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-Include high octane/high ethanol Regular Grade fuel in EPA Tier 3 regulations.
-Use a dedicated, self-reducing non-renewable carbon user fee to fund renewable energy R&D.
-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

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Applications Are Now Being Accepted for the 2018 Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Awards Poster Competition! DEADLINE: September 17, 2018
August 13, 2018 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Awards) Female undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers currently undertaking research in clean energy are invited to apply! Entrants with the most compelling posters will be invited to attend the …

Complex Networks Identify Genes for Biofuel Crops
August 13, 2018 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy Newswise)  Systems biology leads the way to exascale computing on Summit supercomputer. —  … To improve biofuel production, scientists must understand the fundamental interactions that lead to the expression of key traits in …

Mr. President, Don’t Support Any ‘Deal’ That Undermines the RFS
August 13, 2018 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Donnell Rehagen (National Biodiesel Board/Real Clear Energy)  … The ethanol industry wants EPA to remove a regulatory barrier to higher ethanol blends. In exchange, the refining industry wants to sunset the Renewable Fuel Standard. Late in …

Hubbell Wants More Support for Farmers Hurt by Trade War
August 13, 2018 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Rod Boshart (Sioux City Journal)  Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred Hubbell called out Gov. Kim Reynolds Saturday for not taking a more-aggressive public stance on behalf of Iowa farmers and rural interests being hurt by President …

Researchers Discover How to Protect Yeast from Damage in Biofuel Production
August 13, 2018 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Chris Barncard  (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  Some chemicals used to speed up the breakdown of plants for production of biofuels like ethanol are poison to the yeasts that turn the plant sugars into fuel.
Researchers from the …

Frustration Brews in the Ethanol Industry
August 10, 2018 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Dan Looker (Successful Farming) Lawsuits and EPA petitions are in the works.  —  … “I would say the status quo right now is unacceptable for the industry,” says Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy. “If …

Stink, Swine, and Nuisance: The North Carolina Hog Industry and Its Waste Management Woes
August 10, 2018 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  …  Biogas – Turning Hog Waste into Resources  —  Biogas technologies turn organic wastes, including manure, into energy and compost. When manure is turned into biogas, the smells, …

California Drivers Pay Growing Cost for Climate Program
August 10, 2018 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by David R. Baker (San Francisco Chronicle)  A California program to fight climate change may now add more to the cost of gasoline than the state gas-tax increase that many voters want to repeal.
The Low Carbon Fuel Standard, designed …

Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program DEADLINES: October 1, 2018 and April 1, 2019
August 10, 2018 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business-Cooperative Service/Federal Register)  This Notice announces the solicitation of applications for funds available under the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (the Program) to provide guaranteed loans to …

Colorado Business Owner Pleads Guilty to $7 Million Biodiesel Tax Credit Fraud Scheme
August 9, 2018 – 8:19 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice) A Colorado business owner pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to impair and impede the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for his role in a $7.2 million renewable fuel tax credit scheme, announced Principal …

Oil’s Relentless Price Climb Brings Advanced Biofuels Back in Vogue
August 9, 2018 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For several years now we have seen a significant number of players pivoting from biofuels towards smaller but higher-value markets in chemicals, nutrition,  nutraceuticals, pharma, materials, flavorings, fragrances, cosmetics and more. We’ve …

Trump Admin Sees Grim Climate Outcome in Car Rule
August 9, 2018 – 8:52 am | No Comment

by Zack Colman and Scott Waldman (E&E News) The last time carbon dioxide levels hit the mark the Trump administration envisions for the end of the century, crocodiles roamed the poles and palm trees existed where glaciers …

McCaskill Visits Biofuel Plants in Missouri on Primary Day
August 8, 2018 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Andy Banker (KPLR11)  Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill spent the primary election day visiting biofuel plants in Missouri.
“Happy Primary Day,” McCaskill said while getting off her campaign bus to tour MidAmerica Biofuels in Mexico, Missouri.
It was …

Significant Environmental Milestone for Mississippi Project
August 7, 2018 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

(Velocys)  The USDA has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact on the environmental assessment report for Velocys’ planned Mississippi biorefinery.  
Velocys plc (VLS.L), the renewable fuels company, announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) …

Leahy among Lawmakers Taking Farm Bill to Conference
August 7, 2018 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

(WCAX)   Both houses of Congress have passed their respective versions of the Farm Bill, a massive piece of legislation that affects farmers around the country.
Now, a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, will …

With Trade War, Farmer Support for Trump Erodes Sharply
August 7, 2018 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Chuck Abbott (Fern’s Ag Insider)  One-in-seven farmers who voted for President Trump in 2016 would not vote for him today, according to a poll released on Monday. The escalating trade war was the leading cause …

To Kill Climate Rule, EPA Wants to Redefine Danger of Soot
August 7, 2018 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Niina Heikkinen (E&E News)   Whether it’s in haze-shrouded cities, plumes of car exhaust or even clear skies, fine particle pollution can be found just about everywhere in the United States.
… Exposure to fine particles is linked …

Oil’s Well?
August 7, 2018 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Poltico’s Morning Energy) Does the world have enough oil to go around if 2.5 million barrels of Iranian petroleum is put behind a wall of U.S. sanctions? That’s the questions oil traders …

