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You’ve Come a Long Ways, Baby: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys’ Renewable Drop-In Fuels
May 25, 2018 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels. And most recently has repositioned from being a technology …

Back to the Future All Over Again: ExxonMobil Targets Algae Fuels at Scale by 2025, as Oil Prices Rise
May 25, 2018 – 9:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  So, ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics have announced a new phase in their joint algae biofuel research program that could lead to the technical ability to produce 10,000 barrels of algae biofuel …

Leandro, California, Fuels Municipal Vehicles with Neste Biofuel
May 23, 2018 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(Neste/Biomass Magazine)  The City of San Leandro, a suburban city in Alameda County, California, announced today that it has switched all municipal vehicles from using petroleum diesel to only running on Neste MY Renewable Diesel.
Neste MY …

By the Gallon and Trade Groups: What about EVs?
May 23, 2018 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  While the numbers are still making their way through the regulatory process, sources tell Pro’s Eric Wolff, refiners can expect to blend 500 million more gallons of advanced biofuels …

Hot Tech for Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Joint BioEnergy Institute
May 22, 2018 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  JBEI’s mission is to convert biomass to biofuels. The goal is to provide the nation with clean, renewable transportation fuels identical to gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.
Inside JBEI’s Emeryville laboratories, researchers …

‘Climate Change Is Real,’ Automakers Declare To Trump
May 22, 2018 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Ryan Felton (Jalopnik)  Major automakers are still reeling from the sudden realization they’ve collectively succumbed to Stockholm Syndrome, after they buddied up with President Donald Trump to alter fuel economy standards set by his predecessor. Since Trump …

The Interaction of the Clean Air Act, California’s CAA Waiver, Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards, Renewable Fuel Standards and California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard
May 21, 2018 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The Trump Administration is taking a new look at Obama Administration era Co2 regulations.  On the transportation side, these include reviewing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards; threatening to take …

2018 Biodiesel Seminar Tour Exploring Biodiesel — June 12 – September 18, 2018 — Various locations
May 21, 2018 – 2:21 pm | No Comment
2018 Biodiesel Seminar Tour Exploring Biodiesel   —   June 12 – September 18, 2018   —   Various locations

Exploring Biodiesel (XBX) is a series of regional, one-day seminars designed to educate those in the industry on the benefits and opportunities surrounding biodiesel.
The National Biodiesel Board, in partnership with several industry sponsors, has announced …

EPA, California Officials Meet on Fuel-Efficiency Rules
May 17, 2018 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  The Environmental Protection Agency is meeting with California officials this week in Washington to negotiate the creation of a national fuel efficiency standard after the state sued the Trump administration over …

From the Dump to the Pump: Fulcrum BioEnergy Breaks Ground on Landmark Trash-to-Jet Fuel Project
May 17, 2018 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Near Reno, Nevada, Fulcrum BioEnergy broke ground today for its 10 million gallon per year first commercial plant that makes jet fuel from municipal solid waste.
For thousands of years we …

EPA Slapped With Another Suit Over Vehicle Emissions Standards
May 17, 2018 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Several environmental and public interest groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to the agency’s April 2 announcement to roll back vehicle emissions standards.
The …

Rising Fuel Prices Bring into Question EPA Efforts to Reduce Fuel Economy Standards
May 17, 2018 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Tsvetana Paraskova (Oilprice.com/USA Today)  Crude oil and gasoline prices are on the rise after President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal. Now, many consumers are seeing their extra money go to rising gas …

The Scientist Still Fighting for the Clean Fuel the World Forgot
May 16, 2018 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by James Temple (MIT Technology Review)  In the closing weeks of 2008, the US Department of Energy invited politicians and press to a dedication ceremony for the Joint BioEnergy Institute in Emeryville, California. The state-of-the-art lab, …

EIA Data: E85 Usage by Federal Fleets More Than Doubled from 2010 to 2016
May 16, 2018 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)  A Renewable Fuels Association analysis of recently released Energy Information Administration (EIA) data shows that federally-regulated fleets more than doubled their usage of E85 (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline) and other flex …

U.S. Agencies Moving forward with Proposing Fuel Economy Revisions
May 16, 2018 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson  (Reuters)  The Trump administration is moving ahead with plans to submit a series of options for softening fuel efficiency standards to the White House for approval in the coming week, two officials briefed on …

Verdezyne, Ave Atque Vale
May 16, 2018 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Southern California the report has arrived that Verdezyne is winding down as a company, and today is the last day of operations. The low oil price environment has claimed another …

Marin Ferries Move toward Clean Diesel
May 15, 2018 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Mark Prado (Marin Independent Journal)  There is a move afoot toward using renewable diesel for ferries, including on Golden Gate Ferry and Blue & Gold Fleet boats that dock in Marin, Bay Area transportation officials …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
May 15, 2018 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

The Manhattan Institute looked at “zero emission vehicles” and found:

Broad-based adoption of ZEVs will increase overall emissions of sulfur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, and particulates, compared with the same number of new internal combustion engines. …

Short Circuit: The High Cost of Electric Vehicle Subsidies
May 15, 2018 – 10:35 am | No Comment

