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E25, E40 for the Masses

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Widely introducing consumers to ‘super premium’ ethanol blends could offer substantial benefits, but the barriers to making it happen are significant as well.  —  Which needs to come first, a new high-octane midlevel ethanol blend or new vehicles optimized to more efficiently take advantage

February 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuels Retail Advancement in Wisconsin Transportation (BRAWT) Program

(Wisconsin Clean Cities)  On October 28, 2015, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, Office of Energy Innovation (OEI) had been awarded $3.7 million through the Biofuels Infrastructure Program (BIP) to significantly expand and support the installation of ethanol blending equipment at retail

February 1, 2016 Read Full Article

US Energy Secretary Expresses Support for Biofuels at DC Auto Show

by Robert E. Kozak and Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)   This year, for a change, in the introduction to his remarks at the Washington, DC Auto Show, US Energy Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz pointed out the importance of alternative fuels to achieving the climate change goals of the Paris COP21

January 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Insurance for New Biofuel Crop Now Available

(US Department of Agriculture/PRMediaRelease) Carinata Producers Need to Make Insurance Decisions Soon — USDA’s Risk Management Agency today announced that producers in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota can insure carinata by written agreement under the canola and rapeseed insurance plans. Producers must submit a written agreement request to their insurance

January 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Re-Thinking the Carbon Reduction Value of Corn Ethanol Fuel

by Ron Alverson (Ethanol Across America)  It has been seven years since Argonne National Labs (ANL), as part of the Energy Security and Independence Act requirements, first determined the Life Cycle Carbon Intensity of mid-west corn ethanol fuel. ANL, using their Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation

December 23, 2015 Read Full Article

Ramp up Them thar Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Berkeley Lab and ABPDU

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Part of the Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, established by the United States Department of Energy, is the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit, designed to help ramp up the bioeconomy. ABPDU enables early stage advanced biofuels, biomaterials, and biochemicals product and process technologies to successfully scale from the

December 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Create Your Own Biodiesel on Your Farm?

(RFD-TV)  …  “This is something where they can grow it, and they can make it themselves and they can use it on the farm,” says Jason de Koff, an assistant professor in agronomy and soil science at Tennessee State University.  The school’s mobile demonstration trailer – think of it as

December 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Partnerships that Speed Tech to Market: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Effective Agricultural Research Services Partnerships

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This year at ABLC Next, Bill Orts, a Research Leader for Bioproducts at the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, gave us an overview of partnership opportunities at USDA and through ARS. One of the vehicles is known as a CRADA. Some signature companies are engaged, in the space, in

December 9, 2015 Read Full Article

GREET Model Expanded to Better Address Biofuel Life-Cycle Analysis Research Questions

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation (GREET) model allows researchers and analysts to fully evaluate the energy and emission impacts of advanced vehicle technologies and new transportation fuels. Argonne National Laboratory recently released a new version of GREET, funded in part by

December 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Innovations in Transportation, Energy Storage and Alternative Energy Sources: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Argonne National Laboratory

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Multidisciplinary teams of scientists and engineers at Argonne are advancing the basic energy sciences, focusing their research and development on a broad portfolio of sustainable and clean energy technologies. Innovations in transportation, energy storage and alternative energy sources – including nuclear, solar, and biofuels –

December 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Whole Crop Utilization: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Idaho National Laboratory’s BioEnergy Program

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  INL’s program aims to overcome key technical barriers facing the U.S. bioenergy industry by systematically researching, characterizing, modeling, demonstrating, and harnessing the physical and chemical characteristics of the nation’s diverse agricultural residues. By finding ways to produce biofuels and other value-added products more cost-effectively, the

November 24, 2015 Read Full Article

USDA Chief Economist Office Examines Ethanol’s Complex Impact

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist just released a comprehensive report on ethanol. The 87-page report, “U.S. Ethanol: An Examination of Policy, Production, Use, Distribution, and Market Interactions,” examines the complex interaction of ethanol production with agricultural markets and government policies. In the

October 30, 2015 Read Full Article

New BETO Fact Sheets Profile the Emerging Bioeconomy by State

(U.S. Department of Energy)  How is funding from BETO a part of the emerging bioeconomy in some states? Find out with our new state fact sheets. For select states, these fact sheets give information about efforts to develop the advanced bioenergy industry. The U.S. Department of Energy provides joint funding

October 29, 2015 Read Full Article

Supply Chain Sustainability Analyses Completed

(U.S. Department of Energy)  This fiscal year, three Supply Chain Sustainability Analysis (SCSA) reports were published through Argonne National Laboratory. The SCSAs use a life-cycle analysis approach to identify energy consumption or environmental issues that may be associated with biofuel production across a particular technology pathway. These analyses also facilitate

October 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Three Sustainability Tools Are Enhancing Environmental Benefits of Biofuels

by Kristen Johnson and Alicia Moulton  (U.S. Department of Energy)  At the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, we’re actively working to develop the advanced biofuels industry in a way that leads to positive impacts and that demonstrates responsible stewardship of the environment. Biofuel production is closely tied to the environment—for

October 28, 2015 Read Full Article

China: Biofuels Annual

(US Department of Agriculture)  China is a major producer of biofuels and production continues to increase. However, it is unclear how the government will meet its ambitious targets for continued expansion given its decision to limit grainbased biofuel production and the limited availability of alternative feedstocks. 2016 fuel ethanol production is forecast at

September 10, 2015 Read Full Article

EPA Begins Publishing Annual Data on RIN Sales, RIN Holdings

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In early July, the U.S. EPA released renewable identification number (RIN) sales data aggregated by renewable fuel standard (RFS) party type for the first time. The newly released data is in addition to monthly data on renewable fuel production, RIN generation, RIN separation and

July 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Innovations Presented at Department of Energy BETO Project Peer Review

by Osaretin Omorodion* (Advanced Biofuels USA) During late March 2015, the US Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) offered what amounted to a seminar for the public consisting of a series of presentations from industry professionals and researchers from various bioenergy projects. The presenters came to the Washington,

May 19, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

BETO’s 2015 Project Peer Review Presentations Now Online

(US Department of Energy)  Visit the 2015 Project Peer Review Web page to download individual project and plenary presentations from BETO’s 2015 Project Peer Review. The peer review process provided BETO with feedback about the management of each of its technology area portfolios and the Office’s strategic direction. More than 380

April 30, 2015 Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Energy Launches SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program

(Dawnbreaker/PR NewsWire)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has officially launched its first ever SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program, aimed at helping eligible small R&D businesses and individuals successfully apply for SBIR/STTR federal funding from the DOE. Since the program is entirely funded by the DOE, these services are available

December 29, 2014 Read Full Article

Farm Bill Clean Energy Programs Survive “Cromnibus”

