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‘Very Engaged’ Trump Talks Biofuels Policy with U.S. Oil-State Senators

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters)  President Donald Trump on Thursday discussed biofuels policy with senators from U.S. oil states, including Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, who said the president was engaged on the issue that has pitted Big Oil and Big Corn against each other. The oil industry is opposed to the

September 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Administration Announces One National Program Rule on Federal Preemption of State Fuel Economy Standards

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) President Trump promised the American people that his Administration would address and correct the current fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards, and today (September 19, 2019), his Administration is taking steps to fulfill this promise. Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

September 20, 2019 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 42nd Symposium on Biomaterials, Fuels and Chemicals   —   April 26-29, 2020   —   New Orleans, LA   DEADLINE:  November 15, 2019

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 42nd Symposium on Biomaterials, Fuels and Chemicals — April 26-29, 2020 — New Orleans, LA DEADLINE: November 15, 2019

The Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology announces the premier scientific conference for biotechnological advances for production of biofuels, bioproducts and biomaterials. The 42nd Symposium on Biomaterials, Fuels and Chemicals (SBFC) will be held at the Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans, April 26th-29th 2020. This year’s exciting 42nd SBFC

September 20, 2019 Read Full Article
    42nd Symposium on Biomaterials, Fuels and Chemicals   —   April 26-29, 2020   —   New Orleans, LA

42nd Symposium on Biomaterials, Fuels and Chemicals — April 26-29, 2020 — New Orleans, LA

The Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology announces the premier scientific conference for biotechnological advances for production of biofuels, bioproducts and biomaterials. The 42nd Symposium on Biomaterials, Fuels and Chemicals (SBFC) will be held at the Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans, April 26th-29th 2020. This year’s exciting 42nd SBFC

September 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Algae Harmony with HTL: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Hydrothermal Liquefaction

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Converting algae to fuels is challenging. But PNNL is working on developing process models and techno-economic analysis to inform hydrothermal liquefaction algae conversion research for fuels and chemicals. Check out what Susanne Jones and others from PNNL shared as part of the 2019 BETO Peer

September 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Increase Value, Reduce Costs: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Algal Systems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)Advanced Algal Systems. Maybe you’ve heard of it but did you know that technologies are being developed as part of a DOE program to enable production of sustainable algal feedstocks that perform reliably in conversion processes to yield renewable fuel blendstocks, as well as bioproducts and

September 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Grab It and Use It: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Carbon Capture

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At the recent Algae Biomass Summit, John Litynski, Deputy Director of Advanced Fossil Technology Systems at the DOE gave this illuminating overview of the federal government’s role in CCUS and detailed some of the major carbon capture demonstration projects. For example, the ADM ethanol facility

September 20, 2019 Read Full Article

The Algae Summit, Groups to Know, Slides to See, and the Megatrends

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We’ve managed to get a hold of three presentations that really were the bomb at ABS 2019. Jonathan Male, director of the Bioenergy Technologies Office and one of the original Pyromaniax himself, gave this one on the algae R&D priorities and actions for fuels and

September 20, 2019 Read Full Article

NGVAmerica Members Host Senator Ted Cruz

(NGVAmerica/NGV Journal) NGVAmerica members hosted a facility tour and policy roundtable with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) to discuss the importance of parity for natural gas powered vehicles.VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio’s public transit agency, joined with NGVAmerica to host Senator Cruz at its CNG fueling station, the largest in North America.

September 20, 2019 Read Full Article

California Sues Trump Administration over Revoking Authority to Limit Car Pollution

by Dino Grandoni and Juliet Eilperin (Washington Post)  22 other states, plus D.C., Los Angeles and New York City, joined in the lawsuit — California and 22 other states filed a lawsuit in federal court Friday against the Trump administration, challenging its decision to revoke the most-populous state’s right to

September 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Facility Hosts Boeing Presentation on Sustainable Aviation Fuels

(Advantage News)  The NCERC at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville hosted a presentation from The Boeing Company’s Joe Ellsworth, regional director of environmental strategy and integration, who presented Boeing and Sustainable Aviation Fuels in late August. Ellsworth also met with NCERC Director of Research Dr. Yan Zhang and Assistant Professor of Chemistry and NCERC

September 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Alcohol School: Yancey Delivers D3Max Project Update

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Minimizing feedstock cost is one rule for a successful cellulosic ethanol project, according to Mark Yancey, chief technology officer for D3Max. “That can be a very large component of your project costs.” Yancey spoke Sept. 13 at Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits’ Alcohol School, held

September 19, 2019 Read Full Article
    Natural Gas for Transportation Roundtable   —   October 22, 2019   —   Janesville, WI

Natural Gas for Transportation Roundtable — October 22, 2019 — Janesville, WI

Join Wisconsin Clean Cities & our host & sponsor ANGI Energy Systems for the 2019 Natural Gas for Transportation Roundtable! Join us and other industry leaders as we examine the multiple benefits of using compressed, liquefied and renewable natural gas as a viable alternative transportation fuel. A limited number of exhibit spaces are

September 19, 2019 Read Full Article
    BioCycle Connect West 2020   —   March 30 – April 2, 2020   —   Sacramento, CA

BioCycle Connect West 2020 — March 30 – April 2, 2020 — Sacramento, CA

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September 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Davis Introduces Pro-Ethanol Legislation

(The Telegraph) Local ethanol officials are lauding the Small Refinery Exeption Fairness Act of 2019 introduced Wednesday by U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville.  Davis introduced the bill after the EPA continues to increase the number of small refineries exempted from the Renewable Fuel Standard.  Davis’ bill would require the EPA administrator to use

September 19, 2019 Read Full Article

St1 Nordic Licenses Honeywell Ecofining Technology in Sweden

(Honeywell UOP)  Honeywell UOP Ecofining™ process produces fuels chemically identical to petroleum-based diesel  — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced that St1 Nordic Oy has licensed the UOP’s Ecofining™ renewable fuels technology to produce 4,000 barrels per day of diesel and jet fuel integrated with its refinery complex in Gothenburg, Sweden. Basic engineering design for the

September 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Heard on the Floor at the Algae Biomass Summit

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Couple of good trends to point to:  1. Lot more emphasis on farms and farming these days. It’s still an industry dominated by people in white coats, but there are some more overalls around the ABS than we’ve ever seen before. 2. A little more emphasis

September 19, 2019 Read Full Article

NBB Member Testifies on Biodiesel’s Clean Energy Contribution

(Biofuels International)  A member of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has testified to the House Small Business Committee on Rural Development on the contribution of biodiesel to the clean energy economy. Thomas Brooks, general manager of Western Dubuque Biodiesel, spoke at a hearing on ‘Growing the Clean Energy Economy’, in

September 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Tweets He’s Revoking California’s Tailpipe Emissions Waiver while Visiting State

by Miranda Green (The Hill) President Trump announced on Wednesday that his administration will be removing California’s tailpipe emissions waiver under the Clean Air Act, a decision likely to face fierce backlash in courts. Trump made the announcement via Twitter while touring California for private fundraisers and a visit to the

September 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Crown Opens New Global Headquarters and Innovation Center

