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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Perdue said that while the United States …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 15, 2018 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Zealand Could Dent Emissions by Switching to Biofuels
March 13, 2018 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A study from a government-owned research group is urging increased biofuel use to develop a renewable low-carbon transport sector.
The report follows two years of research by Crown Research Institute Scion and looks at how New Zealand …

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

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

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

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

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

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

In a meeting …

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

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

Ahead of Hearing, Dozens of Biodiesel Stakeholders Urge Passage of Tax Extenders
March 13, 2018 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Biodiesel Tax Credit Requires Reinstatement, Will Be Discussed Tomorrow in Ways and Means Committee  —  Today the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and more than 50 of its member organizations sent a letter to Congressional …

GM Exec Wants To Make Premium Gas The New Regular Gas
March 13, 2018 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Jason Torchinsky (Japlopnik)  … See, he (GM Vice President of Global Propulsion systems Dan Nicholson) announced that he’d like to see all gas as high an octane as premium gas in a talk he gave to the American …

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

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

Defence Ministry Upholds ‘Palm Oil First Call’ in Proposed Jet Buy Deals with France
March 13, 2018 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Sangeetha Amarthalingam (The Edge Markets)  The proposed palm biodiesel ban by the European Union (EU) parliament has bearings on negotiations on Malaysia’s plan to buy multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) from Europe.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin …

Report on 8th ISCC Global Sustainability Conference; Presentations Published
March 12, 2018 – 9:04 pm | No Comment

(International Sustainability and Carbon Certification)  Tuesday 20 February 2018, Brussels, Belgium high profile speakers discussed on the latest updates on a broad range of topics:

The future of bioenergy discussed by the European Commission and Member States

Good Energy Ad Banned for ‘No Carbon Dioxide’ Claim
March 12, 2018 – 8:48 pm | No Comment

(AOL) An advert for one of Britain’s largest renewable energy suppliers has been banned for claiming the electricity it supplies emits no carbon dioxide.
Good Energy’s website said in September: “An average unit of electricity in the …

California May Tweak Climate Program That’s Pushing up Gas Prices
March 12, 2018 – 8:36 pm | No Comment

by David R. Baker (Seattle Times)  … Last week, the California Air Resources Board issued proposed changes that would delay some of the program’s targets, giving fuel providers more time to reach them. Instead of needing to …

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

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

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

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

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

Murkowski Says Gasoline Not “Energy Future,” Congress “Very Excited” by Electric Cars
March 12, 2018 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle)  Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Friday she believed an electric vehicle revolution was coming and Congress is eager to make policy changes and fund research to help the automotive industry transition.
“We’re looking …

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

(Agri-Pulse) Oil, biofuels interests were originally set to meet Monday morning. READ MORE
Ethanol Interests Shout Opposition …

Statoil, Total, Shell Prove Precocious in Weaning from Oil
March 12, 2018 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Cassandra Sweet (GreenBiz)  When it comes to addressing climate change, oil companies are all over the map. Meeting this week in Houston at CERAWeek, the world’s biggest oil and gas conference, the world’s biggest oil companies talked …

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

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

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

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

Tax Act May Spur More Investment in RNG, Biogas Projects
March 9, 2018 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Doug Lamb and Durham McCormick (Biomass Magazine/Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas)   …  While the tax code is clearly not responsible for a bulk of the current boom in RNG, the recent tax reform signed into law …

Short-Term Bioenergy Solutions for Meeting the Two Degree Celsius Scenario (2DS)
March 9, 2018 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced BiofuelsUSA) Highlighting how policy makers, investors and scientists can jointly work together to transform the global energy system, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) 2017 Technology Roadmap for Delivering Sustainable Bioenergy investigates …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rennovia’s Demise, the Triple Rule, and the Pursuit of Sustainable Nylon in a World of Low Oil Prices
March 9, 2018 – 9:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Rennovia has ceased operations, after the company failed to raise sufficient financing from investors and/or strategic partners to advance its pilot-scale technology to first commercial production.  The bulk of …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Status of Advanced Biofuels
March 8, 2018 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There are over 2,000 biomass to fuel facilities representing 1,461 companies in 90 countries. According to subject matter expert and long-time Digesterati Lorenz Bauer, “first-generation biofuels will continue to dominate the …

