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This Vodka Helps Fight Climate Change

(CNN)  Vodka is usually made from fermented grains, like rye. But Air Company’s spirit is made out of captured carbon dioxide emissions.  READ MORE/WATCH VIDEO From CO2 To Vodka: Air Company Launches World’s First Carbon-Negative Spirit  (Forbes) This carbon-negative vodka comes from captured CO2 — Air Company—a winner of Fast

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Awards $127 Million to Bring Innovative Clean Energy Technologies to Market

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy continues to power the clean energy revolution among American small businesses and entrepreneurs with awards totaling $127 million to support 110 innovative projects – each focused on tackling the climate crisis by harnessing market-oriented solutions and emerging technologies.  DOE’s Office of Energy and Efficiency

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article
    Clean Air Opportunities for Educators   —   August 6, 2021   —   ONLINE

Clean Air Opportunities for Educators — August 6, 2021 — ONLINE

Are you looking to engage your students around the topic of air quality? Join the Coalition for Clean Air as we explore K-12 appropriate opportunities to get engaged. From the light touch single day events to in-depth curriculum based projects, we’ve got opportunities for you. Three topics to explore: 1.

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Governors Ask Biden Administration to Expand the Market for Higher-Octane Gasoline in New Fuel Economy Rule

(Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)  High-Octane Ethanol Should Replace Carcinogenic Gasoline Aromatics   — Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem sent a letter to the Biden Administration pointing out the role that higher-octane ethanol could play in meeting the Administration’s climate and public health goals. Governor Walz is the chair and Governor

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Blue Biofuels Files 3 Additional Patents on Its CTS Technology

(Blue Biofuels) Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc., DBA Blue Biofuels, (the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it filed 3 additional patents that follow on the granted patent to its Cellulose-to-Sugar (“CTS”) technology system. In the process of testing and perfecting towards commercialization, the Company has developed additional unique technology related to

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Setting the Record Straight on Renewable Fuels

(Office of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-I)) Prepared Floor Remarks by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa Setting the Record Straight on Renewable Fuels  — Many bills that get introduced in the Senate won’t go anywhere. They are simply messaging documents. I usually do not care to comment on these bills. It simply isn’t

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Manchester United Teams Up with Renewable Energy Group to Create a More Sustainable Future

(Renewable Energy Group/Manchester United/Business Wire) Manchester United (NYSE:MANU) has reinforced its commitment to environmental sustainability through a global partnership with Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI), a leading producer of renewable fuels, with a shared mission to tackle climate change and create a cleaner world. Dedicated to providing high-quality and easy-to-use

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

The Race for Limestone as Climate Change’s Big Solution: Sulzer, Blue Planet Sign Key Partnership

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  Sulzer and Blue Planet have signed a significant partnership for converting CO2 into limestone. … Sulzer is enabling the further development and optimization of Blue Planet’s innovative carbon mineralization process for carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) solutions. The process will leverage Sulzer’s carbon reduction technologies

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article
    UMES Hemp Field Tours   —   July 30, August 27 and September 30, 2021   —   Princess Anne, MD

UMES Hemp Field Tours — July 30, August 27 and September 30, 2021 — Princess Anne, MD

A series of in-person tours to showcase the various stages of different varieties of hemp included in the UMES hemp variety screening trial. About this event: These are safe events! Participants will be required to wear masks. Three Hemp Variety Screening Trial Tours . . . Observe more than 50

July 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Opal Fuels Invests in Indiana RNG Facility

by Michael Bates (NGT News) OPAL Fuels LLC, a Fortistar portfolio company and producer and distributor of renewable natural gas (RNG), has announced an investment in Bio Town Biogas. The RNG production facility, located in Indiana, will feature a large-scale dairy digester that will produce about 1,000 MMBTUs of fuel per

July 22, 2021 Read Full Article

CIM Group Invests in Renewable Natural Gas

by Michael Bates (NGT News) Los Angeles-based CIM Group has announced a significant investment in an affiliate of MAS CanAm LLC, the holding company for all of the renewable natural gas (RNG) activities undertaken by MAS Energy LLC, a privately held, Atlanta-based owner, developer and operator of North American RNG production

July 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Avfuel Supplies Million FBO with SAF

(Biofuels International)  Avfuel Corporation has collaborated with Million Air Burbank to provide its customers with a consistent supply of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Avfuel’s first truckload of SAF arrived at the FBO on June 24, enabling Million’s customers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution. “I think most

July 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Lawsuits Target Exxon’s Social Media ‘Green Washing’

by Maxine Joselow  (E&E News Climatewire) Two years ago, Exxon Mobil Corp. took to Twitter to promote its research into algae biofuel. The oil giant tweeted a photo of swirling beakers of bright green liquid to its hundreds of thousands of followers. “We’re researching algae biofuel with about 40% of its mass as fat,

July 22, 2021 Read Full Article

$1.5M DOE Grant Targets Engineering of Cyanobacteria as Biofuel Production Platform

(Vanderbilt University School of Engineering)  A new, $1.5 million Department of Energy grant brings together experts from three institutions to parse the metabolism of a blue-green algae that holds great promise for biofuel production. The team, led by Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Jamey Young, will take a systems biology

July 22, 2021 Read Full Article

One-of-a-Kind Course Aims to Build the Bioeconomy Workforce

by Emily Scott (Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit) … He (Jason Ryder, an adjunct professor in UC Berkeley’s College of Chemistry) knows we have the tools to solve these problems: biotechnology and bioprocessing — using the power of biology to generate sustainable, bio-based chemicals, fuels, materials, and food

July 21, 2021 Read Full Article

LLNL and Collaborators Improve Electrochemical Reactor Performance through 3D Printing

(Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and their collaborators are leveraging the power of 3D printing to improve the performance of electrochemical reactors used to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) to useful energy sources, chemicals and material feedstocks. Working under a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with Stanford University and oil and

July 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Decarbonizing the Air Transportation Sector: New Guidelines for Sustainable Aviation Fuel Greenhouse Gas Emission Accounting and Insetting Launched

(Smart Freight Centre) Smart Freight Centre and MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics launch new greenhouse gas accounting and insetting guidelines for sustainable aviation fuel  —  The air transportation industry is responsible for a significant amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions each year. Immediately before the COVID-19 crisis, the industry emitted

July 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Feinstein, Toomey, Menendez, Collins Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Repeal Ethanol Mandate

(Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) today introduced the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act, a bill to end the corn ethanol mandate in the Renewable Fuel Standard. The mandate requires annual increases in the amount of renewable fuel

July 21, 2021 Read Full Article
    Exploring Biodiesel Regional Seminars (XBX)   —   September 30, 2021   — Madison, WI

Exploring Biodiesel Regional Seminars (XBX) — September 30, 2021 — Madison, WI

The National Biodiesel Board’s Exploring Biodiesel Regional Seminars (XBX) will visit Madison, Wisconsin, on Thursday, Sept. 30, for the sole event of its abbreviated 2021 series. Now in its fourth year, XBX is designed to educate fuel wholesalers, distributors, retailers, marketers, fleets, municipalities and other end users on the benefits

July 20, 2021 Read Full Article

New Energy Freedom Refinery to Produce Carbon-Negative Fuel from America’s Ag Wastes

(New Energy Blue/PR Newswire) New Energy Blue announced its planned construction in Iowa of a biomass refinery designed to produce renewable carbon-negative automotive fuel, which replaces gasoline. “Our Iowa project can keep one million tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere every year–like taking 200,000 cars off the road,” says Thomas Corle,

July 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Fischer: More Choices and Cleaner Fuel at the Gas Pump

(Office of Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE)) … The Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act, which I reintroduced with Sen. Amy Klobuchar in response to the ruling, offers a common-sense solution to this problem. Our bill would reinstate the waiver that allowed high-ethanol blends like E15 to be sold all year.

