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    6th Annual Miami Sugar Conference   —   September 8-10, 2019   —   Miami, FL

6th Annual Miami Sugar Conference — September 8-10, 2019 — Miami, FL

A regional sugar event designed especially for a North and South American audience The annual S&P Global Platts Miami Sugar Conference (formerly the S&P Global Platts Kingsman Miami Sugar Conference) gives you the information you need about the state of the sugar industry in the Americas. Learn about: — The

May 17, 2019 Read Full Article
    Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Fossil Energy: Searching for the Next Better    —   May 29, 2019   —   Arlington, VA

Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Fossil Energy: Searching for the Next Better — May 29, 2019 — Arlington, VA

The United States is a major producer of petroleum including large quantities of natural gas. While this trend is good from an economic standpoint, concerns over climate change point to the need for emissions reductions from all possible sources—including fossil energy. How can we reduce the carbon footprint of fossil

May 17, 2019 Read Full Article
    National Council for Science and the Environment Annual Conference   —   January 6-9, 2020   —   Washington, DC

National Council for Science and the Environment Annual Conference — January 6-9, 2020 — Washington, DC

The NCSE 2020 Annual Conference engages more than 800 leaders from the sciences, education, government, policy, business, and civil society to foster a dialogue across these sectors on environmental policy and decision-making with the use of science. The Annual Conference program includes presentations by the leading experts and sessions that

May 17, 2019 Read Full Article

In Oil-Rich North Dakota, Alternative Energy Advocates Tout Job Growth

by Dan Niepow  (Grand Forks Herald)    …  To be sure, there have been some efforts among North Dakota leaders to bolster clean energy, at least on the ethanol front. Under former Gov. John Hoeven, the state put into place an ethanol producer incentive program. The state set aside money to

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    ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit   —   July 8-10, 2019   —   Denver, CO

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit — July 8-10, 2019 — Denver, CO

The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit (The Summit) is an annual conference and technology showcase that brings together experts from different technical disciplines and professional communities to think about America’s energy challenges in new and innovative ways. Now in its tenth year, the Summit offers a unique, three-day program aimed at

May 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Ambassador Named to Mich. Environmental Hall of Fame

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  The National Biodiesel Board applauds biodiesel ambassador Chris Case for his lifetime commitment to environmental stewardship, which has earned him a place in the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame. The Muskegon Environmental Research & Education Society hosted an induction ceremony May 15 at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential

May 17, 2019 Read Full Article
    Minnesota Corn, American Lung Promote Ethanol at Pump   —   various dates   —   Minnesota locations

Minnesota Corn, American Lung Promote Ethanol at Pump — various dates — Minnesota locations

by Paula Mohr (Farm Progress) 35 fuel promotion events are scheduled across the state offering discounts on E85 and E15.  —  Minnesota drivers who stop at selected gas stations with E85 and E15 this spring and summer have the opportunity to fill’er up with discounted fuel and learn more about ethanol-blended products.

May 17, 2019 Read Full Article

LanzaTech Aims to Fuel Jets and Make Consumer Goods from Recycled Carbon Pollution

by Tom DiChristopher (CNBC) -LanzaTech sells technology that transforms carbon pollution into ethanol, a renewable fuel and feedstock for chemicals. -Founded in 2005, the start-up is now aiming to produce sustainable jet fuel and chemicals that can be used in consumer goods. -The company ranks No. 15 on CNBC’s 2019 Disruptor

May 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Taxes and Bans: That Was the Threat California’s Top Air Regulator Leveled

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) Taxes and Bans: That was the threat California’s top air regulator leveled Thursday in the ongoing war over the future of the state’s aggressive auto efficiency rules. The Trump administration is seeking to dramatically roll back Obama-era greenhouse gas standards for vehicles, but California

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California Energy Commission Awards Nearly $11M to Support Biofuels, Renewable Gas and Microgrids

(Green Car Congress)  The California Energy Commission approved nearly $11 million for clean energy demonstration projects, including biofuels, renewable gas, and microgrids. The Energy Commission approved a $2-million grant to Technology & Investment Solutions to demonstrate a more sustainable and cost-effective process of creating biomethane from food waste at an existing anaerobic

May 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Lawmakers Discuss Bill to Encourage Investment in Bio-Based Manufacturing

by Paul Dwyer (WABI TV)  Lawmakers discussed a bill Wednesday aimed at encouraging investment in bio-biased manufacturing to create jobs, bring more business into Maine, and help fight climate change. The bill, sponsored by Assistant House Majority Leader Ryan Fecteau, (D) Biddeford, would create a tax credit for creating renewable products

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Breakthrough Technique for Studying Gene Expression Takes Root in Plants

(U.S. Department of Energy/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/EurekAlert!) Berkeley Lab scientists adapt open-source genetic analysis method for use in plant cells for the first time  —  An open-source RNA analysis platform has been successfully used on plant cells for the first time – a breakthrough that could herald a new era of fundamental

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    Biogas: Pro-Economy and Pro-Climate Growth in All Shades of Green   —   May 22, 2019   —   Washington, DC

Biogas: Pro-Economy and Pro-Climate Growth in All Shades of Green — May 22, 2019 — Washington, DC

The American Biogas Council(ABC) and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invite you to a briefing about the many benefits of renewable biogas. Biogas is produced from the decomposition of organic wastes (such as agriculture residues, manure, food wastes, and sewage) in the absence of oxygen. It can be refined into renewable

May 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Genera Honored at 54th Annual Conservation Achievement Awards

(Genera)  The Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest nonprofits dedicated to the conservation of Tennessee’s wildlife and natural resources, recently hosted its 54th Annual Conservation Achievement Awards. The ceremony was held in Nashville and presented 17 awards to recipients from all corners of the state. Vonore-based Genera Energy

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    Penn State Energy Days 2019   —   May 29-30, 2019   —   State College, PA

Penn State Energy Days 2019 — May 29-30, 2019 — State College, PA

Energy Days is a two-day annual conference that brings together professionals working in all areas of energy, including members of industry, government, non-profits, and academia. The goal is to create an opportunity for a diverse range of stakeholders to collaborate. The purpose is to identify and discuss critical regional, national,

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Genera Begins Farmer Recruitment

(Genera)  Genera is launching a new business line that will manufacture disposable food service and packaging products from sustainable ag fibers in Vonore, made from locally grown biomass crops. Genera will be making a variety of ag-based paper products like plates, bowls, and take-out containers in Vonore, and we’ll also sell our processed

May 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Bioprivileged Molecules: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Northwestern University

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Northwestern University has been conducting research on the identification of bioprivileged molecules using computational approaches at their Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Linda J. Broadbelt from Northwestern University, gave this illuminating overview of novel pathways to propionic acid, identifying putative enzymes, evaluation of candidate bioprivileged molecules using

