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Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines: Co-Optima Report Focuses on Strengths of Nation’s Energy Resources and Existing Infrastructure
April 20, 2018 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Mattie Hensley   (Sandia National Laboratory)   The United States could increase its domestic fuel supplies by 25 billion gallons per year while leveraging the nation’s existing $1 trillion fuel infrastructure according to a Co-Optimization of Fuels & …

Vehicle Efficiency Transportation 2050: More EVs, but Conventional Vehicles Will Still Dominate
April 20, 2018 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Jieyi Lu (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Making Vehicles More Efficient Is Critical to Reduce Emissions  —  … Over the next 30 years, electric vehicles (EVs) will grow and fuel economy will increase, but conventional gasoline …

Ethanol Industry Expected to Meet Growing E15 Demand
April 20, 2018 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Terry Anderson (Midwest Messenger News) … One day after President Trump told a group of governors and lawmakers invited to the White House that he supports sales of E15 — 15 percent ethanol and 85 …

Big Bailout Number Two
April 20, 2018 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano and Josh Siegel (Washington Examiner Daily on Energy)  …The other big bailout concern is the Environmental Protection Agency’s waivers to big refining companies to let them off the hook from meeting the national …

Perdue’s Strong First Year at USDA May Be Clouded By Ethanol Doubts
April 20, 2018 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Chuck Abbott (Successful Farming)  … In May 2017, during his (Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue) first month as secretary, he created the post of undersecretary for trade, a longtime goal of farm groups, as part of …

House Committee Passes 2018 Farm Bill
April 20, 2018 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …  In a statement, House Ranking Member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., criticized the legislation, calling it “a flawed bill that is the result of a bad nontransparent process.” Cuts to …

Trump’s EPA Argues More People Will Die in Car Accidents unless California Fuel Rules Are Weakened
April 20, 2018 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Evan Halper (Los Angeles Times)  The Trump administration is embracing a curious — and some would say dated — argument as it builds its case to weaken federal rules championed by California that require …

Anti-Ethanol Pundits Show Iowa Uses Less of Its Own Produce
April 20, 2018 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano and Josh Siegel (Washington Examiner)   A study showing that U.S. ethanol leader Iowa doesn’t use a lot of its own corn-based fuel is exciting some in the anti-ethanol crowd in Washington.
“Iowa — the number …

Farm State Senators Tell EPA to Stop Giving Big Oil Refiners a Pass on Biofuels Rules
April 20, 2018 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Tom DiChristopher (CNBC) Bipartisan senators on Tuesday asked the EPA to stop issuing waivers that allow oil refiners to avoid obligations to blend biofuels into gasoline. –EPA has reportedly issued 25 of the “hardship” …

Exclusive Report: The Federal Biofuel Mandate ‘Has Failed To Achieve Its Policy Goals’
April 19, 2018 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Michael Bastasch (The Daily Caller)  The federal biofuel mandate “has failed to achieve its policy goals while imposing significant other costs on consumers,” according to a new report.
Americans paid out nearly $77 billion in additional fuel …

ZERO NOW: Clean Energy’s Stations Offer Biomethane at $1 a Gallon
April 19, 2018 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

(Clean Energy Fuels Corp./ NGV Journal)  Clean Energy Fuels Corp. introduced ZERO NOW, a fueling solution that combines the world’s cleanest engine technology with the cleanest fuel at a price of $1 per gallon. Heavy …

Department of Energy Announces $39 million for Innovative Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research and Development
April 19, 2018 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $39 million in available funding to support early stage research and development (R&D) of innovative hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. As …

Removing the Brakes on Plant Oil Production
April 18, 2018 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory/Biodiesel Magazine)  Scientists studying plant biochemistry at the U.S. DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered new details about biomolecules that put the brakes on oil production. The findings suggest that disabling these biomolecular brakes …

McConnell Introduces the Hemp Farming Act of 2018
April 18, 2018 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On April 12, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., introduced the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, bipartisan legislation that aims to legalize and clearly define hemp as an agricultural commodity and …

