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    24th Annual Distillers Grains Symposium   —   May 13-14, 2020   —   Omaha, NE

24th Annual Distillers Grains Symposium — May 13-14, 2020 — Omaha, NE

Distillers Grains Technology Council (DGTC) is again hosting the 24th Annual Distillers Grains Symposium to be held May 13 & 14, 2020 at the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District in Omaha, Nebraska. This 24th Annual National Symposium will provide the latest information and issues on distillers grains marketing/merchandising, animal

February 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Now Accepting Applications for 2020 Agricultural Relations Council Scholarship and Internship hosted by Charleston|Orwig DEADLINE: March 15, 2020 and February 21, 2020

(Agricultural Relations Council)  The annual Agricultural Relations Council (ARC) Charleston|Orwig Scholarship is open and accepting applications until March 15.  Each year, one college student studying agricultural communications and public relations, is awarded a $1,500 scholarship. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is March 15, 2020. Lyle E. Orwig, founder of Charleston|Orwig, generously funds

February 17, 2020 Read Full Article

South Dakota’s First Dairy Renewable Natural Gas Project under Construction

(Brightmark/NGV Journal) Brightmark, a San Francisco-based waste and energy development company, has signed a manure supply agreement with two South Dakota dairy companies, Boadwine Farms, Inc. and Mooody County Dairy Limited Partnership, to capture methane produced by nearly 12,000 dairy cows and heifers and convert it into renewable natural gas. The

February 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Delta Commits $1 Billion to Become World’s 1st Carbon Neutral Airline

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In Georgia arrives news that starting March 1st, Delta is making a $1 billion commitment over the next 10 years to mitigate all emissions from its global business going forward. Their goal? To invest the money in driving innovation, advancing clean air travel technologies, accelerating the

February 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Deepwater Horizon Spill Larger than Previously Believed: Study

by Rachel Frazin (The Hill) The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was approximately 30 percent larger than previously thought, according to a study published Wednesday. The study, published in Science Advances, found that large portions of the Gulf of Mexico were exposed to “invisible and toxic oil that extended beyond the boundaries of

February 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Commentary: New York Must Adopt Technology-Neutral Fuel Standard

by Tristan R. Brown    (Times Union)  …The state’s transportation sector, which currently is responsible for 46 percent of its total energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, must undergo rapid and comprehensive decarbonization on an unprecedented scale. If New York is to successfully reach this target, then it is imperative that we

February 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Brown Grease Separation Technology: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Greasezilla’s FOG – Fats, Oils, Greases to Fuel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yuck! There’s a $25 billion grease problem, from the underground blob in the U.K. to pretty much any public treatment facilities and liquid waste haulers, but Greasezilla has a patented system to help solve the grease trap waste problem. Find out the details of the

February 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Are Electric Vehicles Really Better for the Climate? Depends on How You Cook the Books

by Robert Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  I think the recent report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, “Are Electric Vehicles Really Better for the Climate? Yes. Here’s Why,” is very misleading for the following reasons:  1) it misuses the concept of “national average” greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from electrical production

February 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Brightmark to Build Dairy RNG Project in South Dakota

(Brightmark Energy/Biomass Magazine) Brightmark, a San Francisco-based waste and energy development company, announced Feb. 5 that it has signed a manure supply agreement with two South Dakota dairy companies, Boadwine Farms Inc. and Mooody County Dairy Limited Partnership, to capture methane produced by nearly 12,000 dairy cows and heifers and convert

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El Dorado Man Pleads Guilty to Illegally Dumping Industrial Wastewater in Stockton Sewer System

(U.S. Department of Justice) Jeremiah Young, 38, of El Dorado, pleaded guilty today to unlawful discharge of industrial wastewater, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced. Young was an assistant operator for Community Fuels from 2014 to 2016. Community Fuels is registered in San Joaquin County by American Biodiesel Inc. and manufactured biodiesel

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Newport Biodiesel Earns EPA Recognition for Recycling Toxic Waste

by Nancy Lavin (Providence Business News) Even clean energy has some dirty byproducts.  For Newport Biodiesel Inc., a company that converts used cooking oil into biofuel, that byproduct is a toxic chemical known as methanol. But thanks to a new distillation tower installed in 2018, the company can now reuse up to

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    Bioeconomy Initiative Forum   —   March 25, 2020   —   Washington, DC

Bioeconomy Initiative Forum — March 25, 2020 — Washington, DC

(U.S. Department of Energy) The purpose of the Bioeconomy Initiative Forum is to share the great progress to date on the Bioeconomy Initiative, including accomplishments and plans for the Board’s Interagency Working Groups, since the release of The Bioeconomy Initiative: Implementation Framework. The Forum is free and open to the

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Bringing Algal Biofuel Production to Scale: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Biocrude Production in Advanced Photobioreactor-Based Biorefinery

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Everyone wants more productive algal strains – but how do you get them? Can you advance the technology enough to get economical, large-scale algal biofuel production? Ron Chance and Paul Roessler, both of Algenol Biotech, shared this illuminating presentation at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

New Study: Despite Policy Challenges, Ethanol Industry Significantly Benefited Economy in 2019

(Renewable Fuels Association) Policy obstacles—especially ongoing trade disputes and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s granting of RFS compliance waivers to dozens of small refineries —dampened the U.S. ethanol industry’s economic contributions in 2019, according to a new study released today at the Renewable Fuels Association’s 25th annual National Ethanol Conference. Still,

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Apply Now for the 2020 Energy Journalism Initiative

(Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy)  We’re excited to announce an open call for applications for the 2020 Energy Journalism Initiative, which will be held June 16-19, 2020, in New York at Columbia University. To apply, please complete our online application, and submit three samples of your work along

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

More Access to Ethanol a Win-Win for Ohioans

by Rick Fox (Ohio Ethanol Producers Association/Bucyrus Telegraph) Although Ohio is one of the nation’s leading ethanol producing states, it lags far behind other states in terms of the number of retailers that offer higher blends of ethanol gasoline such as E15 and E85. House Bill 400, introduced by Representative Riordan

February 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Broin Named The American Biofuels Visionary by Growth Energy

(Ethanol Producer Magazine/Growth Energy) During the organization’s 11th Annual Executive Leadership Conference, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor honored POET Founder and CEO Jeff Broin as The American Biofuels Visionary. Tom Buis, who previously served as CEO of Growth Energy, joined Skor on stage to present the special recognition, which was awarded

February 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Online Biology MS Offered by University of Nebraska at Kearney

(Univeristy of Nebraska at Keaney)  Get the same diploma as on campus students.  The online Biology, MS program is designed for high school and middle school teachers, scientists, researchers and anyone who could benefit from advanced study in biology. The Biology, MS program offers:  The ability for professionals to advance in

February 11, 2020 Read Full Article

RFA Partners with Field to Market to Launch Industry Pilot Project to Expand Pollinator Habitat

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association, Renewable Fuels Nebraska, Nebraska Corn (comprised of the Nebraska Corn Board and the Nebraska Corn Growers Association) and Pheasants Forever, Inc. today announced the launch of a pilot project in collaboration with Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture to expand critical pollinator