July 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Groups Urge EPA to Propose Higher Octane Fuel Standard

(South Dakota Farmers Union)  South Dakota Farmers Union is among a coalition of agriculture and biofuel groups urging the administration to propose a higher octane fuel standard as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updates its greenhouse gas emissions standards for passenger vehicles and light duty trucks. “It’s been a long-standing position

July 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Ameresco Reaches Commercial Operation of Landfill Gas to Renewable Natural Gas Plant

(Ameresco)  Innovative renewable natural gas plant at McCarty Road Landfill reached commercial operations in Q2 2021 —  Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE:AMRC), ), a leading cleantech integrator specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy, today announced that it achieved commercial operations at its landfill gas to renewable natural gas plant at Republic Services’ McCarty Road

July 19, 2021 Read Full Article

ReCarbon Executes Multi-Site Landfill Gas to Hydrogen Agreement with H2Renewables

(ReCarbon)  ReCarbon, Inc., (https://recarboninc.com) the developer of the patented Plasma Carbon Conversion Unit (PCCU), a combustion-free, climate-positive greenhouse gas utilization technology, announced the execution of a supply agreement with Cleveland, Tennessee-based landfill gas to hydrogen project developer, H2Renewables, LLC. This follows the successful operation of a demonstration plant at McDonald, Tennessee.

July 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Butyl Acetate for Diesel: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Butyl Acetate as Bioblendstock

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Does renewable butyl acetate make a good fuel additive? Can it be used as a bioblendstock for diesel to decrease combustion pollutants and lower the sooting propensity of a BA/diesel-based mixture? Can it’s low freezing point and high flash point improve fuel properties?  READ MORE

July 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Top 10 Slide Guides of 2021 so Far

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Like a cool glass of lemonade on a hot summer day, the first half of 2021 was a bit more refreshing and uplifting than 2020. The Digest brings you the hottest Top 10 slide guides so far from 2021. We sure learned how to turn

July 19, 2021 Read Full Article
    Fastmarket RISI’s North American Conference   —   September 27-29, 2021   —   Boston, MA and ONLINE

Fastmarket RISI’s North American Conference — September 27-29, 2021 — Boston, MA and ONLINE

We’re pleased to announce the North American Conference 2021 registration is now open. This year it will be held at the Seaport Hotel in Boston, USA on September 27-29, 2021, giving you the opportunity to network in-person  The forest products markets have seen a lot of change this year: DIY and home renovations contributed to skyrocketing

July 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Analysis Shows Enzyme-Based Plastics Recycling Is More Energy Efficient, Better for Environment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  BOTTLE Consortium Effort Develops Model That Finds Sizeable Energy and Carbon-Saving Benefits for Recycling PET, a Common Plastic Used in Bottles, Clothing, Carpet —  Researchers in the BOTTLE Consortium, including from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Portsmouth,

July 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Corn Farmers Captured, Stored Carbon before It Was Cool, Industry Learder Says: Farmers and Ethanol Plants Can Benefit from Reducing Carbon Use.

by Jerry Perkins (Successful Farming)  … After years of research into the data about farming’s contribution to carbon emissions, that’s the conclusion reached by Ron Alverson, a South Dakota corn farmer and ethanol plant director, who spoke Wednesday at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW), which wraps up today at

July 16, 2021 Read Full Article

We Can Love Electric Cars, But Let’s Not Spurn Biofuels

by Dan Morgan (The Globalist)  Right now, electric cars have the momentum and the “inevitability” narrative on their side. Is the idea of pursuing two paths forward a waste of money?   … The Biden administration’s ambitious infrastructure proposal sets aside $174 billion to subsidize electric cars, but little for biofuels. As

July 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Avolta Breaks Ground on First of 2 Biogas Projects in Arizona

(Avolta/Biomass Magazine) Avolta, a renewable energy company focused on originating, developing, owning, and operating renewable natural gas (RNG) projects, and its regional development partner, Atlas Global Holdings LLC, held an official groundbreaking to kick off the first of two RNG Projects at the Butterfield and Milky Way dairies outside of Phoenix,

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Funds 2 Biomass-to-Hydrogen Projects

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The U.S. Department of Energy on July 7 announced $52.5 million to fund 31 projects to advance next-generation clean hydrogen technologies. Two of the funded projects focus specifically on the production of hydrogen from biobased feedstocks. According to the DOE, the 31 selected projects support the

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

North Carolina Bill Creates General Permit Certain Biogas Systems

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on July 2 signed the North Carolina Farm Act of 2021. The legislation, in part, directs the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission to develop a new general permit for farms with digester systems. Under the legislation, the commission is directed

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

St Paul Drivers Win With E15

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) and KS95 FM rewarded drivers who fueled up with E15 (Unleaded 88) at the Highland Service Minnoco station in St Paul during an hour-long promotion on July 14. “Using E15 benefits the environment, strengthens Minnesota’s economy and makes us more energy independent,”

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Springboard Biodiesel Enables US Military Base to Save Nearly $5 Million in Fuel Costs and Mitigate 4,875 Tons of CO2e

(Springboard Biodiesel/EIN Presswire)  Used cooking oil can be turned into low-carbon biodiesel anywhere people are fed for about $1 per gallon with a Springboard Biodiesel BioPro™ system. —   Springboard Biodiesel, the leading small-scale biodiesel processing company in the United States, shared a recent summary of biodiesel production from one of its

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Internship Application Process Opens DEADLINES: October 1, 2021; December 1, 2021 and February 15, 2022

(Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute) Join the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) in Washington, D.C. for a fast-paced, hands-on internship on Capitol Hill.  The program is now accepting applications from college students and recent graduates to serve as a Congressional Intern in the halls of power in Washington, D.C. You’ll gain

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Carnegie And Stanford Plant Scientists Awarded $900K For Biofuel Research

(Carnegie Science)  Carnegie’s Arthur Grossman and Stanford University’s Ellen Yeh were awarded a $900, 000 grant this spring from the university’s public-private partnership Strategic Energy Alliance to research the synthesis of biofuels from a species of green microalgae called Botryococcus braunii. Scientists from a diversity of research areas, including plant and algal

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Summit Agricultural Group Announces Acquisition of Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy, LLC and Development of North American’s Largest Wheat Protein Ingredients Production Facility