(FarmEnergy.org)  The big news from our nation’s capital this past week has been the passage of the appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015, which began on October 1st. The federal government had been operating on funding extensions and was facing a deadline that risked another government shutdown. At this writing

December 18, 2014 Read Full Article

BETO Releases Process Integration and Carbon Efficiency Workshop Summary Report

(US Department of Energy)  On June 11–12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted a workshop in Lakewood, Colorado, to discuss research and development (R&D) opportunities related to the efficient production of biofuels and bio-based chemicals from lignocellulosic biomass. The

December 18, 2014 Read Full Article

Time for Teddy Talk

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There are times for TED Talks about wondrous advances in technology and the future that awaits us.   Then, there are times for Teddy Talks: of practical progress, problem solving, and turning wondrous advances into actual, scaled-up, sustainable, job-creating engines of the economy. While the

December 15, 2014 Read Full Article

Myths And Facts About The Renewable Fuel Standard

by Kevin Kalhoefer and Denise Robbins  (Media Matters)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that it will delay its decision about the 2014 levels for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires oil refiners to blend renewable fuels into the nation’s gasoline supply. The announcement has drawn criticism from opponents

December 1, 2014 Read Full Article

California Air Resources Board (ARB) Overhauls Low Carbon Fuel Standard

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is in the midst of an overhaul of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).  Two of the issues most important to the low carbon fuels industry are the carbon intensity curve and cost containment issues including a potential ceiling and floor.  ARB recently held

November 5, 2014 Read Full Article

Report: Increased Ethanol Drops Energy Content of Gas

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  The growing use of ethanol in the country’s gasoline supply has reduced the average energy content of a gallon of gasoline by about 3 percent during the last two decades, the government said Monday. The Energy Department’s statistical arm said the drop in energy

October 29, 2014 Read Full Article

Two Organizations Call Out the EPA on Corn Ethanol Emissions Modeling, 'Seriously Flawed'

by Aaron Turpen (Torque News)  The UAI and the EFC have called the EPA MOVES2014 corn ethanol emissions model “seriously flawed” and are calling for peer review of the emissions estimates in the annual report. The Urban Air Initiative (UAI) and the Energy Future Coalition (EFC) are questioning the Environmental

October 28, 2014 Read Full Article

Boosting Biomass for Bioenergy

by  Katie Fletcher (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Many dedicated energy crops hold promise as feedstocks for next-generation ethanol. Extensive R&D is still needed, however, to overcome the challenges in making these plants viable for commercial applications. … This year, $12.6 million was awarded to 10 projects developing new cultivars of regionally adapted

October 1, 2014 Read Full Article

What Progress is the USDA Making on Turning Farm Bill Funding into Program Action?

By Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Well, plenty. We reported on progress with Section 9003 loan guarantees earlier this week – today, we have a recap of the major other activities, including the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program, BioPreferred, Business and Industry Loan Guarantees, Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program, Value Added Producer Grants

September 8, 2014 Read Full Article

$15 Million Available for Advanced Biofuels Payment Program

by Anna Austin (Biomass Magazine) The USDA recently issued a notice of contract proposals for its Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, which provides payments to producers to support and expand production of advanced biofuels. According to the NOCP, $15 million is available for fiscal year 2014. The intent of the NOCP is

August 28, 2014 Read Full Article

USDA REAP Sinks $3.4 Billion into Rural Economies

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine) Though the USDA Rural Energy for America Program has been hugely successful since it was first implemented in the 2002 Farm Bill, numerous changes have been implemented over the years in order to maximize program value. To date, the program has put over $3.4 billion into

August 28, 2014 Read Full Article

JBEI GT Collection: A New Resource for Advanced Biofuels Research

(Joint BioEnergy Institute/Biomass Magazine) Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute have unveiled the first glycosyltransferase clone collection specifically targeted for the study of the biosynthesis of plant cell walls. The idea behind what is being called “the JBEI GT Collection” is to provide a functional genomic resource

August 28, 2014 Read Full Article

Despite Setbacks, Biofuels Industry Hopeful at 2014 DOE Biomass Conference

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  At the Department of Energy’s two-day conference Biomass 2014: Growing the Future Bioeconomy, technologies, feedstocks, and innovation in the bioenergy sector were on display.  Attendees celebrated three U.S. advanced cellulosic biofuel refineries that are close to commercial production, several public-private partnerships that have spurred research

August 13, 2014 Read Full Article

Greenhouse Gas Report to Assist Producers Facing Climate Challenges

(US Department of Agriculture)  For the First Time, USDA Climate Hubs Get New Tools to Gauge Progress in Building Drought-Resistant Healthy Soil The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today (July 31, 2014) released a report that, for the first time, provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse

August 12, 2014 Read Full Article

Greenhouse Gas Report to Assist Producers Facing Climate Challenges

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a report that,for the first time, provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities. The report, titled Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture and Forestry:

August 4, 2014 Read Full Article

Grains Council Working on Ethanol Exports

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is working on promoting exports of U.S. ethanol through a partnership between USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). “We’ve been working since late March, early April to determine which markets we’re going to do market

July 25, 2014 Read Full Article

California Proposes $46.3M for Advanced Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  In California, the California Energy Commission recommended awards of $46.6 million to 11 biofuels and biomethane projects. … The winning projects and award amounts are: Crimson Renewable Energy LP Bakersfield Biodiesel Production Plant Expansion Project–Phase II $5,000,000 American Biodiesel, Inc. dba Community Fuels Increased

July 22, 2014 Read Full Article

Proposed Constitutional Amendment in Ohio Would Benefit Biomass

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  … On July 7, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine certified a petition for the proposed Clean Energy Initiative amendment. According to Josh Pulliam, a consultant for Yes for Ohio’s’ Energy Future, the political action committee that proposed the amendment, the Ohio ballot board has also approved

July 18, 2014 Read Full Article

Gettin’ Yer Benjamins: DOE Finalizes $4B Loan Guarantee Program for Renewables

by Jim Lane and Mark Riedy (Biofuels Digest)  This week in Washington, the Department of Energy’s Loan Program Office announced the Final RenewableEnergy and Energy Efficiency Projects Solicitation for its up to $4 billion loan guarantee program under Section 1703 of Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

July 11, 2014 Read Full Article

USDA Announces Funding Availability for Turning Biomass Material into Energy

(US Department of Agriculture)  Now Apply for Renewed Biomass Crop Assistance Program.  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today (June 9, 2014) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting applications June 16 from energy facilities interested in receiving forest or agricultural residues to generate clean energy. The support

June 12, 2014 Read Full Article

USDA Awarding $6 Million to Prepare Farmers for New Farm Bill Programs

(US Department of Agriculture)  Farm Bill Implementation Continues at Brisk Pace with Universities and State Cooperative Extension Programs Now Set to Help Educate Farmers Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $6 million to universities and cooperative state extension services to develop

June 3, 2014 Read Full Article

Hot Intel! Rockin’ Slides from the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Pennsylvania, the 11th World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, produced by BIO, opened today with a flurry of announcements and presentations. Here are hot slides … and links to presentations.  READ MORE

May 14, 2014 Read Full Article

USDA Trade Mission to China Will Include Focus on Ethanol

by Janet Adkison (RFD TV)  China is a growing market for U.S. agricultural products.   Recognizing the country’s potential, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will host an agriculture trade mission set to begin next week.  The travel roster includes officials from eight state Departments of Agriculture and representatives from 28 U.S.