Federally Funded Project Uses Microbes to Convert CO2 to RNG
August 7, 2018 – 9:44 am | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has announced new grant funding for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LNNL) and Stanford School of Engineering’s Spormann Laboratory to conduct new power-to-gas research.
The two entities will …

Biomass, Biomass and More Biomass: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the DOE’s Billion Ton Report, Vol. 1
August 6, 2018 – 8:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The US Department of Energy’s Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy says that 1.2 billion tons of biomass would be available at $40 or less per ton by 2040, and 1 …

When Markets Misbehave, Send the Marines! (World Governments Get a Case of Bioeconomy Interventionitis)
August 6, 2018 – 8:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The European Court of Justice has ruled that organisms altered via genome editing are GMOs and subject to GMO regulation in Europe, including warning labels for foods. 
And in the US, President …

New Membrane Technology May Aid Biofuel Production
August 6, 2018 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(Argonne National Laboratory/Biomass Magazine) Named for the mythical god with two faces, Janus membranes –double-sided membranes that serve as gatekeepers between two substances—have emerged as a material with potential industrial uses. Creating two distinct “faces” on …

The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the US Department of Energy’s Demonstration and Market Transformation Programs
August 3, 2018 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The goal of the US Department of Energy’s Demonstration and Market Transformation focus at the BioEnergy Technologies Office is to de-risk bioenergy production technologies through validated proof of performance at the …

The Top 10 Advances in Renewable Butanol: What’s Speeding up, Where Are the Slow-Downs?
August 3, 2018 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Portugal comes the news that SilicoLife was awarded with a SME instrument phase 1 grant for the commercial evaluation of its BUTANOVA technology, a new biological process to produce n-butanol.
BUTANOVA …

California Schemin’
August 3, 2018 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) The Trump administration’s proposed freeze of vehicle fuel efficiency standards sought by the Obama administration and plan to end California’s power to enforce its own rules has placed the spotlight …

Energy Department Releases Request for Information on Multi-Sector Uses of Hydrogen DEADLINE: October 31, 2018
August 3, 2018 – 10:20 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  At today’s (August 1, 2018) H2@ Scale project kickoff meeting in Chicago, EERE’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Steven Chalk announced the release of a request for information (RFI) soliciting stakeholder feedback on opportunities …

EPA Opens Door to Conversation about High Octane Fuels
August 2, 2018 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative)  After being one of the first to embrace and encourage high octane fuels as a solution for reducing emissions and improving air quality, the Urban Air Initiative is relieved to finally see octane …

House Moves forward on Ethanol Reform, but No Bill Yet
August 2, 2018 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  The House Energy and Commerce Committee is on course to create legislation to develop a national biofuel program that places consumers first, said Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon, the Republican chairman …

More Support for Carbon Utilization in Congress
August 2, 2018 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  This month the momentum for supporting technologies that put carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to good use got a boost in Congress with the introduction of the bipartisan Carbon Utilization Act of …

Deeper into the Biomass: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the DOE’s Billion Ton Report, Vol. 2
August 2, 2018 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy’s Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy says that 1.2 billion tons of biomass would be available at $40 or less per ton by 2040, and 1 …

Request for Information (RFI): Understanding Catalyst Production and Development Needs at National Laboratories RFI Released RESPONSES DUE: September 14, 2018
August 2, 2018 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office issued a request for information (RFI) titled, Understanding Catalyst Production and Development Needs at National Laboratories. Catalysts increase the rate of a chemical …

Cutting Bio-Project Costs via Supply Chain Standards: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Biomass Supply Chain Risk Standards
August 2, 2018 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In March, EcoStrat CEO Jordan Solomon announced the US Standards for Biomass Supply Chain Risk (BSCR) this year. This has been an ongoing 3 year USDOE/BETO project which we are leading …

Unwinding the Perverse Arithmetic of Scott Pruitt’s Small Refinery Exemptions to the RFS
August 2, 2018 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Jeremy Martin (Union of Concerned Scientists/Biofuels Digest)  … Here, we untangle the opaque way (former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott) Pruitt rigged the system for his fossil fuel friends and what this means for the …

RFA: EPA Is Working on an E15 Rule
August 2, 2018 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Bob Dinneen, the outgoing CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, told reporters Wednesday that he thinks EPA staff is working on a rule to allow year-round sales of 15 …

RFA Welcomes Inclusion of High Octane Fuels in 2021-2026 CAFE/GHG Proposal
August 2, 2018 – 10:07 am | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today welcomed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) request for public comments on how high octane fuels could facilitate engine efficiency improvements and reduced emissions under 2021-2026 fuel …

The Safer and Affordable Fuel Efficient Vehicles Proposed Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 COMMENTS DUE: TBD
August 2, 2018 – 10:00 am | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) propose to amend certain existing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas emissions standards for passenger cars and light …

Trump Administration to Freeze Fuel Efficiency Requirements
August 2, 2018 – 9:47 am | No Comment

by Brady Dennis, Michael Laris and Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post) The Trump administration on Thursday announced plans to freeze fuel efficiency requirements for the nation’s cars and trucks through 2026 — a massive regulatory rollback likely to spur …