Carbon Taxes Can Be Both Fair and Effective, Study Shows
April 18, 2018 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology/EurekAlert!)  Several different carbon-pricing approaches would help reduce emissions, and some would be fair as well, researchers report  —  Putting a price on carbon, in the form of a fee or tax on the …

New Release: Co-Optima 2017 Year in Review
April 18, 2018 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  While vehicles and fuels currently on the market get travelers from Point A to Point B, are there new options that could save fuel and money, while also delivering higher performance …

Complex Feedstocks, Clean Synthesis Gas: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sierra Energy
April 18, 2018 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sierra Energy has created what is billed as “the world’s most efficient gasifier,” FastOx, developed in conjunction with UC Davis, US Army and California Energy Commission. Gasification is the missing link …

Cars Threaten Climate Goals in Blue States
April 18, 2018 – 10:07 am | No Comment

by Benjamin Storrow (E&E News) … Transportation emissions threaten to undercut blue states’ climate goals, raising questions about their ability to lead U.S. climate efforts at a time when the federal government is rolling back …

REX American: A Good To Great Ethanol Company
April 17, 2018 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(Viking Analytics/Seeking Alpha)  REX consistently outperforms its peers in making ethanol profitably. REX has zero debt, a large cash position, and has announced plans to buy back more shares. Stuart Rose, the Chairman of REX, displays the characteristics …

RFA: E15 Debuts in St. Louis Metro Region
April 17, 2018 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuels Association is excited to announce that E15 has debuted in the St. Louis area and will be available throughout the year.
Home Service Oil Co. now offers both E15 …

Seaweed-into-Biofuel Project Gets Department of Energy Support
April 17, 2018 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Colorado State University)  A Colorado State University project to grow and harvest ocean macroalgae for biofuel production has received support from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). 
ARPA-E has poured over $22 million into …

Advocating for Commercialization of Biobased Products: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to BRAG
April 17, 2018 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renewable chemicals are emerging at a fast pace, paving the way for new, innovative, and sustainable biobased products. A coalition of companies and trade associations committed to enhancing the legal and …

In New Sign of Trade Battle, China Slaps U.S. Sorghum Producers with 179 Percent Deposit
April 17, 2018 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Emily Rauhala (The Washington Post)  China announced temporary anti-dumping measures Tuesday on U.S. sorghum, potentially hitting U.S. growers and exacerbating the brewing trade war between Beijing and Washington. 
China’s Ministry of Commerce said that starting Wednesday, …

Study Shows 95% of Wooden Pallets are Recycled, Indicating Significant Gains in Landfill Avoidance
April 16, 2018 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(National Wooden Pallet & Container Association/PR Newswire)   Preliminary results of a research project conducted by Virginia Tech on the disposal of wood pallets at landfill sites reveal that 95% of wooden pallets are being recycled.  

The landfill avoidance …

Jet Fuels from Crops: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the SPARC Regional Biojet Consortium
April 16, 2018 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sometimes, what an engine needs to roar to life is a spark. Or a SPARC, as in this case.
As in the Southeastern Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC), a consortium consisting of …

Algae with Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage
April 16, 2018 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The University of Hawaii at Hilo announced that in affiliation with Duke and Cornell Universities, researchers have authored a study that suggests making croplands more efficient through algae production could unlock an important …

Draft 2018 Farm Bill Reauthorizes Energy Title Programs
April 13, 2018 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On April 12, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, released a draft of the 2018 Farm Bill, officially titled the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. The legislation …

Exclusive: Chevron, Exxon Seek ‘Small Refinery’ Waivers from U.S. Biofuels Law
April 13, 2018 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Global energy giants Chevron Corp and Exxon Mobil have asked U.S. regulators for exemptions to the nation’s biofuels policy that have historically been reserved for small companies in financial …

Biodiesel Industry Calls on EPA to Eliminate Secrecy
April 13, 2018 – 10:33 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  NBB Submits FOIA Request to Ensure RFS Transparency  —  The National Biodiesel Board submitted a Freedom of Information Act Request aimed at shedding light on small refiner exemptions requested and issued under the Renewable …