May 12, 2014 Read Full Article

SANDAG Awarded $300K Grant for Alternative Fuels Plan

by Chris Nichols  (San Diego Union Tribune)  Grant is part of state’s effort to fund clean transportation projects Regional efforts to reduce transportation emissions received a boost this week with the award of a $300,000 state grant to complete an Alternative Fuel Readiness Plan. The San Diego Association of Governments,

April 24, 2014 Read Full Article

AAAS Fellowships At The Bioenergy Technologies Office

(U.S Department Of Energy) The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) regularly engages fellows in the sciences through the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowship program. The program provides opportunities for scientists and engineers to gain firsthand experience with policymaking and implementation. Fellows contribute their knowledge

April 18, 2014 Read Full Article

BIO Responds to US EPA Halting Fuel Pathway Petitions for RFS

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  In March, U.S. EPA announced it is making changes to the fuel pathway petition process under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), in order to “enable more timely and efficient decision-making.” EPA is asking new petitioners to wait approximately six months before submitting new fuel pathway

April 2, 2014 Read Full Article

Climate Data Initiative Launches with Strong Public and Private Sector Commitments

by John Podesta, Dr. John P. Holdren  (White House)  … Rising seas threaten our coastlines. Dry regions are at higher risk of destructive wildfires. Heat waves impact health and agriculture. Heavier downpours can lead to damaging floods. Even as we work to curb greenhouse-gas emissions and expand renewable energy generation, we need

March 19, 2014 Read Full Article

Minnesota Bills to Incentivize Biofuel, Biochemicals, Biomass Thermal

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Legislation pending in the Minnesota Legislature aims to create incentives for renewable chemicals, advanced biofuels, and biomass thermal energy. In the Minnesota House of Representatives, H.F. 2456 aims to create a capital equipment loan program for renewable chemicals and advanced biofuel. It would also

March 17, 2014 Read Full Article

BETO Announces Launch of the Bioenergy KDF Legislative Library

(US Department of Energy)  The Bioenergy Technologies Office is pleased to announce the release of a new Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework (Bioenergy KDF) resource: the Legislative Library. Using this database, site visitors can track federal legislation relevant to the production and use of biofuels in the United States. Users can choose

March 5, 2014 Read Full Article

2014 Farm Bill Provides New and Expanded Funding for Section 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program

by Chris Groobey and Taite McDonald (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati) … Since the changes surrounding the Section 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program of Title IX (9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program or the program) are the most substantive and have been the most difficult for industry to interpret, this alert summarizes those changes and provides insight

February 24, 2014 Read Full Article

Some Good News for a Change: Why The Farm Bill Is a Big Win for Biofuels and Biorefineries

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/Biofuels Digest)  … The true good news is that the Senate conferees prevailed in getting $881 million in mandatory funding over the next ten years to renewable energy and biofuels initiatives and extending incentives for the first time to manufacturers that use industrial biotech to make

February 20, 2014 Read Full Article

USDA and US Navy Explain the Ins and Outs of the Farm-to-Fleet Program at Industry Day: Presentations Available

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the US Department of Agriculture headquarters building in Washington, DC, on January 30, representatives of the USDA and Navy provided an overview of the newly announced Farm-to-Fleet program which will provide a format for making biofuel blends part of regular, operational fuel purchase and use

February 19, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Green Banks, Green Bonds, Green Principles: 3 New Paths for Renewable Project Financing

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Developers: is affordable project finance tough to find?  Lenders: want to support green projects, but find that traditional deal structures defeat your best intentions?  Help is on the way, via green bond principles and green bank formations that are expected to massively expand the pool

February 11, 2014 Read Full Article

Boeing Joins New BIOjet Abu Dhabi Team to Grow Biofuel Supply Chain in United Arab Emirates

(Boeing/PR NewsWire)  – Collaboration focuses on research, feedstock production and refining capability  – Announcement follows Etihad 777 biofuel demonstration flight in Abu Dhabi  Boeing [NYSE: BA], Etihad Airways, Takreer, Total and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology today announced they will collaborate on a new initiative to support a

January 20, 2014 Read Full Article

New Study Exposes Flood of Dark Money Feeding Climate Change Denial

(EcoNews)  A new study conducted by Drexel University environmental sociologist Robert J. Brulle, PhD, exposes the organizational underpinnings and funding behind the powerful climate change countermovement. This study marks the first peer-reviewed, comprehensive analysis ever conducted of the sources of funding that maintain the denial effort. … Through an analysis

December 27, 2013 Read Full Article

EIA Updates State Profiles, Adds Data on Renewables

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Energy Information Administration has updated its state energy profiles and added new analytical narratives on the energy sectors of each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. The narratives feature a new section on renewable energy that provide details

December 26, 2013 Read Full Article

U.S. DOE Posts Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework Webinar

(US Department of Energy)  Slides from the webinar, “Using the New Bioenergy KDF for Data Discovery and Research,” on October 24, 2013, can be viewed on the EERE website, along with additional information about KDF. View the slides and find additional information about KDF. A link to the full demo

December 2, 2013 Read Full Article

And the 2013 Environmental Turkey Goes to …The American Legislative Exchange Council, better known as ALEC.

by Bill Chameides (Duke University The Green Grok)  OK, folks, Thanksgiving approaches. For most of you it’s the beginning of the holiday season — family, parties, and presents. For us at TheGreenGrok it means it’s time for selecting the biggest turkey of the year when it comes to the environment. (See 2011  and 2012 winners.)

