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Pressure Builds for Trump to Change Federal Ethanol Mandate
January 20, 2018 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Debra J. Saunders (Tampa Bay Newspapers)  … But now free-market conservative groups and oil-state Republicans are pushing the administration to cut the corn cord.
For Ken Cuccinelli of the conservative group FreedomWorks, it’s a moral issue. …

CAAFI (Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative) Expands Leadership Team; Chris Tindal Added as CAAFI Assistant Director
January 19, 2018 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative)  CAAFI announced today (January 16, 2018) that it is expanding its Administrative Leadership Team, naming Chris Tindal as CAAFI’s Assistant Director, a new role designed to enhance CAAFI’s outreach, catalyzation, and …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the SPARC Regional Biojet Fuel Consortium
January 19, 2018 – 2:12 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 …

Top 20 Advanced Bioeconomy Projects underway in North America
January 19, 2018 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To date, North America is the most active of all regions in terms of deploying advanced technology — whether it is cellulosic ethanol, isobutanol for fuels and chemicals, or renewable chemical …

Getting a Loan Guarantee: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA 9003 Loan Guarantee program
January 18, 2018 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The 2014 Farm Bill provides for support of Advanced Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, and Biobased Product Manufacturing by providing loan guarantees for up to $250 million. USDA has funding available and is …

My Voice: A ‘Swing and a Miss’ from the USDA
January 18, 2018 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Doug Sombke (Argus Leader/South Dakota Farmers Union)  Our esteemed U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released a report of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. While it is hard to get excited over any government …

USDA Awards Attis $3 Million Grant for Lignin Technology
January 17, 2018 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

(Meridian Waste Solutions Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Meridian Waste Solutions Inc., an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services and innovative technology company, recently announced the award of a $3 million grant from the USDA to support the commercialization …

New Study Shows Producers Where and How to Grow Cellulosic Biofuel Crops
January 17, 2018 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences/Science Daily)  A new report provides practical agronomic data for five cellulosic feedstocks, which could improve adoption and increase production across the country.  —  … “Early yield estimates …

Velocys: Envia Seeks EPA Approval to Generate D7 RINs
January 17, 2018 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Velocys plc has announced that Envia Energy, the joint venture plant that utilizes its technology, has applied for a fuel pathway approval under the Renewable Fuel Standard to produce D7 cellulosic …

Developing Climate-Smart Ag Farm Groups Meet to Examine Role of Agriculture in Building Climate Resiliency
January 17, 2018 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Farm organizations are beginning to talk about the evolution of climate-smart agriculture and the need to ensure the U.S. remains at the table as the United Nations begins developing …

California-Trump Administration Fuel-Efficiency Talks Intensify
January 17, 2018 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters) California and the Trump administration will hold a series of new talks over fuel efficiency rules as the auto industry still hopes for a deal to retain nationwide requirements.
Officials from the California …

NASA and DLR Investigate the Impact of Aviation on the Climate – Joint Flight Tests on Alternative Fuel Emissions
January 15, 2018 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR)) Three weeks of research flights from Ramstein Air Base; NASA DC-8 and DLR A320 ATRA fly together; The focus is on particle emissions of alternative fuels and their …

RFS Standstill — Dinneen: Oil, Ethanol Meetings Not Scheduled Yet, Likely Not Constructive
January 14, 2018 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  President Donald Trump’s administration and some members of Congress want oil and ethanol interests to just get along and work out their differences on the Renewable Fuel Standard. But …

RFS Roundup: Economists Largely Agree RINs Not Wreaking Havoc on Refining Industry
January 14, 2018 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … The argument is roughly – increased biofuels mandates lead RINs to spike in cost, translating to billions in compliance costs, particularly for small refiners. While somewhat logical, …

Old and New at the Keystone Farm Show
January 12, 2018 – 7:33 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA has three overlapping reasons to attend and exhibit at the Keystone Farm Show: Educate attendees; Educate ourselves; Connect with people interested in joining the biofuels world.
For …

CAAFI Highlights Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel Activities of 2017 and Plans for 2018
January 12, 2018 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The  Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) has taken stock of its busy 2017 and has set priorities for 2018.
Highlights on the sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) front include …

The Story of Red Rock Biofuels and the Bond Market Breakthroughs
January 12, 2018 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the world of drop-in military biofuels, two major updates appeared this week.
In Oregon, Red Rock Biofuels got good news on Monday when the governor approved $245 million in bonds that …

U.S. Regulators Meet with California on Fate of Vehicle Fuel Rules
January 12, 2018 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  Senior U.S. government officials held talks in recent weeks with California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) to discuss the goal of maintaining one set of national requirements for automakers, a move that will …

Alabama Producers Growing Carinata for Biofuel
January 12, 2018 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Katie Nichols (Alabama Extension Daily)  Alabama growers are sowing the seeds of a new biofuel oil crop this winter. Brassica carinata, informally known as carinata, is similar to canola (Brassica napus L.)—a crop many producers introduced to rotations several …

