to …

Growing Jobs and Rural Economies: The Farm Bill’s Energy Title — April 4, 2018 — Washington, DC
March 24, 2018 – 4:45 pm | No Comment
Growing Jobs and Rural Economies: The Farm Bill’s Energy Title   —   April 4, 2018   —   Washington, DC

Since their inception in the 2002 Farm Bill, Energy Title (Title IX) programs have helped farmers, ranchers, small businesses, and rural communities generate thousands of jobs and millions in economic development. The sectors impacted by the Energy …

China Mulls Hiking Import Duty on US Denatured Ethanol by 15% to 45%
March 23, 2018 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

by Srijan Kanoi (Platts)  China’s Ministry of Commerce said Friday that they might impose an additional 15% duty, along with the existing 30% duty, on denatured ethanol imports from the US if both China and US fail …

JRC Released New Certified Reference Materials for Automotive Diesel Fuel Testing
March 23, 2018 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

(EU Science Hub)  The JRC released two new Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) for automotive diesel fuel containing 7 % biodiesel, so-called ‘diesel (B7)’. These CRMs will support fuel producers and fuel testing laboratories in assuring the quality …

Oyo Compensates Owners of Land Acquired for Cassava Plantation
March 23, 2018 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

(The Guardian Nigeria)The Oyo State government has paid compensation to about 77 families whose lands were acquired recently for mass production of cassava in Otu, near Iseyin. The Commissioner for Lands, Housing, and Survey, Mr. …

Parliamentary Committee Raises Concern over Ethanol Blending Programme
March 23, 2018 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

(IANS /Moneylife)  Raising an alarm over slow ethanol procurement for blending with the petrol, a parliamentary committee has flagged loopholes in the government’s Ethanol Blending Programme (EBP).
The EBP, under Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, aims …

Low-Cost Sugars and Lignin: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sweetwater Energy
March 23, 2018 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sweetwater Energy has developed a unique and patented technology for producing low-cost sugars and clean lignin fiber from multiple non-food plant materials to help meet the modern world’s increasing demand for …

High Tech Algae Farming Industry Gets Boost with Introduction of Bipartisan Algae Agriculture Act of 2018
March 23, 2018 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization/Globe Newswire)  The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the algae industry, today applauded the introduction of the Algae Agriculture Act of 2018, a bill that would give algae cultivators and harvesters many of …

Plymouth Drivers Get Rewarded for Choosing E15
March 23, 2018 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MBA) and KS95 FM teamed up today to reward drivers who chose E15 during a two-hour long promotion at the Holiday station on County Road 24 in Plymouth.
From 11:30 …

Where’s Ethanol Going to Go?
March 23, 2018 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … According to POET CEO Jeff Broin, there’s a deal on the table — changing almost by the hour, but a deal none the less. A deal on the table to provide year-round E15 …

LanzaTech is #1!
March 22, 2018 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(Lanza Tech)  In Washington, LanzaTech took the #1 spot in the 2018 “50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy” rankings, published in The Digest, the world’s most widely-read bioeconomy daily. It was the third year at …

NBB Again Disappointed by Failure to Renew Biodiesel Tax Credit
March 22, 2018 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Congress Reaches Another Deal to Fund the Government That Fails to Reinstate the Biodiesel Tax Credit   —  Today, the U.S. Congress is expected to pass an omnibus spending bill to fund the government that …

West Coast Fuel Supply & Transportation Opportunities — May 9-10, 2018 — Napa Valley, CA
March 22, 2018 – 2:44 pm | No Comment
West Coast Fuel Supply & Transportation Opportunities   —   May 9-10, 2018   —   Napa Valley, CA

Discover the opportunities that lie on the West Coast with a greater understanding of market-based emissions reduction efforts
California is considered the market leader in implementing regulatory programs that simultaneously create billions of dollars in revenue and …

Medford High School Students Tour Guardian Energy
March 22, 2018 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirty-seven students from Medford High School visited Guardian Energy in Janesville yesterday to gain a better understanding of clean Minnesota-produced renewable energy. 
The students were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at …

Boeing Promotes Aviation Biofuel in Africa
March 22, 2018 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Kaleyesus Bekele (AIN Online)  The Boeing Company has teamed with the South African government, South African Airways (SAA), the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and U.S. energy …

Ag Policy Blog: Senators Detail Farm Bill Goals
March 22, 2018 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee are getting ready to move ahead on drafting a farm bill, ideally in April, and will seek to avoid the rancor over food …