(Crown Iron Works)  …  Crown Iron Works unveils its new Global Headquarters and Innovation Center in Blaine, Minnesota. The 68,000 square-foot, $12 million facility accommodates increased staff, and fuels technological advancements for the company and its customers through its state-of-the-art Innovation Center—a safety-first environment that supports and optimizes custom process

September 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Colorado to Evaluate Feasibility of LCFS Program

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine) Colorado has taken an initial step toward considering the establishment of a Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The Colorado Energy Office issued a documented quote (DQ) Sept. 11 inviting bids from independent contractors to conduct an LCFS feasibility study. According to the DQ, the Colorado Energy

September 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Cape Cod Biofuels Founder Receives Environmental Merit Award

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Andrew Davison, founder and owner of Cape Cod Biofuels, was presented an environmental merit award by the U.S. EPA Sept. 10 for his unique biodiesel business model that, as described by the agency, improves the air and water and increases energy and community resilience. Over the

September 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Heating Oil Industry Commits to Net-Zero Emissions by 2050

(New England Fuel Institute /Biodiesel Magazine) The Northeast’s heating oil industry has resolved to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050. This ambitious goal was set at the Northeast Industry Summit held during the 2019 Heating & Energizing America Trade Show at the Rhode Island Convention Center. The industry’s resolution

September 18, 2019 Read Full Article

This H2’s for you: Anheuser-Busch Launches Zero-Emission Hydrogen Truck Fleet, and Eni, Toyota, Venice Partner to Do the Same

(Hydrogen Digest) In Missouri, cold beer is being transported in hydrogen-powered zero-emission semi-trucks as Anheuser-Busch moves to more sustainable shipping. The company plans to buy up to 800 of Nikola Motor’s semi-trucks to meet its objectives of reducing CO2 emissions by 25% across its entire supply chain by 2025. Why important? Deploying hydrogen, the

September 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Delta Invests $2 Million for Study of Potential Facility to Produce Biofuel from Forest Floor Debris

(Delta News Hub)  Commitment will fund exploration for the establishment of a sustainable biofuel refinery in Washington State. —  As part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability, Delta Air Lines is investing $2 million to partner with Northwest Advanced Bio-fuels, LLC for the feasibility study of a biofuel production facility to produce

September 18, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)

“I’ve been hoodwinked so many times, not just by the EPA on this issue, but by other bureaucracies as well, so I’m going to see if what we talked about is the end product,” Senatory Chuck Grassley (R-IA) told reporters on September 17 referencing enforcement of the Renewable Fuel Standard.

September 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Algae Researchers and Private Industry Are Working in Open Collaboration to Find Algae Bloom and HAB Remediation Solutions.

by Barry Cohen (National Algae Association) Continuous and devastating algae blooms & HAB problems are affecting fishing, swimming, tourism, real estate values and local economies. NAA today is encouraging algae researchers to focus their efforts on ‘algae bloom and HAB remediation research’ and to work with private industry to find immediate

September 18, 2019 Read Full Article

DOE Taps Danforth Plant Science Center for Research to Improve Sorghum as a Bioenergy Crop

(Green Car Congress)  The US Department of Energy (DOE), through its Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER), has launched a major initiative to develop bioenergy crops through genomics-based research. Danforth Center Principal Investigator, Andrea Eveland, Ph.D., will lead a multi-institutional project under this initiative to deepen the understanding of sorghum, a

September 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Raleigh Harvests Dorothea Dix Park Sunflowers for Biofuel

by Anthony Wilson (ABC 11)  The colorful sunflowers that delighted thousands in Dorothea Dix Park are just a memory now. The field is now filled with dried stalks and seeds now. Those seeds have a role in the city’s future, now that they’re harvested for conversion to biofuel. ABC11 rode

September 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Charlotte Water Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions With Renewable Diesel

(Renewable Energy Group/Business Wire) Charlotte Water is running a renewable diesel pilot project, operating 34 diesel vehicles on 100 percent renewable fuel. —  Charlotte Water, the largest public water and wastewater utility in the Southeast, is expanding its commitment to environmental sustainability with a pilot project to run dozens of its

September 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Washington County, Oregon to Run Vehicles on REG Ultra Clean Diesel

(Diesel Technology Forum) Washington County (Oregon) is committed as the first customer to purchase REG Ultra Clean Diesel from Bretthauer Oil. REG Ultra Clean Diesel is a patent-pending blend of renewable diesel and biodiesel that significantly reduces tailpipe emissions and has multiple performance advantages compared to conventional diesel. By combining the

September 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Administration to Revoke California’s Power to Set Stricter Auto Emissions Standards

by Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis (Washington Post) The Trump administration will revoke California’s right to set stricter air pollution for cars and light trucks on Wednesday, according to two senior administration officials, as part of a larger effort to weaken an Obama-era climate policy curbing greenhouse gas emissions from

September 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Gov. Walz Creates Minnesota Biofuels Council to Help Ethanol Industry

by Mike Hughlett (Star Tribune)  Continuing turmoil has prices at a multiyear low.   — As Minnesota ethanol producers are being hammered in a weak market, Gov. Tim Walz Monday announced the creation of a biofuels council to help the industry out of its funk. Walz signed an executive order creating the

September 17, 2019 Read Full Article

DTE Opens RNG Processing and Interstate Injection Site in Wisconsin

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News) DTE Biomass Energy, a non-regulated subsidiary of DTE Energy, has opened a combined dairy renewable natural gas (RNG) processing and interstate injection facility in Wisconsin. The facility represents the first of its kind for not only DTE but also the state of Wisconsin, the company says.

September 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Comments from Advanced Biofuels USA to the Maryland Commission on Climate Change Mitigation Working Group

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) As the Maryland Commission on Climate Change and its Mitigation Work Group continue to look at mitigating the effects of climate change, they should look forward using a recent International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) study and others which find that biofuels are necessary to

September 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Joules for Schools: Middlebury College Leads Trend towards Renewable Natural Gas on the Campus

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Vermont, representatives from Vanguard Renewables, Middlebury College, Vermont Gas, Goodrich Farm, and the State of Vermont were on hand the other day to celebrate the official groundbreaking for the largest anaerobic digester east of the Mississippi, with Middlebury will be the primary consumer of the

September 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Forest Products Industry Barriers to Producing Biofuels

(Biorenewable Deployment Consortium) BDC is a 501c3 organization focused on education and brokering partnerships in order to accelerate the deployment of economic bioprocesses and assist the forest products industry to get the most value from the tree.  BDC membership represents bioprocess companies and the major forest products companies.   BDC believes

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article
    National Biodiesel Conference & Expo   —   Tampa, FL   —   January 20-23, 2020

National Biodiesel Conference & Expo — Tampa, FL — January 20-23, 2020

The National Biodiesel Conference is the annual must-attend event for the industry. Network, learn and get business done at the industry’s premier annual event. And located in Downtown Tampa this year, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to get to Florida in January.   Network, learn, do business.  READ MORE

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  Advanced Clean Transportation Expo — May 11-14, 2020 — Long Beach, CA   DEADLINE:  October 31, 2019