November 25, 2013 Read Full Article

New Winter Crop, Mini-Biorefinery to Launch in DeWitt

by Stephanie Fischer (Stuttgart Daily Leader)  DeWitt became the first Community of Innovation after city leaders saw the opportunity in developing a biofuel resource. A new winter crop and the technology to turn it into biofuel are making their way to Arkansas County. The City of DeWitt has been selected

October 29, 2013 Read Full Article
  Webinar:  Using the New Bioenergy KDF for Data Discovery and Research   October 24, 2013   2:00PM Eastern

Webinar: Using the New Bioenergy KDF for Data Discovery and Research October 24, 2013 2:00PM Eastern

On September 19, the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) launched a redesigned version of the Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework (KDF), which features a new look, simplified navigation, and enhanced interactivity. To help users learn how to navigate the new and improved site, BETO will be hosting a live webinar titled “Using

October 22, 2013 Read Full Article

Hand Up vs. Hand Out: New Government Programs Target Biofuels for Support in US, Canada

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …As most know, the US Government in the past few days re-opened for business, and there’s an attractive USDA Loan Guarantee program recently unveiled that aspiring bioeconomy projects definitely will want to take a look at. You might ask yourself — of all those loan

October 21, 2013 Read Full Article

Rural Energy Efforts Run Low on Fuel as Farm Bill Expires

By Amanda Peterka  (Midwest Energy News/Environment & Energy Daily)    …But USDA’s ability to carry out projects like the installation of solar panels was left to dangle Monday night with the expiration of the farm bill. Without a new bill that includes mandatory funding, conservationists warn, REAP and other programs

October 3, 2013 Read Full Article

Sen. Harkin Introduces Bill Encouraging Ethanol Pumps

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, introduced a bill Monday that would create a grant program for ethanol-pump installations, establish a loan-guarantee program for renewable-fuel pipelines and require new Department of Energy regulations to encourage owners of fueling stations to have at least one ethanol pump by 2022. “The

October 2, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuels Center Deserves a Better Fate

by G.K. Butterfield (The Herald Sun)  Without intervention or significant investment from non-profit organizations or the private sector, the Biofuels Center of North Carolina in Oxford is due to close for good on October 1, 2013.  This is a travesty for our entire state and blame should be laid at

September 26, 2013 Read Full Article

Report: Southwest Ontario Can Support Biomass-to-Sugar Plant

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Ontario Federation of Agriculture recently announced that a value chain consortium has presented a final report to local corn producers, showing that it is commercially viable to establish a cellulosic sugar plant in southwestern Ontario to support the future production of green chemicals.

August 28, 2013 Read Full Article

Annual EU Report Projects Increased Ethanol Production

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The European Union recently published its annual biofuels report for 2013 with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agriculture Information Network, reporting that approximately 20 percent of transportation biofuel used within the 27 EU member states was imported during the 2007-2012 timeframe. However, trade actions

August 26, 2013 Read Full Article

Land Availability Should Determine Biomass Use

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  According to a paper published by the nova-Institute on agricultural feedstock use in industrial applications, efficiency and sustainability assessed on a case-by-case basis should be the sole criteria in judging the choice of feedstock used. The paper reviewed the “food versus fuel” arguments surrounding feedstocks to help shed

August 14, 2013 Read Full Article

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Invited to Identify Trade-Related Barriers Affecting Exports to the EU

by Elizabeth Nesbitt (U.S. International Trade Commission)  The U.S. International Trade Commission (Commission) is preparing a fact-finding study entitled Trade Barriers that U.S. Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Perceive as Affecting Exports to the European Union (Inv. No. 332-541). The study, requested by the United States Trade Representative (USTR), will catalogue trade-related

August 7, 2013 Read Full Article

Secretary Moniz Announces New Biofuels Projects to Drive Cost Reductions, Technological Breakthroughs

(U.S. Department of Energy)  During remarks at the Energy Department’s Biomass 2013 annual conference, Secretary Moniz today highlighted the important role biofuels play in the Administration’s Climate Action Plan to increase our energy security and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. Secretary Moniz also announced over $22 million in new

August 6, 2013 Read Full Article

EPA Screens More Than 66,000 Contaminated Sites for Renewable Energy Potential

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated its RE-Powering Mapping and Screening Tool, which will now provide preliminary screening results for renewable energy potential at 66,000, up from 24,000, contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites across the country. The RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative, started by

August 5, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuels Center of North Carolina to Close National Model Due to State Budget Elimination

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  Due to the North Carolina General Assembly’s elimination of its funding in the state budget signed last week by Gov. Pat McCrory, the Biofuels Center of North Carolina has  begun to shut down operations over a 90-day period and will close its doors by Thursday,

August 2, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuels Digest’s 5-Minute Guide to Loan Guarantees: Who Got ‘Em, What’re They Doing?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In today’s Digest – visit our 5-Minute Guide to Loan Guarantees — INEOS Bio, Myriant, Sapphire Energy, Abengoa, Chemtex, Enerkem, Fiberight, Fulcrum, ZeaChem – Plus POET-DSM, Diamond Green Diesel, Coskata and Range Fuels Projects open for business INEOS Bio … Myriant … Sapphire Energy … Projects under construction Abengoa

July 30, 2013 Read Full Article

Vulnerable Maryland Weighs Threat of Sea-Level Rise

by Darryl Fears   (The Washington Post)  It was scary enough that a team of experts on sea-level rise projected that Maryland’s coastal waters could rise to six feet in this century. But to hammer home the findings of a new report, they included a link to a Web tool that allows

July 29, 2013 Read Full Article

Is the US Awash in Oil? The Data Says ‘No’

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  US domestic oil production cannot bring energy independence alone; renewable transportation fuels are contributing and must increase their contribution in order to achieve that policy goal. From the pronouncements of President Obama to reports in the mainstream media one would think that the US

July 25, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

Report Details NC Forestry Resources

(Biomass Magazine)  The Biofuels Center of North Carolina has completed a statewide woody biomass assessment in cooperation with Gelbert, Fullbright & Randolph Forestry Consultants and North Carolina’s seven economic development regions. The resulting report, titled the “Statewide Woody Biomass Project,” outlines three areas of analysis for each of the seven

July 24, 2013 Read Full Article

Funding Axed, N.C. Biofuels Center to Close

by Chris Bagley (Triangle Business Journal)  The N.C. Biofuels Center will shut down “within weeks,” a spokesman said Tuesday morning as lawmakers moved to vote on a state budget that cuts off its $2 million in annual state funding. The center, near Oxford, conducts research mainly on transportation fuels derived from

July 24, 2013 Read Full Article

A.I.M. Interview: NAABB’s José Olivares

by David Schwartz  (Algae Industry Magazine)  José Olivares is a busy man. Not only the founder and kingpin of the NAABB 3-year DOE-backed consortium to ring out the potential of algal biofuel production, he also recently served as conference co-chair, along with Dr. Richard Sayre, for their third annual international

July 22, 2013 Read Full Article

DOE Publishes Agenda for Biomass 2013: How the Advanced Bioindustry is Reshaping American Energy