USDA: Ethanol Plants Are Operating near Full Capacity but Constraints Limit Growth
January 12, 2018 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

(AgriMarketing)  The number of U.S. ethanol plants more than quadrupled since 1999, as demand for ethanol has increased. This growth in the number of plants is driven mainly by the Renewable Fuel Standard program, which was first …

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools
January 8, 2018 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Education)  The aim of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is to inspire schools, districts and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to strive for 21st century excellence by highlighting promising …

2017 Wrap-Up: Maintaining the Status Quo
January 5, 2018 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  Last year was among the most active and interesting years we’ve seen in the biofuels space. The industry has confronted multiple challenges over the past 12 months, culminating in …

ANALYSIS-Can’t Please Everyone: Trump Energy Policy Riles Competing Sectors
January 5, 2018 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Gardner  (Reuters)  … Another political flashpoint has been the administration’s waffling over proposed changes to biofuels policy.
Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency initially entertained a plan from oil refiners to upend regulations requiring them to blend …

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Invests in Integrated Biorefinery Optimization
January 5, 2018 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today awarded a grant to improve biorefinery technologies through the Integrated Biorefinery Optimization (IBO) program. The funding comes from …

What Exactly Is a RIN?
January 4, 2018 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

(Southern Farm Network Today)  Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently proposed to put a cap on the price of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) as a way to control the cost for refiners that blend renewable fuels into …

Grassley Marks Policy, Oversight Accomplishments in 2017
January 4, 2018 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(North Iowa Today)  Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa marked a series of policy and oversight accomplishments in 2017.  …  Grassley introduced the Food Security is National Security Act of 2017, which would give top U.S. agriculture and food officials …

US Navy Researchers Develop New Class of Renewable Diesel
January 4, 2018 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In California, researchers from the US Navy at China Lake have developed a new class of drop-in renewable diesel from biomass using acid catalyzed condensation of 2-tridecanone with a series of diols through fermentation …

WEBINAR: How to Apply for an EPA P3 Grant — January 11, 2018
January 4, 2018 – 3:34 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  How to Apply for an EPA P3 Grant   —    January 11, 2018

Join us for an informational webinar on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 15th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Request for Applications (RFA). Learn …

Rick Santorum: Refiners Attack President Trump at Their Peril
January 3, 2018 – 8:39 pm | No Comment

by Rick Santorum (Washington Examiner/Americans for Energy Security and Innovation)  … But some petroleum companies seem to be taking their influence for granted, and that could prove their undoing with a White House that is known …

Summary of Accomplishments
January 3, 2018 – 8:21 pm | No Comment

by Brian Jennings (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … ACE believes the best way to grow demand well into the future is to harness the low-carbon, high-octane value of ethanol. That’s why we were very …

Delivering ‘Big League’
January 3, 2018 – 8:04 pm | No Comment

by Emily Skor (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … While we haven’t yet achieved Reid vapor pressure (RVP) parity for E15 and higher blends, we made dramatic headway by broadening our base of supporters and positioning retailers …

Big Oil Misleading Iowans Again
January 3, 2018 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Monty Shaw (Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Des Moines Register)  About a year ago, an Iowa front group for Big Oil tried to trick former state legislators into signing letters to the editor that sounded “pro-ethanol” but …

Cruz Taps Texas Mistrust of Ethanol
January 3, 2018 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle)  Attack on federal biofuels mandate provides chance to appeal to base  —  … But for the junior senator, facing re-election this year as Democrats show new swagger in the age of Trump, ethanol …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
January 3, 2018 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

In a special to the Biofuels Digest, South Dakota Farmers Union president, Doug Sombke, pointed out that “Section 202(l) provision (of the Clean Air Act) requires EPA to regulate and reduce toxics in gasoline to the “greatest …

A New Years Resolution for EPA: Do Your Job!
January 3, 2018 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Doug Sombke (South Dakota Farmers Union/Biofuels Digest)  …  I am referring to the mandatory requirements in the Clean Air Act that EPA enforce section 202 (l), the “clean octane” provision designed to reduce the use of …

2017 — It Was a Seaweed Year for Algae
January 3, 2018 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  … In September, the US Department of Energy (DOE) awarded $22 million in grants to fund projects for marine biomass farming for production of commercial products, including feedstock for domestic transportation fuels. The …

Top 10 Bioeconomy Predictions for 2018
January 3, 2018 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we sail into 2018? Not the good ship Digest! Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and offer our predictions for the year ahead.
As …

EERC, Red Trail Energy Continue to Reduce CO2 Emissions
January 3, 2018 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Red Trail Energy LLC and the University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center began investigating carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technology as a way to reduce the …

FCIC to Fund Projects to Improve Biomass Handing
January 3, 2018 – 10:51 am | No Comment

(Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  To accelerate innovation and adoption of new practices and technologies to determine the root cause of biomass handling failures and designing solutions, the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium is overseeing a directed funding …

Top Cat: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to ChemCatBio
January 2, 2018 – 9:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) ChemCatBio is a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming catalysis challenges for biomass conversion processes. Led by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories, we work with industry …

“Energycane” Jet Fuel Could Be the First Big Step Towards Cleaner Skies
January 2, 2018 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Deepak Kumar; Stephen P. Long; Vijay Singh (The Conversation/Inverse Innovation)  Airlines look to biomass-derived jet fuels to reduce their carbon footprint.