(Manhattan Institute)  Many claim that “zero-emissions vehicles” (ZEVs), especially battery-powered electric vehicles, should replace most, if not all, cars and trucks powered by gasoline-burning internal combustion engines. The primary rationale is to reduce air pollution and …

KLM, Växjö Småland Airport, Södra, SkyNRG and Partners Sign LOI to Investigate the Feasibility of Producing Sustainable Aviation Fuels in the Växjö Region
May 14, 2018 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

(SkyNRG)  Starting today, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is flying to Växjö, Sweden every day and to make flights to Växjö as sustainable as possible, KLM is investing in 120,000 litres of sustainable aviation fuel per …

Biofuels Production and Consumption in the US: Status, Advances and Challenges
May 11, 2018 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Mahmood Ebadian and James D. McMillan (IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Newsletter)  … The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) was enacted in 2007 to enhance domestic production of fuels and spur economic development while reducing reliance …

Trump Tells World’s Top Automakers to Build More Cars in U.S
May 11, 2018 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Tom Krisher and Ken Thomas  (Associated Press/Chicago Tribune)  President Donald Trump told leaders of the world’s top automakers on Friday that he wants to see more cars built in the United States as his administration weighs plans …

Trump, Top Car Executives Meet Amid Struggle over Climate Rules for Automobiles
May 11, 2018 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  Executives from top car companies arrived at the White House on Friday amid a looming legal conflict between the Trump administration and primarily Democratic-led states over climate rules for automobiles.
“We’ve made …

From Gen1 to High-Value: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis
May 11, 2018 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Aemetis owns and operates 110 million gallons per year of ethanol and biodiesel facilities in the US and India, and is upgrading the plants using patented technology to produce lower carbon, …

EU Low Carbon Fuels Conference Week, Part 2: Driving Capability with Flexibility
May 11, 2018 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

By Steve Bi* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Part one of this article addressed the first two consensuses emerging from international biofuels research and business initiatives discussed in Brussels April 10-12, 2018: first, that bioenergy must be …

California Man Sentenced to 51 Months in Prison for Renewable Fuel Fraud
May 10, 2018 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey H. Wood of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and United States Attorney Joseph H. Harrington for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Jin …

Pelosi Visits Central Iowa Farm, Warns RFS under Attack
May 10, 2018 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa)  California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi — the top-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives — toured a central Iowa farm early this morning.
Pelosi’s visit follows her speech last (Sunday) night …

RNG Is the Fast Track to Cleaner Air in California
May 10, 2018 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Thomas Lawson (California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition/ACT News)  California policy makers—at the local and state level—are increasingly under pressure to make electric vehicles the only clean transportation option for every use. That would be a …

Pasadena Fire Department Adopts Renewable Diesel
May 10, 2018 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  The Pasadena Fire Department in California has switched most of its fleet from petroleum diesel to Neste MY Renewable Diesel.
The department currently operates one truck, four engines and four rescue ambulances …

RNG Helping Trucking Companies Improve Air Quality for California Ports
May 10, 2018 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Six trucking firms operating in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., are deploying trucks powered by Cummins Westport (CWI) near-zero ISX12N engines and fueled with Clean Energy Fuels …

Greenbelt Resources Offers Partial Solution to Chinese Government’s Mandated Use of 4+ Billion Gallons of Ethanol
May 9, 2018 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources)   Greenbelt Resources Corporation GRCO, +23.29% (Greenbelt), the developer and provider of a sustainable ECOsystem model that transforms waste into bio-ethanol, today announced that CEO Darren Eng will visit China this month by special letter invitation to assist …

Rallying for RNG
May 9, 2018 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas’s Marcus Gillette discusses the organization, its goals and progress in expanding the production and use of RNG in North America.  — … The Coalition for Renewable …

If at First You Don’t Succeed: The Looming Fight between the Trump Administration and the State of California over Climate Change Rules for Cars
May 9, 2018 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) The looming fight between the Trump administration and the state of California over climate change rules for cars will cover some familiar terrain – where the liberal state and …

Accelerating Ag Innovation: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA Agricultural Research Service
May 8, 2018 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide …

Bioenergy (Biofuels/Biomass) Low-Carbon Biofuels, Bioproducts Crucial to Two Degree Scenario
May 7, 2018 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  In April, the European Commission, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), below50, the Biofuture Platform, and the ART Fuels Forum formally expressed the sense that low-carbon fuels will be …

How Trump Might Make SUVs Pricier in Seattle than Omaha
May 4, 2018 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Camille von Kaenel (E&E News)  … The Trump administration’s efforts to weaken vehicle pollution requirements could set up a split U.S. market, concentrating fuel-efficient cars in mostly Democratic states and gas guzzlers in the red …

NYC to Use 99% Petroleum-Free Diesel in over 1,000 City Vehicles
May 4, 2018 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

(Construction Equipment)  The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) has announced that it will for the first time use renewable diesel, a low-emissions, 99 percent petroleum-free fuel, to power over 1,000 City government …