February 11, 2020 Read Full Article

EPA Partners with Nebraska Engineers on Biofuels Study

by Curt Arens (Nebraska Farmer)   The program will evaluate the use of E30 in conventional vehicles in the state fleet, including State Patrol cars. OOKING AT BLEND: A Nebraska biofuels state fleet study partners UNL engineers with EPA to research the effects of using E30 ethanol-blended gasoline in non-flex fuel

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Whatcom County Stakeholders Fight for Canceled Renewable Diesel Facility

by Teya Heidenreich (Western Front)  After its cancellation on Jan. 21, the Green Apple Renewable Fuels facility is seen by many as a missed opportunity —  After over a year of planning, the Green Apple Renewable Fuels facility in Ferndale and 750 jobs were canceled. Legislators, laborers and environmentalists are now

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Improving Algae Line with Faster Production: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellular Metabolism

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Scott Twary from Los Alamos National Laboratory is working on how to design an integrated strain improvement platform for algae with faster production and to meet BETO’s mission goals of developing technologies for algae strain improvement to meet biomass yield and productivity goals. Get the latest

February 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Oberon Fuels, SHV Energy Partner up to Accelerate Renewable DME: Is This Tech a Carbon Removal Machine of Great Importance?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In California, Oberon Fuels and SHV Energy are partnering to accelerate the use of renewable DME to reduce the carbon footprint of transportation fuel.  For Oberon’s path to scale, the partnership will include funding to augment a recent $2.9M grant from the California Energy Commission

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DOJ Drops Probe of Carmakers that Aligned with California on Pollution

by Zack Coleman and Alex Guillén (Politico)  DOJ was investigating whether Ford, Volkswagen, Honda and BMW illegally coordinated last year. — The Justice Department has ended its antitrust investigation of automakers who formed a voluntary deal with California to reduce air pollution — a probe that was one of a

February 11, 2020 Read Full Article

How Ditching the Iowa Caucus Could Remake the Biofuels Debate

by Miranda Green  (New Republic)  If politicians no longer coveted that early “Iowa bump,” would they still feel compelled to support ethanol subsidies?  In the wake of Iowa’s caucus vote-counting disaster, political staffers and pollsters alike are reconsidering the state’s “first in the nation to vote” status. The quaint caucuses

February 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Triton High School Tours Al-Corn Clean Fuels

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Eight students from Triton High School toured Al-Corn Clean Fuel today to learn about renewable energy production. During the tour, the students learned about the different components of ethanol production such as incoming grain grading, grain handling, grain storage, liquefaction, fermentation, distillation, distiller grain drying, corn oil separation,

February 7, 2020 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR PAPERS: 4th International Conference on Complexity And Policy Studies (CAPS 2020) — May 18-20, 2020 — Washington, DC    DEADLINE:  February 15, 2020

CALL FOR PAPERS: 4th International Conference on Complexity And Policy Studies (CAPS 2020) — May 18-20, 2020 — Washington, DC DEADLINE: February 15, 2020

BRINGING RESEARCHERS AND PRACTITIONERS TOGETHER TO ADVANCE SOCIAL GOOD IN A COMPLEX WORLD —  CAPS 2020 is the 4th International Conference on Complexity and Policy Studies. The single track cross-disciplinary conference is organized by the Complex Systems Institute of the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. It is a cross-disciplinary conference

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    4th International Conference on Complexity And Policy Studies (CAPS 2020)   —   May 18-20, 2020   —   Washington, DC

4th International Conference on Complexity And Policy Studies (CAPS 2020) — May 18-20, 2020 — Washington, DC

BRINGING RESEARCHERS AND PRACTITIONERS TOGETHER TO ADVANCE SOCIAL GOOD IN A COMPLEX WORLD —  CAPS 2020 is the 4th International Conference on Complexity and Policy Studies. The single track cross-disciplinary conference is organized by the Complex Systems Institute of the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. It is a cross-disciplinary conference

February 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Influx of California RNG Fuels Local Economy & Protects Climate

by Todd Campbell (ACT News/California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership)  Natural gas is the leading alternative to diesel in medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in California.  Over 200 million gasoline equivalent gallons (GGE) of natural gas are consumed every year by buses and trucks in California. Much of that is used here

February 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Posted for Comment: Red Trail Energy, LLC Richardton, North Dakota Starch Ethanol Pathways with Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS)

(California Air Resources Board)  Pathway Summary Red Trail Energy (RTE) operates an ethanol production facility located at Richardton, North Dakota with annual production of about 60 million gallons per year. The facility has been in operation since 2007. RTE has two certified starch ethanol pathways under the Low Carbon Fuel

February 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Gevo/Agri-Energy Earns Sustainability Certification from an Independent International Watchdog Group, the Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB)

(Gevo)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO), a company producing a new generation of low-carbon, drop-in, liquid transportations fuels, has received certification from the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). The certification is for Gevo’s sourcing of sustainable corn at its production facility in Luverne, Minnesota, and its production of intermediate feedstock Isobutanol. This

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Handling Harsh pH and High-Alkalinity: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Improving Microalgae Cultivated in High-pH Media

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Eliminating cost and site-location constraints –sounds like something we all want. But there’s a project working on getting rid of those constraints posed by the supply of concentrated CO2 to microalgae farms while simultaneously achieving high seasonal productivities. Their objectives include improving scale and productivity of

February 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Policy Swings Shutter Iowa’s Biodiesel Plants

by Marc Heller (E&E News) Fifteen years ago, farmers produced so much soybean oil they couldn’t figure out what to with it all. It was good for cooking and salad dressing — and not much more. “We were throwing it away,” recalled Bill Shipley, a farmer and district director with the

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Eco-Energy Nears Completion on its Phoenix, Arizona Ethanol Distribution Terminal

(Eco-Energy/Business Wire/Financial Post) Eco-Energy, a leading biofuel supply chain company, is pleased to announce that it has entered the final stage of construction on its ethanol distribution facility located in Phoenix, Arizona. The facility will be Eco-Energy’s tenth (10th) ethanol distribution terminal and is scheduled to commence operations in 3Q 2020.

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Clean Air Benefits of Ethanol Focus of S.D. Farmers Union President Presentation to United Nations Foundation

(South Dakota Farmers Union)  Ethanol lowers carbon emissions by 40 percent and reduces the need for carcinogenic gasoline additives. These health and clean air benefits will be the focus of South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke’s presentation to the United Nations Foundation in D.C. today, February 6, 2020. “I’m

February 7, 2020 Read Full Article

A Protein Lulls Algae to ‘Sleep,’ and What That Means for Making Green Fuels

by Igor Houwat and Layne Cameron (Michigan State University)  Algae have the potential to become a sustainable source of high value biofuels and oils. A big hurdle that holds us back from mass producing algae feedstocks is that they make more oil when stressed out, like during starvation. When stressed, algae

February 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Why Are Low Carbon Biofuels Needed to Decrease Greenhouse Gases?