Bioenergy (Biofuels/Biomass) RFS Roundup: To Grow Cellulosic Fuel Volumes, Address Low Hanging Fruit in RFS Changes
August 1, 2018 – 8:29 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  On Wednesday July 25, the House Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing to educate members on the complexities of the compliance markets for biofuels, as Environment and …

Biofuel Mandates in the EU by Member State in 2018
August 1, 2018 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Sabine Lieberz (US Department of Agriculture)  This report provides an overview on the biofuel use mandates in the various EU-28 member states. It supplements the EU-28 Biofuel Annual Report.
The 2009 EU Energy and Climate Change …

Daily on Energy: Democrats ‘Pleased’ to Hear from Trump’s New EPA Pick: EPA’S Wheeler Promises ‘50-State Solution’ for New Auto Rules
August 1, 2018 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)   Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler confirmed to senators Wednesday that the Trump administration this week will release a proposal to weaken Obama-era fuel efficiency standards. Wheeler, in his first testimony …

Time for EPA to Clean up the Mess It Made of the RFS
August 1, 2018 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Timothy J. Rudnicki (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  … Let’s be clear here. There are legitimate complaints from the biofuel industry because (acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew) Wheeler’s predecessor turned over the agency to Big Oil. …

USDA Provides Aid for Farmers, Biofuel Groups Call for RVP Relief
August 1, 2018 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The USDA has announced it will authorize up to $12 billion in aid to assist farmers who have been impacted by retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods. The ethanol industry …

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on RINs
August 1, 2018 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On July 25, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing that aimed to educate members of the subcommittee on renewable identification numbers (RINs) …

NBB Files Opening Brief Challenging 2018 Renewable Fuel Standards
August 1, 2018 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  NBB brief is the first to challenge EPA’s accounting for small refinery “hardship” exemptions in the annual RFS volumes  —  On Friday July 27, 2018, the National Biodiesel Board filed an opening brief in …

High-Yield Hydrocarbons from Ethanol: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Vertimass
August 1, 2018 – 10:12 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Vertimass technology was originated at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where scientists discovered novel catalysts that convert a wide range of alcohols into various hydrocarbon blend stocks which can be used in …

Court to Hear RFS Refinery Waivers Case
July 31, 2018 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Appeals Court to Hear Whether EPA Followed Law Prior to Granting Exemptions  —  The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver will hear a Renewable Fuels Standard lawsuit challenging EPA’s …

High Performance Fuels & Vehicles, Both: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Co-Optima Project and HP Fuels
July 31, 2018 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy has a key project called Co-Optima, which aims to determine key fuel properties that enable improved engine efficiency, provide key science to enable high efficiency combustion …

EPA OIG Audits EPA’s Implementation of Its Recommendations for Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards Program
July 31, 2018 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell)  On July 20, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report on its audit of EPA’s implementation of the OIG recommendations for the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards …

LANL Researching Algae to Convert to Affordable Fuel
July 31, 2018 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Andy Stiny (Santa Fe New Mexican)  … And those lawn clippings? They could be used to convert algae into a mass-produced, economical biofuel to be used in cars, trucks and airplanes.

Molecular biologist Amanda Barry …

Trump Says Very Close to 12-Month Waiver for Ethanol in Gasoline
July 30, 2018 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Roberta Rampton and Lisa Lambert (Reuters)  President Donald Trump on Thursday said his administration is very close to granting a waiver that would allow the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol year-round.
“I’m very close, I …

Fueled for the Future Red Rock Biofuels Facility Breaks Ground in Lakeview
July 30, 2018 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Kurt Liedtke (Herald and News)  On Wednesday, members of Red Rock Biofuels, political dignitaries, corporate representatives and a large community contingent gathered on the outskirts of Lakeview for a groundbreaking ceremony for the $320 …

“There’s No Place Like Home” Grown Sorghum
July 30, 2018 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Sorghum sights are set high with EPA approval and recent genetic improvements  — … U.S. EPA opened up pathways for sorghum oil to become renewable fuels. 

Sorghum is a grass grown in …

Higher Blends of Ethanol Should Be Available Year-Round
July 30, 2018 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Bush (Marion Star)  … Most urgently,  (Agriculture) Secretary (Sonny) Perdue must follow the president’s directive to work with the Environmental Protection Agency to end harmful sales regulations on higher ethanol blends like E15 and …

Inside the Draft Auto Rule Rollback
July 30, 2018 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Alex Guillén (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The Trump administration is expected to formally roll back vehicle fuel economy and emissions requirements later this week, and a draft version of the EPA-NHTSA rule posted Friday evening by …

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of July 27th
July 28, 2018 – 4:36 pm | 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, …

Extra Administration Analysis Delays Fuel Economy Rules
July 26, 2018 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Fuel economy rules from EPA and the Department of Transportation that were widely expected this week will be delayed, as the feds are adding analysis to give them better …

DOE Launches New Lab Partnering Service
July 24, 2018 – 8:47 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On July 10, the U.S. Department of Energy officially launched the Lab Partnering Service, an online, single access point platform for investors, innovators, and institutions to identify, locate, and obtain …