In Boost for Farmers, Trump Says He May Allow E15 Gasoline Sales All Year
April 13, 2018 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Jeff Mason (Reuters)  U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday his administration may allow the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol year-round, which could help farmers by firing up corn demand but faces opposition …

Trump Administration Weighs High-Ethanol Fuel Waiver to Placate Farmers
April 12, 2018 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The Trump administration is considering allowing the sale of a higher ethanol fuel blend in the summer, a source familiar with the issue said, a move that would placate …

USGC Opens Application Period for Advisory Teams
April 11, 2018 – 10:46 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Grains Council is now accepting applications for the organization’s advisory teams, known as A-teams, for the 2018-2020 term. A-teams are comprised of USGC member experts that provide insight and …

States to Sue EPA over Failure to Enforce Landfill Gas Rules
April 11, 2018 – 10:33 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  A coalition led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Air Resources board has announced plans to sue the U.S. EPA over its failure to enforce existing landfill methane …

California Says a Car-Emissions Deal With Trump Could Be Doable
April 11, 2018 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Mark Chediak, Ryan Beene, and John Lippert  (Bloomberg)  ‘Reason could prevail,’ chair of Air Resources Board says; State is considering a lawsuit to preserve its options  —  California’s top air-quality regulator sees hope for a deal with …

Trump to Put Biofuel Reform Push on Ice, for Now: Sources
April 11, 2018 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The Trump administration will delay any moves to reform the nation’s biofuel policy for about three months, according to three sources briefed on the matter – a decision one of the sources …

New Studies Show Ethanol Reduces Emissions And Improves Air Quality
April 11, 2018 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative)  Ethanol blends reduce toxic tailpipe emissions by up to 50%, significantly improving air quality and protecting public health according to two new studies. The separate studies were conducted by the North Carolina State University (NCSU) …

USGC: APEC Roadmap Supports Development of Global Ethanol Markets
April 10, 2018 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Constructing a national ethanol industry is a monumental task, but an effort that pays dividends economically and environmentally—as U.S. farmers and agribusinesses understand. The U.S. Grains Council is working alongside the …

Trump Ethanol Moves May Be Worse for Farmers Than Soy Tariff
April 10, 2018 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Change to biofuel mandate may mean destruction of corn demand; Growers already dealing with trade concerns, crop gluts  —  Based on his own back-of-the-envelope calculations, Minnesota farmer Kirby Hettver could lose tens of thousands …

RFS Wrangling Continues: GOP Senators Ask for Small-Refiner Waiver Suspension
April 10, 2018 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Details have yet to emerge from a planned meeting at the White House on Monday between President Donald Trump and members of his cabinet regarding possible changes to the …

No Crop Left Behind: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA/NIFA’s Coordinated Agricultural Projects
April 10, 2018 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Er, what are AHB, SUBI, BANR, SBAR, NARA, CENUSA, SPARC, IBSS and NEWBIO?
You’d be forgiven if you mistook Ahb Subi Banr-Sbar for a well-placed official in the Iranian government — but, in fact, it’s a 9-project …

U.S. Ethanol Policy Under Siege
April 9, 2018 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Forbes)  … Mr. Constantine (Tim Constantine, a spokesperson for Rethink Ethanol) believes that we will soon see an announcement from the White House on the nation’s ethanol program, and it’s probably not going to …

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of April 11th, 2018
April 9, 2018 – 10:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product and service advances. For now, …

Urban Air Initiative Discredits Sierra Club’s Inaccurate Assumptions About Ethanol
April 6, 2018 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative)  In an effort to rebut erroneous assumptions about ethanol’s health effects in a lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club, the Urban Air Initiative submitted an amicus brief describing the health benefits of blending …

Rural Issues Growing Jobs and Rural Economies: The Farm Bill’s Energy Title
April 6, 2018 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  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 …

ACE: New Video Addresses Gasoline Retailer E15 Liability Concerns
April 6, 2018 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A controversial new video was released today, addressing fuel retailer concerns about potential liability for vehicle damage from the new E15 fuel on the flexfuelforward.com website. The video features current E15 marketers talking openly …