RFA Leader: EPA Eroding RFS — Assistant to President Says Search Continues for a Win-Win Proposal
March 22, 2018 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)   A special assistant to President Donald Trump on agriculture said Wednesday, “the search for a win-win continues” in the debate over how to relieve oil refiners of their obligations …

DTI Seeks Technology Partners for Algae Extraction
March 22, 2018 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Diversified Technologies, Inc. (DTI) has received a Phase II SBIR for the USDA NFIA to use pulsed electric field (PEF) processing for algal extraction and predator control. Working with the Arizona Center for …

Enerkem Makes a Major Breakthrough by Producing a New High-Octane Biofuel
March 22, 2018 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

(Enerkem/Oil and Gas 360/PR Newswire)  Enerkem Inc., a world-leading waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, announced today during the 255th American Chemical Society national meeting being held in New Orleans, that it had succeeded in producing a new high-performance biofuel that …

USDA Biobased Economy Report Indicates Potential for Rural Prosperity with Renewable Chemicals
March 22, 2018 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Pharmiweb)  The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) today applauded USDA’s release of a new report, “Indicators of the U.S. Biobased Economy.” The report measures substantial economic growth, job creation, and household income for the agricultural sector from …

Thirty Third Annual RISI North American Conference — October 10-12, 2018 — San Francisco, CA
March 22, 2018 – 12:17 pm | No Comment
Thirty Third Annual RISI North American Conference   —   October 10-12, 2018   —   San Francisco, CA

Join industry colleagues in Boston for the Thirty Third Annual RISI North American Conference. This is the premier forum to immerse yourself in all aspects of the forest products industry. Discover how RISI’s deep industry …

It’s Here! … The (Spending) Level Playing Field
March 22, 2018 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino  (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA grants rise: The agency’s operational budget would remain pretty much the same, but grant programs get a boost, Alex Guillén and Annie Snider report. That means the Clean Water and …

Stora Enso Wins Bio-Based Product of the Year for Lineo by Stora Enso
March 22, 2018 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(Stora Enso/Cision)  Lineo™by Stora Enso, a renewable replacement for oil-based phenolic materials, has been awarded ‘Bio-Based Product of the Year’ at the Bio-Based World News Innovation Awards 2018.
Shortlisted alongside products from Clean Plus Inc. and The …

Global Bioenergies to Present Results of Engine Testing with Renewable Fuels
March 22, 2018 – 11:08 am | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies) Global Bioenergies (Euronext Growth: ALGBE) will present engine testing results on April 5th. Its commercial partner Audi, and German engine & fuels specialist FEV, will join the presentation. … Global Bioenergies is one of …

UK-Based Vertas Group Acquires Waste Management Firm
March 21, 2018 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  U.K.-based Vertas Group Ltd. has acquired a majority stake in MMB Environmental, a million-pound waste management and pest control business. Services provided by Vertas Group include catering, cleaning, grounds maintenance, energy …

Chinese Researchers Boost Algae Lipids, Reduce Peroxidation
March 21, 2018 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Researchers from Nanjing Tech University in China have published a paper in Biotechnology for Biofuels on their method to increase lipid content and reduce peroxidation in Schizochytrium sp., a marine microalgae rich in docosahexaenoic acid …

Biodiesel Can Help Reduce Injector Deposit Formation
March 21, 2018 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Modern diesel engines utilize high pressure common rail fuel systems whose small injector gaps are highly sensitive to deposits. New research from the University of Rostock in Germany has shown that …

10-Day Comment Period on PES Settlement Agreement Closes March 26
March 21, 2018 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The public comment period opened March 16 after publication in the Federal Register on the proposed consent decree and environmental settlement agreement lodged by the U.S. Department of Justice with the U.S. Bankruptcy …

Borough in London Chooses Biomethane to Fuel Heavy Duty Fleet
March 21, 2018 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

 (Islington Council/NGV Journal) Islington Council has revealed plans for a new “green fleet” of vehicles that will use the cleanest possible technology and fuels, as it launches a borough-wide spring clean campaign this month. Fully electric …

Indonesia to Expand Domestic Biodiesel Use
March 21, 2018 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

(Jakarta Post)  The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry plans to expand the use of biodiesel to 3.5 million kiloliters annually by encouraging the mining sector and state-owned railway operator KAI to use the fuel.
“I just reported …

RED II – Europe’s €25 Billion Blunder
March 21, 2018 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Dick Roche (EURACTIV)  … Investments worth billions have already been written off as a result of EU U-turns on biofuels. The half-billion Euro Vivergo plant, at one point the largest industrial project in England, is …

EU Scraps Duty on Most Argentina, Indonesia Biodiesel: Document
March 21, 2018 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