EPA Hasn’t Told the Whole Story of the Benefits of Biofuels
July 24, 2018 – 8:03 pm | No Comment

by Byron Dorgan (Arent Fox LLP/National Biodiesel Board/The Hill)  … A recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report released to Congress on the environmental and resource conservation impacts of biofuel production deliberately misses the mark because of what it excludes. …

Fischer Joins Acting EPA Administrator to Announce Approved Fuel Pathway for Sorghum Oil
July 24, 2018 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE))  U.S. Senator Deb Fischer, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement today after participating in an event at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to announce an …

Biofuels: A Straightforward Fix for US Farmers’ Tariff Exposure to China?
July 24, 2018 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This is the first of a two-part series in which we look at strategic shifts in global commodity prices and policies that could dramatically impact the outlook for biofuels, In this …

White House Readies Plan for $12 Billion in Emergency Aid to Farmers Caught in Trump’s Escalating Trade War
July 24, 2018 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Damian Paletta and Caitlin Dewey (Washington Post)  The U.S. Agriculture Department on Tuesday plans to announce a $12 billion package of emergency aid for farmers caught in the midst of President Trump’s escalating trade war, …

EPA Issues Notice of Data Availability on Grain Sorghum
July 24, 2018 – 10:51 am | No Comment

(National Sorghum Producers)  On May 25, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice of data availability (NODA) concerning renewable fuels produced from grain sorghum under the RFS program.
EPA’s analysis shows grain sorghum, when …

With Friends Like This… … EPA’s Proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support Rule
July 23, 2018 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Doug Sombke (Ethanol Producer Magazine/South Dakota Farmers Union)  South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke discusses how the EPA’s proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule would hurt both the ethanol and agriculture industries  —  … There …

United Front … Octane Is Important
July 23, 2018 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Experts in multiple industries support the idea of a high-octane fuel standard, but some prefer it as a replacement to the RFS.  —  Octane is important. The ethanol industry knows this, …

Ethanol Industry, Aurora Co-Op Continue to Expand in Nebraska
July 23, 2018 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Robert Pore (Kearney Hub)  … Aurora Cooperative is opening its new A-Stop 24 pump site just north of Grant on Highway 61. Friday’s ceremony was attended by Gov. Pete Ricketts, area chamber members and Nebraska …

Sen. Ernst Questions CEQ Nominee on RFS and Year-Round E15
July 23, 2018 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by AJ Taylor (KIOW)  Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) stressed the importance of biofuels to rural communities and the need to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the …

Help Or Hinder? Federal Agencies At Odds Over Biofuels
July 22, 2018 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

by Madelyn Beck (Harvest Public Media/KUNC)  … That’s because for the last few years, the EPA and the Department of Energy have been at odds, with taxpayer money creating a new biofuel industry that may not …

U.S. Court of Appeals Rules in Ergon – West Virginia’s Favor in RFS Claim Against EPA
July 20, 2018 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

(Ergon – West Virginia, Inc./Business Wire)  Ergon – West Virginia, Inc., Wrongfully Denied Small Refinery Hardship Relief  —  The United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has vacated and remanded the United States …

Report: Clean Car Rules Coming Soon
July 20, 2018 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)Mark your calendars, readers. An EPA official told E&E News that the Trump administration will propose its plans for weakening Obama-era clean car standards next week. The plan will provide …

Putting Bacteria to Work
July 20, 2018 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy) The idea of bacteria as diverse, complex perceptive entities that can hunt prey in packs, remember past experiences and interact with the moods and perceptions of their human hosts sounds like the …

NPPD Part of DOE Study to Develop Integrated CO2 Collection, Transportation, and Storage Infrastructure
July 20, 2018 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(Nebraska Public Power District) Nebraska Public Power District is taking another step forward in the carbon world with a second Department of Energy (DOE) study. This most recent initiative has a goal of developing an …

Did Trump’s Renewable Fuels Policy Really Cost Corn Growers $3.65 Billion in 2017?
July 20, 2018 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, new evidence has appeared that a Trump Administration shift on US low carbon fuel policy may have cost US corn growers an estimated $3.65 billion.
The mechanism? A secretive effort …

White House ‘Concerned’ that House Bill Doesn’t Cut EPA Funding Enough
July 19, 2018 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Niv Elis (The Hill)  The White House is expressing concerns that a funding bill set for a vote Thursday in the House does not make deep enough cuts for agencies such as the Environmental Protection …

Feeding Plants to This Algae Could Fuel Your Car
July 19, 2018 – 11:50 am | No Comment

(Los Alamos National Laboratory/Phys.Org)  Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory and partner institutions provided today the first published report of algae using raw plants as a carbon energy source. The research shows that a freshwater production …

Heard on the Floor at the BIO World Congress: Dinneen Steps Down at RFA, Cooper Succeeds; EPA Hearings in DC; Organic Solar Cells; Lygos rockin’; Biomaterials Advance; Iffy News for Algae Tech.
July 19, 2018 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … News spread like wildfire at the 2018 BIO World Congress in Philadelphia that Renewable Fuels Association CEO Bob Dinneen will transition into the role of RFA’s Senior Strategic Advisor, and …