May 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Nebraska Corn Farmers Position Their Operations for the Next Generation

(Omaha World-Herald)  When Taylor Nelson of Jackson, Nebraska, graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2012, the farm economy was on fire. Rents and land values were increasing at an unprecedented rate, and farmers were snapping up every opportunity they could. The stakes were high, and the market seemed impenetrable for

May 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Grant Available for Fuel Retailers

(Morning Clips)  Grant aimed at increasing the number of E15 pumps in the state  —  The Corn Marketing Program of Michigan unveiled a new grant program aimed at increasing the availability of higher-level blends of ethanol fuel to Michigan consumers. The grant is open to fuel retailers in Michigan who want to

May 15, 2019 Read Full Article

State Leadership Fuels Carbon Reduction, Clean Energy Booms

(Solutions from the Land)  … The swelling momentum of state leadership pushing forward climate issues and solutions, as well as growing engagement with the challenges of climate change on Capitol Hill, shows there is a surging opportunity for stakeholders from the ag and forestry sectors, which are among the biggest industries

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National Biodiesel Foundation Tours NYC’s Sustainable Side

by Paul Winters (Biodiesel Magazine/National Biodiesel Board)  The National Biodiesel Foundation hosted a small group of congressional staffers April 26 on a tour of New York City, highlighting the theme, “Sustainable Biodiesel: Improving the Environment and Economy.” The annual tour is designed to educate interested congressional staff about New York City’s

May 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Converting CO2 to Carbon at Mild Conditions

by Paul Grad (Chemical Engineering)  …  (C)onverting CO2 into a solid offers an attractive alternative method for safely and permanently removing CO2 from the atmosphere.  To date, CO2 has only been converted into a solid at extremely high temperatures, making it industrially unviable. The team created a liquid metal electrocatalyst that contains metallic elemental cerium nanoparticles, which facilitate

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Mushroom Burial Suits, Fish Gut Bioplastic, Algae Foam Bags, Power Generated from Human Sweat, Castor Oil Polyamides, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of May15th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of May 15th. In today’s Digest, mushroom burial suits, fish gut bioplastic, algae foam bags, power generated from human sweat, castor oil polyamides — these and

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Pro-GMO Ethos Chocolate Is again Available to the Public

(AgDaily)  In its debut in February, the debut of Ethos Chocolate made a big, wonderful, delicious splash — the initial batch of 10,000 bars was gone in just nine days. What makes them special is that Ethos is a line of handcrafted bars that are made with ingredients that illustrate the benefits of biotechnology. In other words,

May 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Leads the Drive toward a Renewable Future

(University of Wisconsin-Madison) … Transportation, heating and the plastics and chemicals we use every day all rely on petroleum products, but our insatiable appetite for fossil fuels will have catastrophic consequences for the health of the planet if left unchecked. That’s why engineers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), which

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Keyes Celebrates Renewable Diesel Station

by Angelina Martin (Turlock Journal)  The journey to cleaner emissions in the San Joaquin Valley reached a major milestone on Tuesday morning in Keyes, as the small community joined the growing number of roadside stops in California providing passing fleet drivers with the choice to fill up with renewable diesel fuel.

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Tennessee Landfill Generates Renewable Natural Gas for Vehicle Use

(U.S. Gain/NGV Journal) U.S. Gain announced the completion of its sixth renewable natural gas landfill development project located in Church Hill, Tennessee. Methane gas from Carter Valley Landfill, which is owned by Republic Services, Inc. is being captured and cleaned, and then converted to biomethane for the transportation sector. Collaborative efforts

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Biomethane Business Is Booming – From Waste to Watts and Wonder Chemicals

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … First, let’s make sure we aren’t confusing biogas with biomethane. Biogas is mostly methane and carbon dioxide but that doesn’t mean it’s biomethane. You see, biogas is produced from organic matter breaking down in the absence of oxygen, but biomethane is biogas that has been upgraded

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Minnesota — Call for Submissions: EYEWITNESS DEADLINE: October 20, 2019

(Climate Generation)  There has never been a more important time in our history to share our climate stories.  Add your personal narrative to the chorus of voices to build understanding and inspire action on climate change.  EYEWITNESS is a collection of short stories, poems and sketches that speak to the diverse range of

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Gevo Announces Plans to Decarbonize Luverne Plant

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Gevo Inc. released first quarter 2019 financial results May 8, highlighting efforts to decarbonize its Luverne, Minnesota, biorefinery and predicting the company could be become profitable during the next 18 months. Patrick Gruber, CEO of Gevo, opened the company’s earning call by saying he believes

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Feedstock Flexibility

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Beyond Enerkem, a few companies around the world are looking to feedstocks outside of corn to produce cellulosic ethanol.  —  A few well-known ethanol producers are developing cellulosic pathways that use feedstocks other than elements of corn. … Waste Gas  LanzaTech, a U.S.-based carbon capture and

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Aemetis Details Progress with RNG, Cellulosic Ethanol Projects

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Aemetis Inc. released first quarter 2019 financial results May 9, reporting progress with its advanced biofuel projects, including its proposed cellulosic ethanol plant and its dairy digester project to produce renewable natural gas (RNG). During an earnings call, Eric McAfee, chairman and CEO of Aemetis,

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Thune Discusses Climate Change and Other Questions with Sioux Falls High Schoolers

by Jackie Hendry (SDPB Radio)  U.S. Senator John Thune made a classroom visit to New Tech High School in Sioux Falls. In January, students wrote letters to South Dakota’s congressional delegation, and Thune took them up on the invitation. He also answered a variety of student questions—most centering on climate change,

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Making America Carbon Neutral Could Cost $1 Trillion a Year

by Ari Natter (Bloomberg Business Week)  Democrats are going all in on green initiatives, but they won’t be easy to pull off. —  …  We’ll have to stop using vehicles powered by internal combustion engines, abandon most electricity produced by coal, and retrofit buildings that use natural gas for cooking and heating.