(Agricultural & Applied Economics Association/Cision)  Four AAEA members publish research in AEPP  — Electric vehicles are being introduced gradually, and even with aggressive policy support they are expected to reach 50% of total fleet by 2050, making it imperative to use low carbon biofuels to reduce carbon emissions from the transportation

February 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Brown Grease Separation Technology: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Greasezilla’s FOG – Fats, Oils, Greases to Fuel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Yuck! There’s a $25 billion grease problem,from the underground blob in the U.K. to pretty much any public treatment facilities and liquid waste haulers, but Greasezilla has a patented system to help solve the grease trap waste problem. Find out the details of the brown

February 6, 2020 Read Full Article
    E15 Workshop  —   February 20, 2020   —   Lincoln, NE

E15 Workshop — February 20, 2020 — Lincoln, NE

Register now for our next E15 workshop! February 20 at Hyatt Place, 600 Q St., in Lincoln in Meeting Place I & II The Nebraska Ethanol Board invites fuel retailers from across the state to learn more about the benefits and ease of offering E15 to your customers. This workshop

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Gevo Supplies Avfuel with Sustainable Aviation Fuel for Banyan Air Service

(Gevo)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO), a leading sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producer, announced today it has supplied SAF to further support carbon neutrality goals in the aviation industry. Gevo’s customer and global fuel supplier, Avfuel Corporation, delivered SAF to Banyan Air Service (KFXE) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where they stated that

February 6, 2020 Read Full Article
    2020 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook    —   February 20, 2020   —   Washington, DC

2020 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook — February 20, 2020 — Washington, DC

Get the Latest Facts About U.S. Energy Markets and Deployment Trends — Hosted in coordination with: House and Senate Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucuses; Sponsored by: Business Council for Sustainable Energy and Environmental and Energy Study Institute Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to expedite check-in A live webcast will be streamed

February 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Green Energy Researcher at U of L Wins Grant

by Matthew Keck (Louisville Cardinal) Joshua Spurgeon, a University of Louisville renewable energy researcher, won the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. Along with the award, he will receive a $500,000 grant from the NSF that will go towards research and education over the next five years. Spurgeon is theme leader

February 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Washington House Passes Bill to Create Clean Fuels Program

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The state of Washington is one step closer to enacting a clean fuels program that would limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per unit of transportation fuel to 10 percent below 2017 levels by 2028 and 20 percent below 2017 levels by 2035. The Washington House

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    The Responsible Business Summit New York 2020  —   March 17-18, 2020   —   New York, NY

The Responsible Business Summit New York 2020 — March 17-18, 2020 — New York, NY

We need action. New ways of collaborating. New business models. New forms of investments. At The Responsible Business Summit New York 2020 we will convene 750+ leaders from across the globe to share their latest strategies, and more importantly, tangible insights into how they are helping deliver the required transformation of business. How they’re delivering

February 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Study Details How Auto Emissions Pose Human Health Problems Worldwide

by Keith Randal (Texas A&M University)  Texas A&M researchers are part of a team that analyzed how auto exhaust in large cities, especially in China, is linked to air quality and health problems.  — Tiny matter called “ultrafine particles” in the atmosphere are un-regulated, according to the World Health Organization, but a

February 5, 2020 Read Full Article

2020 Bioeconomy M&A Deal Review & Outlook

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Digest published today a 2020 Deal Review and Outlook Bioeconomy M&A visual guide that looks at the slurry of recent mergers and acquisitions in the bioeconomy like Lygos and Librede, NuSeed and Agrisoma, FinCo Fuels and GoodFuels, The Andersons and Marathon Petroleum, Aemetis and Goodland

February 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Valero Reports Profitable Q4 for Ethanol, Renewable Diesel

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … During the earnings call, Joe Gorder, chairman and CEO of Valero, said the company continues to explore growth opportunities in its renewable fuels business. As previously announced, he said Valero’s Diamond Green Diesel joint venture is in the advanced engineering review phase or

February 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Velocys Contracts Worley to Deliver Technology Package for Waste-to-Fuel Projects

(Biofuels International)  Sustainable fuels technology company Velocys has appointed engineering contractor Worley to manage the delivery of its fully integrated technology package. Worley will act as partner in the development of pre-feasibility, feasibility and front-end engineering design (FEED) packages for all of Velocys’ projects. This will enable Velocys to ‘leverage

February 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Researchers Work on Project to Develop Cleaner-Burning, Renewable Fuels

(TechXplore/University of Central Florida) Biofuels offer potential benefits as renewable fuels with cleaner emissions, but with thousands of types of biofuels to choose from, it makes it hard for the energy sector to focus on just a few for further development. That’s why University of Central Florida researchers are working to

February 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Advanced Algal Systems: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Photosynthetic Production of Biodiesel by Cyanobacteria

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office’sBioenergy Technology Incubator 2 project is looking at how to directly produce ‘drop in’ ready biofuel (ethyl or methyl laurate) by cyanobacteria using CO2, water, and light as the main inputs. Check out the latest results of this project

February 4, 2020 Read Full Article

LADWP Helps Launch New Organization to Focus on Green Hydrogen

(Green Hydrogen Coalition) Today (January 21, 2020) marks the official launch of the Green Hydrogen Coalition (GHC), an educational non-profit dedicated to facilitating policies and practices to advance green hydrogen production and use in all sectors where it will accelerate a carbon-free energy future. Green hydrogen can be produced several

February 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Rapunzel, Rapunzel: Getting the Hydrogen We Need from the Garbage We Don’t

by Jim Lane (Hydrogen Digest) … In the case of municipal solid waste, there are a couple of reasons why hydrogen might be a smart target, and why gasification is the best route, where we use heat to convert mixed waste streams to carbon monoxide and hydrogen. With gasification, we

February 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Clean Energy Delivered 30% More Renewable Natural Gas Last Year

(Clean Energy/NGV Journal) Clean Energy Fuels Corp. delivered 143 million gallons of Redeem™ renewable natural gas last year as robust sales of the carbon-neutral transportation fuel continued in 2019, closing out the year with significant deals throughout North America. The environmental impact of replacing 143 million gallons of diesel with biomethane

February 3, 2020 Read Full Article
    Emmitsburg Green Fest   —   May 2, 2020   —   Emmitsburg, MD

Emmitsburg Green Fest — May 2, 2020 — Emmitsburg, MD

The Town of Emmitsburg has decided to host a 2020 Emmitsburg Green Fest in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.  The event will occur on Saturday, May 2, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Emmitsburg’s Community Park. (Rain date-May 3) The event will feature free

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    The Future Belongs to Maine: Opportunities in the Bioeconomy   —   May 29, 2020   —   Portland, ME

The Future Belongs to Maine: Opportunities in the Bioeconomy — May 29, 2020 — Portland, ME

SAVE THE DATE: Friday, May 29, 2020, for “The Future Belongs to Maine: Opportunities in the Bioeconomy”—our not-to-be-missed investor summit in Portland, Maine, on the state of Maine’s growing bioeconomy. WHAT: This full-day conference will provide an open forum to discuss the bioeconomy in Maine today as well as its future evolution.