Bio-jet fuel can be produced from various plant materials, including oil crops, sugar crops, starchy …

U Can’t Have Enuf H2: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Hydrogen via Pyrolysis
January 2, 2018 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Hydrogen, hydrogen, hydrogen — the most abundant element in the universe, but the advanced bioeconomy can never seem to get enough of it, and finding ways to produce renewable, affordable hydrogen …

How Refiners Can Lower the High Price of Renewable Fuel Credits: Invest
December 29, 2017 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by James C. Greenwood (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/The Hill)  … The refiners want to lower the price of renewable identification numbers, or RINs, which are the credits they must accumulate to prove compliance with the program — …

Industrially-Relevant Strains: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biological Upgrading of Sugars
December 29, 2017 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy has a goal of developing industrially-relevant strains to meet titer, rate, and yield targets for fuel precursors for the 2022 BC Platform cost target goals of …

Inside Insight
December 27, 2017 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) To kick off the new year, we rounded up a few experts to discuss five main industry topics: exports, policy, production, finance and technology. Find out what they said.  —  As …

Schneiderman Backs Carbon Tax
December 27, 2017 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

 New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman became the first New York statewide elected official to back a carbon tax this week, POLITICO New York’s Danielle Muoio reports. “That includes passing legislation to dramatically reduce greenhouse …

DOE Announces Plan to Modernize Department
December 27, 2017 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  … Under the new plan, the current office of Under Secretary for Science and Energy (established in 2013 during Secretary Moniz’s tenure) will be separated into two Under Secretary positions so that …

Iowa Supermarket Adds E15 Fuel Location
December 27, 2017 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Hy-Vee Inc., a chain of supermarkets throughout the Midwest, now offers E15 at five locations across its eight-state region. The Hy-Vee store located at 3120 Agency Street in Burlington, Iowa, is …

Affordable, Renewable Hydrocarbons Made from Ethanol: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Vertimass
December 26, 2017 – 7:24 pm | 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 …

Cruz Proposal Could Harm Corn Ethanol, Analysis Finds
December 26, 2017 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN/KTIC)  Capping the price of biofuel credits at 10 cents would essentially eliminate the Renewable Fuel Standard mandate for biodiesel and possibly hurt corn-based ethanol, according to an analysis by farmdoc at the …

Biofuels Could Reduce Contrail Formation, Research Finds
December 26, 2017 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Sean Broderick (AIN Online) Biofuels offer more than an alternative to hydrocarbons; they also reduce jet-engine particle emissions by as much as 70 percent, research by a NASA-led group suggests.
Working with the German Aerospace Center …

Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Grain Sorghum Oil Pathways
December 26, 2017 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking provides notice and an opportunity to comment on the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with biofuels that are produced from grain sorghum oil extracted at …

Top 17 for 2017
December 26, 2017 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  2017 was a roller coaster year. There was a paradigm shift in biofuels, technology advancements, innovations abounded, politics chaotic. Some companies shut down and disappeared like the Hobo vanishing in …

Ex-Industry Lobbyists Win Top Jobs in Agencies They Once Fought
December 22, 2017 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A Dlouhy and Jesse Hamilton (Bloomberg)  … In his first year as president, Trump studded his cabinet with people who previously fought to undermine what some see as the traditional missions of the agencies …

The Sun Also Ryzes: Ryze Renewable Secures Financing, Heads for Commercial-Scale Advanced Biofuels in Nevada
December 22, 2017 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today, we’d like to share news that a new biorefinery for diesel and jet fuel has finalized $112.6 million loan, backed by a USDA loan guarantee.
This is Ryze Renewables, which will construct …

GAO to Look at Social Cost of Carbon
December 22, 2017 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Arianna Skibell (E&E News) An independent government watchdog has agreed to examine how the Trump administration uses the social cost of carbon, the metric used to calculate the impact of greenhouse gas emissions. READ MORE
WATCHDOG …

The Biofuels Industry Reacts to White House RFS Meetings
December 22, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  President Trump has hosted two meetings in recent weeks with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and others focused on the Renewable Fuel Standard and renewable identification numbers (RINs). Those representing the …

Trump Signs Executive Order to Expand Critical Minerals Production, Says It Will End America’s ‘Vulnerability’
December 21, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin (Washington Post) President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday instructing his deputies to devise “a strategy to reduce the Nation’s reliance on critical minerals” that are largely imported and used to produce everything from smartphones to weaponry.