(Summit Agricultural Group) Summit Agricultural Group, through its investment affiliate Summit Ag Investors (collectively “Summit”), is pleased to announce the acquisition of Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy (“Prairie Horizon”), a biorefinery in Phillipsburg, Kansas. Summit will construct a state-of-the-art wheat protein ingredients facility and retrofit the existing corn-based ethanol plant to produce

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Boeing and SkyNRG Partner to Scale Sustainable Aviation Fuels Globally

(Boeing)  – Partnership builds on Boeing’s industry leadership and SkyNRG’s pioneering approach to scaling SAF demand and supply – Boeing to invest in SkyNRG Americas’ first dedicated U.S. production facility for SAF – Facility will establish SAF supply for airports, airlines, Boeing operations on West Coast Boeing (NYSE: BA), SkyNRG

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR SPEAKERS:  Alternative Fuels and Chemicals Coalition Conference and Expo — November 14-16, 2021 — National Harbor, MD     DEADLINE unclear

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: Alternative Fuels and Chemicals Coalition Conference and Expo — November 14-16, 2021 — National Harbor, MD DEADLINE unclear

This is the FIRST AFCC Global Biobased Economy Conference!  ​The conference will focus on promoting the USDA’s BioPreferred® Program* throughout this two-day conference and exhibition. To kick off the event there will be a reception on Sunday evening, November 14, 2021 from 5:30 -7:00 p.m., included in the registration of

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    Alternative Fuels and Chemicals Coalition Conference and Expo   —   November 14-16, 2021   —   National Harbor, MD

Alternative Fuels and Chemicals Coalition Conference and Expo — November 14-16, 2021 — National Harbor, MD

This is the FIRST AFCC Global Biobased Economy Conference!  ​The conference will focus on promoting the USDA’s BioPreferred® Program* throughout this two-day conference and exhibition. To kick off the event there will be a reception on Sunday evening, November 14, 2021 from 5:30 -7:00 p.m., included in the registration of

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Commentary: Demonstrate Patriotism with Support for Alternative Fuels and Technologies

by Lorrie Lisek  (Wisconsin Clean Cities/Kenosha News)  … Today, Americans can and should band together with the same sense of patriotic pride of the World War II scrap drives in supporting the use and adoption of sustainable, domestic transportation fuels and technologies. … Madison now boasts a fleet of more

July 14, 2021 Read Full Article

JetBlue Starts Using Sustainable Aviation Fuels at Los Angeles International

by Linnea Ahlgren (Simple Flying) JetBlue announced Monday that it had entered into an agreement with World Fuel Services and World Energy for the supply of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) at Los Angeles International Airport. The airline says SAF will now make up approximately 5% of its LAX fuel. …

July 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Haldor Topsoe to Build Catalyst Plant in the U.S. to Meet Increasing Demand for Refining Catalysts

by Svend Ravn (Haldor Topsoe) • Topsoe will build a 15,000 ton per year hydroprocessing catalyst plant at the company’s existing Bayport production site in Pasadena, Harris County, Texas. The plant will increase production capacity of Topsoe’s TK catalyst family to meet increasing demand, both in traditional refining and for

July 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Representataives Angie Craig, Adrian Smith Lead Bipartisan Effort from Congressional Biofuels Caucus in Introducing Legislation to Allow Year-Round E15 Sales

(Office of U.S. Representatives Angie Craig (D-MN 2nd)  Craig and Smith’s Legislation has been endorsed by Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association and the National Corn Growers Association  —  Today, U.S. Representatives Angie Craig (D-MN) and Adrian Smith (R-NE) led Co-Chairs of the Congressional Biofuels Caucus in introducing the Year-Round Fuel Choice

July 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Using Cycloalkanes for Jet Fuel: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Ethanol-Derived Jet Blending Components

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) LanzaTech, Purdue and PNNL are working together to develop a commercially viable process to convert an ethanol-derived olefin intermediate into a jet-range hydrocarbon with 60 wt.% yield to cycloalkanes and demonstrate its commercial utility as a jet blendstock via fuel property analysis, ASTM characterization, and

July 14, 2021 Read Full Article

California’s LCFS Is Successfully Proliferating. Is It Also Successfully Decarbonizing Transport?

by Kendra Seymour (Stillwater Associates) As explained in our LCFS 101 Beginner’s Guide and LCFS 101 Update articles, California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) aims to reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses (GHGs) by reducing the average carbon intensity (CI) of transportation fuels that are used in California. Overall program compliance is generally achieved through the

July 14, 2021 Read Full Article

US Biodiesel Pioneer Awarded for Leadership in International Education

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) Leon Schumacher, professor and agricultural systems technology program coordinator at the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, has received the 2021 Provost’s Award for Leadership in International Education. The award recognizes University of Missouri faculty members that have provided outstanding leadership

July 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Northeast States Pass Biofuel Blending Bills

(PriMedia) Liquid heating fuel is on track to continue reducing its carbon footprint across the Northeast U.S. In recent weeks, the state legislatures of New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island passed bills that would create new biofuel blending standards for all liquid heating fuel sold in each state. The New

July 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Devco Celebrates Opening of Maryland Anaerobic Digester

(Bioenergy Devco/Biomass Magazine) Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, County Executive Calvin Ball, Director of Maryland Environmental Service (MES), Charles Glass and representatives from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) gathered at Bioenergy Devco’s new anaerobic digestion facility in Jessup, Maryland, on July 7 to celebrate near completion of what will be the state’s largest anaerobic digestion (AD)

July 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Life Cycle Analysis: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Algal Systems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Evaluating sustainable scale up of algae production systems, algal biofuels, and algal bioproducts is no easy task, but scientists at Argonne National Lab are looking into this by looking at the life cycle analysis of advanced algal systems to see just how feasible it really

July 13, 2021 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Nebraska Corn Board and KUVR

“California leads the nation in the number of flex fuel vehicles on the road with 1.1 million in 2020. By comparison, less than 370,000 vehicles in California were battery electric vehicles, which positions ethanol as a here-and-now carbon solution.” — Nebraska Corn Board and KUVR    READ MORE

July 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Nebraska Corn Board Targets Motorists in California through Ethanol Infrastructure Grant

(KUVR/Nebraska Corn Board)  The Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) has long provided infrastructure grants to fuel retailers and supported local ethanol expansion within the state. To complement this work, NCB is additionally boosting ethanol demand in population-dense areas, like California. NCB recently partnered with Pearson Fuels to help two fuel retailers in

July 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Blocked By EPA, Biofuels Group Asks OMB For Octane Limit In Vehicle Rule

by Stuart Parker (Inside EPA/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition) A coalition of biofuels and farm groups, led by former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle (D-SD), is poised to press White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) officials to include a high-octane standard to boost fuel economy in EPA’s upcoming light-duty vehicle rules