February 3, 2020 Read Full Article

OPINION: Don’t Count out Ethanol This Election Season

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Des Moines Register) When Ted Cruz, a strong opponent of the Renewable Fuel Standard, won the Iowa caucuses four years ago, political pundits said it was the “beginning of the end” for national biofuels policy. After all, Cruz had walked into the lion’s den of corn country

February 3, 2020 Read Full Article

LLNL Report Lays out Technology Pathways for California to Become Carbon-Neutral and Then -Negative by 2045; 3 Pillars of Negative Emissions

(Green Car Congress) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have identified a suite of technologies to help California to become carbon-neutral—and ultimately carbon-negative —by 2045. To achieve the goal of carbon-neutrality, California will likely have to remove on the order of 125 million tons per year of CO2 from the atmosphere. In the report,

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    CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  EnergyPath 2020: Energy Source Diversity — June 2, 2020 — Center Valley, PA    DEADLINE:  March 15, 2020

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: EnergyPath 2020: Energy Source Diversity — June 2, 2020 — Center Valley, PA DEADLINE: March 15, 2020

Energypath is the Mid-Atlantic’s premiere sustainable energy conference where professionals, policymakers, and academics from the sustainable energy industry connect.  Energypath 2020 will be held on Tuesday, June 2nd (8:30AM – 5:00PM) at DeSales University and will focus on “Energy Source Diversity”. What will the future bring for the sources of

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ASTM Approves ARA’s Synthetic Kerosene Process for the Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(GreenAir Online)  A new sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) specification has been approved for commercial airline use by standards development organisation ASTM International, with support from the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI). The new annex to the SAF specification D7566 establishes criteria for the production and use of catalytic hydrothermolysis jet

February 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Aemetis Awarded $4.1 million Grant for Biogas Upgrading Unit to Produce Pipeline-Quality Renewable Natural Gas

(Aemetis)  Upgrading Unit will Convert Dairy Methane Gas into Ultra-Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas for Injection into PG&E Pipeline; Company Awarded a total of $18 Million in Grants in January —  Aemetis, Inc.  (NASDAQ: AMTX) (“Aemetis”) announced today that the California Energy Commission (“CEC”) awarded the company’s subsidiary, Aemetis Biogas LLC (“Aemetis Biogas”),

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Farmers Are Poised to Tackle Climate Change With Technology and Innovation

by Jamey Mulligan and Moira McDonald (Morning Consult/World Resources Institute/Walton Family Foundation) American farmers know all too well the effects of our changing climate. If it’s not flooding, it’s drought, then flooding again. But American farmers — whether they know it or not — have also been quietly fighting the effects

February 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Democratic Candidates’ Electric Car Mandates Will Kill Jobs in Iowa and Beyond

by Ed Wiederstein (Real Clear Energy) … Like clockwork, candidates on the stump in Iowa — and even at the recent democratic debate at Drake University — are making a point to show their support for our ethanol industry. But for voters who care about the renewable fuels industry and the 50,000 jobs it

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Farmer Sees Advancements in Technology, Biodiesel after Returning to the Farm

by Amie Simpson (Brownfield Ag News)An Illinois farmer has seen advancements in technology and biodiesel first-hand after being away from the farm for several years. Scott Gaffner grew up on a grain and dairy farm in Greenville. High operating costs and low commodity prices led him to look for different opportunities.

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Yucky Scum May Someday Fuel Cars, Planes and Trains because of PNNL Researchers

by Steven Ashby (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/Tri-City Herald) Algae is often seen as a yucky muck, but it may soon join crop waste and cooking oils as an important ingredient in the recipe for renewable biofuels. At the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, our biofuels research explores many homegrown fuel

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    Algal Culturing Techniques Course   —   May 9-16, 2020   —   East Boothbay, Maine

Algal Culturing Techniques Course — May 9-16, 2020 — East Boothbay, Maine

The Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA) will have its annual Algal Culturing Course from:     Saturday, May 9 through Friday, May 15, 2020; Travel days should be Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 16, 2020. The course will be held at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Research and

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Who’s the Mystery Date? Green Hydrogen for Renewable Diesel’s Stealthy Project

by Jim Lane (Hydrogen Digest) From Planet Houston we’ve heard that ENGlobal inked a $20 million to supply process modules that will be used to construct a complete hydrogen production facility. The plant will be a major component of an otherwise unidentified renewable diesel facility with an expected maximum production of

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The Largest Sustainable Aviation Fuel Offtake Deal, Ever?: Delta Strikes Historic SAF Contract with Pacific Northwest Biofuels Venture

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From Washington state and from Georgia news arrives that Delta and entered into one of the largest airline offtake agreements of its kind to purchase sustainable aviation fuel from NWABF. Yep, NWABF, which sounds an awful lot like Porky Pig trying to pronounce “Robert” but actually is

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Light-Based Chemistry Could Increase Energy Density of a Renewable Fuel

(Photonics/Los Alamos National Laboratory)  Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory used photochemical [2 + 2] cycloaddition to upgrade biomass-derived acetone — common nail polish remover — to higher-mass hydrocarbons, and produced a product that can be blended with conventional jet fuel for more energy-efficient flying. “We converted bio-derived acetone to

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WEBINAR: IPREFER: New Cash Crop for Aviation Fuel

by Winthrop Phippen (IPREFER/CAFFI)  READ MORE

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WEBINAR: CoverCress Inc.: Adding Farmer Revenue by Providing the 1st Low Carbon Intensity Cash Cover Crop on Unused Land Over Winte

by Cris Handel (CoverCress Inc./CAAFI) Our conclusions from interactions with 500+ farmers over the last 3 years:  CoverCress harvest date and $50+/acre cash margin (via yield) are the top 2 drivers for farmers.  Post corn harvest planting methods fit enough farmers for 3 years in the southern half

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WEBINAR: Forest System Health: Evaluating Trade-offs for Water, Fire, Biofuels, and Fish

by Mark Wigmosta (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/CAAFI)  READ MORE

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Minnesota Corn Growers Rolls out Biofuels Effort: The Better Fuel Initiative Will Promote Biofuels Policy, Outreach Efforts and Increased Use.

(Farm Progress/The Farmer/Minnesota Corn Growers Association) The Minnesota Corn Growers Association launched a new initiative last week at Ag Expo that will promote biofuel use, awareness and research. Through the Better Fuel Initiative, MCGA leaders seek to build on the momentum for biofuels in Minnesota. Stations offering E15, a blend of

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All the Wrong MOVES: EPA’s MOVES Model Contains Serious Flaws

by Dave VanderGriend  (Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  EPA’s MOVES model contains serious flaws and could heavily impact the industry as EPA conducts anti-backsliding study.  —  What is playing out in front of the ethanol industry is the reality of all the wrong MOVES—the Mobile Vehicle Emissions Simulator (MOVES) model.

January 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Blended Curriculum: The Nebraska Ethanol Board Offers Workshops

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Nebraska Ethanol Board offers workshops to help retailers learn more about E15 and higher blends. Other states offer help with grant application processes, or are pushing for for mid-level blends.  —  Considering updating his fuel dispensers, Dan O’Neill, president and CEO of Kwik

January 30, 2020 Read Full Article

The Versatile Ethanol Molecule: Ethylene, with a Similar Molecular Structure to that of Ethanol, Has Enormous Market Opportunity around the World.