Philip Blenkinsop (Reuters)  The European Union has removed duties on biodiesel imports for 13 Argentine and Indonesian producers following the end of legal proceedings at the European Court of Justice (ECJ), an EU document shows.
The bloc …

Researchers Develop Methanation Technology to Produce RNG
March 21, 2018 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(University of Waterloo/Biomass Magazine)  Farm manure could be a viable source of renewable energy to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.
Researchers at the University of Waterloo are developing technology to produce renewable natural …

What Would a Bill Look Like?
March 21, 2018 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino  (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. John Shimkus have some ideas. The two have been working on a bill for well over a year to overhaul the Renewable Fuel Standard, a likely …

Project Focus: Converting Dairy By-Products into High Value Bio-Based Chemicals.
March 21, 2018 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(AgriChemWhey/Biobased World News)  … Producers that can access plentiful feedstocks with the minimum of fuss can have the best of both worlds – exactly the position that Ireland finds itself in. The country is in the …

Sakol Energy Poised to Become a Fully Integrated Power Provider
March 21, 2018 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(Sakol Energy) Sakol Energy PLC (SKE), a natural gas provider, has successfully acquired the last biomass licence with high FIT rate as the firm moves to become an integrated power producer after completing three energy deals …

Facebook and Google’s Surprising, Rising Prospects along Agriculture’s Revolutionary Road
March 21, 2018 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  If you haven’t been to Ankeny, Iowa in recent years — situated between Des Moines and Ames, which is to say between the political and financial capital of the state and …

CEC: California EV chargers Will Add 1 GW of Peak Demand by 2025
March 21, 2018 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Gavin Blade (Utility Dive)  o  California will need between 229,000 and 279,000 electric vehicle chargers in public locations and multi-unit dwellings by 2025 to meet Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) goals of having 5 million …

Export Exchange 2018 — October 22-24, 2018 — Minneapolis, MN
March 20, 2018 – 6:15 pm | No Comment
Export Exchange 2018   —   October 22-24, 2018   —   Minneapolis, MN

Nearly 200 international buyers and end-users are expected to be in Minneapolis, Minnesota from Oct. 22 to 24, 2018  – eager to meet and build relationships with more than 300 domestic suppliers in attendance over three days …

Toyota to Sell Ethanol Fueled Hybrids in Brazil
March 20, 2018 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(Kyodo News)  Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it has unveiled in Brazil a prototype of the world’s first hybrid vehicle that runs on ethanol to further cut carbon dioxide emissions, aiming to launch the model in …

Trash Facility Director Aiming to Construct Alternative Biofuel Facility
March 20, 2018 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Andrea Ray (Sippican Week)  If all goes as planned, the Zero Waste Solutions trash processing facility in Rochester could be among the first in the country to produce a renewable alternative to gasoline.
That’s what Zero …

UPDATE 2-Pennsylvania Says Bankrupt Refiner Owes $3.8 bln in Taxes – Filing
March 20, 2018 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by  Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The state of Pennsylvania wants a federal judge to halt the bankruptcy of Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES), arguing the refiner owes an estimated $3.8 billion in fuel taxes, according to a court …

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Says Exports at Risk in Tariff Disputes
March 20, 2018 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Karl Plume (Reuters)  U.S. agricultural exports could be at risk in any retaliation over tariffs implemented by the White House, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said on Monday.

Perdue said that while the United States …

The MixAlco Process: Green Energy for the Future
March 20, 2018 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Matt McDowell (The Battalion)  Texas A&M professor’s green energy research is helping turn bio waste into useful chemicals and fuels.  — … The MixAlco process, a term originally coined by Mark Holtzapple, chemical engineering professor, …

Katter, “Ethanol Is Answer to National Security”
March 20, 2018 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

(Bob Katter)  KAP Federal Member for Kennedy, Hon Bob Katter MP says that when it comes to national security there is only one answer; Australia must produce its own fuel. Mr Katter’s comments come in response …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell’s UOP and Renewable Jet and Diesel Technology
March 20, 2018 – 2:54 pm | 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 power, …

California Here I Come: World Energy’s Audacious $72M Acquisition of AltAir and the Paramount Oil Refinery
March 20, 2018 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Paramount Deal: World Energy takes off with audacious $72M acquisition of AltAir and the Paramount oil refinery  —  In Massachusetts, World Energy has acquired renewable jet and diesel producer AltAir Paramount, …

Bioeconomy Potential of Portugal, Romania and Poland Profiled in New BIC Country Reports
March 20, 2018 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(Bio-based Industries Consortium)  The Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) has published three new Country Reports mapping the potential and identifying opportunities for expanding the bio-based industry in Poland, Portugal and Romania.
Poland’s bioeconomy sector is focused on agriculture, forestry and food processing, areas which …