Interior …

4 Ways Chicago Can Lead the Climate Change Fight
December 21, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Howard A. Learner (Crain’s Chicago Business/Environmental Law & Policy Center)  … The recent North American Climate Summit here brought together 50-plus mayors to sign the Chicago Climate Charter, committing to take initiatives to help meet …

New Feedstocks, New Targets, New Processes: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
December 20, 2017 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory is the only federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. NREL — home to the …

Notes from Scaleville: The Global Bioenergies, Gevo and Siluria Stories
December 20, 2017 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This week we’ve received news from three companies that have struck out in search of new markets for their fundamental processes, and new applications for biotechnology in some ancient and ossified …

Can Fuel Efficiency Standards Be Met Cost-Effectively? The Potential for High-Octane, Low-Carbon Fuels
December 15, 2017 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  To cut petroleum usage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, fuel efficiency standards are set to rise significantly by 2025 under the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas (GHG) standards—jointly …

Can Lawmakers Find a Middle Way on Fuel Efficiency? House Lawmakers Debate Harmonizing EPA, NHTSA Standards
December 15, 2017 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Enviromental and Energy Study Institute)  On December 12, the House Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing, “Update on the Corporate Average Fuel Economy Program (CAFE) and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Motor …

Letter: Fuel Choice: A Right of All Auto Owners
December 15, 2017 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Orrie Swazye (Argus Leader)  This is America: Contrary to EPA statements, all auto owners have the self-evident, unalienable constitutional right to save typically several dollars/tank by choosing splash blended 94 octane thus premium half E85/ …

ARPA-E launches $100M Open Solicitation for Transformative Energy Projects –DE-FOA-0001858: OPEN 2018 — Deadline: 2/12/2018
December 15, 2017 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  This FOA marks the fourth OPEN solicitation in the history of ARPA-E. The previous OPEN solicitations were conducted at the inception of the agency in 2009 and again in 2012 and …

GE Aviation Testing 100% Gevo ATJ Fuel
December 14, 2017 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

(GEVO)  Testing Being Performed as Part of FAA’s CLEEN Program to Promote the Use of Bio-Based Jet Fuels  —  Gevo, Inc.(NASDAQ:GEVO), announced today (December 11, 2017) that GE Aviation had commenced jet engine combustor component testing …

EPA Seeks Comment On ICR On RFS Program COMMENTS DUE February 6, 2018
December 14, 2017 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

(Biobased and Renewable Products Update)  On December 8, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice in the Federal Register regarding its plans to submit an information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget …

General Automation Lab Technologies (GALT) Partners with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to Improve Biofuel Production
December 14, 2017 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

(General Automation Lab Technologies/PR Newswire)  New $1.5 million DOE grant will utilize GALT’s novel high throughput microbiome research platform to improve algal biofuel growth through microbiome engineering  —  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has been awarded a …

Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Pilot Verification Capabilities RFI Responses
December 14, 2017 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Responses to Request for Information DE-FOA-0001526: Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Pilot Verification Capabilities  …   In February 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) reached out to industry, academia, national …

Q&A with Bioenergy Researchers: Making Biocrude and Biofuel from Human Waste
December 14, 2017 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Erik Hyrkas (U.S. Department of Energy)  Did you know that the Energy Department is working to create biofuel from resources like human waste? In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technology Office works with …

Researchers Find Bioenergy Crops Provide Critical Ecosystem Services
December 14, 2017 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by M. Cristina Negri (U.S. Department of Energy)  Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) in Argonne, Illinois, are examining innovative new agricultural landscapes that incorporate perennial bioenergy crops to provide environmental benefits, such as improved nutrient management and …

U.S. Midwest Lawmakers Will Consider Biofuel Changes to Help Refiners
December 14, 2017 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw  (Reuters) U.S. lawmakers from states that produce corn for ethanol plants said on Wednesday they would consider proposals from Senator Ted Cruz of Texas to help the oil refining industry cope with the nation’s …

EPA Sets 2018 Cellulosic Waiver Credit Price at $1.96
December 13, 2017 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has published a notice on its website setting the cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) price for 2018 at $1.96. The price is slightly lower than the CWC price for 2017, …

Case Studies in Renewable Finance: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide to Funding Bioeconomy Projects in the US vs Internationally
December 13, 2017 – 11:42 am | 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 …

The 12: The Advanced Bioeconomy’s 12 Biggest Talking, Fretting, Praying and Action Points Right Now
December 13, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … What are the top trends? Here are the 11 we see dominating the debate on the stage and on the floor.
Jet fuel deployment – how much, how soon, by whom? …

NREL Research Finds a “Sweet Spot” for Engineering Better Biofuel Enzymes
December 12, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Added sugar takes on a whole new meaning in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) work to uncover the secrets behind one of nature’s most powerful tools—cellulose-degrading enzymes. — Researchers at NREL …