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Knock a water molecule off ethanol and you’ll get ethylene, C2H4—the most widely produced organic chemical globally that is the basis for scores of other chemicals and hundreds (maybe thousands) of products, from antifreeze and surfactants to synthetic fibers, plastics and packaging. Global

January 30, 2020 Read Full Article

CARB Moves forward with Third-Party Verification for Low Carbon Fuel Standard

(Green Car Congress) California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) has supported an innovative revolution in alternative fuels. Those fuels have replaced more than 2.5 billion gallons of petroleum fuel in the past 12 months, providing Californians with cleaner alternatives. The California Air Resources Board has released a list of CARB-certified, third-party verifiers who

January 30, 2020 Read Full Article

RFA and NCGA Co-Title Sponsorship of 2020 Crappie Masters Tournament Trail Begins This Week

(Renewable Fuels Association) The 2020 season of the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail begins later this week, with the Renewable Fuels Association and the National Corn Growers Association signed on as co-title sponsors for the fourth consecutive year. The first tournament begins Friday, Jan. 31 at St. Johns River in Deland, Fla.

January 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Investors Go after Trump Rollbacks

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)   Investors representing almost $113 billion in assets under management warned oil, gas, mining and timber companies not to take advantage of Trump administration environmental rollbacks, arguing they should consider the financial risk. Trump rollbacks to laws like the Endangered Species Act, Antiquities Act and

January 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Cook County Jail Inmates Turn Vegetable Oil into Diesel Fuel

by Evan Garcia (WTTW) A new program at Cook County Jail teaches inmates how to make biodiesel fuel from cooking oil used in the jail’s dining halls. Two of the Cook County sheriff’s utility trucks, which transport supplies throughout the county, run exclusively on the biodiesel produced at the jail. Unlike

January 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Two Airlines Working Towards Sustainable Aviation Fuel: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Alaska Airlines and United Airlines’s Aviation Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Alaska Airlines and United Airlines are on board with sustainable aviation fuel, and both airlines gave these short but sweet presentations at ABLC NEXT in San Francisco outlining their aviation biofuel activities to date as well as their future plans. First, check out United’s presentation

January 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Panel Discusses Benefits of Biofuels over Petroleum

by Rachel Clark (Badger Herald)  Biofuels used in industry have shown promising signs of advancement in bioproducts –The Wisconsin Energy Institute held a panel to discuss the viability of biofuels and bioproducts as replacements to other, more harmful types of energy this Tuesday. Proposed biofuels would replace less sustainable forms

January 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) Requests Public Comment on Cap and Invest Program

The states participating in the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) have released a  Draft Memorandum of Understanding to establish a regional cap and invest program to transition to a more sustainable, resilient, low carbon transportation sector. Also released were initial projections of the potential economic and public health benefits such

January 29, 2020 Read Full Article
    Advancing the Bioeconomy: From Waste to Conversion-Ready Feedstocks Workshop   —   February 19-20, 2020   —   Arlington, VA

Advancing the Bioeconomy: From Waste to Conversion-Ready Feedstocks Workshop — February 19-20, 2020 — Arlington, VA

On February 19-20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) will host a workshop in Arlington, VA. In recent years, BETO has expanded its portfolio beyond traditional biomass feedstocks to include using waste resources, such as municipal solid waste (MSW),

January 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Cooperative Producers Adds E15 at Axtell and Red Cloud Locations

(Nebraska Ethanol Board/KTIC) The Nebraska Ethanol Board (NEB) applauds Cooperative Producers, Inc. (CPI) for adding E15 at their fuel sites in Axtell, Nebraska, and Red Cloud, Nebraska. These additions are CPI’s fifth and sixth locations selling E15 in the state including locations in Clay Center, Funk, Giltner, and Juniata. “As a

January 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Letter: Give Retailers Incentive to Offer Stronger Ethanol

by Rick Fox (Ohio Ethanol Producers Association/Columbus Dispatch) Even though Ohio is one of the nation’s leading ethanol producing states, it lags far behind other states in terms of the number of retailers that offer higher blends of ethanol gasoline such as E15 and E85. House Bill 400, introduced by state

January 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Plant Reopens Thanks to Biodiesel Blenders Tax Credit

by Marjorie Kulba (Farm Journal’s Ag Pro) An Iowa biodiesel plant is reopening after it shut down late last year.  The Western Dubuque Biodiesel plant in Farley, Iowa started up production at the plant last week after shutting down for most of December and January.   A representative told AgDay’s Betsy Jibben the small refinery exemptions

January 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Interfacing with R&D and Industry: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to BETO’s Advanced Development & Optimization

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We are always trying to optimize – optimize processes, efficiencies, cost, value, and more, but did you know that the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office has a program just for this sort of thing? The ADO or Advanced Development and Optimization program has several

January 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Clearing the FOG – Reclaiming Advanced Biofuel from Fats, Oils and Grease

by Ron Crosier (Downey Ridge Environmental Company/Biofuels Digest)  … Critics of biofuels argue that biofuel feedstocks require vast amounts of arable land, water and other resources that would otherwise be used for food production. … However, a new means for generating biofuel focuses on reclaiming advanced biofuel from waste products. The

January 29, 2020 Read Full Article

2020 Diesel Outlook: Off and Running

(Diesel Technology Forum)   …- Before the end of the new decade, more efficient commercial vehicles will have eliminated 1.3 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions and the majority of these benefits will be delivered by diesel technology.  – The ability to use advanced biofuels in diverse existing vehicle and equipment populations

January 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Low-oil DDGS Provides Less Energy, More Protein in Pig Diets

(University of Illinois, College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Given greater oil-extraction efficiencies at corn ethanol plants, the resulting coproducts, distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS), are lower in fat. That means less energy for pigs and other livestock consuming DDGS as part of their diet, according to

January 28, 2020 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS   Algae Bloom & HAB Remediation Workshop Series   —   March 24-25, 2020   —   Ft. Myers, FL    DEADLINE: unclear

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS Algae Bloom & HAB Remediation Workshop Series — March 24-25, 2020 — Ft. Myers, FL DEADLINE: unclear

Microcystin producing cyanobacteria blooms are getting worse every year. It’s not just a local problem…it’s global and needs immediate attention! Algae blooms & HABs are affecting fishing, swimming, tourism, real estate values, local economies and are a health risk to humans and animals. Join solutions-oriented algae bloom & HAB researchers,

January 28, 2020 Read Full Article
    Algae Bloom & HAB Remediation Workshop Series   —   March 24-25, 2020   —   Ft. Myers, FL

Algae Bloom & HAB Remediation Workshop Series — March 24-25, 2020 — Ft. Myers, FL

Microcystin producing cyanobacteria blooms are getting worse every year. It’s not just a local problem…it’s global and needs immediate attention! Algae blooms & HABs are affecting fishing, swimming, tourism, real estate values, local economies and are a health risk to humans and animals. Join solutions-oriented algae bloom & HAB researchers,

January 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Bigger, Better Crops Combat Climate Change

by Michael Robin (Western Producer)  Carbon from bigger crops and more robust plants like this hybrid canola, and their larger root systems, is being sequestered at higher rates than it was in the past from annual cropping. As well, new breeding technologies are enhancing that with every breeding cycle.  — 

