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Eco-Friendly Biofuels Made from Food Waste Could Cut ‘Flight Shame’ among Air Travelers

by Jeremy Deaton (NBC News)   “Biofuels are what’s going to save us when it comes to aviation.”  —  … The airline industry has expressed concern that flight shame will put a dent in their bottom line, and they are taking steps to use less fuel — packing more passengers into fewer flights,

July 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Designer Proteins: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Arzeda

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Proteins are molecular machines that carry out the vast majority of functions within living things and Arzeda’s unique combination of computational protein design and state-of-the-art high-throughput screening is a radical change over what’s possible with traditional protein engineering. Alexandre Zanghellini, CEO, Arzeda gave this illuminating overview

July 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy Group Opens First Fueling Station; Station Will Provide Cleaner Fueling Options to Seneca, Illinois, Community

(Renewable Energy Group)  Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) the nation’s leading advanced biofuel producer, today celebrated the grand opening of the company’s first diesel fueling station in Seneca, Illinois. “We are thrilled that those who help support our industry and the local community can fuel their vehicles right here at

July 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Velocys Scores Nearly £10 Million in Investment for Aviation Biofuel

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, Velocys announced that it has raised £7 million in a private placing, selling shares at 3 pence each, complementing commitments received by the company from the Altalto Imminghamwaste-to-sustainable-fuels project’s strategic partners, British Airways and Shell, of £2.8 million in total. Net proceeds of

July 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Public-Private Partnership Works on ‘Economical’ Biomethane Production

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Xebec Adsorption Inc. is working with federal research facility Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) and a California treatment facility on a research project to improve biomethane production. The project received $500,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which awarded a

July 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Gillibrand Tours Plant

by Mike Putz  (Dyersville Commercial)  Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand might be trailing in the polls both in Iowa and nationally, but she believes stops like the one she made to Big River Resources in Dyersville will convince Iowans to send her to the White House. The New York Senator visited

July 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Mexican Fuel Marketers Confident They Can Offer Ethanol Following Tour if Iowa Ethanol Supply Chain

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) and Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) hosted a tour in conjunction with the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) in Iowa last week to show nine decision-makers from key Mexican retail and supplier groups how ethanol blends have been successfully and profitably incorporated

July 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Diesel Technology Forum Responds to House Select Committee Hearing on the Climate Crisis, “Solving the Climate Crisis: Cleaning Up Heavy Duty Vehicles, Protecting Communities”

(Diesel Technology Forum)  The new generation of diesel technology is helping ports, cities, communities and entire nations meet climate and clean air challenges of today and tomorrow, according to a statement submitted today by the Diesel Technology Forum, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and the

July 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Whole-Tree Harvesting Could Boost Biomass Production

by Kelley Christensen (Michigan Technological University)  … Forest biomass is expected to be one of the key energy sources, but many people have wondered how to feed biofuel plants the materials they need without destroying forest resources. Whole-tree aspen logging promotes renewable biomass energy from tops and branches, parts of the tree

July 16, 2019 Read Full Article

San Joaquin County Biodiesel Firm Sentenced To Probation, Fines For Clean Water Act Violations

(U.S. Department of Justice)  On July 8, 2019, United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller sentenced the corporation known as American Biodiesel, Inc. for violations of the Clean Water Act, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.  American Biodiesel, Inc., registered in San Joaquin County as Community Fuels, manufactured biodiesel fuel

July 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels and Carbon Offsets Power Delta’s First Carbon-Neutral Flights

(Delta)  Delta to take 20 carbon-neutral new aircraft deliveries from the Airbus final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.; Using biofuels and carbon offsets in coordination with Air BP, this move is Delta’s latest sustainability action toward its long-term goal of a 50 percent carbon emission reduction by 2050. The newest A321 in Delta’s

July 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Carbon-Negative Fuels Come Clearer, Closer with Oberon’s Leap to Demo Scale

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From California comes news that Oberon Fuels has been officially awarded a grant for $2,876,139 from the California Energy Commission (CEC) for a first-of-its-kind, multi-phase project to produce the first renewable dimethyl ether (rDME), with what could arguably be the most carbon-negative transport fuel ever produced

July 16, 2019 Read Full Article

A Political ‘Fight to the Knife’ over Ethanol Comes to Wisconsin

by Chris Hubbuch (Wisconsin State Journal)  … “There’s (a) civil war within the Republican Party,” said Scott Irwin, chairman of agricultural marketing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “It’s pitting two significant Republican constituencies of the president and neither one is now in a position to issue any kinds of

July 15, 2019 Read Full Article

A ‘Volcano’ of Oil Is Flowing in the Gulf – and This Ex-Fisherman Is Trying to Contain It

by Darrly Fears (Stars and Stripes)  … A hole as wide as a basketball court had opened on the sea floor and thousands of gallons of Louisiana sweet crude gushed through. Amberjack, a popular sport fish, meandered through millions of toxic oil bubbles rising through the dark water. “We saw a

July 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Administration Suspends Obama-Era Fuel Efficiency Penalties

by Jessica Campisi (The Hill)  The Trump administration announced late Friday that it will formally suspend an Obama-era regulation that penalized automakers that didn’t meet fuel-efficiency requirements, Reuters reports. After Congress ordered federal agencies to adjust existing penalties in 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued rules that more than

July 15, 2019 Read Full Article
    UN Youth Climate Action Summit 2019  —   September 21, 2019   —   New York, NY

UN Youth Climate Action Summit 2019 — September 21, 2019 — New York, NY

(United Nations)  Young leaders from around the world are convening on Saturday, September 21 to showcase climate solutions and engage with global leaders on the defining issue of our time.  The UN Youth Climate Summit is a platform for young leaders who are driving climate action to showcase their solutions at

July 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Senators Markey and Van Hollen Introduce Legislation to Create a National Climate Bank

(Office of Senatory Ed Markey (D-MA))  Will leverage $35 billion in public funds to fund as much as $700 billion in total investment into projects that support clean energy, reduce emissions —  Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), members of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today introduced

July 12, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA to Hold Hearing on 2020 RFS Proposal July 31 in Michigan

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has announced plans to hold a public hearing July 31 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on its proposed rule to set 2020 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) and the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The agency released the rulemaking on July

July 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Relieving Two Headaches with One Process: Acetaminophen from Lignin

by Jill Sakai (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  With a new method to synthesize a popular pain-relieving medication from plants rather than fossil fuels, researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center have found a way to relieve two headaches at once. A team led by John Ralph, a professor of biochemistry

July 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Natural Gas for Vehicles Now Available in New York City

(Clean Energy/NGV Journal)  Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has opened a new natural gas fueling station in Hunts Point, in the Bronx—the first station in New York City to exclusively offer renewable natural gas for medium- and heavy-duty vehicle fleets. The facility will exclusively offer Clean Energy’s Redeem™. In addition to Hunts

July 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Stating Carbon Fuel Standards: BIO World Congress Eyes Taking Low-Carbon Fuel Standards Beyond California