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Advanced Clean Transportation Expo — May 11-14, 2020 — Long Beach, CA DEADLINE: October 31, 2019

Interested in presenting at ACT Expo 2020? ACT Expo is looking for dynamic and forward-thinking industry leaders to present case studies and compelling presentations on electric vehicle deployments and advancements; advanced energy management; fuel cell electric vehicle deployments; innovative transit; connected vehicle technology implementation; investment considerations; and efficiency processes from

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  International Biomass Conference and Expo — February 3-5, 2020 — Nashville, TN     DEADLINE:  October 4, 2019

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: International Biomass Conference and Expo — February 3-5, 2020 — Nashville, TN DEADLINE: October 4, 2019

Presentation ideas will be accepted for the 2020 International Biomass Conference & Expo through October 4, 2019. Presentation ideas may be submitted in one of four tracks: Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal Track 3: Biogas & Waste-to-Energy Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals Each presentation idea will be reviewed

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  American Chemical Society Macromolecular Chemistry: The Second Century   —   March 22-26, 2020   —   Philadelphia, PA    DEADLINE: October 14 or 21, 2019

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: American Chemical Society Macromolecular Chemistry: The Second Century — March 22-26, 2020 — Philadelphia, PA DEADLINE: October 14 or 21, 2019

The Meeting Abstracts Programming System (MAPS) is the online meeting programming system of the American Chemical Society, used by ACS authors, Program Chairs, and Symposium Organizers to submit, view, review, and edit abstracts for ACS National Meeting publications.  Topics, reviewers, deadlines:  READ MORE

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article
    American Chemical Society Macromolecular Chemistry: The Second Century   —   March 22-26, 2020   —   Philadelphia, PA

American Chemical Society Macromolecular Chemistry: The Second Century — March 22-26, 2020 — Philadelphia, PA

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September 16, 2019 Read Full Article
    Advanced Clean Transportation Expo   —   May 11-14, 2020   —   Long Beach, CA

Advanced Clean Transportation Expo — May 11-14, 2020 — Long Beach, CA

Now in its 10th year, ACT Expo is the largest advanced transportation technology and clean fleet event in North America that serves as the annual industry gathering place for commercial fleet end-users, industry stakeholders, and solution providers. Who Should Exhibit? If your solutions can help fleet operators reduce fuel costs,

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Gevo Successfully Secures Renewable Electricity for its Biofuel Production Processes

(Gevo/Globe Newswire)  Electricity from Wind Turbines will Power Gevo’s Agri-Energy Luverne Facility — Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) a leading renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer, announced today it secured the supply of 5.0 MW of fully renewable electricity for its Agri-Energy production plant located in Luverne, MN from an affiliate of Juhl

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article

USDA Numbers Confirm Declining Demand For Ethanol

by Amy Mayer (Iowa Public Radio) The national average price for corn this season is back to $3.60 a bushel, about where it’s been most of this year except for an early-season spike ($4.16 in July) before the size and quality of the crop was known.  That’s not great news for corn growers,

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article

North Dakota Corn and Ethanol Industries Partner with Fuel Retailers to offer Unleaded88, a Safe, Economical, Cleaner Fuel Option

(North Dakota Corn Council)  The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council, in coordination with the North Dakota Ethanol Council, is implementing the North Dakota Unleaded88 Expansion Program. The program’s goal is to partner with fuel retailers to provide drivers with Unleaded88, a higher octane fuel containing 15 percent ethanol and 85

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Oil vs. Electric Vehicles

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Oil-backed groups are countering utilities’ plans to expand electric vehicle infrastructure with regulatory and lobbying campaigns against the proposals in at least 10 states so far, Pro’s Gavin Bade reports. The efforts, some greens say, is reminiscent of the “Who Killed the Electric Car?”

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Pick up the PACE: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Algae for Coproducts and Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) PACE – Producing Algae for Coproducts and Energy, has several project goals including increasing algal biomass productivity to >25 grams dry weight per meter squared per day using robust engineered algal strains to reduce costs. So how do we get these high value, high market algal

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Manager Says EPA’s Waivers “Ironic”

by Julie Harker (Brownfield Ag News)  An Iowa biodiesel business manager has testified at a House subcommittee hearing that his business is contributing to the clean energy economy, saying strong consistent federal policy is needed, “It’s ironic that the EPA has such concern for the economic hardships facing small (oil)

September 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Bost Tours National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center

(Advantage News) The National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center at SIUE Executive Director John Caupert hosted U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (R-Illinois) in late August as part of a congressional visit and to participate in a student research project. Bost toured the NCERC’s demonstration plant and laboratories, noting significant upgrades to the center’s pilot

September 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Cooperative Relies on RFS Waivers: CountryMark Sits on Both Sides of Small-Refinery Waiver Controversy

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) The farmer-owned CountryMark cooperative and fuel refinery is caught in the middle of the small-refinery exemption controversy. The company operates in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky — most of its customers at more than 100 retail stations are farmers and rural communities that have

September 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Get with the Program: Biogas Producers Struggling to Generate Revenue from Their Digestate

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  Biogas producers struggling to generate revenue from their digestate may find an opportunity to turn this around through the American Biogas Council’s Digestate Standard Testing and Certification Program.  —  … Exeter Agri-Energy was formed to run two anaerobic digesters built at Stonyvale Farm in 2011.

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ORNL Develops Method to Customize Microbes for Better Biofuel Production

by Kimberly A Askey (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a method to insert genes into a variety of microorganisms that previously would not accept foreign DNA, with the goal of creating custom microbes to break down plants for bioenergy.

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Call for Applications for the 2019 Climate Security Fellowship Program DEADLINE: September 30, 2019

(Climate and Security Advisory Group)  The Climate and Security Advisory Group (CSAG) is pleased to announce a call for applications for its 2019 Climate Security Fellowship Program, a collaborative effort of the American Security Project, the Center for Climate and Security and the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program.

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Scientists Turn Carbon Dioxide into Ant Venom Biofuel

by Hannah Osborne (Newsweek) Scientists have created a device that turns carbon dioxide into formic acid—a venom produced naturally by ants that can be used as a biofuel. The prototype electrolyzer, which runs on renewable electricity, produced the purified liquid fuel at high concentrations, potentially paving the way for a

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Friday Fun with Fungus: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Fungal Biotech for Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Noone knows fungus like these guys. A PNNL team has been developing fungal genetic engineering tools for industrially relevant fungi (filamentous and yeasts) and applying them to development of biofuel and bioproduct bioprocesses in stirred tank reactors. Jon Magnuson from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory gave this

September 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Warding off Armyworm, Wiping without Worry, Banana Fiber Sanitary Napkins, Mango Bioplastics, Wearable Fermentation-Based Protein Jacket and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of September 13th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Not only is it Friday the 13th, it’s also a full moon tonight. But don’t worry, this week’s Top 10 innovations will scare all the boogies away, starting with Provivi’s new fall armyworm pheromone now produced at ton scale that will ward off those nasty armyworm

September 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Republican Mike Braun Looks to Bring GOP ‘in the Game’ with Bipartisan Climate Caucus

by Abby Smith (Washington Examiner) The Senate will soon be getting its own bipartisan caucus focused on addressing climate change.  A bipartisan duo of Sens. Mike Braun of Indiana and Chris Coons of Delaware are organizing the new caucus, which is still in the planning stages and will be formally unveiled in