January 28, 2020 Read Full Article

MU Research Puts Green Algae on the Front Line to Replace Fossil Fuel

by Mariana Labatte (Innovations in Agriculture Missourian Extension) MU computer science professor Jianlin Cheng sees the future of energy in green algae. The small aquatic plants that add a layer of scum to ponds and pools have a beneficial side — green algae can convert sunlight into energy and store it in

January 28, 2020 Read Full Article
    Experts to Gather to Discuss the Public Health Threat from Gasoline Aromatics   —   February 6, 2020   —   online from Miami Beach, FL

Experts to Gather to Discuss the Public Health Threat from Gasoline Aromatics — February 6, 2020 — online from Miami Beach, FL

The discussion will highlight alternatives to gasoline aromatics that benefit public health, the environment/climate change, national security, and the economy. These solutions could be implemented in the upcoming Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule. Governors, public health, environmental, energy, public policy, and media experts will present new data and discuss

January 27, 2020 Read Full Article

DOE Project at U of I Will Measure Bioenergy Crop Carbon Emissions

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment) The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $3.3 million grant to a multidisciplinary research team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to develop a precise system for measuring greenhouse gas emissions from commercial bioenergy crops grown in central

January 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Tenth Circuit Court Strikes Down EPA Small Refinery Exemptions

(Renewable Fuels Association)  In a decision that is expected to broadly impact the Environmental Protection Agency’s approach to granting small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit late on Friday struck down three exemptions that were improperly issued by EPA. The

January 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Turning CO2 into Fuel

by Andrew Myers (American Energy Society)  … Recycling CO2 emissions themselves as researchers at Stanford University are doing has shown some promising results. They are turning carbon dioxide from car exhaust pipes and other sources into fuels like natural gas and propane. Several recent studies have shown some success in

January 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Tribal and Alaska Native Biomass Demonstration Projects; Eligibility Criteria

(Federal Register/Land Management Bureau)  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is establishing eligibility and selection criteria for Tribal Biomass Demonstration Project and Alaska Native Biomass Demonstration Project proposals submitted for BLM-managed lands, as authorized by the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2017. Section 202 of Public Law

January 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Capture Carbon Dioxide to Reduce Climate Change

by John R. Snyder (Post Register)  …  That is, to reverse climate change, carbon dioxide currently in the atmosphere must be removed and new emissions of CO2 must stop. … Carbon dioxide from coal and industrial plant emissions and the atmosphere can be captured, stored and recycled into most of the

January 23, 2020 Read Full Article

At the Table, or On the Menu?

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association) As discussions about climate change ramp up, ethanol and its impact on emissions and the environment should be top of mind. — We’re only halfway through the 116th Congress and, already, there have been nearly 40 legislative proposals and resolutions introduced to tackle climate

January 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Eye on Biodiesel Winners Showcase an Image of Success

(National Biodiesel Board)  Annual awards highlight visionaries and ones to watch in the biodiesel industry —  The National Biodiesel Board’s annual awards recognize a diverse group of individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to biodiesel. From long-time champions to present-day breakthroughs, the commercial biodiesel industry wouldn’t be where it

January 23, 2020 Read Full Article
    Growth Energy’s 20/20 Vision Executive Leadership Conference   —   February 5-8, 2020   —  Key Biscayne, FL

Growth Energy’s 20/20 Vision Executive Leadership Conference — February 5-8, 2020 — Key Biscayne, FL

We have a lot to keep our eyes on right now: elections, trade disputes, rulemaking – to name a few. With 20/20 Vision, Growth Energy has clarity on what is required to shape the outcomes of these critical events. We understand the confluence of commerce and policy and have a sharp

January 23, 2020 Read Full Article

WPI Professor Expands Green Energy Research with $2M DOE Grant — Chemical Engineer Works to Turn Yard Waste and Food Waste into Biofuel

by Sharon Gaudin (Worcester Polytech Institute) Chemical engineers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute are broadening attempts to convert waste into environmentally friendly biofuels, lowering reliance on fossil fuels, cutting the amount of municipal waste going into landfills, and reducing water pollution and unhealthy emissions from petroleum products and landfills. Michael Timko, associate

January 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Brightmark Energy Partners with Larson Family Farms on Florida Biogas Project

(Brightmark Energy) Project will convert 230,000 tons of manure per year into renewable natural gas, reduce methane emissions from Central Florida dairy farms —  Brightmark Energy, a San Francisco-based waste and energy development company, announced today that it has partnered with four dairy farms in central Florida to build and

January 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Shell Uses Plastic Waste to Produce Resin Feedstocks

by Stephen Moore (Plastics Today) Shell says that it has successfully made “high-end” chemicals using a liquid feedstock made from plastic waste using a pyrolysis process that is considered a breakthrough for hard-to-recycle plastics. The initiative advances Shell’s ambition to use one million tonnes of plastic waste a year in its

January 23, 2020 Read Full Article

The Democratic Party’s Choice for President: The Digest’s Endorsement–Amy Klobuchar

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … We need “idealism without illusion”, as President John F. Kennedy once defined it. … For that task, there is no better leader we’ve seen on the Democratic side this season than Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, who was the runaway winner in our most

January 23, 2020 Read Full Article

From Plants to Energy: Sustainability RSO Makes Biodiesel out of Soybeans

by Jared Ebanks (Daily Illini) The turn of the new decade has caused many professionals and activists to recommit to solving climate change, including the Illinois Biodiesel Initiative, an RSO (registered student organization) that promotes sustainability on campus. IBI collects soybean oil from the Ikenberry Dining Hall and converts it to

January 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Growing Biodiesel Industry Benefits Soybean Farmers

by Amie Simpson (Brownfield Ag News) … Greg Anderson, a board member for the National Biodiesel Board, says more feedstock is needed because of the growth in the industry and soybean oil has been the primary feedstock for biodiesel since its inception. … “I like it because I’m using my

January 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Exclusive: Philadelphia Refinery Expected to Be Sold to Real Estate Developer – Sources

by Laila Kearney (Reuters)  The bankrupt Philadelphia Energy Solutions is expected to sell its fire-damaged refinery site to real estate developer Hilco Redevelopment Partners, three sources familiar with the situation said on Tuesday. … Hilco, which has $2.5 billion of assets under management and has acquired 5,000 acres in North America,

January 22, 2020 Read Full Article

$500 Million Renewable Fuels Plant Proposed for Possible Land-Lease at Port of Greater Baton Rouge

by Timothy Boone (The Advocate) A Houston-based renewable fuels company is looking at leasing a 164-acre site at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge to build a $400 million to $500 million plant. Greentech Materials LLC would produce environmentally friendly diesel fuel from soybean and palm oil. Some of the officials

January 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Mixotrophy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Novel Platform for Algal Biomass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) There’s a lot of flat, dry land in the U.S. but researchers at Arizona State University and others are looking at how that land could support biofuel production. How about evaporation-resistant reactors coupled with thermotolerant, high-productivity mixotrophic algae? Check out this Slide-Guide from P.I. Peter Lammers

January 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Phillips 66 and REG Scrap Renewable Diesel Project

by Andreas Exarheas (Rigzone) Phillips 66 and Renewable Energy Group Inc. (REG) have announced that they are discontinuing their joint effort to construct a large-scale renewable diesel plant in Ferndale, Washington. The project was said to have been canceled due to permitting delays and uncertainties. According to a comment posted on