Trump Administration Preparing List of Possible Biofuels Tweaks – Sources
March 20, 2018 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The heads of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Agriculture Department are scheduled to meet on Tuesday to winnow down proposals to lower the cost of the nation’s biofuels policy to oil …

New Biodiesel Mandate Starts on May 1, Johnson Says Minnesota Is Ready for B20
March 20, 2018 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Brandon Lewis (KTOE)  Six weeks remain until Minnesota’s new B20 mandate kicks-in on May 1.
House Representative Clark Johnson (D-North Mankato) says all evidence points to the state being ready to go ahead with the change.
“For …

Opinion: How Blockchain and Digital Coins Can Serve the Biofuels Industry
March 20, 2018 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Fabio Nehme  (Nehme Commodities/Biofuels International) … Biofuel market participants should also follow these technological developments closely. There are three areas particularly promising to the biofuels industry: supply chain integrity and traceability, access to financing, and …

Questions Raised over EU’s Proposed Advanced Biofuels List
March 20, 2018 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)  Not all second-generation biofuels listed by the European Commission are sustainable, critics warn, urging policymakers to use the indirect land use change (ILUC) factor to “clean up” the list.
The Commission’s proposed revision …

China’s Independent Oil Refiners Gear up for Ethanol Push in Cars
March 20, 2018 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Meng Meng, Josephine Mason (Reuters) China’s top independent oil refiner is buying ethanol and two others are seeking government approval to blend the biofuel into their gasoline ahead of the country’s 2020 deadline to add it …

Big Oil Faces Big Test in Climate-Change Court Showdown with SF, Oakland
March 20, 2018 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Kurtis Alexander (San Francisco Chronicle)  A San Francisco judge who must decide whether to hold the world’s largest oil companies responsible for global warming is ordering up what many are calling the most comprehensive, and …

RFA and Paul Jr. Designs Team Up on Hit AMERICAN CHOPPER TV Series with Custom Ethanol-Powered Bike
March 19, 2018 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has joined forces with Paul Jr. Designs to conceive of and fabricate a signature motorcycle that thrusts American-made fuel ethanol into the spotlight. Known for …

Brazilian Lawmakers Mull Expanded Ethanol Tariff
March 19, 2018 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  Mato Grosso state congressman Fabio Garcia presented a bill that would remove Brazil’s 600mn liter/year (10,339 b/d) tariff exemption on imported ethanol, a move that would hurt imports from the US.  The bill is seen …

Sugar Glut Pushes Brazil Mills into Ethanol, White Sugar, Washouts
March 19, 2018 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Marcelo Teixeira (Reuters)  Brazilian mills are doing everything they can to keep raw sugar off the global market as Brazil’s cane harvest kicks off, to avoid worsening a glut that has driven prices to their lowest …

EU Biofuel Policy Requires Reliable Framework Conditions — UFOP and FOP Appeal to Council, Parliament and Commission
March 19, 2018 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP))  The trialogue procedure for redrafting the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) began in late February 2018. Against this backdrop, the German Union zur Förderung von …

New Edition of “Good Reasons for Biofuels” Brochure Published
March 19, 2018 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, the Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) updated and reissued its consumer information “Good Reasons for Biofuels”. The brochure provides the most important aspects …

Brazil Regulates Its National Biofuel Policy Law
March 19, 2018 – 10:59 am | No Comment

(Renewables Now)  Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy announced on Wednesday that President Michel Temer has signed a decree to regulate the National Biofuel Policy (RenovaBio).
According to the new guidelines, the National Energy Policy Council (CNPE) …

This USDA Lab Is Turning Billions Of Pounds Of Almond Waste Into Beer, Plastic, And Power
March 19, 2018 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Adele Peters (Fast Company)  The country’s growing almond habit means that there are lots of shells and hulls to put to good use. These government scientists are working hard to find the best options.
…  “For every …

Cow Power: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Ag-Grid Energy
March 19, 2018 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ag-Grid Energy has a vision to convert agricultural and organic waste into renewable energy, compost and support local area practices that lead us towards a sustainable environment. The company intends to …

World First ISCC Independent Smallholder Certificate Event — March 26, 2018 — Jambi, Indonesia
March 19, 2018 – 10:22 am | No Comment
World First ISCC Independent Smallholder Certificate Event   —   March 26, 2018   —   Jambi, Indonesia

The independent smallholder from Jambi have received their first ISCC certificate. This will be celebrated on 26 March at Swiss Belholtel in Jambi City together with project partners such as SNV, Government and company representatives …