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The uncertainty of the federal Renewable Fuels Standard and political fights with the petroleum industry are giving more weight to the need for major biofuel states to consider their own low-carbon fuel standards. After years of pushing for a federal low-carbon fuels standard, the

July 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Intervention Delaying EPA Biofuel Waiver Action, Sources Say

by Humeyra Pamuk  (Reuters)  U.S. President Donald Trump’s request for a review of the administration’s expanded use of biofuel waivers for oil refiners is holding up its decisions on 2018 applications, according to three sources familiar with the matter, two of whom said Trump may soon host a meeting on the

July 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Victory Renewables Opens Biodiesel Blending Facility in Kansas

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  An open house was held June 25 in Garden City, Kansas, to celebrate Victory Renewables’ new biodiesel blending facility. The site stores both diesel and biodiesel fuels, allowing suppliers to load biodiesel in concentrations of 5 to 100 percent. The biodiesel offered at the new Victory

July 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Solving the Puzzle Surrounding Algae for Biofuels

by Asanga Padmaperuma (U.S. Department of Energy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  PNNL team develops new model for analyzing biocrude yield and economics Scientists have made significant strides in transforming algae to biocrude using a process called hydrothermal liquefaction, or HTL. Still, the long road from laboratories to fuel tanks harbors a few

July 10, 2019 Read Full Article

A Clinician’s Role in Climate Change Awareness

(Simmons University)  … In order to deliver the highest quality care and education, providers need accurate scientific information about the influence of climate change on diseases, respiratory function, nutrition, and morbidity. Providers are ethically bound to advance health holistically, and with climate change, this means translating information into advocacy. The effects

July 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Supply Chain Management: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Algenol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algenol knows a thing or two about supply chains. As a global biotechnology company that develops all natural products, as well as customized biology solutions, they use fundamental science and cutting edge technology to convert algae into high purity commercial products. Ed Legere, CEO of Algenol gave

July 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Paper Pen, Bioasphalt, Water Activated Bio Shampoo, Lignin Self-Healing Elastomer, Bio Crop Coating, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of July 10th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  While many are on vacation this time of year, the bioeconomy is not even close to taking a break. In fact, bioeconomy innovations, are like a beach goer in Florida this time of year – hot! Here are the top innovations for the week of July

July 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Heard on the Floor at the 2019 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (T)he bioeconomy’s biggest and grandest show, the BIO World Congress, takes us on an accustomed journey through the present and future in a sector that has more twists and turns than the rides at Six Flags and the acceleration of a mission to Mars.

July 10, 2019 Read Full Article

24 Governors Call on Trump to Halt Rollback on Rules for Clean Cars

by  Hiroko Tabuchi (New York Times)  The opposition to one of President Trump’s most consequential regulatory rollbacks — a plan to weaken pollution standards for automobiles nationwide — widened on Tuesday when 24 governors, including three Republicans, urged the president to abandon his plan. The governors’ plea adds to a chorus of criticism from an unlikely mix

July 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Firm Launches Plan to Cut One Trillion Tons of CO2 From Atmosphere

(Solutions from the Land)  A company that says it is “dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet,” announced last month the launch of The Terraton Initiative™, a project designed to accelerate carbon sequestration at an unprecedented scale. … Among the steps cited by Indigo are regenerative farming practices

July 9, 2019 Read Full Article
    National Clean Energy Week   —   September 23-27, 2019   —   Washington, DC

National Clean Energy Week — September 23-27, 2019 — Washington, DC

Across America, clean and readily abundant forms of energy are powering more than homes and businesses. Taken together, our capacity for secure and reliable energy generation is driving a clean energy renaissance that is creating jobs, strengthening America’s national security, and preserving our environment. National Clean Energy Week was conceived

July 9, 2019 Read Full Article

The Energy Transition and Oil Companies’ Hard Choices

by Rob West and Bassam Fattouh (The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies)  In this Energy Insight, we explore the challenges of the energy transition for international oil companies (IOCs). We argue that energy demand forecasts are inconsistent with meeting Paris Agreement targets using currently available and economic technologies and that, barring

July 9, 2019 Read Full Article

US Biofuel Makers Expect Weaker Demand from 2020 Blending Mandate

by Meghan Gordon (S&P Global Platts)  Ethanol RINs fall after EPA proposes 2020-21 volumes; EPA declines to restore 2016 volumes flagged by court; Platts Analytics sees ethanol inputs above 10% this summer  —  The Trump administration’s proposed 2020 biofuel mandate — for refiners to blend 20.04 billion gallons, up less than 1% from this year

July 9, 2019 Read Full Article

AFPM Launches Ad Campaign Urging the President to Protect Refinery Jobs

(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)  Today (July 8, 2019), AFPM launched an advertising campaign asking President Trump to keep his promise to protect U.S. refiners from unchecked ethanol mandates that threaten to kill our jobs. This campaign comes on the heels of increasing calls from the ethanol industry to eliminate small

July 9, 2019 Read Full Article

All About Algae: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to ABO

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algae Biomass Organization advocates for algae-advancing policy and funding, serves as a hub for innovation and networking, and drives demand for “made with algae” products and services. Mark Allen, Chairperson of ABO, offers this enlightening overview of the Algae Interagency Working Group, current state of the algae

July 9, 2019 Read Full Article

His Family Farm Was Failing. Now He Runs the World’s Largest Biofuel Producer

by Parija Kavilanz (CNN Business) At 22, Jeff Broin was just six months out of college and getting started in the banking industry when his family turned to him for help. His father was scrambling to figure out a way to save the 130-year-old Minnesota corn farm that Broin and his

July 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Successful Biogas to Renewable Energy Production Is All about the Feedstock

by John Hanselman (Vanguard Renewables/Biofuels Digest)  Renewable natural gas production is a good news story, but how to get there successfully is more complicated than most of us in the business anticipated. At Vanguard Renewables, we entered the renewable energy landscape with two different “eat what you kill” on-farm anaerobic digesters that

July 9, 2019 Read Full Article

What Happened to Anaerobic Digestion in Rhode Island?

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Today it seems that the use of anaerobic digestion in the Ocean State is not as widespread as it once was. According to a recent survey conducted by the Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC), owner and operator of Rhode Island’s (RI) two largest wastewater treatment

July 9, 2019 Read Full Article

With 2020 Looming, Trump Weighs Boosting Farmers at Refineries’ Expense

by James Osborne  (Houston Chronicle)  The future of an exemption shielding oil refining companies from a federal mandate that they blend corn-based ethanol into the nation’s fuel supply is looking increasingly uncertain amid increasing political pressure on the Trump administration ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Months after the Environmental Protection Agency,

July 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Iowa State University Is Home to a New Bioenergy Crops Research Farm

(Iowa State University Extension and Outreach)  Iowa and Midwest agriculture has started to change in recent years. One visible change is the interest to grow crops for biofuel and bioproducts (referred to as “energy crops”). Fossil fuel usage contributes to the growing problem with greenhouse gases. Alternative energy options from plant

July 5, 2019 Read Full Article

RE-CORD Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

(RE-CORD)  The Renewable Energy Consortium for Research and Demonstration (RE-CORD) signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL, www.nrel.gov ) for coordination on thermochemical conversion of biomass for the production of biofuels and chemicals. This agreement will constitute a framework for cooperation and

July 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Vertimass Completes First Technology License To Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc.