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California Certifies Two Edeniq Customers for Corn Kernel Fiber Ethanol

(Edeniq/Business Wire)  Siouxland Ethanol and Elite Octane received LCFS approvals using Edeniq’s Intellulose 2.0 corn fiber technology —  Edeniq, Inc. (“Edeniq”), a leading biotechnology company that develops processes for producing and measuring cellulosic ethanol, today announced that the California Air Resources Board (“CARB”) approved its first two Intellulose 2.0 customers for cellulosic

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ExxonMobil Promises $100m for Biofuels and CCS Research

(Business Green)  Oil giant ExxonMobil this week promised a fresh wave of up to $100m R&D cash to support the development of carbon reduction technologies.  The company announced a 10-year agreement with the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory and National Energy Technology Laboratory to fund research into biofuels and carbon capture technologies,

May 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Letter to Editor: Using E30 Necessary to Support Ag Economy

by Dale Christensen (Farm Forum)  … Unless we all use the products that come from our fields, such as higher ethanol blends like E30, we are not fully supporting our local industries and producers. Renewable, clean-burning (with no cancer causing benzene, toluene or xylene octane boosters), higher octane, and lower cost

May 10, 2019 Read Full Article

House Members Call on EPA to End Refiner Exemptions

(St. Joseph Post)  A bipartisan coalition of 35 members of the House of Representatives says the Environmental Protection Agency should stop issuing small refiner exemptions to large or unqualified refiners. The EPA has approved 54 waivers through the Renewable Fuel Standard, totaling 2.61 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons of renewable fuels in the

May 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Novel Process Derives Algae-Based Biofuel from Wastewater

by David Wagman (Engineering 360)  … However, growing cyanobacteria at an industrial scale requires a lot of water and nutrients. The Idaho researchers decided to grow cyanobacteria at a wastewater treatment facility, producing algae to grow biofuels and also reducing blooms downstream. The researchers worked with the Drake Water Reclamation Facility

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The Secrets of Secretion: Isolating Eucalyptus Genes for Oils, Biofuel

(Michigan Technological University/Science Codex)  What is the genetic basis for eucalyptus trees to produce that fragrant oil many of us associate with trips to the spa? Carsten Külheim, associate professor in Michigan Technological University’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, has spent the past 10 years of his career studying eucalyptus.

May 10, 2019 Read Full Article

POET Ads Spotlight Farm Crisis

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  South Dakota-based ethanol producer POET, LLC, is launching a major advertising campaign directed at “leaders in the nation’s capital to confront the economic crisis in rural America and support crop-based products like ethanol to revitalize farm income.” “American farmers are no strangers to adversity,” said Kyle Gilley, POET Senior

May 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Considering a Regional Clean Fuel Standard

(Puget Sound Clean Air Agency) …  The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has set a target of reducing climate pollution by 50 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, and is considering adopting a regional Clean Fuel Standard to help meet that target. A Clean Fuel Standard will reduce greenhouse gas emissions

May 10, 2019 Read Full Article

BP, Nouryon, and Port of Rotterdam Explore Green Hydrogen via Water Electrolysis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From the Netherlands arrives the news that BP, Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals), and the Port of Rotterdam have joined forces to explore the opportunity of making ‘green hydrogen’ via water electrolysis for BP’s refinery in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, which has the potential for significant reductions

May 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Maine Company Turns Local Restaurant Waste into Biofuel

by Clay Gordon (News Center Maine)  Maine Standard Biofuels collects grease and refines it into bioheat, biodiesel and other bioproducts  —  … Used cooking oil is being repurposed, and in its refined state is powering engines, cars, trucks, even ferries, and heating homes. Maine Standard Biofuels was founded in 2006 after Jarmin

May 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Executive Interview: Driving Efficiency and Reducing Emissions at United Airlines

(ACT News)  An ACT News Executive Interview with Aaron Stash, Manager, Environmental Strategy and Sustainability, United Airlines, the first airline to use biofuels in its daily operations. United Airlines remains the only US airline regularly using biofuels for the operations—which they implemented more than three years ago. As manager of environmental strategy

May 9, 2019 Read Full Article

More States Follow California’s Lead with Low Carbon Fuel Standard Programs

by Cliff Gladstein (ACT News/GNA)  … Following the example of California and other West Coast states and provinces, more and more states across the nation are considering the development of their own low carbon fuel programs. One of the most recent advances is in the state of New York. On February

May 9, 2019 Read Full Article
    Biogas: Pro-Economy and Pro-Climate Growth in All Shades of Green   —   May 22, 2019   —   Washington, DC

Biogas: Pro-Economy and Pro-Climate Growth in All Shades of Green — May 22, 2019 — Washington, DC

The American Biogas Council (ABC) and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invite you to a briefing about the many benefits of renewable biogas. Biogas is produced from the decomposition of organic wastes (such as agriculture residues, manure, food wastes, and sewage) in the absence of oxygen. It can be refined into renewable

May 9, 2019 Read Full Article

The Low Carbon Coast

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  Washington state (House–see correction below) has passed a low carbon fuel standard that would have it join itself to the standards already enacted in California, Oregon and British Columbia and under development now for the whole of Canada. The establishment of a clear and steady

May 9, 2019 Read Full Article

RNG Project Comes Online in Springfield, Nebraska

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  U.S. Gain has brought online a new renewable natural gas (RNG) development project in Springfield, Neb.  The project, producing clean fuel for the transportation industry, also has an RNG supply contract for Southern California Gas Co.’s (SoCalGas) natural gas fueling station network. As a vertically integrated RNG

May 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Oklahoma Extends, Modifies Alternative Fuel Tax Credits

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News) … Under the law, which is effective Jan. 1, 2020, “clean-burning” is defined as vehicles powered by compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas and electricity. … The partisan bill, H.B.2095, was sponsored by Republican Rep. Terry O’Donnell and Sen. Stephanie Bice and co-sponsored by

May 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Going Green on a Budget: Lessons Taught and Learned at the Green Neighbor Festival

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Coal powers the GM Bolt with West Virginia license plates parked in the EV section at Frederick Maryland’s Green Neighbor Festival, explained the enthusiastic owner.  Actually, it’s his wife’s car.  His is the Volt (with a “V”).  He and his WVA extended family have

May 8, 2019 Read Full Article

E15 Availability Could Get Boost from Grant Program

(Michigan Farmer/Farm Progress)  Corn Marketing Program of Michigan aims to increase the number of pumps in the state. —  The Corn Marketing Program of Michigan unveiled a new grant program aimed at increasing the availability of higher-level blends of ethanol fuel to Michigan consumers. The grant is open to fuel retailers in

May 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Iowa Caucus: Marianne Williamson Stops at Golden Grain Energy for Ethanol Crash Course

by Lisa Grouette (The Globe Gazette/KPVI)  Marianne Williamson, a proclaimed spiritual leader and activist, sat in on a PowerPoint-style presentation Monday afternoon at Golden Grain Energy to learn more about an Iowa staple: ethanol and ethanol production. The ethanol educational crash-course was a campaign stop for Williamson who officially launched

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Nebraska Legislature Passes Cost Share Program for Ethanol Infrastructure

(WNAX)  Last week Nebraska State Senators voted unanimously to pass LB 585, a measure creating a cost share grant program for installing infrastructure used to store, blend or dispense gasoline ethanol blends. Nebraska Ethanol Board Administrator Sarah Caswell says the overwhelming backing for the measure shows lawmakers support for the renewable

May 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy Group and Broco Oil Company Announce Partnership

(Acrofan/Renewable Energy Group)  Renewable Energy Group (REG) and Broco Oil Company announced today a partnership to provide cleaner fuel options to heating oil dealers in the Northeast. The companies are working together to provide a state-of-the-art blending facility in Haverhill, MA. … The partnership between REG and Broco is an agreement