Brews, Bangers and Biofuels – Ireland’s Bioeconomy Looking up
March 19, 2018 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) … But it’s also about whisky, as reported in the Digest in July 2017, and how Celtic Renewables puts whisky in the car and not just in the jar.
It’s about Cork …

New Federal Budget Puts Price on Carbon
March 19, 2018 – 9:26 am | No Comment

by Joshua D. Rhodes (University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute)  Expanded Carbon Credit Could Spur New Coal Power Investment  —  The Furthering carbon capture, Utilization, Technology, Underground storage, and Reduced Emissions (FUTURE) Act, part of the recently …

5th Annual Rethink Methane Symposium — February 26-27, 2019 — Sacramento, CA
March 18, 2018 – 8:07 pm | No Comment
5th Annual Rethink Methane Symposium    —   February 26-27, 2019   — Sacramento, CA

The expanded two-day event will provide a more in-depth look at the opportunities renewable gas presents to achieve California’s air quality, climate protection and economic development goals.
Learn how renewable methane can help California:
-Achieve GHG emissions …

CO2 Reuse Summit — May 16-17, 2018 — Zurich, Switzerland
March 18, 2018 – 8:01 pm | No Comment
CO2 Reuse Summit   —   May 16-17, 2018   —   Zurich, Switzerland

The world is constantly looking for pathways to sustainable future. One of the biggest issues are increasing CO2 emissions, which are causing the global warming. Scientists from around the globe developed several technologies enabling us …

RFS Roundup: Potential Impacts of the GREENER Fuels Act on Cellulosic Fuels Development
March 18, 2018 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Riding the recent wave of Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) reform talks, Representative Welch (D-VT) and Senator Udall (D-NM) introduced the Growing Renewable Energy through Existing and New Environmentally Responsible …

CALL FOR PAPERS: Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB) — October 1-2, 2018 — Cologne, Germany DEADLINE: uncertain
March 18, 2018 – 6:51 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB)   —   October 1-2, 2018   —   Cologne, Germany     DEADLINE:  uncertain

The conference “Revolution in Food and Biomass Production” in Cologne on 1-2 October 2018 will bring together all future-oriented experts from companies, start-ups and research to have a look at the future of food and biomass production. …

Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB) — October 1-2, 2018 — Cologne, Germany
March 18, 2018 – 6:47 pm | No Comment
Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB)   —   October 1-2, 2018   —   Cologne, Germany

The conference “Revolution in Food and Biomass Production” in Cologne on 1-2 October 2018 will bring together all future-oriented experts from companies, start-ups and research to have a look at the future of food and biomass production. …

DOE Official: Clean Energy Funding Should Be Cut for ‘Exceeding Goals’
March 18, 2018 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Lacey Johnson (Greentech Media)  The Under Secretary of Energy defends a Trump administration proposal to cut $1.3 billion in funding from the DOE’s renewable energy office.  —  The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and …

Corn-State Senators Seek Trump Meeting as U.S. Biofuel Changes Loom
March 18, 2018 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  A group of senators from U.S. corn states have asked President Donald Trump for a meeting about the nation’s biofuels law, amid expectations the administration will soon act to lower the regulation’s …

The U.S. Is about to Be the World’s Top Crude Oil Producer. Guess Who Didn’t See It Coming.
March 18, 2018 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Charles Lane (Washington Post)  …  Domestic crude production was not inherently “limited,” as O’Connell told Congress in 2011, it just needed a better mouse trap. Fracking was it. Entrepreneurs broke the oil-import addiction, even though the …

Co-Optimization of Engines & Fuels: Breakthrough Research in Engine and Fuel Co-Optimization
March 16, 2018 – 11:59 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today (February 15, 2018) released two studies from the Co-Optimization of Engines & Fuels initiative (Co-Optima). The study, Fuel Blendstocks with the Potential to Optimize Future Gasoline Engine Performance, identifies …

XCELIS™ Is DuPont’s Fuel Ethanol Platform
March 16, 2018 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  DuPont gave its new XCELIS™ fuel ethanol platform a colorful debut at the National Ethanol Conference last month in San Antonio, with a rainbow of pastel colored arches along the walkway to the meeting …

Environmental Groups Back Ted Cruz, Republicans on Overhaul of Renewable Fuel Standard
March 16, 2018 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Ben Wolfgang (Washington Times)  Green organizations back ending corn ethanol mandate  —  … The intense opposition to the RFS from environmental and conservation groups comes as the White House and congressional leaders work to craft the …