(US Department of Energy)  On July 31–August 1, 2013, the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Advanced Biofuels USA will co-host the Office’s sixth annual conference, Biomass 2013: How the Advanced Bioindustry is Reshaping American Energy, at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center. This year’s conference will highlight the successes of the bioenergy

May 31, 2013 Read Full Article

The Battle of the Beltway: DoD Awards $16M towards Parity-Cost, Drop-In, Non-Food Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DoD goes forward, after internal wrangle, with advanced biofuels program via $16M phase 1 investment. With industry cost share, project totals $33M: aims for sub-$4, drop-in military biofuels. In Washington, the DoD will award three contracts totaling $16 million to Emerald Biofuels, Natures BioReserve and

May 27, 2013 Read Full Article

Algal Biofuel Technology in the State of Qatar

by Matthew Landau (Aquatic Biosystems) In 2010, Qatar University initiated an algal biofuel project funded by Qatar Airways, and Qatar Science and Technology Park with a 3-year budget of USD 12 million. Completion of the first phase of the project, led by Prof. Dr. Malcolm Potts, is expected by the end

May 10, 2013 Read Full Article

California Energy Commission Adopts $100M Investment Plan for 2013-2014 for Green Vehicles and Fuels

(Green Car Congress)  The California Energy Commission unanimously adopted the 2013-2014 Investment Plan Update to support the development and use of green vehicles and alternative fuels. The update sets funding priorities for the approximately $100 million in annual state funds under the Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuels and Vehicle Technology (ARFVT) Program,

May 9, 2013 Read Full Article

International Energy Agency Publishes Global Update of Advanced, Cellulosic Projects

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The International Energy Agency Bioenergy Task 39 group recently published a report that outlines progress on more than 100 advanced biofuel projects under development worldwide. The report, titled “Status of Advanced Biofuels Demonstration Facilities in 2012,” is the second edition published by the group.

May 8, 2013 Read Full Article

Farm Bill Energy Title Introduced in Senate

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Legislation to reauthorize the Farm Bill energy title was introduced in the Senate Monday. Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Al Franken (D-MN) introduced the Rural Energy Investment Act to “help farmers, ranchers, and rural communities by encouraging the growth of agricultural energy technologies, including advanced biofuels, biogas, biomass,

May 8, 2013 Read Full Article

NREL Survey Shows Dramatic Improvement in B100 Biodiesel Quality

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  The latest national survey of 100% biodiesel (B100) “blend stock” samples by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that 95% of the samples from 2011-12 met ASTM International fuel quality specifications. The ASTM standards serve as guidelines for industry and are

May 7, 2013 Read Full Article

USDA Proposes Simplified Application Process for REAP Funding

(US Department of Agriculture/Biodiesel Magazine)  The USDA has proposed a series of changes to make it easier for agricultural producers and rural small businesses to apply for renewable energy and energy efficiency funding. USDA remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. The announcement

May 7, 2013 Read Full Article

Ethanol, Corn Prices, Government Payments, and the REAL Reason Meat Groups Oppose the RFS

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  As part of its ongoing review of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the House Energy & Commerce Committee recently asked stakeholders to comment on the impact of the RFS on the agriculture sector. One of the questions posed by the Committee asked whether, and to what

May 7, 2013 Read Full Article

Save $270M! (and Make Biofuels Feedstocks, er, Feasible, er, Now)

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Is there bio-based relief for the harried taxpayer in sight?   Could conservationists, growers and biofuels producers find common ground in adapting the Conservation Reserve Program for bioenergy?   Could the US save $270M/year, and strengthen two carbon-reducing laws on the books? … But the comparison of

May 7, 2013 Read Full Article
  Bioenergy Technologies Office 2013 Project Peer Review    May 20-23   Alexandria, VA

Bioenergy Technologies Office 2013 Project Peer Review May 20-23 Alexandria, VA

(US Department of Energy)  The Bioenergy Technologies Office 2013 Project Peer Review will take place at the Hilton Alexandria Hotel from Monday, May 20, 2013, to Thursday, May 23, 2013. The peer review process will provide an opportunity for external experts from industry, academia, and government to review the projects

April 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Cobalt, Mercurius, BioProcess Algae, Frontline Land $17.7M in Military Biofuels Grants

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Pilot-scale biorefineries for drop-in military diesel, jet fuel the focus of the DOE’s latest grant round. In Washington, the US Department of Energy announced up to $17.7 million in grants to four pilot-scale biorefinery projects aimed at military-spec hydrocarbon fuels. Cobalt Technologies, Mercurius Biofuels, BioProcess

April 23, 2013 Read Full Article

The EIA Publishes Data on E85-Capable Vehicles

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published updated data on alternative fuels and vehicles through 2011. The analysis addresses several alternative transportation fuels, including E85, hydrogen, electricity, natural gas and propane. According to the EIA, overall consumption of these alternative fuels increased 13 percent

April 11, 2013 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Co-Hosts DOE’s Biomass 2013

Advanced Biofuels USA, co-hosting with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, invites you to be a supporter of Biomass 2013: How the Advanced Bioindustry is Reshaping American Energy. This year’s conference will be held July 31-August 1, 2013, at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center, in downtown Washington. For companies and

April 10, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

Biofuels Center Boosts Renewable Fuels Industry in Western NC with $600K Investment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  The Biofuels Center of North Carolina recently awarded $684,058 for six projects to accelerate the renewable fuels industry in western North Carolina. Awards are made through the 2012-2013 targeted biofuels development funding program, entitled Catalyzing Production in Western North Carolina, which utilizes a portion of the

April 5, 2013 Read Full Article

DOE Announces Five-Year Renewal of Funding for Bioenergy Research Centers

(Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy today announced it would fund its three Bioenergy Research Centers for an additional five-year period, subject to continued congressional appropriations. The three Centers—including the BioEnergy Research Center (BESC) led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) led

April 5, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuels, Renewables Strongly up Since 2008, Says New EIA Report

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Maryland, the “Monthly Energy Review” by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), with data through December 31, 2012 is showing that renewable energy sources and natural gas expanded rapidly during the Obama Administration’s first term while coal, nuclear power, oil imports and use, energy consumption, and CO2

March 29, 2013 Read Full Article

Biorefinery 2015 – The Shape of Advanced Biofuels to Come – Part II

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today in part II, we look at a new set of technologies coming along that are redefining our ideas about scale and cost. … A barrier to long term deployment? The $11 per gallon average capital expenditure, or capex — and the average price tag

March 26, 2013 Read Full Article

International Regulation of Microorganisms for Biofuel or Chemical Production: Europe, Asia and Australia

by David Glass (DGlassAssociates.com)  In two blog entries in 2010, I described the possible regulatory regimes that might affect the use of genetically modified microorganisms or plants in the production of biofuels or bio-based chemicals, focusing on Canada and Europe. In a post last week, I briefly summarized several countries in North America, South