January 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Reynolds Can’t Handle Our Climate Crisis. She Should Resign.

by Jeff Biggers (Climate Narrative Project/Des Moines Register)  The fate of our state is too important to leave in the hands of someone who doesn’t have the wherewithal to deal with our climate crisis. — … Despite massive wind energy production, Iowa is becoming a climate disaster story. (Iowa Governor

January 21, 2020 Read Full Article

New Study Finds ‘Insignificant’ Link between US Biofuel Policy and Deforestation in Southeast Asia

(Biofuels International)  A new study carried out by economic modelling experts from Purdue University in the US has found the impacts of US biofuel policy on deforestation in Malaysia and Indonesia to be insignificant. The study, titled ‘US Biofuel Production and Policy Implications for Land Use Changes in Malaysia and

January 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Clean Fuel Groups Pushing for Carbon Credit System

by Rick Karlin (Times Union)  A broad coalition including environmentalists as well as biofuel, electric vehicle and other alternative transportation companies, are urging the Cuomo Administration to adopt a Low Carbon Fuel Credit that would help them, but would require traditional fuel firms such as diesel or gasoline suppliers to purchase

January 21, 2020 Read Full Article

The Letters of (Low Carbon) Transit: Business Aviation and World Energy Pard’ner up, Via Book & Claim

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  World Fuel Services and World Energy have a World Economic Forum Sustainable Aviation Fuel Program designed to increase SAF availability and supply chain efficiency within the industry. The program will be available in time for business jets traveling to the 50th Annual Meeting of the

January 21, 2020 Read Full Article

UNT Scientist Unlocking the Secrets of Plant Energy

(University of North Texas) Kent Chapman, a University of North Texas Regents Professor and director of the UNT BioDiscovery Institute, is questioning decades-old assumptions in plant biochemistry to find better ways of storing and using lipids, the energy molecules found in all plants.  “Biofuels are the future and lipids are the key,” said Chapman.

January 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Why Ethanol Endures as Important Market for Midwestern Farmers

by Jim Spencer and Mike Hughlett (Star Tribune)  The biofuel’s intended uses for energy independence and greenhouse gas reduction have become matters of debate. But no one questions its political clout, economic importance or staying power. — … Janet McCabe is a former assistant administrator of the air and radiation office

January 20, 2020 Read Full Article
    Transportation and Climate Initiative Public Meetings   —   February 11, 12, 25, 2020   —   Albany, Rochester, New York City, NY

Transportation and Climate Initiative Public Meetings — February 11, 12, 25, 2020 — Albany, Rochester, New York City, NY

The states participating in the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) have released a  Draft Memorandum of Understanding to establish a regional cap and invest program to transition to a more sustainable, resilient, low carbon transportation sector. Also released were initial projections of the potential economic and public health benefits such

January 20, 2020 Read Full Article

New York Seeking Input on Transportation and Climate – February Meetings

The states participating in the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) have released a  Draft Memorandum of Understanding to establish a regional cap and invest program to transition to a more sustainable, resilient, low carbon transportation sector. Also released were initial projections of the potential economic and public health benefits such

January 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Cannabinoid, Meet Biochem – Lygos Acquires Librede to Scale up and Commercialize Cannabinoid Production

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … In California comes the hot news that Lygos, who you may know for their sugar converting advanced biotech platform, has acquired Librede, Inc., an emerging synthetic biology company focused on cannabinoid products for the consumer market. Say what? A specialty chemicals company acquiring a

January 20, 2020 Read Full Article
    Biogas: Driving the U.S. Circular Economy   —   March 18, 2020   —   Washington, DC

Biogas: Driving the U.S. Circular Economy — March 18, 2020 — Washington, DC

The American Biogas Council (ABC) and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invite you to a briefing about the critical role biogas systems play in our circular economy. The circular economy replaces conventional “take, make, waste” industrial models with “repurpose, reuse and recycle.” This eliminates waste and pollution and creates new economic activity

January 17, 2020 Read Full Article
    Green Truck Summit, held in conjunction with The Work Truck Show®   —   March 3-6, 2020   —   Indianapolis, IN

Green Truck Summit, held in conjunction with The Work Truck Show® — March 3-6, 2020 — Indianapolis, IN

Green Truck Summit, held in conjunction with The Work Truck Show®, features intensive programs on clean energy trends and initiatives for commercial vehicles. The conference brings together government, educators, industry users and innovators to offer insights on the work truck industry’s path to zero emissions. Presenters will share how sustainable technologies, alternative fuels

January 17, 2020 Read Full Article
    Energy Independence Summit 2020   —   February 10-12, 2020   —   Washington, DC

Energy Independence Summit 2020 — February 10-12, 2020 — Washington, DC

Energy Independence Summit 2020 is the nation’s premier clean transportation policy summit. The Summit provides a unique opportunity for Clean Cities Coalitions and leaders in the clean transportation industry to network and build partnerships with each other, and with key Congressional and Administration policymakers in Washington, DC. You will have

January 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Crave Brothers: Dairy Farming Done Different

by Caroline Hedgcock (University of Wisconsin-Madison/Planet Forward StoryFest) Sustainable Dairy Farming in Wisconsin — The Crave Brothers Farmstead is an alternative to traditional dairy farming. This family owned and operated farm uses an anaerobic digester to turn manure into energy, nutrient filled water, and bedding for the cows. Their farm

January 17, 2020 Read Full Article
    2020 Planet Forward Summit   —  April 2-3, 2020   —   Washington, DC

2020 Planet Forward Summit — April 2-3, 2020 — Washington, DC

At the 2020 Planet Forward Summit, learn how the best environmental change agents use storytelling to transform their audiences from passive listeners to engaged doers. The Summit takes place April 2-3, 2020 at the Jack Morton Auditorium where we gather students and academics, as well as corporate leaders, scientists, journalists and

January 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Genetic Modification of Poplar Trees Saves Air Quality

(National Science Foundation)  Some trees, such as poplars, emit gases that worsen air pollution and alter climate. Poplar trees are sources of biofuels and other products, including paper and plywood. —  Poplar trees are widely used in commercial products, but, like several other tree species, they emit gases to the atmosphere

January 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Crown’s Innovative Pretreatment System Revolutionizes Renewable Diesel (HVO) Operations.

(Crown) Crown, a global leader in the oilseed processing industry, introduces a game-changing Renewable Diesel Pretreatment System that doubles hydrotreater catalyst life, yields the industry’s highest output of pretreated product, and guarantees product quality specifications, regardless of feedstock. By maximizing contaminant removal, Crown’s Renewable Diesel Pretreatment System delivers the cleanest possible

January 17, 2020 Read Full Article

EPA: 21 SRE Petitions Now Pending for Compliance Year 2019

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Jan. 16, reporting that five new SRE petitions have been filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard for compliance year 2019, up from 16 petitions that had been filed as of Dec. 19, 2019. A

January 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Biomethane Use in Transportation Sector Grows by Almost 600% in U.S.