Oklahoma Cellulosic Diesel Facility Achieves D7 Q-RIN Status
March 16, 2018 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  D7 renewable identification numbers (RINs) generated at a biorefinery in Oklahoma City producing cellulosic diesel fuel have been verified by Weaver and granted Q-RIN status. Weaver is an independent third-party auditor …

ARPA-E Announces $16M in Funding for 8 New Projects to Develop High-Efficiency Distributed Generations Systems Integrating Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
March 16, 2018 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(FuelsCellsWorks/U.S. Department of Energy)  Innovative Natural-gas Technologies for Efficiency Gain in Reliable and Affordable Thermochemical Electricity-generation (INTEGRATE)
The U.S. electric system is dominated by large, central power plants and an extensive transmission and distribution system commonly referred …

Finnish Government Supports Increased Biogas Production
March 16, 2018 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

(Gasum/NGV Journal)  The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment has granted Gasum €7.83 million in ‘Bioeconomy and clean solutions’ key project support for increased biogas production. Developing the biogas market and the transport use of natural …

Algility: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Algae as a New Crop and Technology Platform
March 16, 2018 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algae has been reinvented in recent years as a Sustainable New Crop for Food, Feed, Fuel and other products. Part of an international effort to expand Agricultural Production and productive land, and keeping …

‘Keep It In The Ground’ Activists Optimistic Despite Oil Boom
March 16, 2018 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jeff Brady (National Public Radio)  The United States oil business is booming and the country could soon be the largest crude oil producer in the world. Despite this record-breaking production, climate change activists campaigning to …

The Digest’s 2018 Visual Guide to the Economics, Politics of Renewable Fuels
March 16, 2018 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Have you ever wondered why corn farmers march for the RFS, but Wall Streeters don’t? Or why merchent oil refiners want the US Renewable Fuel Standard repealed but major oilcos generally …

Opinion: Putin Has Finally Gone Too Far
March 16, 2018 – 10:05 am | No Comment

by David Ignatius (The Washington Post) … So how can the United States and its closest allies alter (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s behavior, if they’re truly serious about holding Russia to account? The answer, say …

First Renewable Hydrogen Refueling Station Opens in the Netherlands
March 15, 2018 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

(PitPoint/NGV Journal)  The hydrogen refueling station has been built and will be operated by PitPoint clean fuels and AkzoNobel will supply with renewable hydrogen by pipeline. The fuel is produced sustainably by electrolysis, using electricity produced …

Fiat Panda Natural Power Runs on Biomethane for a Whole Year
March 15, 2018 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

(Fiat/NGV Journal)  Today marks the first anniversary of the trial on the Panda powered only by biomethane produced at CAP Group’s wastewater treatment plant in Bresso-Niguarda (Milan). On 14 March 2017 Elisa Boscherini (Head of FCA …

Better Biomass Conversion for Biofuels and Bioproducts
March 15, 2018 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Krista Eastman (University of Wisconsin-Madison/Phys.Org)  Behind the successful conversion of biomass to a better biofuel or a new green chemical, there is a carefully chosen solvent. The right solvent not only dissolves biomass but also …

Advanced Biofuels Interest in Post Tax Bill Hearing
March 15, 2018 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and more than 50 member organizations are urging Congressional leaders to extend the biodiesel tax credit as soon as possible for at least 2018.
In a letter to House and Senate …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
March 15, 2018 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

John Abraham, in an article in The Guardian, notes, “Biofuels can help solve climate change, especially with a carbon tax  —  We’re not yet optimizing biofuel production for both economic and environmental factors.” And, “If society …

Biofuels Can Help Solve Climate Change, Especially with a Carbon Tax
March 15, 2018 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by John Abraham (The Guardian)  Biofuels can help solve climate change, especially with a carbon tax  —  We’re not yet optimizing biofuel production for both economic and environmental factors
… 
These are great starts but we will still need some …

Scania Engines Being Tested with Raw Untreated Biogas
March 15, 2018 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

(Scania/Biomass Magazine)  Producing biogas from waste materials for use as vehicle fuel and heating is not new. And Scania has been working with biogas as an alternative and sustainable source of energy for some years now. …

USDA Seeks Applicants for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects under the Rural Energy for America Program DEADLINE: April 30, 2018
March 15, 2018 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today invited applications for loan guarantees and grants for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects. 
These loan guarantees and grants are …

Electric Dreams: The Impact of EVs for Energy and Metals in Asia — March 22, 2018
March 15, 2018 – 4:11 pm | No Comment
Electric Dreams: The Impact of EVs for Energy and Metals in Asia   —   March 22, 2018