March 26, 2013 Read Full Article

Study Shows Carbon Sequestration from Corn Production Runs Deep

(25 x ’25)  The ethanol industry has some good news to share. And it comes in an arena where the domestically produced biofuel has often been challenged – carbon sequestration and the life-cycle assessment of ethanol made from corn. A study published by researchers associated with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service

March 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Petroleum Use, Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Automobiles Could Drop 80 Percent by 2050; Efficiency, Alternative Fuels, and Strong Government Policies Will Be Needed

(National Academies of Science)  A new National Research Council report finds that by the year 2050, the U.S. may be able to reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent for light-duty vehicles — cars and small trucks — via a combination of more efficient vehicles; the use of alternative

March 19, 2013 Read Full Article

HGCA Helps Reopen Market Opportunities for Arable Crops in the Biofuels Supply Chain

(Home Grown Cereals Authority) An HGCA-led review of regional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions figures has reopened market opportunities in the biofuels supply chain potentially worth several million pounds each year.  Revised GHG figures, supplied by HGCA, have been approved by the European Commission (EC) and can be used by biofuel

March 14, 2013 Read Full Article

Solyndra Critics Back U.S. Lab Seeking Biofuel From Germs

by Jim Snyder (Bloomberg)  People attending a Washington event this week may witness something almost unheard of in political circles: Republicans praising a clean-energy program supported by President Barack Obama. The Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy, originally funded through the 2009 economic stimulus program, is holding its annual summit to

February 26, 2013 Read Full Article

Fuel Tax Credit Extensions Frequently Asked Questions

(Internal Revenue Service)  The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Pub. L. 112-240) retroactively extends certain fuel tax credits that expired on Dec. 31, 2011. The retroactively extended fuel tax credits are the biodiesel mixture credit, biodiesel credit, alternative fuel credit, and the alternative fuel mixture credit. These credits are

February 25, 2013 Read Full Article

DEFRA Releases UK Biofuel Feedstock Production Statistics

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.K. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs recently published experimental statistics on the area of crops grown for bioenergy from 2008 through 2011. According to DEFRA, approximately 109,000 hectares (269,345 acres) of arable land in the U.K. planted in 2010 was grown

February 22, 2013 Read Full Article

That Darn Devil, Them Dang Details: What’s Really Driving Food Prices?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the new USDA long-term forecasts, rising global meat consumption stands out as a driver of rising food prices, exports. …But you might ask yourself — in a world where you can find hyperbole linking hunger and biofuels about as easily as you can find

February 15, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

Bridges to Commercialization

by Jim Lane (Biobased DIgest)  Bringing your biobased technology forward through the Valley of Death may require a bridge over troubled waters.  Here are partners worth knowing. … Bioenergy commercialization is long, expensive and risky. Derisking the enterprise by making the process shorter, cheaper — and having access to people

February 14, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuels Center Announces 2012-2013 Targeted Biofuels Development Funding Program, Strengthening Western NC

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  The Biofuels Center of North Carolina announced Monday, 4 February 2013, it will award up to $1.1 million for projects that address identified areas of critical need related to the acceleration of the renewable fuels industry in western North Carolina. The 2012-2013 targeted biofuels development

February 14, 2013 Read Full Article

Biowaste: Driving Fuels

by Mona-Maria Brinker & Roger Coombs (Waste Management World)  Rising prices, continued conflict in producing regions and the spectre of peak oil have highlighted uncertainties about the future of fossil transport fuels in Europe. Mona-Maria Brinker and Roger Coombs examine how the European Industrial Bioenergy Initiative is helping to enable advanced

February 12, 2013 Read Full Article

2012 Food Price Increases Were Second-Lowest in 20 Years

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  Food prices rose just 1.8% in 2012, the second-lowest annual rate in the last 20 years, according to recently released consumer price index (CPI) data. The new data demonstrates the absurdity of the alarmist rhetoric coming from Big Food about the impact of ethanol

February 2, 2013 Read Full Article

4 Reasons Why Canada Is Becoming a Biofuels Hotspot

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Strong biofuels flight results, advances in algae, new commitments in venture capital and revived interest from the Canadian Navy.   Biofuels are off to a fast start in 2013 in Canada. Canada’s been known for years as the home of several important technology players –

January 15, 2013 Read Full Article

Driving Algae Sustainability

by Mary Rosenthal (Biomass Magazine)  Just a few weeks ago, the National Research Council released its report on the sustainability of biofuels derived from algae, affirming the potential of our industry to meet global fuel challenges in a sustainable manner. The 240-plus page report identified the key areas of sustainability

January 3, 2013 Read Full Article

Energy Information Administration Releases Annual Energy Outlook 2013 Reference Case; $8 Gasoline, $268 Oil Ahead, Despite Increased US Energy Production, Says EIA

by Erin Voegele  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Overall, the reference case predicts that total primary energy consumption will grow by 7 percent, from 98 quadrillion Btu in 2011 to 104 quadrillion Btu in 2035. This is 2.5 quadrillion Btu less than the growth assumed in the 2012 Annual Energy Outlook. In

December 6, 2012 Read Full Article

The Information Source for Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles

(US Department of Energy)  The Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) provides information, data, and tools to help fleets and other transportation decisions makers find ways to reduce petroleum consumption through the use of alternative and renewable fuels, advanced vehicles, and other fuel-saving measures. Maps & Data U.S. Alternative Fueling Stations

November 27, 2012 Read Full Article

World Energy Outlook: A New Global Energy Landscape Is Emerging

(International Energy Agency)  The 2012 edition of the World Energy Outlook was released on 12 November 2012. Drawing on the latest data and policy developments the report presents analytical insights into trends in energy markets and what they mean for energy security, environmental protection and economic development. It sets out

November 16, 2012 Read Full Article

With ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Looming, Carbon Tax Getting Closer Look

by Steven Mufson  (The Washington Post)  Here’s a riddle: If Congress doesn’t want to raise income tax rates but wants to raise revenue, what can it do? One answer: Pass a carbon tax. A relatively moderate-sized carbon tax could raise $1.25 trillion over the next decade, a huge chunk of the money needed

November 10, 2012 Read Full Article

Insight: U.S. and Brazil – At Last, Friends on Ethanol

by Brian Winter (Reuters/Chicago Tribune)  After years at each other’s throats, Brazil and the United States are working together to promote the use of ethanol in a collaboration that could revolutionize global markets and the makeup of the biofuel itself. The breakthrough came in January when Washington allowed a three-decade-old subsidy for