Vehicle Transformation through New Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Clean Fuels Development Coalition
April 6, 2018 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It may be renaissance times for the Clean Fuels Development Coalition. Their long quest to upend proposed Obama-era vehicle efficiency rules that ignored the potential to improve efficiency and emissions via …

Illinois Researchers Receive $1 Million to Study Bioenergy Crops
April 6, 2018 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(Univeristy of Illinois)  The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture has announced a grant for $1 million to support research led by a University of Illinois scientist. The research will address the need for …

White House Plans to Hold RFS Meeting Monday
April 6, 2018 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  The White House plans to hold a Monday meeting to discuss possible changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
Minnesota Corn Growers president Kirby Hettver says it appears EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt …

Exclusive: Biofuels Battle – Senator Moves to Expand Small Refiner Exemption
April 6, 2018 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw, Chris Prentice  (Reuters)  Lawmakers spearheading efforts to reform U.S. biofuels regulations are considering a blanket waiver for all small refineries, according to four sources familiar with their draft legislation. The move would save some …

TechLink: Tap into Innovation from Defense Department Laboratories
April 5, 2018 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Yvonne Rudman and Lynn Abramson (TechLink/Clean Energy Business Network)  Are you a clean energy business interested in learning more about energy innovations coming out of the Department of Defense? If so, you should know about …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
April 5, 2018 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

The Houston Chronicle’s James Osborne reported an unnamed executive for one refining company describing the feeding frenzy for exemptions from Renewable Fuel Standard biofuels obligations, “Anyone with a brain submitted an application,” the executive said. …

U.S. Ethanol Groups Bristle as EPA Frees Refiners from Biofuels Law
April 5, 2018 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the request of 25 small refineries to be exempted from the nation’s biofuels laws, an agency source said on Wednesday, marking a …

Bankruptcy Judge Lets Refiner off the RFS Hook
April 5, 2018 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  A Delaware Bankruptcy judge approved a consent decree between EPA and bankrupt refiner Philadelphia Energy Solutions, allowing PES to get out of much of its obligation under the Renewable Fuel …

Researchers Improve Method to Convert Food Waste into Biofuels
April 4, 2018 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Sharon Gaudin (Worcester Polytechnic Institute/Biomass Magazine)  Funded by a U.S. Department of Energy grant, a team of researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is creating a better way to convert waste food into biofuels that are …

Investors Stunned over Oil Producer’s Climate-Change Exemption
April 4, 2018 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder (Axios)  …  Trillium proposed a resolution calling on EOG to set a target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. EOG complained to the SEC in late December that the proposal would micromanage the company, calling it a …

EPA Opens Public Comment Period on Isobutanol Fuel Registration DEADLINE: April 30, 2018
April 4, 2018 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA is seeking public comment on any aspect of the use of isobutanol in gasoline in response to fuel registration application filed by Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC. The public …

Grassley Slams EPA RFS Waivers
April 4, 2018 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino  (Politico’s Morning Energy)   Sen. Chuck Grassley joined corn growers and ethanol producers in slamming a report Tuesday that refining giant Andeavor got a hardship waiver from the Renewable Fuel Standard for its …

Tariff Talk
April 4, 2018 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino  (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The Trump administration escalated trade-war tensions with China on Tuesday, publishing a proposed list of 1,300 Chinese imports that it will hit with retaliatory tariffs in response to China’s intellectual …

U.S. Locks in Anti-Dumping Duties on Biodiesel from Argentina, Indonesia
April 3, 2018 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Susan Heavey and Doina Chiacu (Reuters)  The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Tuesday the dumping of biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia harms American producers, a move that locks in place duties on the …

Cleaner Cars Create Jobs — New Study Shows Strong Vehicle Standards Boost Economy
April 3, 2018 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  Vehicle efficiency and emissions standards are a remarkably successful policy, delivering cleaner cars every year, saving drivers money at the pump, and reducing the pollution that causes climate change. A new study has found …