September 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Clean Transportation Leaders Honored in DC/Maryland/Virginia Region

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News) The Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition (GWRCCC) has announced the winners of its 2019 Clean Transportation Awards. In its annual report to the U.S. Department of Energy, GWRCCC reported a 2018 reduction of petroleum use in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area of more than 11 million gallons, resulting

September 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Korein Tillery Files Class Action Lawsuit Alleging Market Manipulation of Ethanol Futures and Options Prices by Archer Daniels Midland

(Korein Tillery/Cision)  Korein Tillery attorneys filed a class action lawsuit against Archer Daniels Midland Company (“ADM”) in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, alleging that ADM has manipulated a key benchmark for the settlement and pricing of ethanol futures and options contracts dating back to as early as November 2017,

September 12, 2019 Read Full Article
    The Power of Organic Waste: Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) for Minnesota   —   September 26, 2019   —   Minneapolis, MN

The Power of Organic Waste: Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) for Minnesota — September 26, 2019 — Minneapolis, MN

Plan to join us for a one-day Energy Vision workshop hosted by CenterPoint Energy — in collaboration with academic, industry, government and NGO partners — on the production and use of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) made from Minnesota’s organic wastes, with a particular focus on agricultural, municipal and food processing materials

September 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Betting on Waste

(EurekAlert!/University of California – Santa Barbara) Most of the materials that maintain our modern lives — fuels, pharmaceuticals and other commodity chemicals — come from non-renewable sources. Over time the acquisition of these materials becomes more costly as their supplies diminish. A prime example is petroleum, from which we derive fuels

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Oil Refining Representatives to Rally in Toledo against Trump Biofuels Policy

by Jon Chavez (The Blade) Members of Ohio’s oil refining industry will rally in Toledo Thursday at One Government Center downtown to urge President Trump not to tamper with laws regulating U.S. biofuels policy, because doing so could put smaller refineries, including the Toledo Refining Co. operation in Oregon, at risk

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White House Presses Biofuel, Oil Executives for Compromise

by Mario Parker and Jennifer A Dlouhy (Bloomberg/Investors Business Daily)  Discussions aimed at breaking logjam over biofuel plan; Friday deadline issued for ideas on potential compromise  — Trump administration officials are squeezing biofuel and oil refining executives to agree to a plan to bolster corn-based ethanol and soy-based biodiesel. In

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Goldman’s Heralded Manure-to-Gas Deal Runs into Trouble Fast

(The Bond Buyer/Bloomberg) A manure-to-energy deal brought to market by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is hitting the fan.  Arizona’s Pinal County and its more than 300,000 cattle seemed like the perfect place to profit from the estimated 82 pounds of waste produced by a 1,000-pound cow each day — all while creating an environmentally beneficial fuel

September 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Diamond Green Diesel Evaluating New Plant in Port Arthur, Texas to Expand Production up to 1.1 Billion Gallons Annually

(Valero/GlobeNewswire) Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO, “Valero”) and Darling Ingredients Inc. (NYSE: DAR, “Darling”) are addressing the growing demand for renewable diesel in global, low-carbon markets by initiating an advanced engineering and development cost review for a new plant in Port Arthur, Texas.  The proposed facility under review would be designed

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Gevo Reaches Joint Development Agreement to Explore Converting Plant Sugars into Fuel

by Andrew Kessel (Proactive Investors)  The plan is to investigate the potential of sugars and glycerol derived from cellulose to be converted into hydrocarbon molecules for use in fuels or chemicals –Gevo Inc (NASDAQ:GEVO), a renewable fuels company, announced Tuesday that it has signed a joint development agreement with Leaf

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All About Algae: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Algal Biomass Yield Improvements

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Global Algae Innovations is working on a trifecta of goals: 1) to develop improved strains and cultivation methods to increase the algal biofuel intermediate yield by at least 70% AND 2) to develop new drying and extraction technology to reduce the energy for downstream processing by

September 10, 2019 Read Full Article

City Grids Risk Being Overwhelmed by EV Growth: Report

(Utility Dive) Dive Brief:  Cities’ increased reliance on electric vehicles (EVs) and electric buses could overwhelm their electric grids and result in outages, warned a new report from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and Seattle City Light. While the report’s analysis is primarily focused on Seattle, it offers lessons for other cities,

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Many U.S. Farmers Fume at Washington, Not Trump, over Biofuel, Trade Policies

by P.J. Huffstutter and Tom Polansek  (Reuters)   …  Many farmers are angry, and some are directing their anger not at the Republican president, but at Washington’s bureaucracy. Trump has faced backlash from agricultural groups, ethanol producers and Midwestern politicians upset that his trade war with China has slashed export sales

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Ethanol Advocate & Former South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle Meets with Farmers Union Members in D.C.

(South Dakota Farmers Union) It’s a critical time for the ethanol industry said former South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle today, Sept. 9, 2019, when he met with more than 300 farmers, ranchers and agriculture supporters in D.C. as part of the National Farmers Union Fly-In. “It’s a critical time, not only for agriculture,

September 10, 2019 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS   Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW)   —   June 15-17, 2020   —   Minneapolis, MN     DEADLILNE:  February 14, 2020

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) — June 15-17, 2020 — Minneapolis, MN DEADLILNE: February 14, 2020

Showcase Your Expertise at the World’s Largest Ethanol Event Speakers Get Noticed — Become a Presenter Presentation abstracts will be accepted for the 2020 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo through February 14, 2020. Abstracts may be submitted in any of the following areas: • Production and Operations • Leadership

September 10, 2019 Read Full Article
    Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW)   —   June 15-17, 2020   —   Minneapolis, MN

Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) — June 15-17, 2020 — Minneapolis, MN

SAVE THE DATE Attendees of the Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo seek solutions to the everyday challenges they face.  READ MORE

September 9, 2019 Read Full Article

King Willing to Debate Feenstra, Taylor

by Ty Rushing (NWestIowa.com)  … During his town hall, King addressed multiple topics including immigration, trade negotiations and the struggles of the agricultural renewable fuels community. POET Biorefining, the nation’s largest ethanol producer, has a plant south of Ashton, which King made reference to when questioning a recent decision by the

September 9, 2019 Read Full Article

How Synthetic Biology Can Help Build Sustainable Cities

by John Cumbers (Green Biz/SynBioBeta)  Sustainability is in vogue, with businesses and cities jostling to improve their public image and produce goods and services using renewable sources. Yet cities exponentially swell and carbon emissions continue to increase. Global CO2 emissions rise nearly every year (about 36 billion tons in 2014), with

September 9, 2019 Read Full Article

MU’s Cheng Utilizing Deep Learning Expertise for Key Federal Biofuel Project

(University of Missouri College of Engineering) Mizzou Engineering’s Jianlin Cheng has put his world-class protein prediction skills to stellar use in the field of healthcare, and now, he’s part of a critical effort in bioenergy — one that could dramatically improve the prospects of biofuels as fossil fuel reserves dwindle. Cheng and James