State Government of Queensland : Pentagon Meeting Advances Queensland’s Emerging Biofuel Industry
July 18, 2018 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(Office of Queensland Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Cameron Dick)  Queensland’s potential as the biofuel hub of the Asia Pacific has taken centre stage in Washington this week at a meeting with the …

Surfactants, 100% Renewable and Biobased: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Croda’s Eco Range
July 18, 2018 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Croda’s new Eco Range of surfactants is 100% renewable and 100% biobased. Croda’s is the first plant of its type in North America to produce 100% renewable, 100% biobased surfactants. The versatile …

Request for Nominations of Candidates to the EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) and SAB Standing Committees DEADLINE: August 8, 2018
July 17, 2018 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency/Federal Register)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations of scientific experts from a diverse range of disciplines to be considered for appointment to the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) and four SAB …

Trump Admin Moves to Throw out RFS Waivers Suit
July 17, 2018 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Reilly (E&E News)  The Trump administration on Friday asked a federal court to throw out a lawsuit over EPA’s decision to exempt refiners from annual renewable fuel requirements.   Government lawyers raised procedural arguments against …

Prior to Take-off: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Jet Fuels and Certification
July 17, 2018 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Before renewable jet fuel production comes renewable jet fuel certification. What is involved? FAA and CAAFI stalwart Mark Rumizen presented on the process, the steps, the milestones and more at ABLC 2018 …

Boyle Selected for DOE Early Career Research Program
July 17, 2018 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

(Colorado School of Mines)  Nanette Boyle, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Colorado School of Mines, has been awarded funding through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Early Career Research Program.
Boyle will receive $750,000 over five …

A Plan to Reallocate Waived Biofuels
July 16, 2018 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(Red River Farm Network)  The ethanol industry will continue to pursue a fix for the damages brought on from EPA’s issuing of small refinery waivers. Ahead of a public hearing Wednesday, Renewable Fuels Association Executive …

US Trade, Biofuel Policies and Immigration Hit Farmers Hard
July 16, 2018 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/The Vindicator)  … The threat of counter-tariffs on U.S. farm goods and the impact of President Donald Trump’s other policies on immigration and biofuels, though, have some farmers more worried than ever about their ability …

Grassley Not Happy with EPA RFS Reply
July 16, 2018 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

(The Hagstrom Report/The Fence Post)  The Environmental Protection Agency finally replied to a letter that Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and 11 other senators sent in April inquiring about waivers to the Renewable …

Taming the Tasmanian Devil of Polymers: Lignin, the Orneriest, Roughest, Toughest, Most Un-cooperative and Abundant Natural Polymer Ever
July 13, 2018 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Lignin has developed into a sustainable and very satisfactory alternative to fossil fuels.
But applications have been needed. Firstly, applications that work, then applications that pay, then applications at scale. Let’s …

A Trade War with Canada Is the Last Thing That U.S. Ethanol Producers Need
July 12, 2018 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by Tristan R. Brown (Seeking Alpha)  The worsening state of America’s trade relations with Canada has raised the risk that U.S. ethanol will be targeted with import tariffs due to its political importance. China and Brazil have …

Q.E.D.: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit
July 12, 2018 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s known by the ungainly acronym ABPDU, which might as well decode as “All Bioeconomy Processes Developed Upstairs,” but actually stands for the far more modest “Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit.”
It’s run …

EPA Scraps Detailed Plan to Force U.S. Refiners to Blend More Biofuels
July 12, 2018 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ditched a detailed plan that would have forced refiners to blend more biofuels into their gasoline and diesel in 2019 to compensate for volumes likely to be …

Former DuPont Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing Trade Secrets and Lying to the FBI
July 12, 2018 – 10:40 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  Took Trade Secrets and Proprietary Information When He Accepted a Job with a Competitor  —  Josh Harry Isler, age 55, from St. Ansgar, Iowa, pled guilty today in United States District Court in …

EVs Could Drive 38% Rise in US Electricity Demand, DOE Lab Finds
July 12, 2018 – 9:38 am | No Comment

by Robert Walton (Utility Dive)  Rising electricity demand could lead to sustained absolute growth of 80 terawatt-hours per year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  —  … The study considers three scenarios, …

NREL: Novel Genetic Method Improves Efficiency of Enzyme
July 11, 2018 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the University of Georgia developed a new genetic engineering technique to dramatically improve an enzyme’s ability to break down …

Renewal of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee and Solicitation of Nominations for Membership DEADLINE: August 17, 2018
July 10, 2018 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

(International Trade Administration/Federal Register)  Pursuant to provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of Commerce announces the renewal of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (the Committee).
The Committee shall advise the Secretary …

California Regulator Sees ‘Window’ for Deal on Fuel Economy Rules
July 10, 2018 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters) California is ready to work with major automakers on revisions to greenhouse gas emission vehicle rules through 2025 and sees a “window” for a deal in the coming months, the state’s top …

Brett Kavanaugh Could Be Good for Ethanol
July 10, 2018 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court could be good news for the ethanol industry and clean energy programs where adherence to the law is often challenged.
Trump said Kavanaugh, …