While EVs are the subject of noisy debate among some western commentators, they have been quietly gaining ground in some of Asia’s biggest economies.
China is developing a timetable to ban internal combustion engine vehicles, while …

Regional Transportation and Climate Listening Session — April 9, 2018 — Albany, NY
March 15, 2018 – 4:08 pm | No Comment
Regional Transportation and Climate Listening Session   —  April 9, 2018   —   Albany, NY

Focus on the development of policies and strategies for reducing carbon emissions from the transportation sector.
Participating TCI states have announced a series of stakeholder discussions to promote a safer, cleaner and more reliable transportation future …

Op-Ed: Biofuel from Sugarcane – Why Is SA Not Rushing Ahead?
March 15, 2018 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Chris Ward (Daily Maverick)  Support for diversification of the sugar industry provides a superb and immediate opportunity for the government of South Africa under its new president to create thousands of new jobs by leveraging …

Greenbelt Resources Signs Letter of Intent With Biofuels and Energy, LLC
March 15, 2018 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/Greenbelt Resources)    Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC:GRCO) (Greenbelt), the developer of a sustainable ECOsystem model that transforms waste into revenue generating bioproducts, today announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Biofuels and …

So-Called ‘Dem’ Ethanol Bill Has It All Wrong
March 15, 2018 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Doug Sombke (The Hill/South Dakota Farmers Union)  As a card carrying Democrat, I resent the broad brush generalization of the Hill’s March 8 headline, “Dem Bill Would Overhaul Ethanol Mandate.”
To imply to readers that the …

Geothermal Could Profit from U.S. Executive Order to Support Lithium Mining
March 15, 2018 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Alexander Richter (Think GeoEnergy)  An executive order by U.S. President Donald Trump to support mining activities for critical minerals, could present a boost to lithium mining activities in the U.S. and indirectly help some geothermal …

UPM Moving into Bioplastics, Continues Busy 2018
March 15, 2018 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  UPM has joined forces with Norwegian packaging company Elopak and chemical producer Dow to convert its renewable naphtha into cartons.
Alongside renewable diesel, the Finnish company’s UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery produces naphtha, an excellent raw material …

Omani Researchers Convert Wastepaper into Bioplastic, Bioethanol and Biodiesel
March 15, 2018 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

(Muscat Daily)  The wastepaper which accounts for more than 35 per cent of the total lignocellulosic waste of the municipal solid waste could be a potential feedstock for value-added products due to its rich cellulose …

NBB Highlights 5 Individuals’ Stories for National Biodiesel Day
March 15, 2018 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  … In the U.S., nearly 3 billion gallons of clean, renewable fuel replacing its petroleum counterpart. A thriving and growing diesel vehicle market. And 64,000 jobs supported by biodiesel, many the highest …

Braathens Regional Airlines First Passenger Airline in the World Offering All Travelers to Fly on Biofuel
March 15, 2018 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Angelos Restanis (Travel Daily News)  Anyone who fly with Braathens Regional Airlines in Sweden as from April 8 will be able to book biofuel flights for an extra fee of SEK 300 (29,50 euros) per flight
Braathens …

Bolivia Invests $1.6 Billion to Boost Output of Sugar-Based Ethanol
March 15, 2018 – 11:59 am | No Comment

(Latin American Herald Tribune)  A $1.6 billion investment by 2025 will allow ethanol made from sugarcane represent 25 percent of fuels used in Bolivia, President Evo Morales said on Thursday.
The president was speaking at an event …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR)
March 15, 2018 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR) is a multi-level research project that will cultivate two desert-dwelling crops, guayule and guar, for a sustainable bioeconomy. Combined, guayule (perennial) and guar (annual) feedstocks …

Youth Climate Justice Summit 2018 — April 25, 2018 — St. Paul, MN
March 15, 2018 – 11:38 am | No Comment
Youth Climate Justice Summit 2018   —   April 25, 2018   —   St. Paul, MN

Join Climate Generation for a day at the capitol! This is a chance for youth to experience first-hand how to participate in government and policy.  Meet with Governor Dayton and our MN Senators and Representatives to …

OMCs Ready to Pay Higher Offtake for Biofuel: Pradhan
March 15, 2018 – 11:24 am | No Comment

(The Siasat Daily)  The government is prepared to pay a higher offtake price to producers of biofuel than it does for fossil fuels in a bid to boost the use of clean energy, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra …

CON: Keep the Renewable Fuel Standard but Reboot It by Using Bio-Masses instead of Corn
March 15, 2018 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Michael E. Kraft  (Tribune News Service/Bradenton Herald)  … Ideally, Congress would reboot the renewable fuel mandate in a new way for today’s economy, and design it as one component of a comprehensive response to climate change.
For …