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

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

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

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

Letter: Don’t Be Misinformed about Renewable Fuel Standard by ‘Big Oil’
March 7, 2018 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Anngie Steinbarger (The Republic)  I was dismayed to read the Feb. 16 letter from Mark Brown and Travis DeFries, managers at Valero, who want U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., to help oil companies gut the market …

EU-Wide Taxes on Jet Fuel and Plane Tickets Could Help Plug Budget Gap and Address Transport Climate Impact, Says T&E
March 7, 2018 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Taxing jet kerosene and applying a value added tax to plane tickets within Europe could raise €26.5 billion ($32bn) a year that could be used to plug an EU budget gap, reduce labour taxes …

IATA Sets Goal for Flights Using Sustainable Fuels
March 7, 2018 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

(International Air Transport Association/Biomass Magazine)  The International Air Transport Association set out an aim for 1 billion passengers to fly on flights powered by a mix of jet fuel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2025. …

California Biofuel Event Showcases Dynamics of Evolving Industry
March 7, 2018 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

(The California Advanced Biofuels Alliance /Biodiesel Magazine)  At the California Advanced Biofuels Conference March 1 in Sacramento, Jennifer Case, chair of California Advanced Biofuels Alliance, gave her annual address to a packed house that has evolved to …

Brazil Implements B10 Mandate a Year ahead of Schedule
March 7, 2018 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Brazil’s nationwide biodiesel mandate has increased from 8 to 10 percent on March 1, according to the Ministry of Mines and Energy. The National Energy Policy Council approved the increase in …

Is Our Gasoline Making Us Sick? Ethanol Is a Healthier Option
March 7, 2018 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Steve Roe (Des Moines Register/Little Sioux Corn Processors)  … A significant amount of these emissions are coming from our vehicles. For example, toxic aromatic compounds, which include known carcinogens like benzene, are added to gasoline …

College Republicans Propose an Unusual Idea From the Right: a Carbon Tax
March 7, 2018 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Friedman (New York Times)  As the Republican Party struggles to find its footing with the next generation of voters, several conservative college groups have banded together to champion something anathema to the party: a carbon …

EV Bash: Moving Emissions from Tailpipes to Smokestacks
March 7, 2018 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino  (Politico’s Morning Energy)  ME never thought global oil companies would be huge fans of electric vehicles, but the regularity of their bashing of the vehicles caught us by surprise. BP CEO Bob Dudley and …

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

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

Biofuel to Supplement Oil Supplies
March 7, 2018 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Tryness Tembo (Zambia Daily Mail Limited) For any economy to grow, stable supply of fuel at affordable prices should be guaranteed hence for all sectors need readily -available fuel to operate effectively. For example, Zambia, which is …

Whither Goest Thou, Biogas? The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas Markets and Technologies
March 7, 2018 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  America generates very large quantities of biogas; in total, almost 10% of America’s gasoline consumption in terms of energy equivalent volumes. The largest sources of methane are landfills, followed by wastewater …

The Hidden Costs of Cobalt Mining
March 7, 2018 – 8:55 am | No Comment

by Todd C. Frankel and Lena Mucha (photos) (The Washington Post)  In Congo’s sun-scorched and dusty south, thousands of miners scour underground tunnels hunting for cobalt. Many of them work by hand. That’s why they are …

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

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

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

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

New Study: Nearly 50,000 Iowa Jobs Tied to Biofuels
March 6, 2018 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Rod Swoboda (Wallaces Farmer)  With a White House meeting being held last week to discuss the fate of the Renewable Fuel Standard, a new study finds nearly 50,000 Iowa jobs are tied to biofuels production.
Efforts …