September 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Trump Can’t Erase a Decade of Clean Air Progress with a Sharpie

by Arnold Schwarzenegger (Washington Post) California has been a leader in the fight to clean our air since one of my heroes, Ronald Reagan, was our governor. The Trump administration, for some reason, is hellbent on reversing decades of history and progress. Whether it is political pettiness, shortsightedness or just plain jealousy,

September 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuel Plan Faces Fresh Backlash from U.S. Agricultural Trade Groups

by Chris Prentice, Stephanie Kelly and Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  U.S. agricultural trade groups on Friday told the Trump administration a proposed biofuel reform package falls short of expectations, four sources familiar with discussions said, complicating plans the administration had for presenting the proposal to President Donald Trump. … The plan

September 8, 2019 Read Full Article

CS Energy Breaks Ground on RNG Plant in Indianapolis

(SCS Energy/Biomass Magazine) In August 2019, SCS Energy broke ground on construction of a 4,000-scfm landfill gas to renewable natural gas (RNG) plant in Indianapolis. Indy High Btu LLC engaged SCS Energy to build the RNG plant under an engineer/procure/construct (EPC) agreement. Indy High Btu is jointly owned by Kinetrex Energy,

September 6, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Humeyra Pamuk and Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)

According to Reuters‘ reporters Humeyra Pamuk and Jarrett Renshaw, Terry Branstad, the former Iowa governor and now U.S. ambassador to China, showed a map of counties that had flipped in Trump’s favor in 2016 but were now considered at risk in the November 2020 election. Branstad also listed quotes from

September 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump in High-Stakes Balancing Act between Oil and Corn ahead of 2020 Bid

by Humeyra Pamuk and Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  At a closed-door meeting at the White House on Aug. 19, President Donald Trump looked increasingly alarmed as his top envoy to China delivered evidence of rising Farm Belt frustration over his biofuel policy along with a stark warning: You’ve got a problem in

September 6, 2019 Read Full Article

California, Trump Clash over Cars

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  California and the Trump administration will duke it out in court today over EPA’s initial decision to undo Obama-era auto emissions standards.  …  It’s California vs. Donald Trump today at the D.C. Circuit in an early test of the clash between the state and federal

September 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Gevo Announces Breakthrough Development of Low-Carbon No Particulate Renewable Diesel

(GEVO)  Converting Isobutanol or Fusel Oils to Renewable Diesel  — Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) a leading renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer, announced today that it has developed proprietary, breakthrough processes that converts either low-carbon isobutanol or low-value “fusel oils,” a mixture of alcohols that are byproducts from fermentation processes such as alcohol production,

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    Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee Meeting    —    October 24, 2019   —   North Bethesda, MD

Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee Meeting — October 24, 2019 — North Bethesda, MD

(Federal Register)  This notice announces a meeting of the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC). Purpose of the Committee: To provide advice on a continuing basis to the Director, Office of Science of the Department of Energy, on the many complex scientific and technical issues that arise in the

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Plant Research Could Benefit Wastewater Treatment, Biofuels and Antibiotics

(Rutgers University/Phys.org)  Chinese and Rutgers scientists have discovered how aquatic plants cope with water pollution, a major ecological question that could help boost their use in wastewater treatment, biofuels, antibiotics and other applications. The study is in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers used a new

September 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Praj’s Propriety Technology to Be Used in USA’s First Bagasse Based Ethanol Biorefinery

(Economic Times)  Earlier this year US based domain specialists had visited Praj’s 2G integrated bio-refinery demonstration plant and Praj Matrix, the R&D center in Pune to study ‘enfinity’ technology — Subsequent to the successful demonstration of performance and due diligence of its 2G ethanol technology by a US-based Oil &

September 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Biobased Battery, Starch-Based Gift Cards, Future Fashion, Plant-Based Flame Retardants, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of September 5th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This week is a merry mix of biobased innovations around the world. From the creation of artificial reefs made from PLA in Israel and Spain’s starch-based gift cards to the U.S. where biobased battery materials are reality in Washington state and where flame retardants made from

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Optimus Technologies Named Pittsburgh Tech 50 Awards Finalist

(Optimus Technologies)  – Optimus Technologies, a biodiesel conversion system manufacturer, today announced that the Pittsburgh Technology Council has named it a Tech 50 Awards Finalist in the Manufacturing Category. The Pittsburgh Technology Council’s annual Tech 50 Awards recognize southwestern Pennsylvania’s most successful, innovative, and thought-leading technology companies, which have become

September 4, 2019 Read Full Article

REG Looking to Fuel Ames’ Sustainability Efforts through B100 Biodiesel.

by Robbie Sequeira (Ames Tribune)  Ames-based Renewable Energy Group (REG) is looking to fuel the city of Ames’ ever-expanding sustainability efforts through 100 percent biofuel, as part of their B100 Pilot Program. In conjunction with Optimus Technologies, based out of Pittsburgh, PA, the B100 Pilot Program plans to test and

September 4, 2019 Read Full Article

ACE Honors Ethanol Industry Contributors with 2019 Awards

(American Coalition for Ethanol) The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) honored a select group of advocates for their contributions to the ethanol industry during its 32nd annual conference this month in Omaha. The most prestigious award, the Merle Anderson Award, named after the organization’s founder, is given to individuals who have made

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DC Dept. of Public Works Receives Award for Fleet Use of Biofuels

(DC Department of Public Works/Biodiesel Magazine)  Washington, D.C.’s Department of Public Works, on behalf of the Bowser administration, received a Fleet Leadership Award for its use of clean fuels in district vehicles by the Greater Washington Clean Cities Coalition. The award was presented Aug. 28 at the GWCCC awards luncheon

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Governor Newsom Announces Climate Pollution Continues to Drop below 2020 Target while State’s Economy Grows

(California Air Resources Board) Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in California continued to fall ahead of schedule in 2017 as the state’s economy grew ahead of the national average, according to the California Air Resources Board’s latest state inventory of climate-changing emissions. The data also

September 3, 2019 Read Full Article

CABA Comments on the CA Energy Commission’s Updated Investment Plan for the Clean Transportation Program

(California Advanced Biofuels Alliance Comments)  Re: Docket No. 18-ALT-01 – 2019-2020 Investment Plan Update for the Clean Transportation Program (ARFVTP) – California Advanced Biofuels Alliance Comments Dear Commissioners, Staff and Members of the ARFVTP Advisory Committee, I am writing on behalf of the California Advanced Biofuels Alliance (CABA), California’s not-for-profit

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    2020 CA Advanced Biofuels Conference   —   March 5, 2020   —   Sacramento, CA

2020 CA Advanced Biofuels Conference — March 5, 2020 — Sacramento, CA

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September 3, 2019 Read Full Article

E15 Rewards For Hopkins Drivers

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Biofuels) and KS95 FM teamed up today to reward consumers who fueled up with Unleaded Plus (E15) at Hopkins Express Minnoco. During the hour-long promotion from 12 pm to 1 pm, consumers who fueled up with E15 were rewarded with prizes that