July 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Metro’s Waste Hauler Switches to Renewable Diesel, Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

by Arashi Young (Oregon Metro)  … Last August Metro made the switch to renewable diesel in its waste hauling operations resulting in at least a 65% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions. Jenna Garmon, Metro’s sustainability manager, visited the Metro Council work session Tuesday, June 29, to report about the impacts of

July 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuels Infrastructure Can Support Iowa, Save Planet, Says Axne

Cindy Axne (D-IA-3rd) Key funding would help reduce carbon emissions and reliance on foreign energy while investing in Iowa’s rural communities  — Investments in biofuels infrastructure represent the best of all worlds as we chart a path to an energy economy that allows us to reduce carbon emissions and be less

July 12, 2021 Read Full Article

From Biomass to Bug Zapper: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Bio-Insecticides

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Creating a sustainable, inexpensive bioinsecticide that leverages the inherent chemical functionality from thermochemical biomass conversion that can improve biofuel economics is one of National Renewable Energy Lab’s goals. Take a look at bioinsecticide production using catalytic fast pyrolysis works, bioinsecticide trends, impacts on biorefining, and

July 12, 2021 Read Full Article

AgweekTV Full Show: Ethanol Industry, Award-Winning Operation, Agvise, Female Ag Teachers, Grain Bin Technology

(AgWeek) Coming up on AgweekTV, we will discuss the ethanol industry hitting another devastating court decision. We will tour an award winning regenerative farming operation in east central South Dakota. We will visit two ag businesses that are dedicated to staying in rural North Dakota. We will discuss the number

July 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Sen. Amy Klobuchar Tours Hormel Institute

by Mike Stoll (Austin Daily Herald)  … During the tour, Klobuchar (Senatory Amy Klobuchar D-MN) learned of the Institute’s research into the role biofuels play in reducing the risk of cancer. A recent study, which was a collaboration between The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, and the Energy Resources Center, University

July 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Iowa Congressman Becoming “Very Concerned” about EPA’s Regan

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  Iowa Republican Randy Feenstra tells Brownfield he had a great conversation with Administrator Michael Regan a few weeks back when Regan visited his district. … Feenstra is also worried about biofuels under Regan’s watch. “When he talks, it’s always about having renewable fuels for

July 9, 2021 Read Full Article
    13th Annual RFS, RINs & Biofuels Forum   —   September 15-17, 2021   —   Chicago, IL

13th Annual RFS, RINs & Biofuels Forum — September 15-17, 2021 — Chicago, IL

Returning to Chicago this fall, the 13th Annual OPIS RFS, RINs & Biofuels Forum will be in-person!  This means you’ll have the chance to experience the same unsurpassed regulatory and marketplace discussions that you’ve come to rely on at this event in addition to essential in-person networking. Refiners, blenders, retailers, importers

July 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Avangrid Outlines US Green Hydrogen Vision

(ReNewsBiz)  Avangrid has submitted green hydrogen project concepts on the US east and west coasts in response to the Department of Energy’s request for information (RfI). The green hydrogen project concepts are in the states of Connecticut, New York, Maine, Oregon and also on the US Gulf Coast in the south-west. The

July 8, 2021 Read Full Article

New Laws Bolster Sustainability

by John Burnett (Hawai’i Tribune-Herald) Gov. David Ige on Friday afternoon signed seven bills into law that he said were aimed at meeting goals outlined in the state’s 2050 Sustainability Plan. Ige praised the state Legislature for passing the bill package, saying, “The bottom line is, we have a collective commitment

July 8, 2021 Read Full Article

A Tweaked Yeast Can Make Ethanol from Cornstalks and a Harvest’s Other Leftovers

by Nikk Ogasa (Science News)  The process could tap underused sources of renewable fuels  —  … But by tweaking a gene in common baker’s yeast, researchers have engineered a strain that can defuse those deadly by-products and get on with the job of turning sugar into ethanol. The new yeast was

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Energycane Produces More Biodiesel than Soybean at a Lower Cost

(University of Illinois/EurekAlert!)  Bioenergy from crops is a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. New crops such as energycane can produce several times more fuel per acre than soybeans. Yet, challenges remain in processing the crops to extract fuel efficiently. Four new studies from the University of Illinois explore chemical-free pretreatment methods,

July 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Will Biorefineries Meet Air Quality Regulations?: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels Air Emissions

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can biofuels production meet federal air quality regulations? At what cost? What are the emissions across the biofuels supply chain? What are the economic and human health impacts? Are there mitigation opportunities and approaches that work?  READ MORE    

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Xebec to Deliver 18 Units of RNG Production Platform

by Michael Bates (NGT News) Xebec Adsorption Inc. has signed a master service agreement (MSA) with a U.S.-based renewable natural gas (RNG) dairy farm project developer for the purchase of BGX Biostream units. The MSA will support the order of an initial 18 units, with the potential for additional orders under

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DOE Announces Technical Assistance for Local Governments on Waste-to-Energy

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are pleased to announce the Phase 1 selections for the Waste-to-Energy Technical Assistance for Local Governments Program.  This technical assistance program was created to mobilize national laboratory analyses and technical expertise around energy and resource

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

How the Maryland Climate Leadership Academy Creates Climate-Savvy Professionals

by Amaury Laporte, Kimberly Skinner (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  To Daniel Kreeger, executive director of the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), everyone can benefit from incorporating climate science into their day-to-day work decisions. Kreeger co-founded ACCO in 2008 to create a space for professionals to connect with peers, develop

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Playing the Long Game: ExxonMobil Gambles on Algae Biofuel

by Carly Nairn (Mongabay) – Algae biofuel initially looked promising, but a few key problems have thwarted major research efforts, including development of a strain of algae able to produce plentiful cheap fuel, and scaling up to meet global energy demand. – Other alternative energy solutions, including wind and solar

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Weather-Resistant Crops: the Bioenergy Fuel of the Future

(Bio Market Insights) …  Finding a way to increase crop yields without encroaching on either food crops or natural habitats is a novel challenge, but it is one that may soon have a solution. Researchers from Queensland University of Technology’s Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy (CAB) are looking into biotech

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Manta Wins MEIA 2021 Pitch Finale; MD Clean Energy Startups Shine

(Maryland Energy Innovation Accelerator)  MEIA ‘s 2021 Pitch Competition was a smashing success. Congratulations to Grand Prize winner Manta Biofuel, and Audience Choice co-winners InventWood and Manta Biofuel. Did you miss the event? Watch the video and pitches here. Owings Mills-based Manta Biofuel was named the Grand Prize winner of the

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Alaska Aims to Become ‘Most Fuel-Efficient’ US Airline: CEO

by Pilar Wolfsteller (Flight Global)  Alaska Airlines is aiming to become the most fuel-efficient US airline in the next five years, the airline’s chief executive says. During a 30 June webinar sponsored by The Washington Post, Ben Minicucci outlined the Seattle-based carrier’s ambitious sustainability efforts, in order to reach its goal of achieving net

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Announces $52.5 Million to Accelerate Progress in Clean Hydrogen