DOE Makes Second Small-Business Research Funding Announcement
December 12, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A second round of funding has been announced for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Small Business Innovations Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs for 2018. The funding amounts to about …

Attacks on RFS Intensify
December 12, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News) Oil interests are intensifying efforts to force changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  …  “Texas is already blending more than 9.7 percent!  Nationally, we’re blending more than 10 percent.  There’s …

Agri-Pulse Open Mic Interview–U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue
December 11, 2017 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(Agri-Pulse)  This week’s guest on Open Mic is U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. While countless farm groups and members of the agriculture industry have expressed concern with the Trump Administration’s threats to pull out of …

White House Pressures Big Corn to Meet on U.S. Biofuels Policy
December 11, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Richard Valdmanis and Jarrett Renshaw  (Reuters)  President Donald Trump’s administration called two lawmakers from the U.S. corn belt to convince them to join talks about potential changes to biofuels policy to ease the burden on oil refineries, …

Bioproducts, USDA and You: The Digest 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA Agricutural Research Service Partnership
December 11, 2017 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and …

The Washington Swamp Is Filled with Ethanol
December 8, 2017 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Peter Z. Grossman (Washington Examiner)  … People forget how we wound up with an ethanol mandate worth over $20 billion per year (and that doesn’t include various subsidies). EISA was passed because Americans besieged members of Congress, …

Pruitt Discusses Administration of RFS Program during Hearing
December 8, 2017 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Dec. 7, U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt appeared before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Commerce to provide testimony the mission of the EPA. The Renewable Fuel Standard was …

Barrasso Calls on EPA to Study the Renewable Fuel Standard’s Impact on the Environment
December 8, 2017 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works)  Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt …

Trump Open to Biofuel Policy Reform, Senators Say after Meeting
December 8, 2017 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Susan Cornwell (Reuters)  U.S. President Donald Trump is open to reforming the country’s biofuels policy if it can be done in a way that protects jobs in both the refining and agriculture industries, senators said on …

This Is an Algorithm, That Is Alive: The Rise of Arzeda and Digital Biology
December 8, 2017 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The question is being raised all over Silicon Valley — and increasingly around the world — if biotechnology is essentially a branch of information technology. 

Investors, theorists, entrepreneurs are forming a thesis that profound …

Vehicles (Still) Bigger Emissions Source Than Power Plants in United States
December 8, 2017 – 9:40 am | No Comment

by Alyssa Danigelis (Environmental Leader)  The amount of carbon dioxide emissions from the transportation sector continues to exceed the amount from electricity production in the United States, according to the latest data from the US Energy Information …

Mail Call! Don’t Turn the Car (Standards) Around
December 6, 2017 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) At least 22 Democratic senators, led by Ed Markey, Sheldon Whitehouse and Kamala Harris , are sending Pruitt a letter this morning urging him not to weaken emissions standards …

Accelerating Innovation in Agriculture: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA Agricultural Research Service
December 6, 2017 – 9:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide …

BETO Launches New Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium
December 5, 2017 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is proud to announce the establishment of the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium—a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming technical uncertainty in research …

Mid America Agri Products – Wheatland LLC Receives EPA Approval for Cellulosic Ethanol Using Edeniq’s Technology
December 5, 2017 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

(Edeniq/Business Wire)  Edeniq, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Mid America Agri Products – Wheatland LLC’s (MAAPW) registration to produce cellulosic ethanol at its ethanol production facility in Madrid, Neb. …

Renewable Fuel Standards Have Some ‘Leaks’ We Need to Fill
December 5, 2017 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Andrew F. Quinlan ( Center for Freedom and Prosperity/The Hill)  … A refiner must earn RIN credits to meet its annual obligation by selling enough gallons of biofuel or by purchasing them — the credits, not the …

Bioreactors for Algae-Based Biofuels Get $900K Grant
December 5, 2017 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Anne Ju (Cornell Chronicle)  A Cornell research team has received a $910,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to work toward revolutionizing how biofuels are produced from algae.
David Erickson, associate professor of mechanical and …

EPA to Issue Report on RFS Impacts Next Spring
December 5, 2017 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Marc Heller (E&E Publishing/Greenwire) U.S. EPA will report on the environmental effects of biofuel mandates next spring, four years later than required by Congress, the agency said in documents accompanying its announcement of renewable fuel …

Pruitt Takes a Bow in Iowa: EPA Chief Touts Optimism, RFS Rules and Different Regulatory Philosophy Under Trump
December 5, 2017 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … In a large farm shop with ethanol and biodiesel posters adorning the walls, Pruitt touted his two biofuels announcements in recent weeks. He noted EPA had struggled under …

International Trade Commission Votes 4-0 In Support of the Biodiesel Industry
December 5, 2017 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  NBB Fair Trade Coalition Filed Cases on Harm from Biodiesel Imports from Argentina and Indonesia  —  Today the International Trade Commission (ITC) voted 4-0 in favor of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Fair Trade …