May 7, 2019 Read Full Article

After Yearlong Delay, New Fiberight Waste-to-Energy Plant Fires up Residential Garbage Processor

by Meg Robbins (Morning Sentinel)  The plant started taking in waste last week even as key officials from the group representing towns’ interests in the facility have stepped down. — The Fiberight waste-processing facility in Hampden accepted its first loads of municipal trash last week, a year after its expected opening and

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SoCalGas Seeks Nonprofits for Environmental Champions Grant Program

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has kicked off its 2019 Environmental Champions Grant initiative, which seeks applications focused on clean air, clean energy and renewable natural gas. Nonprofit organizations can apply for grants of up to $25,000 each between May 2 and June 5. Winners will

May 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Anellotech’s Bio-TCat Technology Viability Confirmed during Pilot Plant Campaign – Moving forward with Commercialization

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  We hear the theme song to Disney’s Carousel of Progress… “It’s a great big beautiful tomorrow…” but it’s also a great big beautiful today because the viability of Anellotech’s Bio-TCat technology has been proven by achieving commercially-targeted yields in its TCat-8 pilot unit in Silsbee,

May 6, 2019 Read Full Article

The Plan to Grab the World’s Carbon with Supercharged Plants

by Emily Dreyfuss (Wired)  …  Plant biologist Joanne Chory thinks plants can do more. She has studied the genetics of plants at the Salk Institute in San Diego for more than 30 years, and she and the rest of the five-person Harnessing Plants Initiative team are convinced that photosynthesis itself can

May 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Growth Energy: New Mexico Becomes 31st State to Add E15 Choice at the Pump

(Growth Energy)  Today, Growth Energy announced that New Mexico is the newest state to offer consumers greater choice at the fuel pump with the availability of E15 – a fuel blended with 15 percent renewable ethanol. The latest in this market expansion is a Murphy USA station in Albuquerque – now

May 3, 2019 Read Full Article

U.S. Sen. Tina Smith Says EPA Plan to Hide Which Refineries Are Allowed to Stop Blending Renewable Fuels Would Hurt Farmers, Rural Communities

(Office of Senator Tina Smith (D-MN)  U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) said today the Trump Administration’s plan to go back on its promise to name which U.S. oil refineries are allowed to avoid requirements to blend renewable fuels into the nation’s fuel supply could ultimately contribute to job losses across rural

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Janet Mills’ First Veto Aims to Stop a Republican’s Effort to Limit Ethanol in Gasoline

by Michael Shepherd (Bangor Daily News)  Gov. Janet Mills issued her first veto on Thursday, rejecting a bill that passed the Maine Legislature without roll-call votes and would ban the sale of gasoline containing more than 10 percent ethanol that likely isn’t being sold in the state right now. The Democratic

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Green Energy Fraudster Convicted at Trial for Scamming Multiple Federal Agencies and His Customers

(U.S. Department of Justice)  Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark of the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) and United States Attorney William M. McSwain for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced today that a federal jury in Reading, Pennsylvania, convicted David M. Dunham Jr. of the following

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Dane County Executive Parisi and Partners Cut Ribbon on Landfill Biogas Project’s Completion This Earth Week

(Dane County, Wisconsin)  The Facility—the First of Its Kind in the Nation—Will Benefit Local Economies, Advance County’s Clean Lakes and Air Efforts  —  Dane County Executive Joe Parisi stood at the county landfill today with County Board members and project leaders to announce that Dane County has officially started injecting renewable natural

May 3, 2019 Read Full Article

California Businesses Leading the Way to Environmental and Economic Success – Again

(Office of Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella)  … The California Advanced Biofuels Alliance just released “A Roadmap for Eliminating Petroleum Diesel in California by 2030,” an industry report outlining how renewable and biodiesel fuels could completely replace petroleum diesel in the next ten years. These fuels could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 71%,

May 2, 2019 Read Full Article
    International Biomass Conference and Expo   —   February 3-5, 2020   —   Nashville, TN

International Biomass Conference and Expo — February 3-5, 2020 — Nashville, TN

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May 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Inhofe, Senators Urge RFS Policy to Reflect Market Realities

(Office of Senator James N. Inhofe (R-OK))  In advance of the upcoming proposed rulemaking for the 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) led a letter urging Administrator Wheeler to reset conventional biofuel to reflect market realities. The letter was signed

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Of Renmatix and All These Pivots

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Pennsylvania bioeconomy pioneers debuts Celltice, a “Petro-Free Breakthrough in Clean Cosmetic Formulations”  —  From Pennsylvania, comes the news that Renmatix is introducing Celltice, its “zero-chemical self-emulsifying active,” built from cellulose and lignin, and aimed at the clean beauty movement towards petro-free, plant-based ingredients for clean cosmetics with

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Pacific Biodiesel Eyes California as Federal, Local Support Wanes

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Hawaii-based Pacific Biodiesel has long prided itself on producing biodiesel from local resources within the petroleum-dependent archipelago and supplying the renewable fuel back to its community. But as the U.S. biodiesel sector tries to push forward in an unsupportive federal environment, producers like Pacific Biodiesel are

May 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Smithfield Foods, RAE Form Monarch Bioenergy to Produce RNG

(Smithfield Foods Inc./Biomass Magazine)  Smithfield Foods Inc. and Roeslein Alternative Energy have formed a joint venture called Monarch Bioenergy to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) across Smithfield’s hog farms in Missouri. This partnership converts manure collected from Smithfield farms into RNG, while simultaneously delivering ecological services and developing wildlife habitat. Once complete, all Smithfield

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    Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Conference and Expo   —   September 17-18, 2019   —   Baltimore, MD

Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Conference and Expo — September 17-18, 2019 — Baltimore, MD

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

May 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Flex Fuels and Hybrid Electrification Will Change Heavy Trucks

by Kevin Clemens (Design News)  …  “We’ve been working for a number of years on ways to make engines for cars and trucks cleaner and more efficient, and we’ve been particularly interested in what you can do with spark ignition [as opposed to the compression ignition used in diesels], because it’s intrinsically

May 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Pierz Healy High School Tours Central Minnesota Renewables

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Forty-seven students from Pierz Healy High School toured Central Minnesota Renewables (CMR) in Little Falls yesterday to learn more about clean Minnesota-produced renewable chemicals.  “We were pleased to welcome Pierz Healy High School to our plant to learn about locally produced bio-based chemicals. Tours like this are an

April 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Stop N Shop Drivers Choose E15

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Biofuels) and KS95 FM teamed up for the third straight week today – this time at the Stop N Shop on First Avenue in Minneapolis – to reward drivers who fueled up with Unleaded Plus (E15) during an hour-long promotion. During the promotion –

April 30, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Clean Air Dialogue

Key Principles from the California Clean Air Dialogue‘s Roadmap:  A Technology Neutral Approach – The goal of mobile source incentive funding should be to achieve emission reduction mandates in a manner that does not predetermine a technology approach. Funding should be directed in a technology neutral manner that best achieves air quality

April 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Policymakers Should Get Serious about Cash for Cleaner Air

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Members of the Clean Air Dialogue that includes health and environmental advocates and industry representatives recently endorsed a roadmap for California’s policy leaders to help make more effective use of programs to achieve ambitious clean air and climate goals.  —  Setting goals is easy, achieving them is the tough

April 30, 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

April 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Algal Biofuel: The Long Road to Commercial Viability

by Chris Lo (Power Technology)  The green technology sector has fallen out of love with algae as a feedstock for biofuel production, but there is hope yet for algae-derived fuel in the long-term. What are the recent advances that are refining the production processes that could see algal biofuel compete with

April 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Jumpstart Stations Have the Ethanol Your Muscle Car Needs!