(Vertimass/Oil&Gas 360)  Vertimass’ ethanol to renewable chemicals and jet fuel offers ethanol producers new product capabilities  —  Vertimass completed its first technology license agreement with Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. in West Palm Beach, Florida, to produce renewable jet fuel along with Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Xylenes (BTEX). Vertimass’ technology allows sustainable production of

July 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Raised & Rooted Alt Protein, African Iron Superfood, Biological Biocide, Digital Agronomic Tools, CO2 Munching Microbe, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of July 4th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the U.S., it’s Independence Day and many folks are celebrating across the country, but it doesn’t mean the bioeconomy is taking a break. In fact, bioeconomy innovations, much like hamburgers and hot dogs across America, are getting hot, hot, hot! Here are the top innovations

July 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Researchers Build Catalyst to Generate Electrical Energy From Ethanol

(University of Arkansas)  Jingyi Chen, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Arkansas, worked with scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory to develop a highly efficient catalyst for generating electrical energy from ethanol. Ethanol is an easy-to-store liquid fuel that can be produced from

July 3, 2019 Read Full Article

St Paul Drivers Win With E15

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Biofuels) and KS95 teamed up today at the Winner station on Energy Park Drive to reward drivers who fueled up with Unleaded Plus (E15). “Since the EPA lifted the RVP-ban on E15 during the summer months, today’s event marked the first time we’ve

July 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Driving Business to National Fleet

(Renewable Energy Group/ACT News)  Biodiesel has helped for-hire carrier G&D Integrated meet environmental goals and win business. How? For one, the large fleet’s use of biodiesel has helped it significantly lower greenhouse gases and other emissions. As for its bottom line, G&D says the use of biodiesel has been “directly related” to winning

July 3, 2019 Read Full Article

These Nano-Bugs Eat CO2 and Make Eco-Friendly Fuel

by Trent Knoss (University of Colorado Boulder)  CU Boulder researchers have developed nanobio-hybrid organisms capable of using airborne carbon dioxide and nitrogen to produce a variety of plastics and fuels, a promising first step toward low-cost carbon sequestration and eco-friendly manufacturing for chemicals. By using light-activated quantum dots to fire particular

July 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Greenbelt Resources and New Age Renewable Energy Team Up for Joint Project Sales Collaboration

(Greenbelt Resources/Globe Newswire)  The dairy processing industry may have just gotten a boost to its bottom line from a collaboration between two small but accomplished innovators in cleantech. Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO) (Greenbelt), the developer of an award winning sustainable ECOsystem model that transforms food, beverage and agricultural industry wastes into revenue

July 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Decision 2020 Bioeconomy – 25 Declared Presidential Candidates and How They Stand on the Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s best for you? Who’s best for us? Who supports what you do, and how strongly? In this guide, we’ve looked at the policies and activities of 25 declared presidential candidates, which we have listed in alphabetical order. We’ve focused on bioeconomy issues, with a special

July 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Rooney Introduces Bill to Repeal the RFS

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., introduced legislation June 21 that aims to eliminate the Renewable Fuel Standard. Rooney cited the impact of ethanol on boat engines and the U.S. EPA’s rule to allow year-round E15 sales as the reasons for his action. The legislation, titled

July 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Grassley Statement on New Threats to RFS

(Office of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA))  Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today released the following statement in response to recent media reports on new threats to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  “For years, Big Oil and its advocates on and off Capitol Hill have worked hard to undermine the RFS and dole

July 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Oh My! Dan’s Back: AgCertain Industries Acquires KemX Global

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For some time, many have been uncertain as to what direction former REG CEO Dan Oh would take in developing a new entry into the fast-growing bioeconomy, but now we can be certain, or rather, AgCertain. News has filtered out of Iowa that Oh’s new company,

July 2, 2019 Read Full Article

SoCalGas Partners Develop RNG and Hydrogen Conversion Technology

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  … Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), in collaboration with a number of partners, held a public exhibition of projects to help California achieve greenhouse-gas (GHG) emission reductions. The California utility held the event at the San Diego State University Center for Energy Sustainability in Brawley, Calif.

July 2, 2019 Read Full Article
    Global Ethanol Summit   —   October 13-15, 2019   —   Washington, DC

Global Ethanol Summit — October 13-15, 2019 — Washington, DC

The Summit is an invite only meeting for Minister level officials and senior level industry leaders, ethanol producers, and refiners across global ethanol markets. The Summit will engage 350 participant leaders about the benefits of creating or expanding ethanol policies with a role for trade. The Summit will feature a

July 1, 2019 Read Full Article

U.S. Oil Companies Find Energy Independence Isn’t So Profitable

by Clifford Krauss (New York Times)  … In the last four years, roughly 175 oil and gas companies in the United States and Canada with debts totaling about $100 billion have filed for bankruptcy protection. Many borrowed heavily when oil and gas prices were far higher, only to collectively overproduce and

July 1, 2019 Read Full Article

U.S. Senator Says He’s Blocking USDA Nominees over Biofuel Waivers

by Chris Prentice and Richard Valdmanis (Reuters)  Senator John Kennedy of oil refining state Louisiana is blocking the confirmation of three senior appointees to the Department of Agriculture until the department butts out of parts of the administration’s biofuels policy, according to a letter he sent this week to Agriculture Secretary

July 1, 2019 Read Full Article

NREL Announces Participants for 2019 Executive Energy Leadership Program

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected 21 leaders to participate in its 2019 Executive Energy Leadership program (Energy Execs), which provides non-technical business, governmental, and community leaders an opportunity to learn about advanced energy technologies, analytical tools, and financing to guide

July 1, 2019 Read Full Article

A Community-Based Approach for Enriching Microalgae that Grow under High Concentration of CO2

by Hualong Wang, Fru Azinwi Nche-Fambo, Zhigang Yu, Feng Chen (ResearchGate/HY-TEK Bio) Certain species of microalgae are capable of growing under high concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2), and these microalgae have potential to be used for sequestering CO2 released as industrial pollutants using phototrophic carbon fixation system. While some CO2-tolerant algal species have been identified

July 1, 2019 Read Full Article

How Low Can You Go with Carbon?: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Aemetis is an international renewable fuels and biochemicals company using patented industrial biotechnology for the construction and operation of advanced biorefineries. They own and operate a 60+ million gallon ethanol plant in California, a 50 million gallon capacity Biodiesel and Glycerin refinery in India, they are building

July 1, 2019 Read Full Article
    Climate Change Forum with 2020 Presidential Candidates   —   September 17-18, 2019   —   Washington, DC

Climate Change Forum with 2020 Presidential Candidates — September 17-18, 2019 — Washington, DC

Our Daily Planet’s partnership with the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University to host a first-of-its-kind forum on climate change with presidential hopefuls this fall! All declared 2020 presidential candidates will have an opportunity to participate in this town-hall style forum, in front of a live audience of students at

June 28, 2019 Read Full Article

The Need for a Climate Change Forum Is More Apparent than Ever Before

(Our Daily Planet) … (W)e’re proud to formally announce Our Daily Planet’s partnership with the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University to host a first-of-its-kind forum on climate change with presidential hopefuls this fall! All declared 2020 presidential candidates will have an opportunity to participate in this town-hall style forum, in

June 28, 2019 Read Full Article

How One School Is Getting Kids Fired up about Climate Solutions

by Zoe Saylor (Gist)  … As the middle school humanities coordinator for Lowell School in Washington, D.C., she (Natalie Stapert) was tasked with coming up with a 6th-grade humanities curriculum that could bear the sisyphean burden of capturing tweens’ attention while meeting the school’s learning goals in literature, politics, and geography.