RFA Slams Texas Governor for Requesting RFS Waiver
December 5, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, in a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) asked the agency to waive Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for …

VW Bosses Coached Me to Lie, Jailed Manager Tells U.S. Judge
December 4, 2017 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by Christie Smythe (Bloomberg Technology)  (Oliver) Schmidt to be sentenced on Dec. 6 over emissions scandal; ‘Regrettably, I agreed to follow it’; faces 7 years in prison  —  … 
In a letter to the judge last week, …

Take a Pass?
December 4, 2017 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) Ahead of a Thursday meeting between Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz and other senior officials about biofuels policy, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott formally asked for a Renewable Fuel Standard waiver from …

Pruitt Reverses Course on Biofuels in 2018 RFS Determination
December 1, 2017 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On November 30, the EPA released its final 2018 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVOs) proposal, the amount of biofuels it will require to be blended into the U.S. fuel …

Trump Plans to Meet Oil Industry Reps on U.S. Biofuel Policy: Sources
December 1, 2017 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw, Richard Valdmanis (Reuters)  U.S. President Donald Trump has agreed to meet with representatives of the oil refining industry and their legislative backers to discuss the nation’s biofuels program, according to two sources briefed on …

Fuel Economy Is Going up. Vehicle Prices Are Holding Steady.
November 30, 2017 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Eric Junga (American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy) In responding to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) action on vehicle standards, ACEEE found that average vehicle prices have remained essentially flat over the past 15 years, even as average …

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Issues Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Funding Opportunity Announcement
November 30, 2017 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has issued the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) second Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs for …

Collaboration Success: Two Labs Develop a Promising Pathway to Biobased Fuels and Chemicals
November 30, 2017 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, have successfully modified a microorganism to produce a useful intermediate from sugar fermentation, which can then be upgraded into valuable biobased …

SCOTUS Watch: Can Tribunals Replace Juries in Nixing Patents?
November 30, 2017 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by  Lisa V. Mueller (Michael, Best & Friedrich/Biofuels Digest)  On November 27, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear arguments in Oil States Energy Services LLC. v. Greene’s Energy Group. It’s no “ho-hum” case.
If …

As 2018 Renewable Fuel Numbers Disappoint, It’s ‘Advanced Biofuels Industry to EPA: More Please, Sir!’
November 30, 2017 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency released its final Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume obligations for 2018. The agency finalized a total renewable fuel volume of 19.29 billion gallons , of …

2018 RVOs Keep Conventional Biofuels on Track
November 30, 2017 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor today released the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of the final renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2018. The total renewable fuel volume is 19.29 billion …

Biodiesel Industry Disappointed by Renewable Fuel Standard Volumes
November 30, 2017 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  NBB: EPA Missed an Opportunity to Grown American-Made Energy and Jobs  —  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the required volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and failed …

EPA Finalizes RFS Volumes for 2018 and Biomass Based Diesel Volumes for 2019
November 30, 2017 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule that establishes the required renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) program for 2018, and biomass-based diesel for 2019.
“Maintaining the renewable …

Results of UW-Madison Study on Carbon Emissions Disputed
November 29, 2017 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

by Carol Spaeth-Bauer (Wisconsin State Farmer)  A University of Wisconsin-Madison study released on Nov. 15 has officials in the ethanol industry frustrated, disputing the methodology of the study saying the claims of the study are not supported by fact.   
The …

EPA Administrator to Host Town Hall in Iowa
November 29, 2017 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Ben Nuelle (Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network)  Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to visit Iowa Friday.
Sources say Pruitt will host an “invite only” farmer meeting beginning at 1:00 p.m. in Nevada. A spokespearson at EPA says …

New Pathways, Better Biofuels
November 28, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Erika Ebsworth-Goold  (Washington University in St. Louis/The Source)  An engineering team at Washington University in St. Louis is using e. coli to manufacture biofuel. New research from the lab further refines the process. … Scientists have previously …

Drivers May Bear the Brunt of U.S. Biofuel Quotas
November 28, 2017 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Laura Blewitt (Bloomberg)  With higher blend credit prices come stronger gasoline margins; Refiners likely to pass higher costs at the pump: Wells Fargo  —  … Despite the petroleum lobby’s efforts, the Environmental Protection Agency last week rejected a petition …

Is E25 Legal in the Mini Cooper?
November 27, 2017 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ICM/Urban Air Initiative)  … In an over-simplified explanation, the EPA has claimed the legal authority to regulate ethanol blends under section 211(f) of the Clean Air Act, known as the “sub-sim” …

Who’s Been Naughty and Who’s Been Nice?
November 27, 2017 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With the holiday season in full swing, we know Santa’s working on his list; who’s been naughty and who’s been nice? This is Washington, D.C., so you know …

Biofuels Score Victory: EPA Rejects Petitions to Change Point of Obligation in RFS
November 27, 2017 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rejected several petitions to change the point of obligation in the Renewable Fuel Standard in a notice released on Wednesday ahead of a posting …