September 17, 2012 Read Full Article

The U.S. Military's Great Green Gamble Spurs Biofuel Startups

by Todd Woody (Forbes Magazine)  …Funded with $85 million from Bill Gates and other investors – plus $104 million in government cash and loan guarantees – the world’s only commercial outdoor algal biorefinery went online this summer and will eventually expand to 300 acres. The plan: extract 1.5 million gallons of green

September 12, 2012 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels Workshop Guest Speaker Presentations Posted

(US Department of Energy)  On August 1, the US Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration held a workshop with video conferencing.  Specifically, the Office of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Analysis conducted a workshop to explore the opportunities and challenges of commercializing advanced (cellulosic) biofuels technologies and their representation in the

August 9, 2012 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Demand Estimates Now Provided in Petroleum Supply and Demand Balances

(U.S. Energy Information Administration)  Biodiesel production data were reported for the first time in U.S. and regional petroleum supply and disposition balances as published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in the Petroleum Supply Monthly(PSM) in May 2012. The biodiesel production data in the PSM will allow EIA to more

August 8, 2012 Read Full Article

Dial 9011 for Crop Assistance

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Section 9011 of the Farm Bill – the Biomass Crop Assistance Program – USDA deploys $9.6M in new investments in bioenergy crops as questions revolve around the program’s future and effectiveness.   Is BCAP important? Will it survive? How will it change? In Washington, Agriculture Secretary

June 14, 2012 Read Full Article

UNEP Releases Global Renewables Status Report 2012

by Megan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Kenya, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) published its Global Renewables Status Report 2012, which showed that renewables accounted for almost half of the estimated 208 gigawatts (GW) of electric capacity added globally in 2011.  Investment in solar energy, wind turbines, geothermal energy, biomass

June 13, 2012 Read Full Article

Environmental Activists Attack Crop Insurance Industry

by David Rogers (Politico)  …At issue are government-backed premium discounts designed to make the insurance more affordable to farmers. While not truly cash subsidies, the costs have soared in recent years and fit neatly into the environmental narrative that Washington is too quick to help large-scale farm production at the

June 1, 2012 Read Full Article

Will US Federal Fleet Help Alternative Fuel Switch?

by John Kemp (Reuters COLUMN)  Widespread use of alternative motor fuels has been hampered by lack of fuel distribution infrastructure, despite strongly favourable economics for alternatives to gasoline and diesel, and a range of financial incentives offered by U.S. federal and state governments. …But effectiveness will be maximised only if

May 30, 2012 Read Full Article

Summary Report of Stakeholder Responses to USDA’s Regional Biofuel Roadmap

(US Department of Agriculture)  On June 23, 2010, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a strategic biofuels production report, “A USDA Regional Roadmap to Meeting the Biofuels Goals of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) by 2022” (USDA’s Roadmap). Subsequently, Secretary Vilsack directed the National Food and Agriculture Council (FAC) to obtain

May 24, 2012 Read Full Article

Senate Ag Committee OK’s $800M for Farm Bill Energy Programs; DOE OK’d to Move $100M for Advanced Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Senate Agriculture Committee has approved $800 million in mandatory biofuels-related funding for the proposed energy title in the upcoming Farm Bill. …Yesterday, Senators Kent Conrad of North Dakota and Richard Lugar of Indiana led the way in carrying an amendment that put

April 27, 2012 Read Full Article
  Notice of Stakeholder Meeting: Industry Roundtable-DON/USDA/DOE/DOT-FAA Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Initiative   May 18, 2012   Washington, DC

Notice of Stakeholder Meeting: Industry Roundtable-DON/USDA/DOE/DOT-FAA Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Initiative May 18, 2012 Washington, DC

(U.S. Federal Register)  The United States Department of Navy (DoN) in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration (DOT FAA), is hosting an industry roundtable with the full complement of participants in the biofuels supply

April 20, 2012 Read Full Article

New NSF Research Grants for Bioenergy, Renewable Fuels and Energy, Bio-Based Chemicals and Renewable Chemical Process Technology

(Biofuels Digest)  In Virginia, the NSF is calling for proposals for biological and chemical technologies, with a deadline of June 19, 2012.  The proposals must deal with the potential for commercialization of the innovation and how it would lead ultimately to revenue generation. It is important that the proposed technology increase

April 10, 2012 Read Full Article

Mapping Grasslands for Biofuel Potential

(U.S. Geological Survey)  USGS scientists have developed a new method for mapping grasslands that demonstrate high potential for growing biofuel crops with relatively little energy input and environmental impact. The pioneering investigation used remote sensing data from satellites to identify detailed areas of the Greater Platte River Basin (most of

April 10, 2012 Read Full Article

Connecting Classrooms to Cutting-Edge Science

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Students in Craig Kohn’s biotechnology classroom are on the hunt for biomass degraders. Scavenging for unique samples in piles of leaves or compost bins, they can use a simple filter paper test to determine if microbes within each environmental sample are capable of growing on

March 5, 2012 Read Full Article

North Carolina’s Biofuels Accelerator

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  The mission of the Biofuels Company Accelerator is to provide a place, intelligence, and connections to grow businesses, ideas, and relationships that contribute to the development of a biofuels industry across North Carolina. The Accelerator is located on the second floor of the Biofuels Center

February 1, 2012 Read Full Article

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Streamlines Access to Energy Investment Information at USDA

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the launch of a USDA energy website that will provide stakeholders fast and efficient access to USDA energy efficiency and renewable energy data. Today’s announcement builds on the Secretary’s commitment to develop a modern and efficient service organization as outlined in

January 20, 2012 Read Full Article

Time to Assess Biomass Project Funding Options

by Emily Chad and Todd Taylor (Biomass Power and Thermal Magazine)  A veritable alphabet soup of government funding programs exist that can help you get your project off the ground. These programs include: • USDA Biorefinery Assistance: loan guarantees for development, construction and retrofitting of biorefinery facilities (other than corn

January 20, 2012 Read Full Article

For Obama’s Green-Car Revolution, Fits and Starts

by Carol D. Leonnig and Joe Stephens (The WashingtonPost) The Obama administration has poured roughly $5 billion in taxpayer funds into the electric-car industry, offering incentives to manufacturers, their suppliers and even car buyers who might want to go green. But analysts say the risk is rising that taxpayers in many cases

December 8, 2011 Read Full Article

U.S. Biofuel Camelina Production Set to Soar

by John Daly (OilPrice.com)  Biofuel sources currently under development include algae, jatropha and camelina. Of the three, camelina is increasingly emerging as the frontrunner in attracting initial investment worldwide, as global demand for aviation fuel for passenger flights is now more than 40 billion gallons annually. Camelina has a number