June 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Letter from Route 12 and the Pacific Northwest: From Waste Streams, a Bioeconomy Rising

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, there’s a new mill near the city of Dayton that is the first to use waste straw to make pulp for paper products, and biopolymers; and, a new project near Granger turning dairy waste into pipeline-quality renewable natural gas; also, a proposed

June 27, 2019 Read Full Article
    Future Fuels & Octane Forum   —   Octiber 24-25, 2019   —   Las Vegas, NV

Future Fuels & Octane Forum — Octiber 24-25, 2019 — Las Vegas, NV

Stricter environmental policies are likely to dictate the future of traditional hydrocarbons and turn them into something more environmentally friendly. Electric vehicles have long been considered the magic bullet for any greenhouse gas reduction policy and even though EV sales have grown over the past several years, they are still a

June 27, 2019 Read Full Article
    Argus Biofuels & Carbon Markets Summit   —   October 21-23, 2019   —   Napa Valley, CA

Argus Biofuels & Carbon Markets Summit — October 21-23, 2019 — Napa Valley, CA

North America’s leading biofuels, carbon and LCFS event  —  Join senior market participants to get clarity on the path forward to zero emissions in the North American biofuels and carbon market. Now on its 7th year, the Argus Biofuels and Carbon Markets Summit is the must-attend industry event of the year,

June 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Integrated Landscape Management Reduces Biomass Production Costs By 20%

by J.Richard Hess (Idaho National Laboratory/U.S. Department of Energy)  A new techno-economic analysis by Idaho National Laboratory (INL) demonstrated that, by using integrated landscape management (ILM) techniques, bioenergy stakeholders could produce biomass at costs 20% lower than previous assumptions.1 The efficiencies gained using ILM practices could generate a new revenue

June 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Philadelphia Energy Solutions Seeks to Permanently Shut Oil Refinery

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) will seek to permanently shut its oil refinery in the city after a massive fire caused substantial damage to the complex, the mayor confirmed on Wednesday, a day after two sources told Reuters about the plans. … Shutting the refinery, the largest and

June 26, 2019 Read Full Article

In Lobbying Battle for Electric Vehicle Tax Credit, It’s Car Makers vs. the Oil and Gas Industry

by Dino Grandoni and Steven Mufson (Washington Post)  … GM, like a fleet of other car manufacturers, is seeking the extension of a tax break that has for a decade helped sustain the sale of cars that need little to no gasoline to run.  This has triggered an intense lobbying battle with oil and

June 26, 2019 Read Full Article
    EERE Job Fair   —   July 11, 2019   —   Arlington, VA

EERE Job Fair — July 11, 2019 — Arlington, VA

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) federal career opportunities are available in Washington, D.C., and Golden, Colorado. EERE will participate in DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) job fair. Join us for a one-day hiring event. All EERE job listings are posted on USAJobs. Learn more

June 25, 2019 Read Full Article
    Renewable Gas 360 (formerly Rethink Methane)   —   January 22-23, 2020   —   Sacramento, CA

Renewable Gas 360 (formerly Rethink Methane) — January 22-23, 2020 — Sacramento, CA

High in Benefits, Low in Emissions. Join us for Renewable Gas 360 (formerly Rethink Methane), a leadership summit aimed at fostering a circular energy economy that enables California to immediately and cost effectively:  Reduce Short Lived Climate Pollutants & Greenhouse Gases Manage Overburdened Landfills Mitigate the Leading Source of Urban Air

June 25, 2019 Read Full Article

King Introduces Bills Protecting RFS from Small Refinery Exemptions

(Office of Congressman Steve King (R-IA-4th)  Legislation Recovers Volume Lost to Waivers by Increasing RFS Requirement Gallon -for-Gallon  —  Congressman Steve King releases this statement following his introduction of two bills that are designed to protect the volume requirements in the Renewable Fuels Standard from being undermined by the Environmental Protection Agency’s

June 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Announcing the Maryland Energy Innovation Accelerator

(Maryland Clean Energy Center)  The Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) is excited to announce the launch the Maryland Energy Innovation Accelerator (MEIA) to help commercialize technologies and research originating within the State of Maryland. MEIA is an exciting new program for Maryland inventors, researchers, founders and entrepreneurs to work with strategic

June 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Twenty-One Individuals Indicted on Charges of Conspiracy to Commit Interstate Transportation of Stolen Used Cooking Oil, Money Laundering, Harboring Aliens, and Immigration-Related Entrepreneurship Fraud

(U.S. Department of Justice)  Robert J. Higdon Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that a federal grand jury in Raleigh has returned a Superseding Indictment charging the following individuals with conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen goods and money laundering: SALVADOR IBARRA ESCALANTE, age

June 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Governor Jay Inslee Rolls Out More Climate Policy

(Our Daily Planet)  When it comes to climate policy, Governor Jay Inslee already has a plan to address nearly every element of the climate crisis, but on Monday he rolled out a new one — this time aimed at creating “Freedom from Fossil Fuels” by ending corporate welfare, holding polluters accountable, and transitioning

June 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Making It More Viable to Turn Agricultural Waste into Renewable Fuel

by Alayna DeMartini (Ohio State University College of Engineering)  Although the stalks and leaves of a corn plant can be turned into ethanol, the high cost of collecting, storing, and transporting the material has limited its use in producing the fuel. Ajay Shah, an agricultural engineer at The Ohio State University, is

June 24, 2019 Read Full Article
    25th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference   —   June 14-16, 2021   —   Reston, VA

25th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference — June 14-16, 2021 — Reston, VA

SAVE THE DATE  READ MORE

June 24, 2019 Read Full Article
    2020 Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference: Systems-Inspired Design   —   June 16-18, 2020   —   Seattle, WA

2020 Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference: Systems-Inspired Design — June 16-18, 2020 — Seattle, WA

SAVE THE DATE In addition to general green chemistry and engineering topics, topics related to this theme will be sought. The Call for Symposia will go out in July and be due in early October.  READ MORE

June 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Co-Optima Identifies Innovation Needed to Continue Momentum in Fuel Economy Gains

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today’s cars are advancing at lightning speed: from electric vehicles to efficient internal combustion engines to automated vehicles. Transportation is changing. Although the fuel-economy ratings of today’s cars are dramatically higher than those of just 10 years ago, vehicles are rapidly approaching the limits of efficiency