(MOTOR’N TV) Stations have the Ethanol your Muscle Car needs to achieve its full potential! There are a lot of informational websites and videos on Ethanol. Even M.I.T. has done a study and its favorable to E-85. WATCH VIDEO

April 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Inside California’s Fight against Pollution

by Miranda Green (The Hill)  … Asked who she (Mary Nichols,  head of the California Air Resources Board (CARB))  thought would benefit the most from the Trump rule change, which she has argued automakers are largely opposed to, Nichols points to the fossil fuel industry. “It has been said, and I believe

April 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Los Angeles Unveils Plan Aiming for All Emission-Free Vehicles by 2050

by Zack Budryk and Miranda Green (The Hill)  Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) on Monday announced a sweeping new sustainability plan touted as the city’s version of the Green New Deal. The plan calls for 80 percent of the city’s electricity to come from renewable resources and 80 percent of its cars

April 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Power of Biology for Algae Biofuels: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Synthetic Genomics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Synthetic Genomics is a San Diego biotechnology company harnessing the power of living cells — nature’s most efficient machines — to create transformative medicines and bio-based products. Their teams of data and biological engineers have developed the leading set of synthetic biology capabilities, tools, and intellectual property

April 29, 2019 Read Full Article

SF Schools Committed to Helping the Earth

by Vincent Matthews (San Francisco Examiner/San Francisco Unified School District)  We’re celebrating earth day every day here at the San Francisco Unified School District.  We’re improving our recycling practices, encouraging energy saving initiatives, exploring clean transportation options and more. … Aging, natural gas-fired equipment to be replaced with clean, efficient heat

April 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Iowa Legislature Provides FY 2020 Funds for Blender Pump Program

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Iowa legislature funded another year of Iowa’s cost-share blender pump program. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program, commonly referred to as the state’s blender pump program, provides cost-share grants to Iowa retailers wishing to upgrade fueling infrastructure to offer E15, E85 and/or biodiesel blends. The

April 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuel Market Is Nearing a Tipping Point

by Kerry Reals (Aviation Week & Space Technology)  After years of talking about the potential of biofuels and conducting sporadic demonstration flights powered partially by alternatives to kerosene, experts in the field of sustainable aviation detect that the industry could be moving toward a tipping point where more meaningful volumes are

April 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Scientists Explore Using Bacteria as Building Blocks fior Alternative Fuels

by Valerie Nikolas (Medill Reports)   Researchers at Northwestern University’s Jewett Lab use E. coli and other strains to innovate new renewable compounds  —  At Northwestern University’s Jewett Lab in the Center for Synthetic Biology, researchers aim to create sustainable chemicals and materials out of existing organic compounds. Using cell-free metabolic

April 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Andrew Yang Tours Ethanol Plant in Rural Iowa

by Katy Siddall (River Cities’ Reader)  Entrepreneur and presidential-candidate Andrew Yang toured POET Biorefining in Gowrie, Iowa. Yang was joined by Focus on Rural America Chair Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge, who has served Iowa as Lt Gov and as Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture. “I’m grateful Mr. Yang came to Gowrie, a small town in

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    Association of  Warm Season Grass Producers Annual Summer Meeting    —   July 20, 2019   —   Hunlock Creek, PA

Association of Warm Season Grass Producers Annual Summer Meeting — July 20, 2019 — Hunlock Creek, PA

July 20 is the date of our 4th annual meeting.  Everyone is welcome!  The cost is $10 to cover the cost of lunch. We have a great location,  Morgan Hills Golf Course,  Harveyville Rd, Hunlock Creek, PA.  The flyer is attached.  Last summer’s event was excellent.  READ MORE

April 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Celebrating Mother Earth at Siouxland Earth Day event

(Siouxland News)  Siouxlanders had the chance to get in touch with nature Sunday afternoon at the Siouxland Earth Day Celebration. From birds and bees to plants of all shapes and sizes, this event had various activities and experiences, all as a way to get in touch with Mother Earth. “Learning about different

April 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Quantum Fuel Systems and Quantitative BioSciences Partner to Develop Biofuels Production Facility at California “Farm of the Future”

(ACT News)  A promising new partnership demonstrates how dairy farms can realize the many benefits of capturing and selling biomethane as fuel. Quantum Fuel Systems just announced that Quantitative BioSciences, Inc. is partnering with and purchasing the company’s newest 10-foot Virtual Pipeline trailers to be used in a California dairy biogas

April 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Study of Sorghum-Munching Aphids Earns NSF Award

(University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources)  … University of Nebraska–Lincoln entomologist Joe Louis is investigating ways to help sorghum naturally resist sugarcane aphids, the crop’s most damaging pest in the United States. Louis earned a five-year, $1.5 million Faculty Early Career Development Program award from the National Science Foundation to

April 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Reducing Energy Required to Convert CO2 Waste into Valuable Resources

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/Phys.Org) Surplus industrial carbon dioxide creates an opportunity to convert waste into a valuable commodity. Excess CO2 can be a feedstock for chemicals typically derived from fossil fuels, but the process is energy-intensive and expensive. University of Illinois chemical engineers have assessed the technical and economic feasibility

April 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Diesel Tax Bill Headed to Assembly

Amy Alonzo  (Mason Valley News)  … The partisan bill was introduced by the Nevada Association of Counties (NACO.) If it passes the bill will allow counties and municipalities with populations of less than 100,000 residents the option to levy a five-cent diesel tax. The bill excludes red diesel used for mining

April 26, 2019 Read Full Article

(A)lgae + (B)iomass = (C)onstructive: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Sandia National Labs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sandia National Laboratories shares a famous acronym with Saturday Night Live but the work they have done is key to the future of the bioeconomy, having delivered essential science and technology to resolve the nation’s most challenging security issues for over 60 years. One piece of