(U.S. Department of Energy) Projects Support DOE’s Recently Announced Hydrogen Energy Earthshot to Lower Cost, Advance Breakthroughs for Clean Hydrogen Technology — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $52.5 million to fund 31 projects to advance next-generation clean hydrogen technologies and support DOE’s recently announced Hydrogen Energy Earthshot initiative to reduce

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Bill Aims to Clarify Congressional Intent on ‘Extension’ of SREs

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine) Reps. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, and Angie Craig, D-Minn., on July 2 introduced the Small Refinery Exemption Clarification Act of 2021, a bill that aims to clarify the definition of “extension” in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 25 ruling on small refinery exemptions (SREs). The

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

With Assistance, Agriculture Can Help with Climate Change

by Collin Peterson (Minneapolis Star Tribune/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)  …  According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), agriculture accounts for just 10% of U.S. CO2 emissions, with livestock accounting for just 4%. On a net basis, agriculture and forestry actually eliminate more emissions than they produce, removing some 729 million metric tons

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Fulcrum BioEnergy Completes Construction of the Sierra BioFuels Plant

(Fulcrum BioEnergy/PR Newswire) World’s First Garbage to Zero-Carbon Transportation Fuels Plant Has Begun Start-up and Commissioning  —  Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc., a pioneer in the production of low-carbon fuels, announced today that it has completed construction on the world’s first commercial-scale plant converting household garbage into low-cost, zero-carbon transportation fuels. Through Fulcrum’s

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Modeling for Biorefineries: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Red Rock Biofuels De-Risking Feedstock

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)Optimizing and de-risking the deployment of biomass gasification processes by implementing physics-based simulations of feed handling and transportation unit operations was NREL’s goal as they did modeling and simulations to support Red Rock Biofuels during design and build of their commercial facility. Find out more about

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Carbon Capture Is a No-Brainer Solution for Companies Facing Net-Zero Policy Goals

by Ian Palmer (Biofuels Digest) … Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is an escape hatch, or an offset, to be used if there are “leftover” GHG emissions.  If a country is on a pathway to reduce GHG to zero by a certain date, but leftover GHG are still being emitted at

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article
    Event microgrants are available to organizations to host California Clean Air Day events!

Event microgrants are available to organizations to host California Clean Air Day events!

(California Clean Air Day)  We need your help to make California Clean Air Day a success! Our purpose is to raise awareness of air quality issues in our region and to celebrate and implement California Clean Air Day in your region on October 6, 2021. Grant funding of up to $1,000

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Microbes in Cow Stomachs Can Help Recycle Plastic

by Nicoletta Lanese (Live Science) Microbes fished from the stomachs of cows can gobble up certain kinds of plastic, including the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) used in soda bottles, food packaging and synthetic fabrics. Scientists uncovered these microbes in liquid that was drawn from the rumen, the largest compartment of a ruminant’s stomach;

July 6, 2021 Read Full Article

How Viable Is Bio-Oil for Marine Transport?: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels for Marine Engines

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Determining the technical feasibility of using biofuels, especially bio-oils, for marine engine use, understanding the efficacy of biofuels in marine transport, looking at the impact on fuel handling systems and impact of bio-oils blended with market heavy fuel oils (HFO), is what Oak Ridge National

July 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Brightmark Unveils Three Renewable Natural Gas Projects in Michigan

(Brightmark/NGV Journal)  Brightmark broke ground on three new renewable natural gas projects in Michigan. The initiatives are owned by and will be operated through subsidiaries of Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC, a partnership with Chevron U.S.A. Inc. These life cycle carbon negative biomethane projects will collectively generate 89,000 metric tons of greenhouse

July 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Wisconsin Logistics Operator Invests in Its Own Bio-CNG Refueling Facility

(OPAL Fuels) OPAL Fuels LLC, a vertically integrated producer and distributor of renewable natural gas for heavy-duty truck fleets, announced a contract with Contract Transport Services (CTS) to sell 15 million gasoline gallon equivalents (GGE) of biomethane and build the station and related infrastructure at CTS’s facility in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

July 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Rep. Axne Proposes Bipartisan Tax Credit to Expand Use of Low-Carbon Renewable Fuels, Incentivize Higher Blends of Biofuel

(Office of Rep. Cindy Axne (R-IA-03) The Low Carbon Biofuel Credit Act was introduced today with Rep. Adrian Smith, Senators Klobuchar and Thune  —  Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to expand the use of low-carbon renewable fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by creating a new

July 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Senators Urge President Biden to Keep Biofuels Promises

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  A group of six U.S. senators, led by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), are holding President Biden accountable for the promises he made on the campaign trail to support biofuels producers and farmers in light of recent reports about his consideration of favors to the oil industry. In a letter,

July 2, 2021 Read Full Article

LCA Model for Biofuels: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to GREET

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Technologies Model – aka GREET – can be used to address impacts and conduct life cycle analyses of biofuels and bioproducts. Check out Argonne National Laboratory’s BETO Peer Review presentation on how it works, why it’s

July 2, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Helps Commercialize Promising Energy Technologies

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. Department of Energy on June 24 announced it will award $30 million to 68 projects that aim to accelerate the commercialization of promising energy technologies, including those related to biofuels, bioenergy and bioproducts. The awards, made under the DOE Office of Technology Transitions’

July 2, 2021 Read Full Article

RNG Projects in Arizona Pave Way for Sustainable Energy Future

(Southwest Gas/In Maricopa)  Southwest Gas is working to bring a clean, renewable source of energy to market from unconventional origins you might not think of when warming homes, washing or drying clothes or cooking a great meal. Meet renewable natural gas (RNG). RNG is a renewable source of energy like wind

July 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Greasezilla Announces $8M Investment from Sheltowee CleanTech Fund

(WaterWorld) Greasezilla is actively seeking new FOG (fats, oils and grease) processing locations nationwide for joint ventures with government and private operators  — Downey Ridge Environmental Company, developer of Greasezilla™ FOG separation and processing systems, announces that Sheltowee CleanTech Fund I, LLC, is investing over $8,000,000 to expand Greasezilla technology nationwide.