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

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

Iowa Producer Revives California Plant for Low-Carbon Biodiesel
March 6, 2018 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  An Iowa biodiesel producer recently celebrated the re-opening of a shuttered California plant to manufacture a cleaner-burning biofuel that will help meet California’s low carbon fuel demands.
Western Iowa Energy (WIE) in Wall Lake …

Biodiesel Group Honors California Clean Fuel Leader
March 6, 2018 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Celia DuBose receives National Climate Leader Award — California skylines are greener thanks to one industry leader’s contributions. Last week at the California Advanced Biofuel Alliance annual conference the National Biodiesel Board honored that leader, Celia …

Ontario Moves Toward Hydrogen-Powered Trains
March 6, 2018 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  The Province of Ontario is taking the next steps in testing hydrogen-powered train technology, according to an announcement from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.
Kathryn McGarry, minister of transportation, was recently in Toronto to …

Scania India Bets Big on Biodiesel, Not Evs – Mr Palskog
March 6, 2018 – 10:51 am | No Comment

(Steele Guru/Auto News)  ETAuto reported that when the auto industry is going gung hu about electric vehicles, Swedish commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturer Scania India is still betting big on biodiesel fuel. Mr Stefan Palskog, President of …

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

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

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

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

Biodiesel Not an Affordable Solution for SA Mines
March 5, 2018 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Paige Mueller  (Mining Weekly)  Biodiesel currently does not present as a more affordable energy alternative for the local mining industry, says Sandton-based energy product supplier InnoFES MD Alexander Grobler.
He says that, while many renewable-energy …

NNPC, Kogi to Produce 84 Million Litres of Bio-fuel
March 5, 2018 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(Nigerian Natinal Petroleum Company)  Sign MoU on Fuel-Ethanol Project to Create 2 Million Jobs  —  The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Kogi State Government have executed a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of …

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

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

2018 Is the Year of Scientists Running for Congress
March 5, 2018 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Ben Guarino and Laurie McGinley (The Washington Post)  … “I absolutely feel that science is under attack,” (Joseph) Kopser said. “It’s the opposite of when John F. Kennedy said he wanted to get us to the …

Hearing Watch
March 2, 2018 – 1:27 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Rep. John Shimkus’ E&C energy subcommittee will hold a “future of transportation fuels” hearing next week. “Because of the evolving nature of the Renewable Fuel Standard, the Corporate Average Fuel Economy …

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

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

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

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

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

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

Opinions: Why Fossil Fuels Survive
March 1, 2018 – 6:48 am | No Comment

by Robert J. Samuelson (The Washington Post)  … It’s true that the Trump administration has withdrawn from the Paris climate agreement, making any transition harder. But the problems transcend President Trump’s disengagement, as a new study from the oil …

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

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

ABO Scores Historic Victory for Carbon Utilization
February 27, 2018 – 8:07 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  In a historic victory for algae and other microbial technologies, Congress late last night approved a two-year budget agreement that establishes a $35 per ton tax incentive for carbon captured and recycled from …

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

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

Carbon Capture Coalition Expands & Rebrands
February 27, 2018 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder (Axios) … The effort, called the Carbon Capture Coalition, is a rebranded and broadened version of an earlier group, called the National Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative, which had a narrower focus. That coalition …

NZ Could Forge a Green Transport Fuels Future
February 27, 2018 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

(Scion/Scoop)  Study proves New Zealand could forge a green transport fuels future  —  New Zealand could build a renewable low-carbon transport fuels industry – but only if the nation decides to act.
A report by Crown Research Institute …

The Biobased Economy Is Reaching a Tipping Point
February 27, 2018 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  …   BIO is the only trade association that advocates for the diverse policies that support the entire biobased economy – the full value chain of technologies and infrastructure …

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

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

Position Paper: The European Commission’s Action Plan on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure
February 27, 2018 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(European Automobile Manufacturers Association)  The European Commission presented its Clean Mobility Package on 8 November 2017. Besides a number of legislative and non-legislative initiatives, the Commission also launched an Action Plan on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure as …