The 10 Green Chemicals Driving a Disruptive New Biobased Industry
July 10, 2018 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A Petro Brexit (a/k/a, British companies exiting petroleum for the sustainable bioeconomy) : New report highlights how to ensure Britain becomes a world leader in bio-based chemicals
In the UK, a recent …

The ‘Octane Olive Branch’ Is Full of Thorns
July 9, 2018 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Doug Durante (The Hill/Clean Fuels Development Coalition)  With a final rule on fuel economy likely to come out in the near future, a considerable amount of attention has centered on higher octane fuels as a …

Pruitt Departure Allows for ‘Reset’ between Trump and Ethanol
July 9, 2018 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  … The EPA also jettisoned a plan to incorporate an additional 1.5 billion gallons of biofuel requirements in last week’s proposal to make up for the potential waivers granted to small refineries. …

Creative Debt and Equity: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Structures for Bioeconomy Project Finance
July 9, 2018 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with some combination of New Energy Risk, Stern …

In a Q&A with The Washington Post on Friday, Wheeler Showed He Differs from Pruitt
July 9, 2018 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  In a Q&A with The Washington Post on Friday, (EPA Acting Administrator Scott) Wheeler showed he differs from Pruitt in at least one major way. He said he considers an endangerment …

Renewable Fuel Standard: Program Unlikely to Meet Production or Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets
July 8, 2018 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Government Accountability Office)  The Renewable Fuel Standard aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and expand the nation’s renewable fuels sector through 2022. It requires that transportation fuels (such as gasoline and diesel) sold in the …

A Matter of Gravity—Understanding How Plants Grow in Space
July 6, 2018 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Tom Rickey (Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory/Phys.Org)  Last month a rocket thundered off a NASA launch pad in Virginia, destined for the International Space Station. Nestled among the 7,400 lbs. of supplies was a handful of …

BETO Issues Workshop Summary Report On Performance-Advantaged Biobased Chemicals
July 6, 2018 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Lynn L. Bergeson (Bergeson & Campbell/Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group)  On June 27, 2018, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) issued a new report, Moving Beyond Drop-In Replacements: Performance-Advantaged Biobased Chemicals …

Seeking a Friend for the End of Unreliability: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium
July 6, 2018 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What is the Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium and why does it exist?
The Why is simple. #1 issue plaguing High and Low Temperature IBR projects is consistent operability of preprocessing and primary …

Scott Pruitt Steps down as EPA Head after Ethics, Management Scandals
July 5, 2018 – 10:19 pm | No Comment

by Brady Dennis and Juliet Eilperin (Washington Post)  Scott Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general who relentlessly pursued President Trump’s promises of deregulation at the Environmental Protection Agency, resigned Thursday after controversies over his lavish spending, ethical …

Materials – Printing with Plants
July 3, 2018 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

by Kim Askey (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  A scalable processing technique developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory uses plant-based materials for 3D printing and offers a promising additional revenue stream for biorefineries. Scientists created a new …

New ‘Promiscuous’ Enzyme Helps Turn Plant Waste into Sustainable Products
July 3, 2018 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

(University of Portsmouth)  A new family of enzymes has been discovered which paves the way to convert plant waste into sustainable and high-value products such as nylon, plastics, chemicals, and fuels.
The discovery was led by members …

Ethanol Operation Considering Barley for Biofuel, Fish Food
July 3, 2018 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Holdman (Bismark Tribune)  … The North Dakota Industrial Commission approved an $83,810 Renewable Energy Program grant to Midwest AgEnergy Group to research using North Dakota barley for biofuel and a high value protein …

EPA Schedules Hearing on Proposed RFS Rule for July 18 COMMENT DEADLINE August 17, 2018
July 3, 2018 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has announced it will hold a public hearing in Ypsilanti, Michigan, July 18 to gather public input on its proposed rule to set 2019 renewable volume obligations …

Synthetic Methylotrophy: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Engineering Platform Organisms for Methane & Methanol Conversion to Fuels & Chemicals
July 3, 2018 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Harnessing Methane & Methanol as Feedstocks, that’s the subject of this overview of the uses of methanol when used by engineered platform organisms for fuel and chemical production. The background is …

Letter from Byzantium: Answers to Your Questions about Byzantine Biofuels Budgets and Policy Moves
July 3, 2018 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Yes, Virginia, there is cant, pettifoggery, self-dealing, obfuscation, and downright dirty pool when it comes to the deployment of biofuels, chemicals and advanced biomaterials — but there are also some …

AAPCA Releases 2018 Edition of The Greatest Story Seldom Told
July 3, 2018 – 10:40 am | No Comment

(Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies)  Today, the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA) released the 2018 edition of The Greatest Story Seldom Told: Profiles and Success Stories in Air Pollution Control. State and local air …

Biofuels and the Environment: Second Triennial Report to Congress
July 2, 2018 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  This report is the second of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) triennial reports to Congress required under the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA). EISA Section 204 calls for EPA to report …

Trump Administration Appoints New Biomass R&D TAC Members
July 2, 2018 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Helena Taveres Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, D.C., the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee has appointed several new volunteers from industry, academia, nonprofits, and local government to the TAC which advises the federal government about …