June 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Arizona Fire Highlights Challenges for Energy Storage

by Jonathan J. Cooper (Associated Press)  Arizona’s largest electric company installed massive batteries near neighborhoods with a large number of solar panels, hoping to capture some of the energy from the afternoon sun to use after dark. Arizona Public Service has been an early adopter of battery storage technology seen as

June 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Hawaii’s Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Tropical Feedstocks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The University of Hawai’i is on top of the latest research on Hawaii’s tropical agriculture, its hot zone and tropical feedstocks for the bioeconomy. Peter Matlock, Strategic Advisor for Aviation Fuels and Special Projects for Joint BioEnergy Institute and who is developing the Institute for Tropical

June 24, 2019 Read Full Article
    6th Annual Leaders in Energy Green Jobs Forum –Jobs for a Low-Carbon, Circular Economy   —   August 22, 2019   —   Washington, DC

6th Annual Leaders in Energy Green Jobs Forum –Jobs for a Low-Carbon, Circular Economy — August 22, 2019 — Washington, DC

Conducted by Leaders in Energy (LE) and hosted by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.  You will: Learn about opportunities for green jobs in the Metropolitan DC Region Get tips from Leaders in Energy members who have landed or created green jobs. Meet exhibitors from companies and organizations who are hiring

June 21, 2019 Read Full Article
    Transportation and Climate Initiative Regional Workshop: Low-Carbon Transportation Investments, Strategies, and Outcomes   —   July 30, 2019   —   Baltimore, MD

Transportation and Climate Initiative Regional Workshop: Low-Carbon Transportation Investments, Strategies, and Outcomes — July 30, 2019 — Baltimore, MD

The TCI states continue to seek input on the investments and policies necessary for a cleaner and more equitable transportation system. At this workshop, officials from TCI jurisdictions will: Provide public updates regarding the TCI regional policy development process and respond to related questions from stakeholders Receive guidance from subject

June 21, 2019 Read Full Article

“P-O-W-E-R We’ve Got the Power, Because We Are with YEA! MN!”

(Climate Generation)  Youth in the climate movement made waves across the globe this school year, and Minnesota youth working with Climate Generation played a big part. Our approach is to organize for power, recognizing the importance of putting relationships at the center, and in doing so, we made great strides and

June 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Iowa State Researchers Studying Slow-Release Fertilizer to Feed Crops, Improve Water Quality

(Iowa State University)  Iowa State University researchers weren’t looking for a slow-release fertilizer that could feed crops while protecting water quality, but they may have found one. Researchers looking to add value to biochar – a solid, porous co-product of heating corn stalks and other sources of biomass to produce liquid

June 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Turning the Switch on Biofuels

by Anne M Stark (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory/Phys.Org)  Plant cell walls contain a renewable, nearly limitless supply of sugar that can be used in the production of chemicals and biofuels. However, retrieving these sugars isn’t all that easy. …  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators at the Joint BioEnergy Institute have identified

June 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Officials Face off on Car Rule: King, Nichols Headline Auto Rule Hearing

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Top EPA and Transportation Department officials will likely face intense grilling from Democrats today at a joint hearing of two House Energy and Commerce subcommittees on the Trump administration’s proposed rollback of auto emissions standards. Headlining are EPA air chief Bill Wehrum and National Highway

June 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Top 10 Bioblendstocks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The U.S. Department of Energy and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have created a tiered screening process that efficiently evaluates blendstocks and includes a comprehensive blendstock evaluation process. Dan Gaspar from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory offered this illuminating presentation on the Top 10 bioblendstocks to optimize spark

June 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Indianapolis Plant Will Turn Landfill Gas Into Fuel For Long-Haul Trucks

by Rebecca Theile (Indiana Public Radio)  Kinetrex Energy will capture methane from the South Side Landfill and liquefy it into a fuel for shipping companies like UPS. Methane is one of the fastest growing greenhouse gas emissions that contributes to climate change.  Kinetrex President & CEO Aaron Johnson says this will

June 20, 2019 Read Full Article

NACSAA Delegates to Global Climate Talks Stress Climate Smart Agriculture in Face of Severe Weather Events

(Solutions from the Land)  North American Climate Smart Agriculture (NACSAA) leaders are once again on the global stage, talking this week with representatives from nations around the world meeting in Bonn, Germany, promoting the role of farmers, ranchers and woodland owners in addressing climate change challenges. NACSAA Chairman Fred Yoder, Steering

June 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Senator Amy Klobuchar Releases Plan of More Than 100 Actions for Her First 100 Days as President

by @AmyForAmerica (Medium.com) U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar released a plan outlining the more than 100 concrete steps she will take in her first 100 days as President of the United States to take on the biggest challenges we face at home and abroad. … Through executive action, Senator Klobuchar will begin to

June 19, 2019 Read Full Article

If Rice Is Nice, Rice Trash Is Cash: Gevo, Praj Working to Convert Rice Straw to Products

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Specifically, in the past month, Gevo also executed an agreement with Praj to develop jet fuel and isooctane from rice straw and other feedstocks. Gruber noted that “we believe this second-generation technology combination has great potential to address India’s rice straw burning problem and related

June 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Could the RFS Move Toward a Low Carbon Program Like LCFS?

by Jeff Barber (OPIS)  The idea of revising the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to operate more like the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) appears to be getting a fresh look. The rise in prices for  California’s LCFS credits may be a motivating factor. More about that in a minute….  Let’s first look back to

June 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Amazing Algaculture: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to MicroBio Engineering

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MicroBio Engineering works on facility designs, algae equipment, R&D, engineering consulting, techno-economic analyses, LCAs and wastewater treatment. Their focus on algaculture, specifically microalgae cultivation, is what the focus of this presentation is on. John Benemann, CEO and Tryg Lundquist, CTO, both of MicroBio Engineering, gave this

June 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Bioprocessing in Iowa: Reflecting on Our Journey

by Debi Durham (Iowa Economic Development Authority/Biofuels Digest)  … For decades, we’ve applied our work ethic and expertise in laboratories, innovation centers and refineries throughout the state. As a result, we’ve become a leader in bioprocessing, in addition to our agrarian achievements. … There’s a lot happening on the biosciences front in

June 18, 2019 Read Full Article

California Project to Test Renewable Dimethyl Ether as Transportation Fuel

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Oberon Fuels, a California-based producer of dimethyl ether (DME), has been awarded a $2.88 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) for a multi-phase project to produce renewable DME as a low-carbon transportation fuel in the U.S. According to the company, the project unlocks the

June 18, 2019 Read Full Article
    Educational Entertainment: Promoting Health and Social Change through Pop Culture  —   July 10, 2019   —   Washington, DC

Educational Entertainment: Promoting Health and Social Change through Pop Culture — July 10, 2019 — Washington, DC

By 2050, Africa’s young population—those between 0 and 24 years of age—will increase by 50 percent. As these young people work to overcome barriers to a more prosperous life, how will they get the information they need? Sharing information through innovative media platforms, such as serial dramas, music, and online