Biodiesel and 2nd Gen Biofuels Need Stable Tax Policy
March 15, 2018 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AdWired.com)  The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy heard from representatives of the biodiesel and advanced biofuels industries Wednesday on the need for “Post Tax Reform of Recently Expired Tax Provisions” that are …

Golden ARC Awards “Call for Entries” Announced DEADLINE: May 4 , 2018
March 14, 2018 – 9:31 pm | No Comment

(Agricultural Relations Council)  The Agricultural Relations Council (ARC) today issued the annual “Call for Entries” for the highly-respected Golden ARC Awards. The annual contest allows agricultural public relations professionals to submit their best work for comparison …

Cloncurry Treated Sewage Water Trial
March 14, 2018 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

TREATED sewage water is being used to irrigate paddocks of crops that can be used for biofuels in a trial at Cloncurry.
Sorghum, soy beans, sun hemp and leucaena are being irrigated with the treated sewage …

Venice’s Water Buses to Run on Recycled Cooking Oil
March 14, 2018 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

by Catherine Edwards (The Local IT)  The water buses that transport locals and tourists through Venice’s canals will soon run on environmentally friendly biofuel, made from used cooking oils.

The fuel, which is 15 percent renewable, will be …

$1.5 Billion Settlement Reached in Syngenta GMO Class Action Suit
March 14, 2018 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

by Susan Reidy (World-Grain.com) A $1.5 billion settlement has been reached in the nationwide class action suit over Syngenta’s genetically modified corn seed. It is believed to be one of the largest agricultural settlements in U.S. …

Valtra Switches to 100-Percent Renewable Fuel to Fill New Tractors
March 14, 2018 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

(Valtra)  Valtra has become the first tractor factory in the world to begin using Neste MY Renewable Diesel as the start-up fuel for all new tractors. As a result, around 700,000 litres of fossil diesel …

Harmonizing a Three-Headed Regulatory Monster (EPA, NHTSA, CARB)
March 14, 2018 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Graham Noyes and Doug Durante (Low Carbon Fuels Coalition/Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  … While not as entertaining to watch as a Godzilla film with a three-headed flying monster, the current regulatory struggle over national …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the 2018 Bioeconomy Business Outlook
March 14, 2018 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, The Digest reports that 72 percent of bioenergy executives are more optimistic about their organization’s prospects for growth and 68 percent about industry growth, than 12 months ago. The …

Bioeconomy Execs Bullish on 2018, 74% of Companies Expect Revenue Growth, 62 Percent Expect Jobs Increase; 48% Seeking Finance
March 14, 2018 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, The Digest reports that 72 percent of bioenergy executives are more optimistic about their organization’s prospects for growth and 68 percent about industry growth, than 12 months ago. The …

EPA Chief Signals Showdown With California on Fuel Emission Standards
March 14, 2018 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Ryan Beene and John Lippert (Bloomberg Politics)  Pruitt warns California isn’t in driver’s seat on car rules; EPA faces April 1 deadline to decide on current requirements  —  The Trump administration’s chief environmental regulator …

Refiners Try to Hold Trump’s Attention
March 14, 2018 – 11:20 am | No Comment

 (Politico’s Morning Energy)  With a settlement between refiner Philadelphia Energy Solutions and EPA in hand and voting in the Pennsylvania special election over, some biofuels observers think the issue may fall off Trump’s radar. A biofuels …

ACE Talks Opportunities, Challenges for Ethanol Demand in 2018
March 13, 2018 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The American Coalition for Ethanol hosted a webinar Feb. 20 titled “Opportunities and Challenges to Increasing Ethanol Demand in 2018.” The webinar focused on ACE initiatives designed to ensure ethanol …

Let’s Talk Technical — Reid Vapor Pressure and E15 Choice — What Roadblocks Limit Ethanol from Expanding into the Market Place?
March 13, 2018 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative)  The ethanol industry faces several roadblocks, in particular we hear about the RVP relief, vapor pressure for blends higher than E10.
We also have the MOVES model which is the Motor Vehicle Emissions simulator …

Neste’s Human Rights Program Making Gradual Impacts on Labor Issues within the Palm Oil Industry
March 13, 2018 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Neste Corporation)  … In order to truly have impacts in human rights, we have started identifying potential human rights issues and put in motion a plan to manage the associated risks, particularly in our palm oil …

Nominations Open for Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology and Agriculture DEADLINE: March 28, 2018
March 13, 2018 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is now accepting nominations for the Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology and Agriculture. This award is presented to an outstanding woman in the industrial biotech sector who …