Bio-CCS and Bio-CCUS in Climate Change Mitigation–Market and Regulatory Issues Related to Bio-CCUS
February 27, 2018 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

(International Energy Agency Bioenergy Task 41)  The fourth IEA Bioenergy Task 41 workshop on Bio-CC(U)S was organized in Brussels 16 January 2018. The topic of the workshop was Market and regulatory issues related to Bio-CCUS. The workshop was …

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

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

Farmers like Bill Schuster …

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

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

Aviation Biofuels: 10 Years, 100,000 Flights and We’re Still Arguing about Feedstock – Why?
February 27, 2018 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week marks the 10th anniversary of the first demo flight on biofuel  which was done by Virgin Atlantic.
LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren shared the factoid that, since that day, more than …

Nissan Considering Hybrid, Fuel-Cell and Biofuel Utes and Vans
February 26, 2018 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Tim Nicholson & Justin Hilliard  (GoAutoMedia/Cars Guide)  Nissan has confirmed it is looking at range-extender hybrid, hydrogen fuel-cell and biofuel powertrain options for its future line-up of light-commercial vehicles, including the Titan large pick-up.
When questioned …

Expanding Horizons at the Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza
February 26, 2018 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA joined 14 other exhibitors at the University of Maryland College Park recently to bring education about biofuels to students, faculty and businesses interested in sustainability and …

Was There Ever Really a “Sugar Conspiracy”?
February 26, 2018 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by David Merritt Johns, Gerald M. Oppenheimer (Science Magazine)  Over the past quarter-century, historical research has revealed how major industries from tobacco to lead to petroleum have meddled in science to conceal the hazards of their …

Renewable Gas Use Will Help Reduce Europe’s GHG to Net-Aero by 2050
February 26, 2018 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

(Gas for Climate/NGV Journal)  Renewable gas used in existing gas infrastructure could play an important role in reducing Europe’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to net-zero by mid-century, according to a study published by the Gas for …

Exclusive: Trump Calls Meeting on Biofuels Policy after Refiner Bankruptcy
February 26, 2018 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  U.S. President Donald Trump has called a meeting early next week with key senators and Cabinet officials to discuss potential changes to biofuels policy, which is coming under increasing pressure after a …

Can Updated Tax Credits Bring Carbon Capture Into the Mainstream?
February 26, 2018 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Emma Foehringer Merchant  (GreenTechMedia)  Expanded credits in the budget bill could “absolutely make the difference” for the economic viability of carbon capture and sequestration.  —  Among the energy credits tucked inside the budget deal eked out in early February lies a …

Farmers Defend Biofuels as Part of EU’s Upcoming ‘Protein Strategy’
February 24, 2018 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (  There is a need to maintain the EU’s main source of protein feed that are the co-product of biofuels, the European farmers association Copa-Cogeca told as the Commission announced its intention to …

Ethanol Unit Will Come up at Harihar, Says MP
February 23, 2018 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

(The Hindu)  Cost of the unit, which will use agricultural waste, will be Rs. 966 crore; it is expected to provide jobs for around 80 persons
Since the Centre has given top priority for second generation (2G) …

INTERVIEW-JBS Biodiesel Adds New Raw Materials and Projects Increase in Production
February 23, 2018 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by  Roberto Samora (Reuters (Google translation))  JBS Biodiesel, a biofuel unit of global meat giant JBS, will invest R $ 5.5 million to add chicken and pork fats to biodiesel production as a way to expand …

Icahn’s Biofuel Fight Lives On
February 23, 2018 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Bloomberg)  Ethanol industry and oil refiners both feel threatened; Biofuel mandate divides two states that voted for Trump  —  Top Trump administration officials are planning two summits to discuss possible changes to …

Letter: E15 Fuel Availability Arrives in Freeport with Casey’s
February 22, 2018 – 9:04 pm | No Comment

by Ray Baker (Journal Standard)  Adkins Energy is excited to welcome Casey’s, the first gas station in Freeport to offer E15 fuel. E15 is 85 percent regular gasoline and 15 percent ethanol, and it gives all …