June 17, 2019 Read Full Article

4 Key Bioenergy Technologies: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to SoCalGas

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  he Southern California Gas Company is the primary provider of natural gas to the region of Southern California and has a vision to become the cleanest natural gas utility in North America. As California works to achieve its climate change goals, SoCalGas is working on low

June 17, 2019 Read Full Article

ANA and LanzaTech Sign Offtake Agreement for Sustainable Aviation Fuel

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In the land of the rising sun, things are looking a whole lot brighter for All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest airline, and for LanzaTech and their sustainable aviation fuel. ANA and LanzaTech signed an offtake agreement for sustainable aviation fuel – a big step

June 17, 2019 Read Full Article

U.S. Farm State Senators Unveil Bill to Overhaul Biofuel Waiver Program

by Jarrett Renshaw and Richard Valdmanis (Reuters)  Two Midwest senators said on Friday they have introduced a bill to reform the Environmental Protection Agency’s opaque biofuel waiver program, which the corn industry says helps oil companies at the expense of farmers here by threatening ethanol demand. The bill, introduced by Republican Deb Fischer of

June 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Announcing The Alexia 2019 Competition DEADLINE: September 30, 2019

(Alexia Foundation)  The Alexia Foundation is pleased to announce that we will begin accepting applications for our 2019 competition on Sept. 4, 2019. The deadline for the 2019 professional and student competition will be Sept. 30, 2019. The Alexia recognizes photographic bodies of work that may elevate understanding of the human

June 16, 2019 Read Full Article

NUVU Fuels Making E15 Lead Fuel Product Following Approval of Year-Round E15 Sales

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy announced that the Michigan-based fuel retailer NUVU Fuels will make E15 – a fuel with 15 percent renewable biofuel – the standard blend available to customers at all NUVU Fuels locations beginning this summer. NUVU Fuels will offer flex vehicle owners the choice of higher biofuel blends

June 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Biomanufacturing 2.0 Cell-Free: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Invizyne Technologies

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Invizyne Technologies is making chemicals the cell-free way using synthetic biology and metabolic engineering. By inputting sugar and using engineered microbes, they can result in useful compounds and commodity chemicals, biofuels, fuel additives, fragrances, and pharmaceuticals. James Bowie from UCLA/Invizyne Technologies offered this illuminating presentation on

June 13, 2019 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR INNOVATIONS, POSTERS:  Defense TechConnect Fall Summit and Expo — October 8-10, 2019 — National Harbor, MD     DEADLINE:  June 28, 2019

CALL FOR INNOVATIONS, POSTERS: Defense TechConnect Fall Summit and Expo — October 8-10, 2019 — National Harbor, MD DEADLINE: June 28, 2019

Converging the innovation ecosystem – military leadership, industry scouts, non-traditionals, startups, and investors. Connecting the top DOD offices with the world’s best technologies. TechConnect is proud to confirm $3.5 billion in innovation funding to participate in the Defense TechConnect Conference this fall in DC. Connect your top innovations with tech-prospectors

June 13, 2019 Read Full Article
    Defense TechConnect Fall Summit and Expo   —   October 8-10, 2019   —   National Harbor, MD

Defense TechConnect Fall Summit and Expo — October 8-10, 2019 — National Harbor, MD

Converging the innovation ecosystem – military leadership, industry scouts, non-traditionals, startups, and investors. Connecting the top DOD offices with the world’s best technologies. TechConnect is proud to confirm $3.5 billion in innovation funding to participate in the Defense TechConnect Conference this fall in DC. Connect your top innovations with tech-prospectors

June 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Lallemand’s Biofuels Division Surpasses Ethanol Production Milestone

(Biofuels International)  Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits (LBDS), part of Lallemand, has announced that the company’s TransFerm platform has surpassed over 25 billion gallons of ethanol production. The TransFerm platform comprises yeast strains that produce glucoamylase within fermentation, which reduces the need to purchase exogenous commercial enzymes, as well as reducing glycerol

June 13, 2019 Read Full Article
    Deployment of Deep Decarbonization Technologies Workshop   —   July 22-23, 2019   —   Washington, DC

Deployment of Deep Decarbonization Technologies Workshop — July 22-23, 2019 — Washington, DC

What does it take to scale deep decarbonization technologies and processes? How do we maintain a downward trajectory in CO2 emissions to meet ambitious reduction goals? Launching the new Deep Decarbonization Initiative, this workshop will explore the challenges and opportunities for deploying and scaling up technologies involved in U.S. deep

June 13, 2019 Read Full Article

World Environment Day: Strong Economies Drive Clean Environments

(Diesel Technology Forum)  New generations of advanced technology diesel engines, cleaner diesel fuel, and renewable biofuels pave the way for global prosperity and accelerate clean air progress  —  The Diesel Technology Forum issued the following statement on the occasion of United Nations World Environment Day: Makers and suppliers of diesel engines, equipment and fuels

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Sapp Bros. Opens New Biodiesel Blending Facility in Sioux City

(MEG Corp./Biodiesel Magazine)  Sapp Bros. is celebrating the opening of its newest biodiesel blending terminal located in Sioux City, Iowa, with an open house June 13 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Central time at 4800 Frelon Drive. Media representatives are invited to the open house to learn more about the

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article

GESS to Build 6 Anaerobic Digester Facilities in Idaho

(GESS International/Biomass Magazine)  GESS International has announced a $240 million investment in Cassia County. The company will build six anaerobic digester facilities near Burley, Idaho, totaling $40 million for each digester and making it a part of the company’s first tranche biogas plants in the US. GESS International is a renewable

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump in Iowa Touts Ethanol while Bashing Biden

by Miranda Green (The Hill)  President Trump gave rallygoers in Iowa on Tuesday a sign of what might come in 2020, speaking to them about ethanol while taking hard jabs at Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Speaking in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to celebrate his administration’s decision to allow 15 percent of ethanol to be mixed

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Bipartisan Legislation Would Help Finance Carbon Capture and Storage Projects

(Office of Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO))  U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Rob Portman (R-OH) today reintroduced a bill to make it easier for power plants and industrial facilities to finance the purchase and installation of carbon capture, utilization, and storage equipment. “Reducing carbon pollution while creating good-paying jobs is something

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article

List of Current Carbon Capture Projects

by Lee Beck (Global Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) Institute) and William Brandon ( Industrial Ecosystem Partners) Here is a list of carbon capture projects now in operation in North America.  Note that the last three are direct sequestration while the rest are enhanced oil recovery (EOR) uses. Boundary Channel. https://www.saskpower.com/Our-Power-Future/Infrastructure-Projects/Carbon-Capture-and-Storage/Boundary-Dam-Carbon-Capture-Project  Canada

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA’s Internal Advisory Board Recommends Investigating Science behind Auto Emission Rollback

by Miranda Green (The Hill)  The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) is recommending a review of the agency’s decision to roll back a prominent Obama-era policy on auto emissions. The independent group made up of researchers and scientists wrote in a May 18 memorandum first obtained by Bloomberg that the department’s justification for