September 3, 2019 Read Full Article

New Neste Commercial Fueling Sites Now Open in Northern and Central California

(Neste) Fleet drivers in Northern and Central California can now fuel up at multiple commercial fueling sites with high-performance, low-carbon Neste MY Renewable Diesel™, thanks to the recent opening of three new locations. The new cardlock stations join the first location in San Leandro, California, which opened in March 2019.  Made by

September 2, 2019 Read Full Article

A Farmer’s Plea to the President: Fix our Fuel

by Doug Sombke (The Hill/Farmers Union Enterprises and the South Dakota Farmers Union)  … I recently wrote a letter to the president suggesting a pathway out from under the proverbial rock. I urged him to direct the EPA to enforce the mandatory provision of the Clean Air Act that requires it to reduce the toxic

September 1, 2019 Read Full Article
    The Future of Transportation Day   —   September 25, 2019   —  Madison, WI

The Future of Transportation Day — September 25, 2019 — Madison, WI

The Future of Transportation Day, Wisconsin State Capitol, 2 East Main St., First Floor Rotunda, Madison, Wisconsin Join co-hosts Wisconsin Clean Cities & RENEW Wisconsin for The Future of Transportation Day! Network with industry experts in the public, private and nonprofit sectors to learn how sustainable, domestic transportation fuels and vehicles are driving

September 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Wisconsin Clean Cities Honored for E85 Work

(Wisconsin Clean Cities News and Events)  WCC was honored last week at the National Clean Cities Coordinator Training Workshop at the University of Utah for its role in expanding the adoption of E85 across Wisconsin. WCC received the Greatest Energy Use Impact – E85 2019 Peer Exchange Coalition Award. Thank

September 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels Credited for Better Air Quality in Chicago

(US Ag Net/Wisconsin Ag Connection)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently approved the State of Illinois’ request to formally redesignate the Chicago area to attainment of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for fine particulate matter. Recent air monitoring data show the entire Chicago area now meets the national standard

September 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Tidewater Transportation Opens Train-to-Barge Transloading Facility

(WorkBoat) Tidewater Transportation and Terminals held a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday for the company’s state-of-the-art, onsite ethanol unloading and storage facility in Pasco, Wash. The facility consists of a 24-hour ethanol unit train railcar unloading rack with 24 new unloading stations and associated rail spurs. In addition, two 65,000-bbl. steel tanks were

August 30, 2019 Read Full Article
    Discussion of Brazilian Renewable Energy Policy: RenovaBio   —   September 18, 2019   —   Washington, DC

Discussion of Brazilian Renewable Energy Policy: RenovaBio — September 18, 2019 — Washington, DC

Presentation by experts on RenovaBio and discussion is part of USDA’s Cochran Fellowship Program: RenovaBio – Regulatory Aspects Danielle Machado e Silva Conde, ANP Goals and Targets for Reducing GHG Emissions: Modeling and Other Quantitative Aspects Marlon Arraes Jardim Leal, MME RenovaCalc Marilia Leda De Silveira Folegatti Matsuura, Embrapa Cbio

August 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Zero-Emission Hydrogen Beer Trucks, Algae to Generate Clean Water, Cheesy Biogas, Algae Backpacks, Bamboo Toothbrushes, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of August 30th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Pumpkin spice everything is already appearing in stores across the U.S. and so is beer for Oktoberfest, but Anheuser-Busch’s beer will be delivered using zero-emission hydrogen beer trucks! Have some cheese with that beer as cheese waste is now being converted to biogas in the UK.

August 30, 2019 Read Full Article
    What Is the Role of Sustainable Biofuels  in Shipping’s Decarbonisation?    —   September 25, 2019   —   New York, NY

What Is the Role of Sustainable Biofuels in Shipping’s Decarbonisation? — September 25, 2019 — New York, NY

This event is part of SSI’s stakeholder consultation process to investigate the sustainability and availability of biofuels for shipping. We recognise that a number of questions surround the current, and potential future, sustainability and availability of biofuels – and we want to build a better understanding of the issues at play before

August 30, 2019 Read Full Article

SoCalGas Project Uses Renewable Electricity for RNG Production

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News) Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and Electrochaea have commissioned a new biomethanation reactor system, which uses renewable electricity to convert hydrogen into pipeline-quality methane for use in homes, businesses and transportation. The pilot project is located at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory

August 29, 2019 Read Full Article
    Bio-Restore Workshop   —   September 25-26, 2019   —   Lemont, IL

Bio-Restore Workshop — September 25-26, 2019 — Lemont, IL

On September 25 and 26, 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office will host a workshop to identify data and R&D needs to enable the use of dedicated energy crops and algae for restoring water quality and enhancing soil health, while creating

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    2019 RNG WORKS   —   September 11-12, 2019   —   Nashville, TN

2019 RNG WORKS — September 11-12, 2019 — Nashville, TN

RNG Works is a two day Technical Workshop & Trade Expo for the North American Renewable Natural Gas Industry, designed for feedstock owners (landfill, wastewater, livestock, agriculture and food processing), RNG project developers, operators, financiers, engineers, equipment providers, manufacturers, technology and service providers, marketers, transporters, fleets, municipalities, universities, utilities and other

August 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Iowa Corn Farmers to Trump: The Government Put Us in ‘One Hell of a Bad Situation’

by Tal Axelrod (The Hill) The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) blasted the Trump administration on Tuesday, saying the government has put it in “one hell of a bad situation.” The trade association hammered President Trump for approving what it called 31 “unjustified” refinery waivers tied to ethanol, along with his year-plus trade war

August 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Iowa Governor Planning DC Meeting over ‘Short Term Crisis’ in Ethanol Industry

by O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa) Governor Kim Reynolds and Midwest governors are planning a trip to Washington, D.C. to talk with President Trump about unrest in farm country. “Let him know first-hand what’s happening on the ground,” Reynolds said this morning. The Trump Administration recently granted waivers to oil companies,

August 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Avfuel to Demonstrate Viability of Sustainable Aviation Fuel at Jackson Hole Aviation (KJAC)

(Avfuel)  In an effort to further business aviation’s carbon neutrality goals, Avfuel will make sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available to operators fueling at Jackson Hole Aviation on September 3 and 4.   For the event, Avfuel will supply 7,300 gallons of SAF to the FBO to fuel operators flying in and

August 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Insane in the Membrane: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Whitefox’s Membranes

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Whitefox uses membranes to carry out industrial water separation steps, including membranes for biofuels. Their first industrial installation was in Europe in 2002 for pharmaceutical grade ethanol, but installations now have expanded to industrial and potable alcohol, perfume reactors, and even Vitamin C facilities. Check

August 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Klobuchar: In First 100 Days as President, Pledges Moratorium on Oil Refinery Waivers, Restoration of Renewable Fuels Tax Credit and More

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Klobuchar says “I will stop the oil refinery waivers”: In Iowa, US Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota said that, if elected President in 2020, would in her first 100 days in office order a moratorium on oil refinery waivers issued under the Renewable Fuel Standard, restore the

August 28, 2019 Read Full Article
    Climate and National Security Forum 2019: A Climate Security Plan for America   —   September 24, 2019   —   Washington, DC

Climate and National Security Forum 2019: A Climate Security Plan for America — September 24, 2019 — Washington, DC