Trump to Roll Back Fuel Standards for Cars, Light Trucks — Ford, GM Positions
April 3, 2018 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Todd Spangler and Eric Lawrence (Detroit Free Press) … General Motors said that, regardless of what standard is ultimately set, it remained committed to “improving fuel economy, reducing emissions and an all-electric future,” including working on …

EPA Actions on the RFS are Destroying Demand for Ethanol and Corn
April 3, 2018 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  Recent actions by EPA have effectively reduced the Renewable Fuel Standard conventional renewable volume obligation (RVO) for 2016 by more than 1 billion gallons, and the agency appears poised to …

Calif. to Fight Trump’s ‘Politically Motivated’ Car Standards Plan
April 3, 2018 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Timothy Cama and Miranda Green (The Hill)  California officials promised Monday to put up a fight against the Trump administration’s newly announced decision to lower standards for car tailpipe emissions.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared Monday …

Carinata Rising: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Agrisoma
April 3, 2018 – 10:33 am | 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 …

Recall Of CAFE Rule Is Opportunity To Improve Fuel Quality
April 2, 2018 – 7:26 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative)  The announcement by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the fuel economy rules rushed through in late 2016 will be revised is an encouraging first step for high octane fuels to play …

RFA: EPA and NHTSA Should Consider Role of High Octane Fuels in Upcoming CAFE/GHG Rulemaking
April 2, 2018 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today encouraged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to strongly consider the role of high-octane fuels and higher …

EPA Orders Revised CAFE Targets, May Revoke California’s Waiver
April 2, 2018 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Eric Kulisch (Auto News)  Move applauded by auto industry, denounced by other businesses  —  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Monday announced that aggressive light-vehicle fuel efficiency and emissions limits set under the Obama administration for model years …

EPA Publishes CAFE Standards Mid-Term Evaluation Final Determination
April 2, 2018 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  On April 2, 2018, the Administrator signed the Mid-term Evaluation Final Determination which finds that the model year 2022-2025 greenhouse gas standards are not appropriate in light of the record before EPA …

Your Turn: South Dakota Ethanol Policy Genius
April 2, 2018 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Orrie Swayze (Argus Leader)  Sen. Kent Frerichs looked to further capitalize on the genius of our incredibly successful ethanol policy taxing imported petroleum one cent/gallon at the pipeline to fund incentives to build a strong South …

Commentary: Biofuels Are Driving US Growth
April 2, 2018 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Talent (Tribune News Service/Madison.com/Americans for Energy Security and Innovation)  … Biofuels are a target because they supply a full 10 percent of America’s motor fuel, and every extra gallon increases competition at the …

How EPA Is Destroying Demand for Ethanol and Corn
April 2, 2018 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Recent actions by EPA have effectively reduced the Renewable Fuel Standard conventional renewable volume obligation (RVO) for 2016 by more than 1 billion gallons, and the agency appears poised to take similar …

BIO Comments on Proposed Settlement Agreement Between EPA and Philadelphia Energy Solutions on RFS Obligations
April 2, 2018 – 11:06 am | No Comment

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  BIO is greatly concerned by the Department of Justice’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Settlement Agreement to resolve a dispute about the PES Holdings’ obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard.


This Settlement Agreement …

Biomass Crop Producers Eye Favorable Marketplace
April 1, 2018 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Wurzbacher (Penn State Extension)  The Association of Warm-Season Grass Producers (AWSGP) has had a busy year, and now voices market optimism for perennial grass products.
One of the group’s primary efforts from the start has …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Rick Santorum: Stop the Attacks on Farmers, Homegrown Energy
March 13, 2018 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Rick Santorum (Washington Examiner)  This January, I authored a column defending President Trump and rural champions in Congress who had come under attack by refineries for their support of American-made biofuels. A Republican Pennsylvania state legislator, Rep. …

The Pentagon Is Quietly Moving forward on Biofuel Deals. Republicans Want to Stop It
March 13, 2018 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by Travis J. Tritten (Washington Examiner)  … (Former Navy Secretary Ray) Mabus’ vision is, however, quietly moving forward under the Trump administration. The Pentagon has authorized $140 million to help build two biofuel refineries in …

Pruitt Looks to Stamp out RIN “Hoarding,” Raises Possibility of Limits on Wall Street
March 13, 2018 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle)   EPA chief Scott Pruitt raised the idea Monday of limiting Wall Street’s ability to trade the government-issued credits for ethanol and other biofuels in an effort to aid oil refineries.