December 6, 2011 Read Full Article

Xconomist of the Week: 5 Questions with Sapphire Energy CEO Jason Pyle

by Bruce V. Bigelow (Xconomy)  …Jason Pyle:  …So soon, we will see the U.S. military as the leading customer for crude oil replacements. As pressure rises on the commercial airline industry (which uses most of the jet fuels in the world) to reduce carbon emissions in Europe, you also will

December 5, 2011 Read Full Article

USDA Announces New Insurance Pilot Program for Biofuel-Friendly Oilseed Crop with Potential to Create Jobs, Stimulate Rural Economies

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) has announced a new pilot program of insurance for camelina beginning with the 2012 crop year. Camelina is an oilseed crop with the potential to create new renewable energy markets in the United States, generate rural

December 5, 2011 Read Full Article

Out from Solyndra’s Shadow

by Brent Erickson (Biofuels Digest/BIO)  Federal loan guarantees may be scuttled after the Solyndra affair – but should the baby really be thrown out with the bathwater? …But the programs’ untimely end may coincide with the first commercial successes for advanced biofuel projects, as several large-scale projects have begun to

November 17, 2011 Read Full Article

Validation: USDA Report Confirms Value of Distillers Grains

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A recent USDA report echoes what ethanol producers have said for years: distillers grains are a valuable addition to the nation’s feed supply and can be used to reduce any impact of increased corn use for ethanol by replacing more than its share of

November 16, 2011 Read Full Article

USDA ERS Report Offers RIN Price Outlook for Coming Decade

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The USDA Economic Research Service has released a 24-page report offering an overview of renewable identification numbers (RINs) and outlining how the RIN market works in relation to the renewable fuel standard (RFS). The report’s authors suggest that understanding the RIN market can provide

November 10, 2011 Read Full Article

Sustainable Energy Pathways (SEP) Grant Opportunity Solicitation Information Published Application Deadline February 1, 2012

(National Science Foundation)  A sustainable world is one in which human needs are met equitably without harm to the environment, and without sacrificing the ability of future generations to meet their needs.  Growing evidence for the role of energy use in global change and awareness of limitations in our energy

November 9, 2011 Read Full Article

Georgia Offers Support for Biomass-to-Energy Projects

by Erin Voegele (Biorefining Magazine)  The 2011 Southeast Biomass Conference & Tradeshow kicked off in Atlanta today. Nearly 325 professionals and 60 exhibitors are taking part in this year’s event, which has a strong regional focus. Jill Stuckey, director of the Center of Innovation for Energy at the Georgia Environmental

November 3, 2011 Read Full Article

NREL Opens New Doors to Renewable Energy Data

(US Department of Energy)  Developer.nrel.gov empowers Web developers to use renewable energy data for Web and mobile applications The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory is home to a cornucopia of data on renewable energy, energy efficiency and alternative transportation. This week, NREL launched a new website that will

November 1, 2011 Read Full Article

Trick and Treat: Energy Loans under Review, as Hallowe’en Looms

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The fact that the US government doubled-down, by allegedly subordinating the loan to investments by a pair of hedge funds, during a Solyndra financial reorganization, is going to cost Energy Secretary a headache when he heads to a November 17th hearing on Capitol Hioll, and possibly

October 31, 2011 Read Full Article

US Department of Energy Biomass Program Releases “Land-Use Change and Bioenergy” Summary Report

(US Department of Energy)  The Biomass Program released the “Land-Use Change and Bioenergy” summary report. This publication describes the Biomass Program’s efforts to examine the intersection of land-use change and bioenergy production. It outlines legislation requiring land-use change assessments, key data and modeling challenges, and the research needs to better

October 31, 2011 Read Full Article

Argonne National Laboratory Releases New Version of GREET Model

(US Department of Energy)  With support from the Biomass Program, as well as other DOE programs, including the Vehicle Technologies, Fuel Cell Technologies, and Geothermal Technologies programs, Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) has completed and released a new version of the Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions and Energy Use in Transportation (GREET)

October 31, 2011 Read Full Article

Biofuels Losing Government Loan Option

by Philip Brasher (Gannett/Des Moines Register)   Developers of biofuels already have been struggling to attract private investment. Now they’ll have even fewer financing options with the sunsetting of the loan guarantee program that financed failed solar-panel maker Solyndra. …But the program funded with money from the 2009 economic stimulus

October 3, 2011 Read Full Article

Some Clean-Energy Firms Found U.S. Loan-Guarantee Program a Bad Bet

by Steven Mufson and Carol D. Leonnig    (The Washington Post)  …The Obama administration’s vaunted initiative to catalyze the U.S. clean-energy industry — under attack for betting half a billion dollars on the solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra, which closed last month — has become a case study of what can go wrong when a

September 27, 2011 Read Full Article

SAFER Makes Information about Farm Bill Energy Program Proposed Cuts

(Southeast Agriculture and Forestry Energy Resources Alliance)  As you know, Congress is in the midst of negotiations regarding FY2012 appropriations for the Farm Bill. Of particular interest to SAFER is the proposed cuts to the Farm Bill’s energy programs — the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), the Biomass Crop

September 22, 2011 Read Full Article

SDTC Announces Call for Statement of Interest Applications for Clean Technology Funding

(Sustainable Development Technology Canada)  If you have an innovative clean technology, we want to hear from you. That is the message Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) sent out today as it announced its 20th round of funding, which will be open until October 19, 2011. “We are looking for technology

August 31, 2011 Read Full Article

China’s Vision for Renewable Energy: The Status of Bioenergy and Bioproduct Research and Commercialization

Elizabeth R. Nesbitt, Paul Thiers, Johnway Gao, Sharon Shoemaker, Manuel Garcia-Perez, Julie Carrier, Joy Doran-Peterson, John Morgan, Guangyi Wang, Pierre Christian Wensel, Shulin Chen  (Journal of International Commerce and Economics)  The Chinese government is vigorously promoting commercialization of renewable energy and bioproducts, given environmental issues plus food, energy, and national security concerns, according to Chinese industry experts at the August 2010 “China Bioenergy Workshop”

August 30, 2011 Read Full Article

New USGS Marcellus Shale Anaylsis Drastically Cuts DOE Estimates

by David Hughes (Post Carbon Institute)  This week the USGS released anew assessment of gas resources in the Marcellus Shale, Appalachian Basin. The report is a reasonable effort by the USGS to sort out some of the wheat from the chaff. The 84 Tcf technically recoverable undiscovered resource for the

August 29, 2011 Read Full Article

The True Cost of the Military’s Oil Addiction

(CNN Money)  Among the many incentives pushing the military to use less oil, reducing the number of casualties it takes to protect vulnerable fuel convoys is one of the most important. 1 in 8 soldiers killed or wounded in Iraq in 2003-2007 were protecting fuel convoys. READ MORE and MORE

August 22, 2011 Read Full Article

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