June 30, 2021 Read Full Article
    Algae Camp   —   July 6-9, 2021   —  Portland, ME

Algae Camp — July 6-9, 2021 — Portland, ME

Planning a family trip to the beautiful Maine coast this summer? Why not have your kiddos also learn about the wonderful world of algae!  The University of Southern Maine and Maine Robotics is hosting the first ever Algae Camp. In collaboration with The Algae Foundation, this 4-day camp for kids 12-16

June 30, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Researchers Examine Biofuels for Maritime Shipping

(U.S. Department of Energy/Biomass Magazine) A multi-laboratory team of scientists led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory is studying the feasibility of using energy-dense biofuels such as biocrude and bio-oil to meet new emissions regulations for cargo ships. Cargo vessels ferrying commodities around the world are powered by two-stroke engines that are

June 30, 2021 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Cindy Axne

“Over the past few months, I’ve spoken to many of my colleagues here in Congress about the immediate impact that biofuels could have in the fight to lower carbon emissions.  … I will have strong reservations about supporting infrastructure legislation that reaches the House if there is not also a

June 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Axne Urges Lawmakers to Address Biofuels in Infrastructure Bill

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, is encouraging House and Senate leadership to include provisions to help increase the use and production of biofuels in the final language of the upcoming infrastructure legislation. Axne on June 25 sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi,

June 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Joe Biden Shifts His Focus from Agriculture to Infrastructure in His Visit to Wisconsin

by Molly Beck and Rick Barrett (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) President Joe Biden moved his Wisconsin visit from a family farm in the rolling bluffs of Iowa County to the concrete floor of a city bus garage in La Crosse to promote passage of a $973 billion infrastructure bill just days after a

June 30, 2021 Read Full Article

USD Partners Announces New Renewable Diesel Contract at West Colton Terminal and the Creation by US Development Group of USD Clean Fuels LLC to Provide Production and Logistics Solutions to Clean Energy Industry

(USD Partners/Business Wire)  USD Partners LP (NYSE:USDP) (“USDP” or the “Partnership”) announced today that the Partnership has entered into a Terminal Services Agreement with USD Clean Fuels LLC (“USDCF”), a newly-formed subsidiary of US Development Group, LLC (“USDG”). The Terminal Services Agreement provides for the inbound shipment of renewable diesel on

June 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuel-Powered Bentley Ready for Pikes Peak Assault

(Biofuels International)  Bentley’s Continental GT3 Pikes Peak racer is now in final preparations for the world’s most demanding and famous hill climb competition. For its assault on Pikes Peak on 27 June, the car will run on renewable fuel, initiating a research and development programme that aims to offer renewable

June 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuels Big Day on The Hill

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) will unveil a package of bills today with two of her Republican colleagues to boost biofuels infrastructure. Klobuchar and Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) will introduce the Biofuel Infrastructure and Agricultural Product Market Expansion Act of 2021 to provide grants for activities that expand the

June 30, 2021 Read Full Article

New Data Indicates Biomass Diesel Reduces Carbon Intensity Better than Electric

by Taylor Hannon (School Transportation News) Despite the current craze for electric vehicles, research indicates biodiesel and renewable diesel fuel are the largest carbon-cutting technologies being used by the California transportation industry. However, the number of vehicles on the road could play a role, according to an electric bus manufacturer. Data

June 29, 2021 Read Full Article

‘Plugging in’ to Produce Environmentally Friendly Bioplastics

(AgriLife Today)  Agriculture byproducts can help produce eco-friendly, biodegradable plastics — Bioplastics — biodegradable plastics made from biological substances rather than petroleum — can be created in a more economical and environmentally friendly way from the byproducts of corn stubble, grasses and mesquite agricultural production, according to a new study

June 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Delta Biofuel Proposes $70 Million Renewable Fuel Plant in Jeanerette

(Office of the Governor of Louisiana)  Gov. John Bel Edwards and Delta Biofuel CEO Philip Keating announced the company is evaluating Iberia Parish, Louisiana, for a planned $70 million renewable fuel plant. The planned production facility would produce biomass fuel pellets made from residual sugarcane fiber, known as bagasse. If located

June 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Gov. Edwards, Chalmette Refining Announce Potential $550 Million Renewable Diesel Project

(Office of the Governor of Louisiana) Gov. John Bel Edwards and PBF Chalmette Refinery Manager Steven Krynski announced the company is studying the possible conversion of an idled refinery unit into a renewable diesel production complex. The refinery’s parent company, PBF Energy, would make a $550 million capital investment to retrofit

June 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuels Supporters Concerned about Biden’s RFS Support

by Larry Lee (Brownfield Ag News) Biofuels supporters remain opposed to President Biden considering relief for oil refiners from biofuel blending requirements.  Jonathan Gibbs with the Wisconsin Soybean Board tells Brownfield Biden’s planned Tuesday visit in Wisconsin would be a good opportunity for the President to show farmers he still supports

June 29, 2021 Read Full Article

A Presidential Spotlight on Wisconsin Biofuels

by Neal Kemmet (Wisconsin State Farmer) President Biden is expected to discuss the farm economy during a trip to Wisconsin this week. It’s an exciting visit that will showcase the state’s leadership in the field and across the broader agricultural supply chain. It’s also a rare opportunity for our state’s leaders

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

US SAF Producers Target Net Zero in Drive to Reduce the Carbon Intensity of Their Fuels

by Susan van Dyk (GreenAir Online) The recent virtual symposium hosted in the US by CAAFI, the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, illustrated the increasing momentum in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) commercial development, with companies at different stages of development outlining ambitious plans for multiple facilities over the coming years. Many facilities

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

LanzaTech Confirms Plans for First UK Commercial-Scale Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel Facility in South Wales

by Christopher Surgenor (GreenAir Online)  US-based LanzaTech has announced plans to build and commission what it claims will be the world’s first commercial-scale alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) production facility using ethanol feedstock made from steel mill waste gases and other wastes. The proposed facility in South Wales, UK, is expected to produce around

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Engineered Yeast Could Expand Biofuels’ Reach

by Anne Trafton (Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Phys.Org) To try to expand biofuels’ potential impact, a team of MIT engineers has now found a way to expand the use of a wider range of nonfood feedstocks to produce such fuels. At the moment, feedstocks such as straw and woody plants are difficult to use

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article
    Carbon Solutions Lunch & Learn: Rethinking Biodiesel   —   July 15, 2021   —   Portland, OR and ONLINE

Carbon Solutions Lunch & Learn: Rethinking Biodiesel — July 15, 2021 — Portland, OR and ONLINE

Rethink what you know about biodiesel! Join us for lunch on July 15th to learn about how your fleet could be sustainable! Rethink what you know about biodiesel! Learn how Optimus Technologies is making biodiesel possible again. Their advanced fuel system technology can solve carbon emissions problems by enabling diesel trucks

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Invests $8 Million for Projects to Develop Algae-Based Technologies to Capture Carbon Dioxide for Use in Products

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today (June 23, 2021), the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) announced $8 million in federal funding for four projects to develop and test technologies that capture and utilize carbon dioxide (CO2) from power systems or other industrial sources to create

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Biomass, Lipid Yield Improvements: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Leveraging Algae for Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Did you know that adding plant substrate to some algae strains (not all!) can result in improved biomass and/or lipid production? That’s what Amanda Barry from Sandia National Labs reported in this slide guide on their investigation of top contender algae strains for large-scale biofuel

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Auto Alliance Underlines Importance of High Octane Low Carbon Fuels

by Doug Durante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition) Commends Daschle HOLC Alliance Fight for National Higher Octane Gasoline Standard in SAFE-2 Rule —  The Clean Fuels Development Coalition (CFDC) called a recent letter from automakers in support of high octane low carbon fuels further validation that ethanol has a key

June 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Rep. Randy Feenstra Is Passionate about Biofuels

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) Rep. Randy Feenstra (R-IA) is new to Congress this year, winning the seat from Rep. Steve King in Iowa’s 4th congressional district. That district includes includes Sioux City, Ames, Mason City, Fort Dodge, Boone and Carroll so agriculture and biofuels are a big deal for Feenstra. “I