In a meeting …

EPA Spares Philly Refiner in Bankruptcy Settlement
March 13, 2018 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) EPA will allow bankrupt refinery Philadelphia Energy Solutions to meet only a portion of its outstanding obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard as part of a settlement filed with …

Taming Biofuel-Loving Microbes
March 13, 2018 – 11:31 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/American Chemical Society)  Most people are cautious around gasoline and diesel for good reason, but some microbes love the stuff—especially biofuels that contain fatty acid derivatives. So, as the world tries to go “green,” it also …

White House Postpones Talks on US Biofuel Mandate: Refinery Source
March 13, 2018 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Meghan Gordon bankr(Platts)  The White House has postponed a fourth round of talks between refinery and biofuel interests about reforming the US biofuel mandate, according to a refinery source close to the negotiations.
The meeting set …

What Happened? Pyrolysis Breakthrough Could Cut Drop-In Biofuels Cost to $2.58 per Gallon
March 13, 2018 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We have a breakthrough in pyrolysis to report today that could reduce the estimated cost of producing fuel from $3.27 per gallon to $2.58 per gallon.
And no one quite understands how …

RIN Price Cap a Demand Cap: Oil Industry Study Makes Ethanol Industry’s Case on Motive, Impact
March 12, 2018 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)   A study commissioned by the country’s largest oil refiner explains how a waiver credit would freeze ethanol demand.
Ethanol industry groups are pointing to several statements in the oil industry’s …

Big This Week: Oil Execs to Huddle with Trump
March 12, 2018 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder (Axios) Lots to discuss: Top oil-and-gas industry executives will meet Thursday with President Trump at the White House, according to sources familiar with the plan.

Why it matters: The meeting arrives amid a rough patch in …

Update: White House Calls off Biofuels Meeting
March 12, 2018 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(Agri-Pulse) Oil, biofuels interests were originally set to meet Monday morning. READ MORE
BIOFUELS WHITE HOUSE MEETING SCRAPPED: (Politico’s Morning Energy)
MONDAY WHITE HOUSE MEETING ON RFS CALLED OFF (Brownfield Ag News; includes AUDIO)
Ethanol Interests Shout Opposition …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA and Its Programs
March 12, 2018 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) “The bioeconomy is a catalyst for economic development in rural America, creating new jobs and providing new markets for farmers and ranchers. Investing in the businesses and technologies that support the …

Ethanol Plant Operators Say No to RIN Price Cap — Comments from Renewable Fuels Association Member Companies
March 9, 2018 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Another White House meeting has been scheduled for Monday, March 12, to continue discussions between oil refinery and biofuels interests over the price of Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs, which were created under …

Long Road for Biofuels Industry
March 9, 2018 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Biomass Magazine)  This year is setting up to be a long year for the biofuels industry. First on the agenda is the fate of the biofuels tax extenders, including the biodiesel blenders, renewable diesel …

A Straighter, Shorter Pathway
March 9, 2018 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Sue Retka Schill (Biomass Magazine)  Seven years after the U.S. EPA published the final rule for administering the Renewable Fuel Standard, the path to getting corn kernel fiber-to-cellulosic ethanol approvals appears to be getting much shorter. …

UPDATE 1-White House Sets Biofuel Meeting; Trump Will Not Attend -Sources
March 9, 2018 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The White House has made preliminary plans for a meeting on Monday between rivals in the corn and oil industries to discuss potential changes to the nation’s biofuels policy, two sources familiar …

Bill Aims to Dismantle RFS, Limit Biofuel Blending
March 9, 2018 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On March 8, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., and Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., introduced companion bills that aim to dismantle the Renewable Fuel Standard and sunset blending obligations for conventional, advanced, …