Energy Destiny? Think Energy Density.
November 24, 2017 – 10:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Density matters, that’s how we see it. Super-dense fuels are superfuels and they have a real place in our economy — not to mention our advanced bioeconomy. They have functional advantages that …

President Donald J. Trump Announces Key Additions to His Administration
November 22, 2017 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

(White House)  President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration:
Phyllis L. Bayer of Mississippi to be an Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Installations, Energy, …

Charting a Cellulosic Path — Enzyme Advances Hold Promise in Corn Ethanol
November 22, 2017 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Cellulosic technology companies have invested time and millions of dollars to explore ways to convert biomass into cellulosic ethanol for the better part of 20 years.
Most technologies have fallen …

Chesapeake Bay Program Office Fiscal Year 2018 Request for Proposals for Support for both the Small Watershed and the Innovative and Nutrient Sediment Reduction Grant Programs
November 22, 2017 – 11:07 am | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program Office (CBPO) is announcing a request for proposals (RFP) for supporting both the:
1. Small Watershed Grants (SWG) program; and
2. Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction …

Are Petite Poplars the Future of Biofuels? Studies Say Yes
November 22, 2017 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Michelle Ma (Phys.Org/University of Washington)  In the quest to produce affordable biofuels, poplar trees are one of the Pacific Northwest’s best bets—the trees are abundant, fast-growing, adaptable to many terrains and their wood can be …

Senate Bill Would Cut EPA Funding by $150M
November 21, 2017 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  The Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday introduced an Interior Department and environment spending bill that would cut nearly $150 million in funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) next year.
The legislation …

Farm to Flight – Carinata Crop Commercialization Takes off
November 20, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, Qantas will operate the world’s first biofuel flight between the United States and Australiaearly in the new year in collaboration with World Fuel Services and Altair Fuels. Qantas’ new Dreamliner …

For First Time, Biodiesel Leadership Weighs In With President Trump on RFS, Calls out Contradictions in Refiners’ Arguments
November 16, 2017 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  NBB’s Governing Board Members Emphasize That Growth in RFS Volumes is Needed  —  Today the executive leadership of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) sent a letter to President Trump regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard …

Chris Tindal Joins Advanced Biofuels USA’s Board of Directors
November 15, 2017 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

For Immediate Release November 15, 2017—Frederick, MD  Chris Tindal, former Director for Operational Energy working for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, has joined the Advanced Biofuels USA board of directors.  Advanced …

Research Is Making Plant Waste a Viable Option in Ethanol Production
November 15, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by J.D. Warren (UCR Today)  Relatively cheap “biomass” has been a poor option due to its production cost  —  UC Riverside researchers have developed a streamlined process that could finally make the ethanol production cost from abundant …

RFA: Record Corn Yield Underscores RFS Success
November 15, 2017 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)  Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture raised its average corn yield estimate to 175.4 bushels per acre, which if holds, would be a new record.
The November World Agriculture Supply and …

Ethanol Industry Focuses on RVP Waiver for E15
November 15, 2017 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Ken Anderson (Brownfield Ag News)  Giving consumers year-round access to E15 fuel is a major focus of the ethanol industry.  Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy, says getting the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver extended to …

Struggling Philadelphia Refiner Sells Biofuel Credits, Raises Cash: Sources
November 15, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw, Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Oil refiner Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) has raised tens of millions of dollars in cash by selling U.S. biofuels credits in recent weeks, according to sources familiar with the transactions, an …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
November 15, 2017 – 11:23 am | No Comment

Renewable Fuels Association’s Bob Dinneen explained the implications of RFA’s latest review of vehicle warranties: “The oil company explanation for their failure to invest in infrastructure allowing E15 has been there isn’t sufficient demand for …

RFA Analysis: Automakers Approve E15 in Nearly 90% of New 2018 Vehicles
November 15, 2017 – 11:09 am | No Comment

by Rachel Gantz (Renewable Fuels Association) Nearly 90 percent of new 2018 model year (MY) vehicles are explicitly approved by the manufacturer to use 15 percent ethanol blends (E15), according to the results of an annual analysis of …

Presentations Posted for Can Fuel Efficiency Standards Be Met Cost-Effectively? The Potential for High-Octane, Low-Carbon Fuels
November 14, 2017 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing examining how high-octane, low-carbon fuel can enable CAFE compliance. Research suggests that high-octane, low-carbon fuel is the lowest-cost compliance option for both consumers …

To Find New Biofuel Enzymes, It Can Take a Microbial Village
November 14, 2017 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(Newswise) Berkeley Lab-led study unveils new source of robust cellulases in compost  —  A new study led by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), based at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), demonstrates …

Delaware, Regional Leaders Take on Trump’s EPA
November 14, 2017 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Scott Goss (The News Journal/DelawareOnline)  Delaware City Refinery rally to call on President Trump to fix the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and protect well-paying jobs for East Coast refiners and manufacturing workers. 
Area oil refineries, union …