April 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Whitefox Announces its Fifth Successful ICE™ Start-up in the U.S. at Ace Ethanol in Wisconsin

(Whitefox/PR Newswire)  Whitefox Technologies Limited is proud to announce its fifth successful installation and start-up of its Whitefox ICE™ system at Ace Ethanol’s plant in Stanley, Wisconsin. One-third of all Wisconsin ethanol plants now have a Whitefox ICE™ system installed. Whitefox’s membrane solution is a key part of a wider project that will integrate with D3MAX’s technology

April 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuel Made from Roadkill, Cardboard Café, Wheat Straw Transformed to Isobutene, 3D Printed Biobricks, Algae Plastic, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of April 25th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of April 25th. In today’s Digest, biofuel made from roadkill, cardboard café, wheat straw transformed to isobutene, 3D printed biobricks, algae plastic — these and more,

April 25, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK–Jason Mitchell

“Switching from petroleum diesel to renewable diesel automatically converts the City’s oldest and dirtiest polluting vehicles into alternative fuel vehicles – overnight and with no additional costs,” Oakland Public Works Director Jason Mitchell said.  READ MORE

April 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste, City of Oakland Partner to Fuel City Fleet with Biofuel

(Neste/Biomass Magazine)  The city of Oakland and Neste announce that waste feedstock from the city is now being converted to Neste MY Renewable Diesel and fuels the city’s fleet. The city, Neste, fuel distributor Western States Oil and local collectors for used cooking oil joined forces to gather waste cooking oils

April 25, 2019 Read Full Article

UMD College Park Engineering Sustainability Day Highlights Real Projects and Difficulties

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  No matter what you think of engineers, they have an important role to play in achieving goals of the Green New Deal and climate change mitigation.  It was a great way to spending Earth Day — at University of Maryland College Park as a

April 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel is a Game Changer for Sustainable Aviation and Low Carbon Fuel Markets in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Southeast Asia

by Will Thurmond (Biofuels Digest/Emerging Markets Online)  According to a new study by market research firm Emerging Markets Online, renewable diesel is becoming a game changer for several key areas of the low carbon fuels industry, including: (1) the global aviation industry, representing a 90 billion gallon/yr market and opportunity, (2)

April 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Duke University Researchers Develop Robotic System that Sniffs Ethanol Leaks

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In North Carolina, engineers at Duke University are developing a smart robotic system for sniffing out pollution hotspots and sources of toxic leaks. Their approach enables a robot to incorporate complex calculations of airflows in confined spaces made on the fly, rather than simply guide the robot

April 24, 2019 Read Full Article

10M Tax Credit Awarded to US Sugarcane Energy Company

(California Ethanol & Power) Today, California Ethanol & Power, LLC (CE&P) announced that it was awarded a $10 million income tax credit as part of the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) California Competes program. … California Ethanol & Power, LLC (www.CaliforniaEthanolPower.com) intends to produce sustainable low-carbon energy

April 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Ameresco Opens Biogas-to-RNG Plant in Phoenix

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Ameresco Inc. has announced the commercial operations of a renewable natural gas (RNG) plant in Phoenix. The facility, which entered operations earlier this year, is located at 91st Ave. According to Ameresco, the plant is the largest wastewater treatment biogas-to-RNG facility of its kind in the

April 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Quantum, Quantitative BioSciences Partner for Biogas-to-RNG Project in Modesto

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)   In a new partnership with Quantum Fuel Systems LLC, Quantitative BioSciences Inc. (QBI) is purchasing Quantum’s newest 10-foot virtual pipeline trailers to be used in a dairy biogas project. QBI, with funding from the California Energy Commission, has partnered with the family-owned and -operated Fiscalini Cheese Co.

April 24, 2019 Read Full Article

2019 Ethanol Producer Award Winners Announced

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The 2019 Ethanol Producer Award winners have been selected. Following a nomination period and voting process that included Ethanol Producer Magazine editorial staff and editorial board members, EPM is proud to announce this year’s winners. They are as follows: Project of the Year: Flint Hills Resources Fairmont

April 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Exec Says Don’t Blame the Flood for Higher Prices at the Pump

by Brent Martin (St. Joseph Post)  … CEO Geoff Cooper with the Renewable Fuels Association acknowledges a decrease in ethanol production has played a role, but contends the oil industry is just looking for an excuse for a 60-cent rise at the pump since the beginning of the year. “Not surprisingly,

April 24, 2019 Read Full Article

WSDOT Wants to Go Greener and Leaner with Ferries

(KGMI)  In honor of Earth Day, Washington State Ferries announced they’re getting greener.  The agency launched a two-year Sustainability Action Plan that outlines dozens of actions they will take for more eco-friendly ferries and terminals. Actions include using a 10% blend of biodiesel fleetwide (instead of the current 5% blend), trying out smaller vessels

April 24, 2019 Read Full Article

New Energy Risk Back $260M Plastics-to-Fuel Plan with Innovative Insurance Solution

(New Energy Risk) Breakthrough insurance program mitigates project risk and accelerates time to market —  New Energy Risk, the leader in customized insurance solutions for renewable technology projects, has provided RES Polyflow, a leading plastics-to-fuel technology company, with a performance insurance program for its ground-breaking Ashley, Indiana plant. The project will be

April 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Jury Finds Pennsylvania Biofuel Company Owners Guilty of Tax and False Statements Conspiracy

(U.S. Department of Justice)  Following a 14-day jury trial in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Ben T. Wootton, of Enola, Pennsylvania, and Race A. Miner, of Buena Vista, Colorado, were found guilty of one count of conspiracy to make false statements to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), six counts of making false statements to

April 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Celebrate Earth Week: Take a Look under the Hood of Advanced Biofuels USA’s E85 Retrofitted 2002 Ford Focus

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  You can reduce your travel carbon footprint without waiting for electric cars to be affordable, available, and running on renewable electricity with fair trade batteries. Recently, Advanced Biofuels USA co-founder and Treasurer, Bob Kozak and I have had two opportunities to take people on a

April 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Royal Farms Celebrates Sustainability Initiative with Opening of Latest Renewable Fuel Station

(Royal Farms/Protec Fuel)  Pollution reduction equivalent of planting more than 54,000 trees already achieved with leading ethanol retail partner Protec Fuel —  Royal Farms and Protec Fuel Management, LLC (Protec) today announced the completion of the first phase in a sustainability initiative designed to offer customers renewable fuel options that save money

April 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2019 – A Look at Carbon Negative and Carbon Capture Technologies, Advancements, and Possibilities

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … What was a nationwide celebration and peaceful demonstrations for environmental reform in the U.S. by some estimated 20 million Americans, Earth Day events have now expanded to over 193 countries and more than a billion people every year. … The top 5 CO2 producing countries in the

April 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Solutions from the Land: Delivering 21st Century Solutions To 21st Century Challenges