The Center for Climate and Security, in partnership with the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, invites you to join us for the 2019 Climate and National Security Forum: A Climate Security Plan for America. This year’s forum will focus on the risks that climate change presents to U.S. military bases and operations, and

August 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Internal White House Documents: EPA Ignored Trump Administration Recommendations to Redistribute Small Refinery Waived Volumes

(Renewable Fuels Association) Documents obtained by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) show that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ignored strong recommendations from within the Trump Administration to redistribute Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) blending obligations lost to small refinery exemptions in the proposed rule for 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs). According to

August 27, 2019 Read Full Article
    Leveraging First Generation Bioethanol Production Facilities Workshop   —   September 25-26, 2019   —   Ames, IA

Leveraging First Generation Bioethanol Production Facilities Workshop — September 25-26, 2019 — Ames, IA

On September 25 and 26, 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is planning to host a workshop / industry listening day to discuss research and development related to the integration of advanced process technologies into first generation (1G) ethanol

August 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Orders Biofuel Boost in Bid to Temper Farm State Anger

by Jennifer A Dlouhy and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  2021 quotas will jump to make up for oil refinery exemptions; Move could alienate Rust Belt refinery workers in Pennsylvania  — President Donald Trump, seeking to tamp down political fallout in U.S. farm states essential to his re-election, has ordered federal agencies

August 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy Producer S.G. Preston Interested in Buying PES Refinery

by Catalina Jaramillo (WHYY) Philadelphia-based biofuel company S.G. Preston Co. is the first of at least two prospective buyers to publicly express interest in taking over the damaged Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery to make renewable diesel, marine diesel and jet fuel, according to Reuters. It could mean a transition from fossil

August 26, 2019 Read Full Article

9 Constellations to Watch: A Look at the Rising Stars in the Race to SAF

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … (T)oday we explore 9 of those constellations building around Sustainable Aviation Fuels. Some of them are young protostars in the earliest stage of stellar evolution, while others are like the Earth’s sun, a main-sequence mid-size star, and a few are superstars like, well,

August 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Announces $40 Million in Funding for 29 Projects to Advance H2@Scale

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced approximately $40 million in FY 2019 funding for 29 projects to advance the H2@Scale concept. The focus of H2@Scale is to enable affordable and reliable large-scale hydrogen generation, transport, storage, and utilization in the United States across multiple sectors.

August 23, 2019 Read Full Article

UNL Researchers Leading Biofuel Studies

(KFORNOW)  Sorghum, the third most abundant cereal crop in the United States, is emerging as a star player in the biofuels industry. Right now, however, maximizing the crop’s potential is challenging. The function of much of its complete set of DNA remains a mystery. Without pinpointing the function of more of

August 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuel Retailers Have What It Takes

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) Mike Lewis co-founded Pearson Fuels in 2003 as an “alternative fuels” station in San Diego, California. Today, Pearson Fuels is the largest distributor of E85 in California, supplying over 140 locations and about 76% of the market. Receiving the Paul Dana Marketing Vision Award at the American Coalition

August 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Set to Discuss Biofuels Thursday with USDA, EPA: Sources

by Humeyra Pamuk and Stephanie Kelly (Reuters) President Donald Trump, faced with mounting anger in the farm belt over policies that allowed oil refineries to use less corn-based ethanol, is set to meet with cabinet members on Thursday to discuss ways to boost biofuel demand, four sources familiar with the matter said.

August 22, 2019 Read Full Article

2020 Dems Aim to Capitalize on Trump’s Ethanol Policy

by Brian Dabbs  (National Journal)  Democratic presidential candidates are exploiting a controversial White House ethanol policy to try to generate support among President Trump’s staunchest backers. The Environmental Protection Agency waived ethanol blending requirements for more than 30 petroleum refiners earlier this month, in a move that continues to infuriate

August 22, 2019 Read Full Article

From Chicken Kiev to ZEV: The Birth of Electro-Active Technologies, and Hydrogen Fuel for Zero Emission Vehicles, the Newfangled Way

by jmlhydrogen (Hydrogen Digest) From Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee comes news that Electro-Active Technologies has exclusively licensed two biorefinery technologies to convert organic waste into renewable hydrogen gas for use as a biofuel. The Technology The system combines biology and electrochemistry to degrade organic waste—such as plant biomass or

August 22, 2019 Read Full Article

New Catalysts, Improved Genetic Tools Bring New Opportunities: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to ORNL’s Biomass to Bioproducts

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Organisms are interesting creatures and genetic tools and biochemical pathway knowledge is changing the way we look at them. Brian Davison, Chief Scientist for Biotechnology at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, gave this knowledge-filled presentation on how to leverage organisms for biofuels and bioproducts, consolidated bioprocessing, barriers

August 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Energypath 2019 in Review

(Sustainable Energy Fund) Energypath 2019 was held at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA on Thursday, July 25th, 2019. More than 240 industry and aspiring industry professionals attended the conference to learn about the future of energy financing from nationally recognized energy industry experts. The conference was preceded by a series of

August 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Educators from across the Country Gathered in Washington, D.C. at the Summer Institute to Learn New Ways to #TeachClimate!

(Climate Generation)  Our 14th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education prepared educators to teach climate change using art and literature – because this issue isn’t meant for just the science classroom. We partnered with Lowell School and the NOAA Climate Office to put on three action-packed days filled with

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Governors Ask EPA to Clarify Biogenic CO2 Not Regulated under CCA

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) Governors representing Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska and North Dakota recently sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the agency to clarify biogenic CO2 is not a pollutant subject to regulation under the Clean Air Act.  “We respectively request that you prioritize regulatory reform

August 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Gevo Discusses Plans for Hydrocarbon, RNG Production

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) … During an earnings call, Gevo CEO Patrick Gruber discussed the company’s future plans for aviation fuel production and announced plans to launch a renewable natural gas (RNG) division. Gruber opened the call by discussing progress the company has made with its commercial off-take agreements, referencing

August 21, 2019 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  North Dakota Energy Conference and Expo   —   November 13-14, 2019   —   Grand Forks, ND   DEADLINE:  September 3, 2019

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: North Dakota Energy Conference and Expo — November 13-14, 2019 — Grand Forks, ND DEADLINE: September 3, 2019

Presentation ideas will be accepted for the North Dakota Energy Conference & Expo through September 3, 2019 . Speakers may submit ideas on a wide-range of energy source types: renewable energy (ethanol, biodiesel, biomass-based liquid fuels, products or power), wind, solar, recovered energy, transmissions, and/or fossil-based energy (shale oil, coal,

August 21, 2019 Read Full Article
    North Dakota Energy Conference and Expo   —   November 13-14, 2019   —   Grand Forks, ND

North Dakota Energy Conference and Expo — November 13-14, 2019 — Grand Forks, ND

The North Dakota Energy Conference & Expo defines and details the trends and opportunities present in the multifaceted energy industries of North Dakota. Designed to unite energy executives, service providers, investors, developers, product vendors and decisionmakers, the two-day event includes critical content presentations and networking sessions that will highlight the current and

August 21, 2019 Read Full Article
    Fill up on E15 Knowledge   —   August 28, 2019   —   Kearney, NE