200 Companies, Trade Groups Urge Congress forward on Farm Bill Energy Title Programs
March 9, 2018 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, more than 200 companies and trade associations today wrote House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders, urging them “to reauthorize and maintain stable mandatory funding for energy title programs in the …

Analysis: Cap on Conventional Ethanol RINs Will Reduce Biodiesel Market By 100-300 Million Gallons Per Year
March 9, 2018 – 10:28 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  A new analysis by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and the World Agricultural Economic and Environmental Services (WAEES) found that capping the price of conventional biofuels’ Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) will significantly harm …

DOE Doles out Millions for Natural Gas Engine Research
March 8, 2018 – 9:11 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $4 million to support three new cost-shared research projects focused on medium- and heavy-duty, on-road natural gas engines, as well as $3 million to support …

New Study: RIN Price Cap for E15 RVP Waiver “Deal” Would Cut Ethanol Consumption and Trounce Corn Prices
March 8, 2018 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)  Any action to artificially cap Renewable Identification Number (RIN) prices in exchange for an RVP waiver allowing year-round sale of E15 would be a bad deal for rural America and …

NREL Seeking Help with Biorefinery Survey DEADLINE: March 8, 2018
March 8, 2018 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is seeking respondents to a survey to better understand the next generation biofuel industry as a whole and its contributions to the local and national economy. The …

Diesel with 89% Lower GHGs: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Synpet Technologies
March 8, 2018 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Synpet was founded in 2014 as a developer of a synthetic petroleum (SYNPET) business using its Thermal Conversion Process. TCP breaks down organic waste materials by using heat, pressure and water to produce …

Commercial Time: Aemetis Embarks on $158 Million Cellulosic Ethanol Project in California
March 8, 2018 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   … I’d start with the news from Aemetis that they are embarking now on a $158 million cellulosic ethanol plant — to be built in Riverbank, California, in partnership with LanzaTech.
Cellulosic …

UPDATE 1-U.S. Refinery Workers Head to Washington to Urge Biofuels Reform
March 7, 2018 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  A delegation of workers from U.S. oil refining companies that oppose the nation’s biofuels policy will converge on Washington on Wednesday to lobby lawmakers to find a way to lessen the regulation’s …

EPA Unresponsive to Letter on Agency Position on RIN Prices
March 6, 2018 – 7:26 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, today (March 1, 2018) issued the following statement on EPA’s official position, restated as recently as November 2017 that, “high RIN prices do …

Ag Policy Blog: Government Confusion Over Ethanol Might Demand Growing Locally
March 6, 2018 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … So you have USDA saying ethanol demand has basically peaked. The Department of Energy is saying ethanol is really the only fuel that can provide the energy and …

Impressions of the State of the Industry from ABLC 2018
March 6, 2018 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “A smidgen more hopeful that it has been for a few years,” said one advanced biofuels industry long-timer.  “I don’t understand why it feels so pessimistic,” asked an attendee …

Aemetis Completes Operation of Cellulosic Ethanol Integrated Demonstration Unit, Produced Record Yields
March 6, 2018 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Shaver (Aemetis)  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today that the company successfully built and operated an integrated demonstration unit for more than 120 days of continuous operations with 94% uptime, meeting the requirements for a …

Protein Studies Inform Biofuels Research
March 6, 2018 – 11:04 am | No Comment

(University of Wisconsin – Madison/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Advances in biofuels research tend to involve reduced costs, greater reagent stability, more diverse and valuable end products, or faster reactions, which often increase product yields as well.
But to …

It’s Entirely About Character: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Characterizing Lignocellulosic Biomass
March 5, 2018 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Why characterize biomass? Lignocellulosic biomass is a complex biopolymer and its properties vary depending on its species, growth environments and conversion processes. Characteristics of biomass provide valuable insights for biomass utilization. Diverse characterization methods have been …

Heard from the Floor at ABLC — Thursday March 1, 2018
March 5, 2018 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … On March 1, ABLC 2018 kicked off at the Mayflower Hotel in the heart of D.C. with five Avengers – a superhero bunch who all had a common thread …