June 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Higher-Value Bioproducts from Lignins: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Lignin Fractionation and Valorization

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lignin 20-30% of plant/wood biomass is the key to a successful biorefinery that would make both biofuels and bioproducts said Mark Thies from Clemson University in this BETO Peer Review slide guide that dives into the lignocellulosic biorefinery today, a better way to fractionate and

June 25, 2021 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR SPEAKERS:  Motor Bella and Q’d Up Mobility Series   —   September 21-26, 2021 and monthly   —   Detroit, MI and ONLINE     DEADLINE:  July 16 2021

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: Motor Bella and Q’d Up Mobility Series — September 21-26, 2021 and monthly — Detroit, MI and ONLINE DEADLINE: July 16 2021

The Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) has opened a call for speakers, panelists and moderators for Motor Bella, the all-new, next-generation mobility event being held at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Mich. Sept. 21-26. The call is for sessions being held Sept. 21 and 22, during the Motor Bella Press

June 24, 2021 Read Full Article

E15 Rewards For Plymouth Drivers

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) and KS95 FM teamed up yesterday (June 23) to reward drivers who fueled up with Unleaded 88 (E15) at a Holiday station in Plymouth during an hour-long promotion. “It was great to be out once again with our friends at KS95 to

June 24, 2021 Read Full Article

California Heat Waves Prompt Alerts about EV Charging Habits, Energy Conservation

by Stephen Edelstein (Green Car Congress)   California has more electric cars than any other state, but now the high cooling demands due to a heat wave could impact drivers’ ability to charge their EVs. The state’s Independent System Operator (ISO), which oversees the electricity grid, twice asked Californians to conserve energy

June 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Oregon to Allow E15 Sales

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed into law legislation enabling the sales of 15 percent ethanol blended fuel (E15) in Oregon. Under current law, Oregon requires that gasoline sold for use in motor vehicles be blended with up to 10 percent ethanol (E10). The new legislation sets 10 percent

June 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Green Energy Biofuel Featured on NPR’s South Carolina Business Review

(Green Energy Biofuel/EIN Presswire)  BioJoe Renwick shares with listeners how his growing recycling enterprise, Green Energy Biofuel, has become more diversified and adaptive through the pandemic.  —  BioJoe Renwick, co-founder and owner of recycling firm Green Energy Biofuel, was recently featured on National Public Radio’s South Carolina Business Review podcast with host Mike

June 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Reynolds Creates Carbon Sequestration Task Force Group to Explore Economic-Development Opportunities

(The Gazette) Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an executive order on Tuesday launching a task force to explore carbon sequestration and the opportunities she said it presents for further economic development in Iowa. Reynolds will serve as the leader of the Carbon Sequestration Task Force that her office said fulfills a recommendation

June 23, 2021 Read Full Article

GOP Tiptoes into Climate

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy) THE GOP’s CCC: As Democrats move closer toward writing a climate bill they can move on their own, Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah) is unveiling a new caucus today aimed at educating and organizing Republicans on climate change. Dubbed the Conservative Climate Caucus, the group has

June 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Transforming CO2 and Sugars Into Biofuel With a $2.7 million grant, UD researchers using microbes to make valuable chemicals

(University of Delaware) In the quest to reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere and curb climate change, University of Delaware researchers are turning to an interesting ally: bacteria that consume biomass sugars and CO2. With a $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), UD

June 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Bioconversion Improvements: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biorefinery Waste for Bioplastics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Being in a big state, Texas A&M University has some big goals like overcoming the key challenges for biorefinery cost-effectiveness and sustainability in the BETO MYPP and bring down the biofuel cost to $3/GGE. How are they managing biorefinery waste, improving biorefinery economics and sustainability,

June 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Minnesota Bill Would Allocate $6M to Biofuel Infrastructure

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The Minnesota House of Representatives on June 19 voted 112 to 20 to pass an omnibus agriculture bill that includes $6 million to support the development of biofuel infrastructure to supply E15 blends of fuel. The bill aims to allocate $3 million in 2022 and

June 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Connecticut Shelves Transportation Climate Initiative

by Christine Stuart (NBC Connecticut) Transportation Climate Initiative proponents rallied outside the state Capitol Friday to encourage lawmakers to pass legislation that would create a carbon cap on transportation emissions. It will likely increase gas taxes – and that’s a point of contention.  “They’ve been calling it a gas tax. It is

June 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Skor Highlights Biofuels’ Ability to Drive Economic Growth at Senate Subcommittee Hearing

(Growth Energy) Today, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor participated in the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy hearing titled “Renewable Energy – Growth and Opportunities for our Rural Economies”. In the hearing, Skor spoke on biofuels’ ability to drive economic growth using data from a

June 22, 2021 Read Full Article

EXCLUSIVE Farm Belt Lawmakers Push for Biofuel Investment and Tax Credits in New Bills

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters/AgWeb) Billions of dollars in federal investments and tax credits to boost demand for U.S. biofuels will be part of two bills that Democratic lawmakers will introduce to the U.S. Congress, two sources familiar with the plans said.  Congress members from rural states will introduce bills in coming

June 22, 2021 Read Full Article

NASA-DLR Study Finds Sustainable Aviation Fuel Can Reduce Contrails

(NASA/PR Newswire) Cleaner-burning jet fuels made from sustainable sources can produce 50%-70% fewer ice crystal contrails at cruising altitude, reducing aviation’s impact on the environment, according to research conducted by NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Ice crystal contrail formations can linger in the upper atmosphere for hours and affect the way

June 22, 2021 Read Full Article

NEXT Updates Timeline, Budget for Fuel Plant

by Anna Del Savio (Pamplin Media Group/Columbia County Spotlight)  NEXT Renewable Fuels now aiming for 2024 opening for Port Westward fuel production facility. READ MORE Port Westward Renewable Diesel Project (Oregon.gov) Renewable diesel fuel refinery will be union built and operated (NWLaborPress.org)   Excerpt from NWLaborPress.org: NEXT Renewable Fuels—a Houston-based company

June 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Artificial Photosynthesis Promises Clean, Sustainable Source of Energy

(Purdue University/SciTechDaily) … The closest process to artificial photosynthesis humans have today is photovoltaic technology, where a solar cell converts the sun’s energy into electricity. That process is famously inefficient, able to capture only about 20% of the sun’s energy. Photosynthesis, on the other hand, is radically more efficient; it is

June 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Methane Menace: Aerial Survey Spots ‘Super-Emitter’ Landfills

by Nichola Groom (Reuters/Yahoo! Finance)  …   The survey found “super-emitter” landfills accounted for 43% the measured emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane – outpacing the fossil-fuel and agricultural sectors. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and leak-detection firm Scientific Aviation have been conducting the flyovers since 2016. They found that

June 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Get Bioethanol Set to Wave Green Flag on New Era in NASCAR’s Return to Nashville

(NASCAR)  Change is in the air as NASCAR gets ready to hold its first-ever Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway. On top of the excitement that will take place on the track, there will be a new look for the green flag, the fuelport on each car and for the No.