US Ethanol Groups Slam Potential Extension of EU Antidumping Duties
February 22, 2018 – 8:53 pm | No Comment

(ICIS)  -US ethanol trade groups on Wednesday slammed the European Commission’s review to extend antidumping duties on US fuel ethanol.
The 9.5% duties are set to expire at the end of this month, but on Tuesday the European Renewable …

Former Trump Energy Adviser Sees No Easy Fix on Renewable Fuel Standard Reform
February 22, 2018 – 8:43 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Gordon and Brian Scheid (Platts)  Reforming the US biofuel mandate will be tricky and will likely have to be done by Congress, not by the Trump administration, according to a recent top energy adviser …

Growth Energy Calls on US Government to Support Biofuels Sector
February 22, 2018 – 8:16 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Growth Energy calls on US government to support biofuels sector — Biofuels are crucial to improving the US energy outlook, according to an expert from ethanol trade association Growth Energy.
Chris Bliley, Growth Energy’s vice-president of …

NBB Coalition Secures Affirmative Final Decision on Dumping of Biodiesel Imports
February 22, 2018 – 8:09 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Commerce Department Finds That Argentina and Indonesia Sell Biodiesel Imports Below Fair Value in US  —  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Fair Trade Coalition won a final antidumping determination from the Commerce Department. The …

Carmakers’ ‘Harmonization’ Push Could Soften Fuel Efficiency Gains (1)
February 22, 2018 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Abby Smith (Bloomberg Environment) Automakers seek consistency in EPA, NHTSA programs as agencies weigh standards’ future;  Environmentalists say push is meant to soften vehicle limits  —  Automakers may already get what they want this spring as …

Ethanol Industry Speaks out against PES Anti-RFS Rally
February 21, 2018 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Feb. 21, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spoke at a rally against the Renewable Fuel Standard hosted by Philadelphia Energy Solutions Inc., a refiner that recently blamed the RFS and …

Off-Road Engines, Aftertreatment Systems Perform Well on B100
February 21, 2018 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(AGQM/Biodiesel Magazine)  The University of Rostock demonstrates in current research results that off-road engines conforming to exhaust emission category EU Stage IV are suitable for operation with pure biodiesel.
The German government’s climate protection plan 2050 intends …

Hawaii Legislature Considers 10 Percent Biofuel Mandate
February 21, 2018 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A biofuel blending mandate for motor vehicle fuels is being considered in the Hawaii legislature this session. In January, Hawaii Sen. Lorraine Inouye introduced Senate Bill 2019 (SB2019) that requires transportation fuel …

Mines Linked to Child Labor Are Thriving in Rush for Car Batteries
February 21, 2018 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Thomas Wilson and Jack Farchy (Bloomberg)  Output at Congo’s artisanal mines probably rose at least half; Metal vital to many electric vehicles has tripled in 18 months  — The appetite for electric cars is driving a …

Biofuels and Electric Vehicles Key to EU Decarbonisation, Report Claims
February 21, 2018 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) says the EU could double the renewable share in its energy mix, cost effectively, from 17% in 2015 to 34% in 2030.
In order to reach long …

High Performance Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Co-Optima Project and HP fuels
February 21, 2018 – 11:51 am | 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 …

Letter: Renewable Fuel Standard Supports Domestic Biofuels
February 20, 2018 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Christiana Mayer (East Oregonian)  We are continually bombarded with news about new oil drilling and fracking, but that’s not the only solution for domestic fuel production or the only path toward loosening OPEC and Russia’s …

Blender Pump Legislation to Go before SD Senate Committee
February 20, 2018 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht  (Ethanol Producer Magazine) A new legislative bill to fund more ethanol blender pumps across South Dakota is set to go before the state Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Thursday, Feb. 20. The …

Indiana Farm Leaders on Importance of NAFTA
February 20, 2018 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Andy Eubank (Hoosier Ag Today)  … “There are a lot of positives of NAFTA as it relates to agriculture in Indiana; and all throughout the value chain and economy we would feel the impact should …