(Solutions from the Land)  Last week marks the fifth anniversary of Solutions from the Land (SfL), a nonprofit organization that places farmers, ranchers and foresters at the forefront of resolving food system, energy, environmental and climate challenges and achieving global sustainable development goals. It is an important milestone that marks a

April 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Commentary: Benefits of Biodiesel

by Bob Lindeman (Chanhassen Villager) Based on a recent letter published in the Herald, (“Fossil fuel vs. green energy,” March 14), I would like to correct several assertions about “green energy” that are incredibly misleading and, frankly, wrong. Specifically, the claim that 30 percent of soybeans are being used for

April 20, 2019 Read Full Article
    WEBINAR and Workshop — Forest Biomass And The Bioeconomy: Using Forest Residues For Profit, Carbon Sequestration And Soil Restoration   —   April 25, 2019   —   Vancouver, WA

WEBINAR and Workshop — Forest Biomass And The Bioeconomy: Using Forest Residues For Profit, Carbon Sequestration And Soil Restoration — April 25, 2019 — Vancouver, WA

Agenda   8:00   Welcome and introduction – Deborah Page-Dumroese and Nate Anderson, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service Moderator: Melissa Pingree 8:10   Case study: Project Planning for Biomass Utilization – Green Diamond Resource Company – Mike Alcorn, Green Diamond 8:30   Efficient and Cost Effective Forest Biomass Operations: How can Biomass Logistics and Supply Chain management be improved? – Han-Sup Han, Northern

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

A Different Animal: Ethanol Producers Are Increasingly Turning to a Burgeoning Aquaculture Industry for Another Coproduct Revenue Stream.

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  While ethanol’s coproducts are well-known to the livestock industry, innovative technologies and processes are opening new markets for dried distillers grains with solubles. The aquaculture industry is one of those new markets, and a partnership between White Dog Labs and Midwest Renewable Energy LLC positions

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Ameresco Declares Commercial Operations of Historic RNG Plant

(Ameresco Inc./Biomass Magazine)  Ameresco Inc., a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, today announced that it achieved commercial operations in early 2019 at its 91st Ave renewable natural gas (RNG) plant located in Phoenix, Arizona. Now operational, this plant is the largest wastewater treatment biogas-to-RNG facility of its kind in the US and is

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

NYC Passes Sweeping Climate Bill Likened to ‘Green New Deal’

by Miranda Green (The Hill)  … In a 45-2 vote, the city legislature passed the Climate Mobilization Act, which aims to enact the largest carbon reduction measures of any city globally. At the heart of the package is a bill that would require New York’s largest residential and commercial buildings

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Helps Develop a Novel Extraction Process that May Provide a More Economical Way to Make a Promising Biofuel

(Worcester Polytechnic Institute/PR Web)  Isobutanol has been hailed as a possible green replacement for fossil fuels like gasoline, but producing it has proven difficult and costly. In a paper in Nature Communications, a research team that includes a WPI chemical engineer shows how a novel process may make producing this and

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Former DuPont Employee Gets 42 Months in Prison for Stealing Trade Secrets

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  … As part of his guilty plea, Isler (Josh Harry Isler) admitted that, during August 2013, while employed with DuPont, and after having accepted an offer of employment with a smaller competitor, he stole and misappropriated, without authorization, trade secrets of DuPont. According to admissions contained

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Putting CO₂ Emissions to Work: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Opus 12

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Opus 12 has developed a device that recycles CO₂ into cost-competitive chemicals and fuels. Their technology bolts onto any source of CO₂ emissions, and with only water and electricity as inputs, transforms that CO₂ into some of the world’s most critical chemical products. Opus 12 was

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Circular Economies, from California to Sweden: Neste’s Wheeling, Rolling, Moving, Flowing

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, waste feedstock from the city of Oakland is now being converted to Neste MY Renewable Diesel and fuels the city’s fleet. The city, Neste, fuel distributor Western States Oil and local collectors for used cooking oil joined forces to gather waste cooking oils from

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

SW Iowa Renewable Energy Sows Seeds for Monarchs

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWire.com)  Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy (SIRE) is one step closer to providing monarch butterflies with a new place to fill up on their cross-country journey. The ethanol plant seeded their Monarch Fueling Station this week with the help of local farmer Rick Frost. Habitat Establishment Coordinator Kevin Reynolds helped

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

St Peter High School Tours Guardian Energy

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Fourteen students from St Peter High School toured Guardian Energy in Janesville this morning to learn about homegrown renewable fuel production. During the tour, the students, who were from the school’s plant science class, learned about several components of ethanol production including incoming grain grading, grain handling, fermentation,

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Plymouth Drivers Win With E15

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Biofuels) and KS95 FM teamed up today to reward drivers who chose Unleaded Plus (E15) during an hour-long promotion at the Holiday station on County Road 24 in Plymouth. From 12 pm to 1 pm, MN Biofuels and KS95 rewarded over 25 drivers

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Florida Climate-Smart Ag Initiative Announced

(Solutions from the Land)  Florida agricultural leaders are calling for deeper exploration of farmers, ranchers, and forest land owners as suppliers of environmental protection as well as of food and fiber. The Florida Climate-Smart Agriculture Work Group has declared its ambitions to craft a plan for how the state’s 26 million acres of

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Spotlight: Adding Value Across the Board

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Spotlighting the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, which championed the nation’s first biodiesel mandate as a way to add value to surplus soybean oil, and RPS, whose co-located biodiesel process adds 12 cents a pound to ethanol producers’ DCO. Minnesota became the first state in the nation

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Where Will All the Feedstock Come From?

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  As a new wave of large-scale biomass-based diesel projects develops, experts suggest market forces are ready to deliver the necessary fats, oils and greases.  —  …Many of these new biomass-based diesel projects intend to produce renewable diesel at a much larger scale than even the largest biodiesel

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

SoCalGas Wins $3 Million CEC Grant to Advance New RNG Technology

(Southern California Gas Co./Biomass Magazine)  Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced the California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded the company a $3 million grant to fund the next phase of development of a new technology that doubles the amount of renewable energy created from the decomposition of organic material at wastewater treatment plants.