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article

All I Need Is the Air that I Breathe: The Search for Better Sources for Octane and Better Uses for Aromatics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, a new report concludes that emissions from petroleum-based gasoline “are one of the biggest health threats facing the American public”. The report links a wide range of respiratory and even neurological diseases to toxic carcinogenic compounds refiners used to increase octane in gasoline. A

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article
    11th Annual RFS2, RINs & Biodiesel Forum   —   September 23-25, 2019   —   Chicago, IL

11th Annual RFS2, RINs & Biodiesel Forum — September 23-25, 2019 — Chicago, IL

You’ll hear from top industry experts on key developments shaping the current state and future of the RFS2 program and biofuels industry.   Mark your calendar and plan to join us to learn, discuss and network. Sign up now to be notified when registration opens. Who should attend: Producers Marketers Investors

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article
    APPLICATIONS OPEN: SBA Innovation Bootcamp for Food and AgTech Startups   —   July 22-26, 2019   —   Jonesboro, AR     DEADLINE: June 28, 2019

APPLICATIONS OPEN: SBA Innovation Bootcamp for Food and AgTech Startups — July 22-26, 2019 — Jonesboro, AR DEADLINE: June 28, 2019

AgLaunch is partnering with the Arkansas Department of Agriculture and Arkansas State University to host a week-long agri-tech bootcamp to support agriculture startup teams as part of its Small Business Administration’s Rural Innovation Cluster award. The bootcamp will be held at A-State’s Delta Center for Economic Development from July 22-26,

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS: National Council for Science and the Environment Annual Conference — January 6-9, 2020 — Washington, DC    DEADLINE: July 12, 2019

CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS: National Council for Science and the Environment Annual Conference — January 6-9, 2020 — Washington, DC DEADLINE: July 12, 2019

The Call for Session Proposals and Poster Presenters is now open for the NCSE 2020 Annual Conference. Submissions should align with this year’s theme, Science in Environmental Decision-Making, and are being accepted until July 12, 2019. The 2020 Annual Conference will include four session types providing a variety of opportunities

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article

As Biden Tours Iowa, Farmers Want to Know Where He Stands on Ethanol

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  Joe Biden may have an ethanol problem.  The former U.S. vice president has pledged support for advanced biofuels as part of his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. But Biden, who leads the crowded Democratic field in opinion polls in Iowa and nationally, faces lingering questions in the

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article

U.S. Refiner Group Sues Trump EPA over High-Ethanol Gasoline

by Richard Valdmanis (Reuters)  The main U.S. refining industry association said on Monday it sued to block the Trump administration’s effort to expand sales of higher ethanol blends of gasoline, arguing the move exceeded the administration’s authority. The legal challenge from the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) association escalated a

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article

New Core-Shell Catalyst for Ethanol Fuel Cells

(Brookhaven National Laboratory)  Greatly boosts efficiency of ethanol electro-oxidation, offering promise for liquid-fuel-cell-powered drones  —  Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and the University of Arkansas have developed a highly efficient catalyst for extracting electrical energy from ethanol, an easy-to-store liquid fuel that can be generated from

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Daily on Energy: Inslee Sees a Place for Corn in Plan to Scrap EPA’s Ethanol Mandate

by John Siciliano and Josh Siegel (Washington Examiner)  Democratic presidential hopeful Jay Inslee says there would be a place for corn ethanol in his plan to replace the nation’s renewable fuel program with one that has a record of making corn farmers wary. Inslee tells John that his plan focuses on more advanced second-generation

June 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award Finalists Announced

by Dorothy Lozowski (Chemical Engineering)  Every two years, Chemical Engineering honors an innovative technology that has been commercialized with the Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award. This year, we have six finalists who will have the opportunity to present their technologies at the Chem Show in New York City (October 22–24), after which the

June 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Start It Up! Cheering for Biodiesel in Hazleton Area School

by Sarah Buynovsky (WNEP)  It was an exciting Friday morning for biology students at Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences.  “I love this project, I love it. I live for seeing the students really getting involved and getting excited about getting to use the lab equipment,” said lab assistant Stephen Pyle as he

June 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Opinion: Presidential Candidates Need a Vision for Biofuels

by Rob Hogg, Amanda Ragan and Bill Couser (Des Moines Register/Biofuels Vision 2020) As presidential candidates visit Iowa ahead of the caucuses, Biofuels Vision 2020 – a coalition of biofuels supporters – is here to educate the candidates about how renewable, low-carbon biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel reduce the carbon footprint of

June 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Diesel Engines CAN Be Friends with Ethanol!: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to ClearFlame Engines

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ClearFlame Engines spoke at a recent Biofuels Digest webinar about diesel fueled engines and how they can be running on ethanol via ClearFlame engines that can be easily integrated into existing designs. They’ve already demonstrated a 10% savings in fuel by retrofitting their work truck to use

June 10, 2019 Read Full Article

The Policy Enabling Environment for Climate Smart Agriculture: A Case Study of California

by Josette Lewis and Jessica Rudnick (Frontiers Media) Climate smart agriculture (CSA) provides a framework for balancing multiple dimensions of agriculture and food systems in an era of climate change: addressing agricultural contributions to global greenhouse gas emissions, vulnerabilities to climate change impacts, and the relationship between agricultural productivity, incomes and

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

University of North Florida Researcher Awarded USDA Grant to Study Plant-Based Alternative Fuel Sources

(Univeristy of North Florida)  Switchgrass—a Productive Native Species—Could Possibly Fuel Vehicles into the Future  —  Dr. Mike Aspinwall, an assistant professor of biology at the University of North Florida, was just awarded nearly half a million dollars from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture to study switchgrass as a viable

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste and The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Collaborate to Facilitate the Use of Sustainable Transportation Fuels

(Neste)  Neste, the leading renewable fuels producer, and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on its joint sustainable fuel initiative.   The partners will be working together to facilitate the use of sustainable transportation fuels at Port Authority facilities and

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

COLUMN: NEXT: Building Trust and Community

by Chris Efird and Lou Soumas (The Chronicle)  NEXT Renewable Fuels is building an advanced biofuel facility at Port Westward. Today we are in the planning and permitting stage. Beginning with this op-ed, we intend periodic updates on the project, so that Columbia County residents understand our plans, and know how

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Study Finds Ethanol Blends Reduce GDI Tailpipe PM

(Green Car Congress)  A new study finds that ethanol blends reduce particulate matter (PM) coming out of the tailpipe, which in turn reduces overall toxic emissions. The study was conducted by the University of California Riverside and the University of Wisconsin, Madison and commissioned by the Urban Air Initiative. It was published in

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

2020 Democratic Front-Runner Joe Biden and President Trump Plan Dueling Campaign Stops in Iowa on Tuesday

by Jeff Daniels (CNBC)  -Former Vice President Joe Biden plans to return to Iowa next Tuesday, marking only his second trip to the key caucus state since formally declaring a run for the White House. – But Biden plans to skip an event Sunday in Iowa that will represent the largest

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

ANALYSIS: Will Others Follow United’s Embrace of Biofuels?

by Edward Russell (Flight Global)  United Airlines wants to be the commercial aviation leader on sustainability, pushing forward on everything from regular use of biofuels to various onboard initiatives.  — The Chicago-based carrier recently renewed a two-year biofuel supply contract with World Energy, while simultaneously working to reduce waste onboard aircraft including