June 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Is It Starch or Cellulose? NREL Offers Answers that Could Unlock Incentives for Making Cellulosic Ethanol

by Zia Abdullah (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Cellulosic ethanol—produced from fibrous cellulose, which gives plants strength and rigidity—offers a range of attractive benefits. When used as a vehicle fuel, it can support deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, with a carbon footprint 73% smaller than conventional gasoline. Ethanol made from cellulose can

June 21, 2021 Read Full Article

All Nippon Airways’ First Flight in World Using Microalgae ASTM Certified Fuel

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Another world first just happened! All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest airline, took another step forward in advancing its leadership in sustainability, operating a regularly scheduled commercial domestic flight utilizing sustainable aviation fuel made from microalgae, blended with traditional jet fuel. Yes, SAF made from

June 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Peoples Gas, Alliance Dairies Partner to Bring Florida RNG

(Peoples Gas/Biomass Magazine) Peoples Gas, Florida’s largest natural gas distribution utility, has reached an agreement with Alliance Dairies to build, own and operate a renewable natural gas (RNG) facility on the dairy’s property in Trenton near Gainesville. The facility is expected to produce 105,000 MMBtu of RNG, enough to serve about

June 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Eco-Energy Starts Work on Its New Ethanol Distribution Terminal

(Biofuels International)  Eco-Energy has announced that it has started construction on its ethanol distribution facility in Stockton, California. The facility is scheduled to commence operations in March next year and will be the 11th ethanol distribution terminal constructed by Eco-Energy over the past decade. The Stockton site will be equipped

June 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Alliance for Aviation Across America, National and Local Leaders, Highlight the Benefits of General Aviation Investments in Sustainable Fuel and Technologies to Local Communities and the Need for Ongoing Federal and Local Support

(Aviation Pros/Alliance for Aviation Across America) On June 10, the Alliance for Aviation Across America held a panel discussion with state and local leaders to highlight commitments and investments made by the general aviation industry in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and the importance of emerging technologies such as advanced air mobility

June 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Biden Hits Roadblocks on Path to Low-Carbon Economy

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle) … The decision by a Louisiana federal judge Wednesday requiring the Department of Interior to end its pause on oil and gas leasing came as the administration’s plan to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on electric vehicle charging stations and tax credits was looking

June 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Greenhouse Gas Data Deep Dive Reaches New Level of ‘Reasonable and True’

by Lauren Quinn (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) … For corn ethanol, most greenhouse gas emissions can be mapped to the fuel’s production, transportation, and combustion, but a large portion of the greenhouse gas calculation can be traced right back to the farm. Because of privacy concerns, however, scientists can’t access individual

June 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Using CO2 & Renewable Electricity to Improve Biorefineries: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to CO2 Utilization

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  NREL is working on decarbonization of fuels and chemicals production by looking at the integration of CO2 utilization into two existing conceptual biorefinery designs, the brutal reality of CO2 reduction, market trends, decreasing the cost of renewable electricity and utilizing CO2 to improve biorefinery carbon

June 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Getting It Renewable Ready

by Tom Bryan (Biodiesel Magazine)  As renewable diesel producers source an array of low-quality, low-carbon inputs, they’re tapping biodiesel’s seasoned pretreatment technology providers for customized feedstock preparation solutions, both on and offsite. From used cooking oil (UCO) and distillers corn oil (DCO) to tallow and choice white grease, these low-CI—and

June 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Backs into UCO

by Tom Bryan (Biodiesel Magazine) The low-quality, low-carbon byproduct of restaurant fryer grease, once largely reserved for modestly-sized biodiesel production, is now a darling input of the industry’s new mega plants. Used cooking oil is in high demand as renewable diesel booms. Four years ago, if John Tapp was asked

June 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Shaheen, Collins Lead Bipartisan Letter to EPA Urging Support for Biomass Industry

(Office of Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH))  U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) led a bipartisan letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan urging the Biden administration to address languishing applications under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program, including moving forward with allowing renewable electricity made from biomass to

June 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Avoiding the Coming Apocalypse: NREL’s Vision for Strategic Piloting and Enabling the Deployment of Bioenergy Technologies

by David J. Robichaud, Robert M. Baldwin, and Thomas D. Foust (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  …  Developing technologies are moving well beyond the traditional gasification/pyrolysis and biochemical pathways to include electrons to molecules, catalytic upgrading, electrolytic carbon capture and utilization, cell-free biology, and the list continues. Yet for all the

June 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Biden Weighs Small Cut to Biofuel Targets in Nod to Refiners

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy and Kim Chipman (Bloomberg/Yahoo!) The Biden administration is developing targets for biofuel that are likely to be relatively flat or even lower as it seeks to balance the interests of blue-collar refining workers and advance a clean-energy agenda. The Environmental Protection Agency is set to propose renewable

June 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Sugar Valley Energy Project to Issue Green Bonds

(California Ethanol + Power/Ethanol Producer Magazine) California Ethanol + Power (CE+P) on June 7 announced that its Sugar Valley Energy advanced biofuel project has been verified for Green Bond Financing through the alignment of the project with the Green Bond Principles established by the International Capital Market Association.  Sugar Valley Energy

June 15, 2021 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Tom Daschle

“What I do know is — for the foreseeable future, and I would say several decades yet to come — the internal combustion engine is still going to play a role and will be part of the transportation landscape. We see E30 and high-octane, low carbon fuel as a segue

June 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Daschle: New Administration Could Put Ethanol into ‘Orbit’

by Mikkel Pates (AgWeek)  Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., talks about corn ethanol opportunities in the Biden administration and reflects on the recent passing of Orrie Swayze, a farmer and former Marine fighter pilot from Wilmot, S.D., who Daschle described as a “mentor” in his passion for an

June 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Fenix Marine Services Goes “All-In” with Renewable Fuel

(Felix Marine Services/Yahoo! Finance) Fenix Marine Services (“FMS”) has made one of the largest commitments to environmental sustainability in the maritime sector by fully transitioning its fleet of over 300 pieces of container handling equipment from fossil-based diesel fuel to renewable diesel fuel, effective immediately. This transition also covers smaller, support

June 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Rise of Electric Vehicles Presents Questions about Transportation Funding

by Dania Maxwell (Bloomberg News/Transport Topics)  While electric vehicles and alternative fuels contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, their continued adoption forces states to rethink transportation funding sources that currently come from taxes on diesel and gasoline. States already charging fees on alternative fuels and vehicles are concerned the amounts do

June 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Readers Write: Border-to-Border Route, Ethanol, Electric Vehicles

by Jim O’Connor and Tim Waibel (Star Tribune) ETHANOL: Products change, but corn endures — A recent commentary (“Life after ethanol: Are we prepared?” Opinion Exchange, June 6) suggests a near future with limited ethanol demand due to “unprecedented acceptance of electric vehicles” and diminished market options for our state’s corn farmers

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