“That’s Chuck Grassley. Should I Take the Call?” Klobuchar Keynote Ignites ABLC
March 5, 2018 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, an unplanned on-stage telephone conversation between Senators Amy Klobuchar and Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa was the highlight of ABLC 2018 as high drama at the White House …

Lightweighting: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Renewable Carbon Fiber Consortium
March 5, 2018 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s the latest with carbon fiber?  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to develop and demonstrate an acrylonitrile (bio-ACN) production process from biomass-derived sugars at ≤ $1/lb. Additionally, the team …

Engineering Clostridia: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to n-Butanol Production from Biomass and CO2
March 5, 2018 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The DOE is supporting a project to develop engineered clostridia strains and fermentation process that can directly utilize cellulose and fix CO2 for n-butanol production from lignocellulosic biomass. The engineered strains can …

Heard On The Floor at ABLC Day 2 – Listen to the Wind of Change
March 5, 2018 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Starting with the Federal Perspective and Programs Forum first thing in the morning, we heard from Harry Baumes from USDA who announced 5 more projects projecting to achieve financial closing in …

Parts and Control Makers Team up on Vehicle Standards
March 2, 2018 – 1:15 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Groups representing auto parts makers and pollution control manufacturers will team up today for a new “informal alliance” to push for EPA and the Transportation Department to decide sooner rather than …

Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference—Thoughts and Tidbits from Day 1
March 1, 2018 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The ABLC 2018 conference began at the US Department of Agriculture headquarters with a focus on feedstock.  Jordan Solomon, Managing Director & CEO Ecostrat Inc.. kicked off the event …

Heard on the Floor at ABLC 2018
March 1, 2018 – 9:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There was high drama in Washington, DC as the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference got underway and President Trump readies to meet at the White House with a number of biofuels leaders about …

ABLC 2018 Preview: Deployment Dawns, Products Proliferate, and Techs Land Major Venture Deals as the Bioeconomy Advances into a Big 2018
February 28, 2018 – 11:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, ABLC 2018 opens amidst a flutter of government rollbacks of deployment support but the hope of regulatory relief, breakthroughs in financial structuring, a decisive shift in early-stage projects to …

In a Surprising Study, Scientists Say Everyday Chemicals Now Rival Cars as a Source of Air Pollution
February 27, 2018 – 8:04 pm | No Comment

by Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  In a major study released Thursday (February 15, 2018), a team of government and university scientists say that the nature of air pollution is changing dramatically as cars become cleaner …

Catalyst Collaboration: Argonne Accelerates Biofuel Production Technology
February 27, 2018 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Meltem Urgun-Demirtas (U.S. Department of Energy)  … With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) totaling nearly $1.3 million since 2013, ANL researchers are using X-ray spectroscopy to move the nation …

BETO Publishes Engineered Carbon Reduction Listening Day Summary Report, Announces Rewiring Initiative
February 27, 2018 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Rewiring the Carbon Economy: Engineered Carbon Reduction Listening Day Summary Report is now online! Read this new workshop summary for an overview of advanced …

BETO 2017 Peer Review Results Are Now Online!
February 27, 2018 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Last spring, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) conducted its seventh biennial external review of its research, development, and communications portfolio. More than 40 external subject matter …

White House Pushes for More Talks after ‘No Deal’ on Biofuels
February 27, 2018 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)   U.S. President Donald Trump has asked for more talks between representatives of the oil and corn industries after a meeting on Tuesday failed to yield an agreement on how to help …

Farmers Grow Their Own Market through Ethanol
February 27, 2018 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Steve White (Nebraska TV)  Nebraska farmers grow their own market through ethanol. It creates jobs, but it also provides hometown demand for corn and they’re optimistic Pres. Trump will help the industry.

Farmers like Bill Schuster …

Farm Groups Urge Trump to Maintain the Integrity of the RFS
February 27, 2018 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Representatives of the U.S. farming community are speaking out ahead of a Feb. 27 White House meeting on the Renewable Fuel Standard, urging President Donald Trump to avoid seeking change …