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Top Automakers Warn Trump about Plan to Rollback Emissions Standards

by John Bowden (The Hill)  Many top-selling automakers around the world sent a letter to President Trump on Thursday urging the Trump administration to scrap plans to roll back fuel efficiency standards set during the Obama administration. In a letter signed by 17 major automakers including General Motors, Ford and Toyota, the companies wrote that

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article
    8th Annual U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Women in Clean Energy Symposium and Awards   —   November 13-14, 2019   —   College Station, TX

8th Annual U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Women in Clean Energy Symposium and Awards — November 13-14, 2019 — College Station, TX

The 8th Annual U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Women in Clean Energy Symposium and Awards, an invitation-only event hosted by the Texas A&M Energy Institute, will recognize eight outstanding women who are advancing and implementing clean and innovative energy solutions that are transforming our energy infrastructure and reducing

June 6, 2019 Read Full Article

United’s June 5 ‘Flight for the Planet’ Fueled with Biofuel Blend

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  United Airlines made history June 5 with the departure of the Flight for the Planet, the most eco-friendly commercial flight of its kind in the history of aviation. The flight was fueled with biofuel and featured zero carbon waste efforts, carbon offsetting and operational efficiencies. United

June 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Maine Utility Announces RNG Initiative

(Summit Utilities Inc./Biomass Magazine)  Summit Utilities Inc., the parent company of Summit Natural Gas of Maine Inc., announced May 23 a new renewable natural gas (RNG) program aimed at supporting the local economy and fighting climate change. The program outlines three steps the company is taking to build a sustainable energy

June 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Algal Genomics: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Joint Genome Institute

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Joint Genome Institute’s mission is to advance genomics in support of the U.S. Department of Energy missions related to clean energy generation and environmental characterization and cleanup. Supported by the DOE Office of Science, the JGI unites the expertise at Berkeley Lab, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,

June 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Meaningful Solutions for a Changing Climate Require Proactive Partnerships

(Solutions from the Land)  One of Solution from the Land’s (SfL) primary missions over the past decade has been to help and inspire agricultural and forestry sector leaders to become powerful voices in the broader discussion of climate change, including adaptation and mitigation. Towards this end, SfL has been building state,

June 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Farmer: Consumer Education Still Needed for Renewable Fuels

by Amie Simpson (Brownfield Ag News)  Southern Indiana Farmer Dave Gottbrath says many farmers would benefit from growth in the ethanol industry, but there is a lot of consumer confusion that must be addressed for that to happen. “It’s the public that doesn’t understand the difference in octane and there’s so

June 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Of Impossibles and Whoppers: Notes from the Planet Synthetica

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There’s been a stream of good news and bad news on the “made in a lab” front in recent weeks. First, the amazing news that Impossible Foods raised a $300 million in its Series E round was led by existing investors Temasek and Horizons Ventures. The fifth

June 4, 2019 Read Full Article
    Lignofuels Americas   —   October 30-31, 2019   —   Omaha, NE

Lignofuels Americas — October 30-31, 2019 — Omaha, NE

Made from renewable resources, lignocellulosic ethanol is considered to be environmentally friendly, thus we are facing the effort to rehabilitate corn ethanol whilst keeping up with the renewable fuel standards.  Following the success of the European edition of Lignofuels conference which is now in its 10th year running and going from

June 4, 2019 Read Full Article

How Boxes, Bots and Biofuels Are Routing FedEx’s Sustainability Map

by RP Siegel (Green Biz)  … We recently had the opportunity to catch up with FedEx Chief Sustainability Officer Mitch Jackson about how that strategy is evolving. Not surprisingly, we learned a lot. … One other area Jackson pointed to is the commitment to aviation biofuels. The company’s goal is to be

June 3, 2019 Read Full Article

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Solving Feedstock Challenges Today

(Department of Energy)  The INL (Idaho National Laboratory) Bioenergy Program’s mission is to support DOE in achieving their vision by developing processes and technologies through applied science and engineering that remove the barriers associated with accessing a sustainable, efficient feedstock supply.  INL is the nation’s leading laboratory for bioenergy feedstock research.

June 3, 2019 Read Full Article
    2019 Carbon Management Technology Conference   —   July 15-18, 2019   —   Houston, TX

2019 Carbon Management Technology Conference — July 15-18, 2019 — Houston, TX

The 2019 Carbon Management Technology Conference (CMTC 2019) will focus on carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies that provide options for lowering greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining fuel diversity for sustainable growth. Session Topics Carbon Capture – Transformational and 2nd Generation  Storage and Enhanced Oil Recovery  Monitoring and Characterization Protocols

June 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Cleanest Fleet in Seattle’s History Has Nearly 100 Biogas Garbage Trucks

(Waste Management/NGV Journal)  The launch of Seattle’s new green fleet of recycling, compost and garbage trucks is underway, further advancing the city’s steady commitment to clean air and world-class sustainability leadership. Now serving Seattle neighborhoods and businesses, the cleanest fleet in the city’s history includes 101 Waste Management vehicles powered by

June 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Tesoro Fined $1.36 million for Low Carbon Fuel Standard Violations

(California Air Resources Board)  Company misreported 1.9 billion gallons of fuel — The California Air Resources Board today (May 30, 2019) announced a $1.36 million settlement with Tesoro Refining & Marketing, LLC for violating the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). The LCFS requires that regulated fuel producers report the carbon generated

June 3, 2019 Read Full Article

The Energy 202: Green New Deal Is Alive and Well in Liberal Cities and States

by Dino Grandoni (Washington Post)  The Green New Deal may be floundering in Washington. But it is alive and well in left-leaning states and cities across the country.  From Maine to California, Democratic politicians have begun adopt the Green New Deal brand — a progressive movement to dramatically tackle climate change over the next decade

June 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Argonne Releases Updated Computer Model to Help Bioenergy Developers Conserve Water

(Argonne National Laboratory)  Critical updates to WATER tool help the bioenergy industry manage resources.   —  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory recently released an updated version of an online computer model meant to help bioenergy developers preserve critical resources. The model, called Water Analysis Tool for Energy Resources or WATER, has users from more

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    CALL FOR SPEAKERS: Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Conference and Expo — September 17-18, 2019 — Baltimore, MD    DEADLINE unclear

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Conference and Expo — September 17-18, 2019 — Baltimore, MD DEADLINE unclear

The Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Council (MABEC) is looking forward to welcoming over 200 attendees from the Mid-Atlantic and beyond to Baltimore, MD September 17-18, 2019.​ Multiple program tracks, an expo floor, and networking opportunities make MABEX a popular and growing event for industry, government, and the general public to expand their knowledge

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Dawson Boyd High School Tours Granite Falls Energy

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirty students from Dawson Boyd High School visited Granite Falls Energy yesterday in Granite Falls to learn about homegrown renewable energy production. During the tour, the students learned about the various processes of ethanol production at Granite Falls Energy, which produces 64 million gallons of ethanol a year.

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