(Southern California Gas Co./NGV Journal)  Calgren Dairy Fuels and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced that four additional Central Valley dairies have started sending methane produced from cow manure to Calgren’s biogas operation in Pixley, where it is processed into high-quality, renewable natural gas and injected into SoCalGas’ system. The

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

A Simplified Way to Turn Food Waste into Hydrogen Energy

(Purdue University)  … Purdue scientists developed a method to improve the production of hydrogen from food waste using yeast. Until now, the production of hydrogen for use as clean fuel has largely been through bacterial degradation of food waste, which can lead to slow production rates and complex pre-processing of the

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

LCFS Pathways for Biogas-Based Hydrogen Filed with CARB

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The California Air Resources Board has opened comment periods on several Low Carbon Fuel Standard Tier 2 applications for biogas-fuels in recent weeks, including those for facilities that plan to produce biogas-based hydrogen and renewable natural gas (RNG). An application by Air Liquid Hydrogen Energy US

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article
    Minnesota Youth Climate Justice Summit    —   February 26, 2020   —   St. Paul, MN

Minnesota Youth Climate Justice Summit — February 26, 2020 — St. Paul, MN

The Youth Climate Justice Summit is a chance for youth to experience first-hand how to participate in government. Meet with MN Legislators that represent your district to talk with them about why we care about climate change and social justice. It is also a chance for you to meet youth

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article
    Summer Institute for Climate Change Education   —    July 22-24, 2020 —   St. Paul, MN

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education — July 22-24, 2020 — St. Paul, MN

(Climate Generation)  Join together with educators from across the country this July 22-24 for an impactful training on climate change education! Teachers from all backgrounds and subjects are invited to attend and learn new tools, skills, and resources to teach climate in science, social studies, ELA, environmental studies, geography, art,

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

USDA Seeks Input on New Ethanol Sales Infrastructure Incentive Program

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking public input to help with the creation of the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP), a new program that will expand the availability of domestic ethanol and biodiesel by incentivizing the expansion of sales of renewable fuels. “Feedback from farmers, retailers and

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Payments for Ecosystem Services Key to Enabling Agricultural Solutions to Sustainable Development Goals, Ag Renaissance

(Solutions from the Land) As discussions on climate change, clean water, hunger, poverty and biodiversity grow both on the domestic and global stages, the role of agriculture in addressing these mega-challenges is filling a growing role at the policy table. Statewide efforts facilitated by Solutions from the Land (SfL) and

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Aemetis Acquires Partially Complete Ethanol Plant in Kansas

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Aemetis Inc. has purchased a partially complete ethanol plant in Kansas. While the company previously said it would convert the facility to cellulosic production, Aemetis Chairman and CEO Eric McAfee said there are currently no plans to build at the site.  … In its third

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Gevo Contracts with Three Dairies to Provide Manure for Conversion into Biogas

by Patrick M. Graham (Proactive Investors) Gevo Inc (NASDAQ:GEVO) announced Wednesday that it has contracted with three dairies to provide manure that the company will convert into pipeline quality biogas (renewable natural gas). Combined, the three dairies expect to generate about 350,000 MMBTU biogas per year for sale to off-takers or

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

FastOx Commercialization: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Sierra Energy’s Gasification Tech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The U.S. Army has a FHL installation and there is an FTL demo, but did you know Sierra Energy has an online gasification calculator tool that you can use too? Check out this Slide-Guide from Sierra Energy’s VP of Engineering, Daniel Dodd where he shares

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Economics: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to REG’s Biodiesel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From GHG emissions and carbon savings to growing public policy support, REG is working hard on improving biodiesel’s LCFS value. Check out this Slide-Guide from REG’s Director of Government Affairs, Lindsay Fitzgerald’s presentation at ABLC NEXT in San Francisco to get the latest on states

January 15, 2020 Read Full Article
    BIO World Congress   —   September 21-24, 2020   —   Raleigh, North Carolina

BIO World Congress — September 21-24, 2020 — Raleigh, North Carolina

Experience the Latest in Industrial Biotech and AgTech — Join us for an action packed week this September. Discover the sustainable and transformative biology-driven breakthroughs powering the global bio-based economy. Meet key partners representing the entire value chain, including feedstock production, processing, and finished consumer products in BIO One-on-One Partnering™,

January 15, 2020 Read Full Article
    ABLC NEXT   —   October 29-30, 2020   —   San Francisco, CA

ABLC NEXT — October 29-30, 2020 — San Francisco, CA

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January 15, 2020 Read Full Article
    BIO International Convention   —   June 8-11, 2020   —   San Diego, CA

BIO International Convention — June 8-11, 2020 — San Diego, CA

The BIO International Convention is hosted by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial

January 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Secretary Naig Presents Renewable Fuels Marketing Awards: Diamond Oil Company Receives Biodiesel Award and Ethanol Award Goes to Elliott Oil Company

(FuelIowa) Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig presented Elliott Oil Company of Ottumwa and Diamond Oil Company of Des Moines with the 2020 Renewable Fuels Marketing Awards today at the FUELIowa Annual Meeting in Des Moines. The Ethanol and Biodiesel Marketing Awards were created by FUELIowa in partnership with the Iowa

January 15, 2020 Read Full Article

How to Make It Easier to Turn Plant Waste into Biofuels

by Todd Bates (Rutgers University/Phys.Org) Researchers have developed a new process that could make it much cheaper to produce biofuels such as ethanol from plant waste and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Their approach, featuring an ammonia-salt based solvent that rapidly turns plant fibers into sugars needed to make ethanol, works

January 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Gold Rush: Daryl Maas Followed His Dreams to California

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  Daryl Maas followed his dreams to California, where he is filling an important niche helping mitigate climate change and dairy farmers mine the lucrative rewards of cow manure.  —  Daryl Maas was raised among the Dutch dairy farms of Northwest Washington. After joining the military

January 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Biodiesel for Buses Cuts Carbon Footprint

by Scott Hernandez-Jason (University of California Santa Cruz) By switching to renewable diesel fuel, UC Santa Cruz has significantly reduced the amount of carbon emitted from its student shuttles and other fleet vehicles. Campus vehicles used about 72,000 gallons of diesel in 2019, fleet manager Theo Diamantopoulos said. He estimated the

January 14, 2020 Read Full Article

One Airport’s Path to Carbon Neutrality with SAF: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to San Francisco International Airport’s Sustainable Aviation Fuel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  San Francisco International Airport has some lofty goals when it comes to zero net energy, zero waste and carbon neutrality, but it goes beyond that. Find out how SFO is working with airlines and fuel suppliers to get sustainable aviation fuel integrated into their terminals,

January 14, 2020 Read Full Article
    The Lithium Triangle Initiative: South America’s Lithium Triangle and the Future of the Green Economy   —   January 23, 2020   —   Washington, DC

The Lithium Triangle Initiative: South America’s Lithium Triangle and the Future of the Green Economy — January 23, 2020 — Washington, DC

As the global community pursues sustainable economic development, lithium is playing an increasingly critical role. The metal is used for rechargeable batteries in electric vehicles and for the energy storage needed to expand renewable energy. As a result, global demand for lithium is expected to grow rapidly, and supply will

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