Leveling the Playing Field: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Reserves Accounting
July 2, 2018 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In November 2011, the Digest ran a story on a remarkable proposition — advanced by Richard Hamilton, then CEO of Ceres — that biofuels companies – on the “level playing field” …

Lawmakers Ask EPA to Approve RFS Pathway for Biomass Power
June 29, 2018 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A bipartisan delegation of California lawmakers are urging the U.S. EPA to resolve any issues that prevent biomass and waste-to-energy pathways from receiving the same level of support as other …

Ag Secretary Perdue on Trump’s Message to Farmers: You Won’t Suffer in a Trade Fight with China
June 29, 2018 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Berkeley Lovelace Jr. (CNBC) Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says President Trump has told him to assure American farmers that they won’t suffer from the U.S. trade fight with China. Perdue says he is calculating the potential …

DOE’s Scum Ranchers
June 29, 2018 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine/Vice News Tonight/HBO)  The Department of Energy is trying to turn the Salton Sea, a lake in the California desert, into a farm for renewable fuels — and clean its infamously polluted water in …

WSU Researchers Creating Catalyst to Improve Jet Biofuel Production
June 29, 2018 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Maegan Murray  (Washington State University-Tri-Cities)  Efforts to create an environmentally friendly catalyst that will lower the cost and increase the efficiency in producing bio-based jet fuels has netted Washington State University researchers a $500,000 grant from the …

Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Sweeping Farm Bill, Setting up Fight with House
June 29, 2018 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Caitlin Dewey and Erica Werner (Washington Post)  The Senate passed its version of the $428 billion farm bill Thursday, setting up a bitter fight against the House over food stamps, farm subsidies and conservation funding.
The …

Justice Kennedy’s Retirement Could Reshape the Environment
June 29, 2018 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Robinson Meyer (The Atlantic)  A new justice will likely weaken the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.  —  … With Kennedy gone, a more conservative Supreme Court could overhaul key aspects of …

Can USDA Stretch Corn, Soybean Farmers’ Safety Net with Tariff Relief?
June 28, 2018 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Chuck Abbott (Successful Farming)  Rumors of USDA’s Tariff Easing Strategy Not Confirmed  —  Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is giving himself a couple of months – until around Labor Day – before deciding whether to proceed …

RFA Chief Knocks EPA Over Failure to Address Illegal Cut in 2016 RVO
June 28, 2018 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Barber (Opisnet)  PA’s failure to include in its proposed 2019 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) an estimated 500 million gal of renewable fuels that a federal appeals court last year said the agency illegally excluded …

Grassley Statement on EPA’s Proposed 2019 RFS Biofuels Levels
June 28, 2018 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)) … “As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I also have concerns that EPA may be ignoring or abusing the Administrative Procedure Act as they continue to grant waivers in …

The Yosemite Sam of the Microbial World, Hot Rodded Lichen, BYO Nitrogen, The Microbial Marx Brother, Sexy Hexy and More: The DOE Delves into New Orgamsism for Fuels & Chems
June 28, 2018 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The meanest, nastiest, ornierest, heat-seeking organism ever found that munches biomass and other microbes that got a booster via the DOE’s $40M grants for advanced microbes R&D. And aromatics without the …

A First-of-a-Kind Algal-based College Certificate Program Sends Off Its First Graduates
June 27, 2018 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO)-funded Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC) is proud to announce its first graduates from the algal certificate program at Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, …

Octane Overconfidence
June 27, 2018 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by Ron Lamberty (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … (W)hy oil refiners wouldn’t use ethanol as a source of octane, under a high-octane fuel standard, without an RFS or RINs.  — …  Ethanol is …

Zero to 10 Million in 5 years
June 27, 2018 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Slow to start and with fewer gallons than targeted through the Renewable Fuel Standard, cellulosic ethanol is showing signs of steady growth.  —  Cellulosic ethanol production has been gaining momentum …

West Fargo Farm Rally Will Try to Capture Part of Trump’s Spotlight
June 27, 2018 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by  Patrick Springer (West Fargo Pioneer)  … “It’s not a protest against President Trump,” said Pam Musland, marketing and communication supervisor for the North Dakota Farmers Union. “Our hope is to grab some media attention with …

EPA Confirms 33 Small Refinery Waiver Applications
June 27, 2018 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was considering applications to waive 2017 federal fuel blending requirements from 33 refiners this month, up from the 29 it confirmed in April, the agency said today (June 26, …

EERE Success Story—From Breakfast to Biocrude: Study Identifies Production Potential across Nation
June 26, 2018 – 8:40 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Cattle waste and wastewater. Sludgy grease ensconced in restaurant and cafeteria grease traps.  Food waste—uneaten leftovers or culinary mistakes. Contrary to the lyrics in The Sound of Music, these aren’t a few of our …

Ethanol, Not Oil, Should Be Focus of EPA
June 26, 2018 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Dale Christensen (Argus Leader)  The new EPA Director, E. Scott Pruitt is reworking the EPA. It appears their new mission is to rewrite all the rules to benefit the Oil Industry! The old rule of order …