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Natural Gas On-Road Fuel Reaches Historical High

by Erick Sanchez (Natural Gas Vehicles for America)  Biomethane Motor Fuel Use Marks 577% Increase Over Last Five Years  —   Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) and the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) today announced that 32 percent of all on-road fuel used in natural gas vehicles in calendar year

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Midwest Sees Surge in Clean Energy Jobs

by Casey Leins (US News and World Report)  The Midwest added more than 28,000 clean energy jobs in 2018, resulting in a 4 percent growth rate, according to a recent report released by national advocacy groups Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs. The 12 Midwestern states employed more than 737,000 workers

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Richardton Ethanol Plant Moves Forward with Carbon Capture Project

by Amy Dalrymple (Bismarck Tribune/Grand Forks Herald)  A project to capture carbon dioxide from a western North Dakota ethanol plant continues to advance as researchers work to better understand the geology below the facility. Red Trail Energy in Richardton proposes to capture carbon dioxide rather than emit it into the

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Sustainable Super JET Fuels: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to High Performance Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Researchersfrom several labs and universities like Georgia Tech, Sandia National Labs, University of Dayton, and others are working together on Engine Optimized Sustainable Drop-in JET High Performance Fuels (HPF). Anthe George manages the Biomass Science and Conversion Technologies department at Sandia National Laboratories and gave this illuminating

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Momentum Builds for Green New Deal Plans as Maine’s Bill Gets a Powerful Endorsement

by Brian Kahn (Earther)  Maine’s AFL-CIO, which represents more than 40,000 members, just threw its weight behind a version of the Green New Deal introduced to the state’s legislature last month. That makes Maine’s bill the first piece of Green New Deal legislation anywhere in the U.S. to get AFL-CIO backing, something the

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Central Washington’s First Dairy Biogas Plant Will Create Biofuel for Vehicles

(Brightmark Energy/NGV Journal)   Brightmark Energy, a San Francisco-based waste and energy development company, recently launched a biogas project in Yakima County, Washington, that will convert 150,000 gallons per day of dairy waste from up to 7,000 cows into 160,000 MMBtu of renewable natural gas – the equivalent of 1.4 million

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

United Riverhead Chairman Catsimatidis Calls Town ‘Anti-Business’ after Withdrawing Permit Application for Biofuel Tanks

by Denise Civiletti  (Riverhead Local)  Oil company chairman faults Riverhead supervisor for delays, demands and obstacles  —  Facing strong community opposition and a split town board, United Riverhead Terminal has withdrawn its special permit application to install six biofuel storage tanks at its Northville facility.  … John Catsimatidis, chairman and CEO of parent

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Spero Renewables Announces Cooperative Agreement with the Department of Energy

(Spero Renewables/Online PR News)  Spero Renewables Awarded $1.6 Million to Develop & Scale-up SPERLU™ Biomass-based Polymers Production  —  Spero Renewables, LLC, a Green chemistry company today announced a $1.6 million cooperative agreement with the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable energy division of the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop and scale-up production of the company’s

April 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2019: In the Diesel Industry, Every Day Is Earth Day

(Diesel Technology Forum)  … Many would be surprised to know that it is the use of renewable diesel fuel – not electrification or natural gas – that has enabled California to achieve its low carbon fuel mandates and its progress toward the global climate action plan. Moreover: By 2030, black carbon

April 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Gov. Ivey Awards Grant to AU for Feasibility Study on Biofuels Crop

(Office of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey)  A $39,757 grant, awarded by Gov. Kay Ivey, will enable Auburn University to determine if an oilseed crop can be successfully grown and marketed in Alabama as a biofuel and become another cash crop for the state’s farmers. Carinata, also known as Ethiopian mustard, is

April 16, 2019 Read Full Article

This Sustainable Biofuel Company Is Also a Beauty Company

by Eillie Anzilotti (Fast Company)  … Bob and Kelly King founded Pacific Biodiesel in Hawaii in 1995 in response to a concerning issue: the volume of used cooking oil that was being dumped into a landfill in Maui. Bob, who at the time owned the company that ran the landfill’s generators, proposed recycling the used

April 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Queensland’s Quest for a Circular Bioeconomy

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) …Today we look at Queensland, Australia – the innovators, the leaders, the investors.  In the last few days, a Queensland oil refinery said it is making biofuel from old tires and hopes to commercialize it soon to help take care of a huge tire waste issue in

April 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Couple Takes Personal Ethanol Story to DC

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Phil Near and his wife Cheryl Werth Near were part of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) annual DC Fly-in last week, participating for the first time and bringing their personal story about the health benefits and good value of ethanol to members of Congress. The Nears

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article
    Road to the Green New Deal   —   various dates April-May 2019   —   various locations

Road to the Green New Deal — various dates April-May 2019 — various locations

In 2018, young Sunrise leaders put the Green New Deal on the map and permanently changed the conversation on climate policy in this country. The political establishment is scrambling to keep up with thousands of people across the country who are eager to take action and bring the promise of

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

MIT Says We’re Overlooking a Near-Term Solution to Diesel Trucking Emissions

by Megan Guess (ARS Technica)  … Daniel Cohn and Leslie Bromberg, a pair of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), published a paper with the Society of Automotive Engineers, suggesting that the best way forward is not to wait for all-electric or hydrogen-powered semis, but to build a plug-in

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

U.S. EPA to Revise Proposed Freeze of Vehicle Fuel Economy Rules

by David Shepardson  (Reuters)  The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday the agency would revise its proposed freeze of vehicle fuel economy standards before unveiling its final regulation in the coming months. In August, the EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed freezing requirements for new

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

More than 10 Million Gallons of Renewable Fuel Will Be Created in Oregon

(Clean Methane Systems/NGV Journal)  Clean Methane Systems LLC and EIP Ventures, LLC announced a joint venture named “EcoRNG” to develop more than 10 million gallons of renewable fuels from existing waste streams at landfills, waste water treatment facilities and dairies throughout Oregon. EcoRNG’s plan is to capture harmful waste gases and

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

A Maine Biofuel Pioneer Takes Its Green Act to New York City

(PR Web/Maine Standard Biofuels) Maine Standard Biofuels is headed to the big city. On April 16, the Portland-based biofuels pioneer will be in New York City to showcase its new green cleaning products—as well as its cutting-edge biofuel-conversion process—at an event hosted by sustainable seafood purveyor Luke’s Lobster.  —  Since launching in

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Sioux Falls-Based Ethanol Producer Poet Awarded Millions by Arbitration Panel

by Jonathan Ellis (Argus Leader)  Sioux Falls-based Poet has asked a federal judge to confirm a multi-million dollar arbitration award it received from a company that it claims botched an ethanol production system at a plant in Iowa. A panel of three arbitrators from the American Arbitration Association held three hearings

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Fill ‘er Up… with Hydrogen? Washington Utility Eager to Branch into H2 Fuel Production

by Tom Banse (KLCC) An electric utility in north central Washington wants to branch out into hydrogen fuel production. It would be the first of a group of power companies in the Pacific Northwest to use their dams to make “renewable hydrogen.” The Douglas County Public Utility District operates Wells Dam on the

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Sen. Whitehouse Targets Dark Money to Address Climate Change

by Jennifer McDermott (Associated Press)  … Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat, is targeting so-called “dark money” because he thinks opposition to addressing climate change in Congress is propped up by the fossil fuel industry. “If you kicked out that support, the opposition would fall,” said Whitehouse, who was sworn

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article
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