Fill up on E15 Knowledge — August 28, 2019 — Kearney, NE

Nebraska Ethanol Board invites fuel retailers from across the state to learn more about the benefits and ease of offering E15 to your customers. This one-day workshop will provide attendees with a myriad of takeaways and dispel misconceptions about the cost of offering E15. Attendees will hear best practices from

August 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Board Offers Fuel Retailer Training to Install E15 Blends and Higher

(Nebraska Ethanol Board) Since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lifted regulations against the sale of E15 throughout the summer months, the market and industry feedback has proven positive. For the first time ever, consumers driving 2001 or newer vehicles can access the fuel with up to 15% ethanol year-round. Because

August 21, 2019 Read Full Article

All About Algae: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Advanced Algal Systems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algae has a lot of recent federal support, and this presentation takes us there. The Advanced Algal Systems is working on a host of strategies to focus on enhacing productivity, feedstock, quality and robust yields while developing higher-value bioproducts. Alison Goss Eng, Program Manager, Feedstock

August 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Oh My Neste MY: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste’s Renewable Diesel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Neste’s MY renewable diesel is the best part of ‘diesel molecules’ and diesel specs, according to Neste. Check out this presentation by Dirk Vaughn, Head of Renewable Diesel Sales North America for Neste given at ABLC 2019 in Washington, D.C.to get the details on how

August 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Dominion Energy, Smithfield Foods Break Ground on RNG Project

(Smithfield Foods Inc./Biomass Magazine) Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods Inc. are pleased to announce that the companies are breaking ground on North Carolina’s largest renewable natural gas (RNG) project through their joint venture, Align Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). Located in Duplin and Sampson counties, this project will generate enough energy to power more than

August 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Wound up over Waivers

by Alex Guillén (Politico’s Morning Energy) EPA’s internal watchdog is being asked to determine how the agency decided to grant the vast majority of exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard that oil refiners have requested. EPA approved 31 petitions for waivers from the 2018 requirements, while rejecting just six, and

August 21, 2019 Read Full Article

US Biomass Plant Demolished to Make Way for Biogas Facility

(Bioenergy Insight)  The first power plant fuelled by turkey manure and wood chips in the US has been demolished, but a new biogas facility may take its place. The Fibrominn biomass plant in Benson, Minnesota, was built in 2007 to provide an alternative to land-spreading turkey litter. It was the

August 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Dems Fear another Rural Wipeout Will Reelect Trump

By Elena Schneider and Catherine Boudreau (Politico)  Pitches by some 2020 candidates aren’t yet translating into a broad conversation about the needs of rural voters.  — As Democratic presidential candidates descended on the Iowa State Fair, a plane buzzed overhead, an ominous warning fluttering behind it on a banner: “Focus on

August 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Startup Licenses ORNL Food-Waste-to-Fuel System

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Electro-Active Technologies, Inc., of Knoxville, Tenn., has exclusively licensed two biorefinery technologies invented and patented by the startup’s co-founders while working at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The technologies work as a system that converts organic waste into renewable hydrogen gas for use as

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    Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC 2020)    —   March 25-27, 2020   —   Washington, DC

Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC 2020) — March 25-27, 2020 — Washington, DC

7 Conferences in 1 — and 18 events in all  ABLC will feature 7 distinct conference experiences: 1. The Advanced Biofuels Summit 2. The Renewable Chemicals & Biomaterials Summit 3. The ABLC Advanced Agricculture Summit 4. The Advanced Nutrition Summit 5. The Sustainable Aviation Fuels Summit 6. The Biogas & RNG

August 20, 2019 Read Full Article
    The Future of Transportation Day   —   September 25, 2019   —   Madison, WI

The Future of Transportation Day — September 25, 2019 — Madison, WI

Join WCC & RENEW Wisconsin for The Future of Transportation Day! Hear from industry experts how sustainable, domestic transportation fuels & vehicles are driving Wisconsin’s economy, strengthening national energy security, improving air quality & supporting overall quality of life! The event is free, but registration is required.  READ MORE

August 19, 2019 Read Full Article
    USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo   —   April 23-26, 2020   —   Washington, DC

USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo — April 23-26, 2020 — Washington, DC

Celebrating 10 years! The USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo returns to Washington, DC on April 25-26, 2020 kicking off with Sneak Peek Friday on April 24 and X-STEM on April 23. Our mission is to stimulate and sustain the interest of our nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering and

August 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Revisit Your Facility’s Grease Waste Process and Turn Fog Into an Asset

(Greasezilla) You may be flushing a valuable resource down the metaphorical drain when disposing of grease trap waste. Yes, the big bad wolf of commercial plumbing that the industry has struggled to combat over the past two decades may be hiding a gem in that mess of congealed fats, oils and

August 19, 2019 Read Full Article
    The GreenTech Conference   —   October 2-3, 2019    —   Seattle, WA

The GreenTech Conference — October 2-3, 2019 — Seattle, WA

Environmental Law Institute’s (ELI) GreenTech Conference, will bring together leaders from some of the world’s most innovative companies to engage with policymakers, lawmakers, technologists, and non-governmental organizations (NGO) to explore environmental protection in an era of transformative technological change.  READ MORE

August 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Nominations Open for Just Ambitious Small Business Awards by DC Women’s Business Center DEADLINE: September 4, 2019

(DC Women’s Business Center) On September 18, 2019, the D.C. Women’s Business Center (WBC) and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) will host the 2019 Just Ambitious Small Business Awards. The awards honor woman entrepreneurs who have demonstrated achievements, innovation, and vision in support of the District of Columbia’s small

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    CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  The 12th Annual Dupont Summit on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy — December 6, 2019 —   Washington, DC     DEADLINE:  October 15, 2019

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: The 12th Annual Dupont Summit on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy — December 6, 2019 — Washington, DC DEADLINE: October 15, 2019

The purpose of the Dupont Summit is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue about pressing issues related to science, technology and the environment. The conference mirrors the interest of the PSO and its partners in promoting conversation about current policy concerns.   Presented every year on the first Friday of December, the

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    The 12th Annual Dupont Summit on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy   —   December 6, 2019   —   Washington, DC

The 12th Annual Dupont Summit on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy — December 6, 2019 — Washington, DC

The purpose of the Dupont Summit is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue about pressing issues related to science, technology and the environment. The conference mirrors the interest of the PSO and its partners in promoting conversation about current policy concerns.   Presented every year on the first Friday of December, the

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Purdue Ag Economist Tyner Passes Away

(Hoosier Ag Today) Via the department’s Facebook page, Purdue Agricultural Economics announced that Professor Dr. Wallace (Wally) Tyner passed away on Sunday. The post read, “Today we were saddened by the news of Dr. Wally Tyner’s passing. His contributions to the agricultural economics field made impacts across the globe. He will

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E15, E30, and Blender Pumps May Become Generally Available, but Refinery Exemptions Make the RFS Irrelevant

by Doug Root* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Farm Fest in southern Minnesota is always a forum on the health of the agriculture sector of the economy and biofuels. This year was no exception as Rep. Colin Peterson hosted a listening session with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and six members of

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