EPA Releases Proposed 2019 RFS RVOs, Fails to Address Waivers COMMENT DEADLINE: August 17, 2018
June 26, 2018 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On June 26, the U.S. EPA released a proposed rule that aims to require 19.88 billion gallons of biofuels to be blended into the U.S. fuel supply in 2019, up …

Ethanol Provides Value to Everyone in the Chain
June 26, 2018 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by John Duff (Delta Farm Press)  …  Regardless of policy, ethanol presents a value proposition to all involved. Ethanol gives farmers access to more markets and greater global market liquidity. In a world where 74% of …

EXCLUSIVE-Trump’s EPA Ignored Energy Department Calls to Limit Biofuel Waivers
June 26, 2018 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency has consistently ignored recommendations from the Department of Energy to reject or limit waivers to oil refiners seeking exemptions from nation’s biofuels law, according …

Producers, Marketers Unify in Support of Biodiesel Tax Credit
June 26, 2018 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board) Today (June 25, 2018), a diverse group of trade associations delivered a letter to Congressional leaders announcing a unified position to maintain and extend the current biodiesel blenders tax credit. In a letter to House …

Barrasso Statement on Forthcoming Biofuel Mandate for 2019
June 26, 2018 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator John Barrasso (R-WY))  U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), issued the following statement on the forthcoming biofuel mandate for 2019.
“I will carefully examine EPA’s …

Drain the Swamp: Fire Pruitt at EPA
June 25, 2018 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

(The Courier) … Yet (Iowa Senator Joni) Ernst’s recent attack against Pruitt at a Washington energy forum was triggered over Pruitt’s “lies” about the Renewable Fuel Standard: not expanding year-round sales for the 15 percent …

Up to $4.5 Billion in Loan Authority Available for Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects
June 25, 2018 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Ingram (HydroWorld.com)  The Loan Programs Office at the U.S. Department of Energy still has up to $4.5 billion in loan authority available for Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy (REEE) projects.
The office was created by …

Create the Future Design Contest DEADLINE: July 2, 2018
June 22, 2018 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

(NASA Tech Briefs Create the Future) The Create the Future Design Contest was launched in 2002 by the publishers of NASA Tech Briefs magazine to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation. The annual event has attracted more …

USDA Grants Hood $100,000 for Biofuels Project
June 22, 2018 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

(Hood College)  The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded Hood College Professor of Biology Craig Laufer $100,000 over an 18-month period to fund research and development of cost-effective biofuels. Successful completion of this project would …

The White House Continues to Drive The Outlook for Biofuels Producers
June 22, 2018 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by  Tristan R. Brown (Seeking Alpha)  Three major policy developments by the White House have had a large impact on U.S. biofuel producers over the past week.
The EPA was initially reported to be on the verge …

House Members Demand Answers from EPA on RFS, Waivers
June 22, 2018 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On June 20, 12 democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and House Committee on Agriculture asked the U.S. EPA to provide additional information regarding its failed implementation …

EPA to Propose 19.88 bln Gallon Biofuels Mandate, up 3 pct – Sources
June 22, 2018 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose setting a 19.88-billion-gallon biofuels blending mandate in 2019 under the Renewable Fuel Standard, up about 3 percent from 2018, according to two sources briefed on …

New Study Finds U.S. Oil and Gas Methane Emissions Are 60 Percent Higher Than EPA Reports
June 22, 2018 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Defense Fund)  A study available today in the journal Science finds that the U.S. oil and gas industry emits 13 million metric tons of methane from its operations each year—nearly 60 percent more than currently estimated by …

EPA Considers Delaying Friday Biofuel Announcement: Sources
June 22, 2018 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering delaying its widely anticipated announcement on Friday on 2019 renewable fuel volumes as it re-examines plans to force larger refineries to …

Forest Concepts Receives $1.8 Million from DOE to Improve the Design of Biomass Handling Systems
June 22, 2018 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

(Forest Concepts/EIN Presswire)  Forest Concepts LLC has been awarded a $1.8 million cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (https://www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy) to address the critical issues of poor flowability, high friction, and …

WSU Professor Lands $500,000 Grant to Pursue Lignin to Biofuel Conversion
June 22, 2018 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Maegan Murray (Washington State University Tri-Cities)  WSU Tri-Cities associate professor Xiao Zhang is targeting the use of lignin — a common material that makes the cell walls of plants rigid — to create affordable biofuels …

Colorado Business Owners Indicted For $7 Million Biodiesel Tax Credit Fraud Scheme
June 21, 2018 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  A federal grand jury for the District of Colorado has returned an indictment, which was unsealed today, charging two Colorado business owners with conspiring to defraud the United States and to commit …

UPDATE 2-EPA to Propose Reallocating Waived Biofuels Volumes to Other Refiners-Sources
June 21, 2018 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters/Successful Farming)   The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency will propose reallocating biofuel blending obligations waived under its small refinery exemption program to other refiners, in an announcement that could come as early as Friday, according to …

Ethanol Industry Goes Global as Gasoline Price Rally Deteriorates Demand
June 20, 2018 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Suzanne Danforth and Jim Venhof (Genscape)  U.S. domestic ethanol demand suffered this spring relative to 2017, despite consistently favorable blending values and increasing Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirements. The decline, following a period of historically low …