Risk Has Arrived for RFS Advanced Pool
November 13, 2017 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Biomass Magazine/Advanced Biofuels Association)  On Oct. 4, the U.S. EPA published a Notice of Data Availability soliciting input on lowering the renewable volume obligation (RVO) mandates even further than the proposed 2018 volumes …

U.S. Producers Object to 20% Import Tariffs Imposed by Brazil Protest Comes month after Trump Intervened to Support Industry
November 13, 2017 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker and Fabiana Batista (Bloomberg)  … American ethanol producers said Thursday in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that they’re seeking Brazil’s suspension from a trade program allowing duty-free imports into the U.S. The …

No Crop Left Behind: Inside the USDA’s Bioeconomy Feedstock Strategy
November 13, 2017 – 10:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … 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 network to facilitate the development of regionally-based …

Study Speeds Transformation of Biofuel Waste into Useful Chemicals
November 10, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Jules Bernstein (Phys.Org/Sandia National Laboratories)  A Sandia National Laboratories-led team has demonstrated faster, more efficient ways to turn discarded plant matter into chemicals worth billions. The team’s findings could help transform the economics of making …

UTIA Awarded FAA Grant to Analyze Biorefinery Supply Chains
November 9, 2017 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(UrekAlert!/University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture)  Alternative jet fuels could grow opportunities in the southeast  —  Researchers from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) have received a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to begin …

Mail Call! Thanks, Mr. President!
November 9, 2017 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) A group of advanced biofuel producers, including ethanol giants Archer Daniels Midland and POET, sent a letter to Trump thanking him for past support of the ethanol industry and …

In Final Decision, Commerce Department Confirms Unfair Subsidies by Argentina, Indonesia of Biodiesel Imports
November 9, 2017 – 11:28 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Next Steps Include Today’s Hearing in the ITC, ITC Vote on Subsidies December 5 — Today the Commerce Department issued a final determination in a case brought by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Fair …

From Seed … to Sky: Delmarva Energy Beet-to-Jetfuel Project Summary Published
November 9, 2017 – 10:54 am | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA has added a summary of the findings of its USDA-funded feasibility study based on 2016 energy beet project at University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  New charts and graphs based …

U.S. Subpoenas Icahn Over Biofuel Action While Trump Adviser
November 9, 2017 – 9:50 am | No Comment

by Miles Weiss, Jennifer A Dlouhy, and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  U.S. Attorney for Southern District of N.Y. seeks information; Icahn Enterprises discloses request in securities filing  —  Federal investigators have issued subpoenas for information on Carl Icahn’s efforts …

USDA ERS Publishes Report on Ethanol, DDGS Export Opportunities
November 8, 2017 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In October, the USDA Economic Research Service published a report on global ethanol mandates that outlines the opportunities for exports of U.S. ethanol and distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS). 
According …

USDA to Re-Engage Stakeholders on Revisions to Biotechnology Regulations
November 8, 2017 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture) The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced it is withdrawing a proposed rule to revise the Agency’s biotechnology regulations and will re-engage with …

Carper Leads Letter Requesting FTC Investigate and End RIN Market Manipulation
November 8, 2017 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Tom Carper) Bipartisan, bicameral lawmakers assert market volatility hurts East Coast refineries like PBF in Delaware City  —  Today, U.S. Senator Tom Carper, top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, along with …

Stop Me if You’ve Heard This Before — Kathleen Hartnett White’s Nomination
November 7, 2017 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) Two corn-state Republican EPW senators – Deb Fischer and Joni Ernst – are publicly undecided about Kathleen Hartnett White’s nomination to run the White House Council on Environmental Quality after …

Winning the Race for New Technology via Public-Private Partnership: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to NREL PPP Programs and Projects
November 7, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This year at ABLC Next, NREL’s Rich Bolin, gave us an overview of partnership perspective, opportunities and past performance.  Signature companies are engaged, in the space — advanced manufacturing, fuels, power, …

Chicago! Fulcrum BioEnergy Picks the Midwest Hub for Its Next MSW-to-Jet Fuel Project
November 7, 2017 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From California we received the news that Chicagoland has been selected as the site of Fulcrum BioEnergy’s second commercial-scale waste-to-fuels biorefinery.
We reported last month that the long-awaited financing was completed for Fulcrum …

Enerkem’s Edmonton Waste-to-Biofuel Facility Receives Registration Approval from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to Sell Its Ethanol under the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard
November 7, 2017 – 10:33 am | No Comment

(Enerkem/Canada Newswire) First ever EPA approved municipal solid waste-to-cellulosic ethanol production plant; Allows Enerkem to sell into largest biofuel market in the world  —   Enerkem Inc. (www.enerkem.com), a world leading waste-to-biofuels and renewable chemicals producer, announced it …