Air Canada Operates Biofuel Flight From Edmonton to San Francisco
May 4, 2018 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Cision Newswire/Air Canada)  Biofuel use will reduce this flight’s carbon emissions by over 10 tonnes, equivalent of taking 26 cars off the road for an entire month — Air Canada announced its Edmonton–San Francisco flight today will operate with …

UPDATE 1-Trump to Meet with Automakers to Discuss U.S. Fuel Rules -Sources
May 3, 2018 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  The White House is planning a meeting next week between President Donald Trump and senior leaders of major U.S. and foreign automakers to discuss planned fuel efficiency rule changes through 2026, automakers …

Duckweed Redux: Are Duckweed’s Ducks Finally in a Row for Protein, Fuels and More?
May 3, 2018 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Greenbelt Resources Corporation and Duckweed DAYS commenced their inaugural Duckweed Project to commercialize the duckweed model developed by the Andrew J. Young Foundation. Tests conducted during a pilot program indicated that …

New REG Ultra Clean Diesel Blends Renewable Diesel, Biodiesel
May 3, 2018 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT Journal)  Renewable Energy Group Inc. (REG) has launched the REG Ultra Clean Diesel, what the company claims is among the lowest-emission diesel fuels on the market.
The patent-pending fuel is made of a proprietary blend …

Trucking Executive Panel Objects to EPA Fuel Economy Rollback Plan
May 2, 2018 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

by John O’Dell (Trucks.com)  “Stay the course” is the message a panel of leading clean vehicle developers, users and regulators delivered Tuesday in the wake of the Trump Administration’s plan to roll back tough fuel economy …

California And 16 Other States Are Suing Trump To Stop Him Destroying Emissions Standards
May 1, 2018 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Raphael Orlove (Jalopnik)  Our emissions standards are probably the biggest booster to automotive performance in the past half century, making our cars not only more eco-friendly but more powerful, too. Trump has been trying to cut it …

The Undiscovered Furan Country: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Origin Materials
May 1, 2018 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Origin is a new kind of chemical company, focused on the future of materials science. By finding value in underutilized feedstocks like cardboard, wood waste and agricultural residues, they invent new …

Marathon Petroleum to Acquire Andeavor for $23B
May 1, 2018 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The deal creates the largest US oil refiner (and a top-five refiner globally) at 3.1 million barrels per day of capacity — Valero is around the same size, but that …

Share Biodiesel Ranks First Among Fleets for Alt Fuel Use
April 30, 2018 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  New Fleet Survey Reveals Biodiesel is Top Alt Fuel, and Diesel Engines Still in Demand  —  North America’s top fleets have spoken, and their #1 choice for greening their fleet operations is the use …

How Trump Will Go after California’s Auto GHG Authority
April 30, 2018 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The Trump administration plans to argue that California does not have the authority to enforce stringent greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars, despite the Obama administration’s 2009 waiver, according to a …

California’s Scum Ranchers Are Working on a Fuel to Replace Oil
April 27, 2018 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

by Agnes Walton (Vice News)  The Department of Energy is trying to turn a lake in the California desert called the Salton Sea into a farm for renewable fuels — and clean its infamously polluted water …

Air Canada, Red Rock and SkyNRG Move forward on biofuel Initiatives While Air New Zealand Takes Longer View
April 27, 2018 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  … Canada’s Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI) is a three-year project between 14 stakeholder organisations, including Air Canada, which are working to enable a biojet supply chain in the country, with testing the feasibility of …

RFA to CARB: Ethanol Plays a Key Role in LCFS Success Story
April 27, 2018 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)  Ethanol has played a key role in the success of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and is poised to make even greater contributions to the state’s climate policy objectives …

California Considers Carbon Capture, for Ethanol
April 27, 2018 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(Argus Media)   Ethanol producers selling fuel in California may emerge as a beneficiary of a technology often associated with the coal industry.
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has proposed changes to the state’s Low-Carbon Fuel Standard …

Carbon Capture Could Be a Financial Opportunity for US Biofuels
April 24, 2018 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(Stanford University/Phys.Org)  Although considered critical to avoiding catastrophic global warming, the feasibility of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it underground – known as negative emissions – has been in question.
But researchers at Stanford …

Calif. School District Adopts Neste Renewable Diesel
April 24, 2018 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Pittsburg Unified School District (PUSD), a public school district based in Contra Costa County, Calif., has switched some of its vehicles from operating on petroleum diesel to using Neste MY Renewable …

Trump’s EPA Argues More People Will Die in Car Accidents unless California Fuel Rules Are Weakened
April 20, 2018 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Evan Halper (Los Angeles Times)  The Trump administration is embracing a curious — and some would say dated — argument as it builds its case to weaken federal rules championed by California that require …

RNG Bill Moves Forward in California
April 19, 2018 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Today, the California Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications advanced a pro-renewable natural gas (RNG) bill sponsored by the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition).
S.B.1440, introduced by State Sen. …

ZERO NOW: Clean Energy’s Stations Offer Biomethane at $1 a Gallon
April 19, 2018 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

(Clean Energy Fuels Corp./ NGV Journal)  Clean Energy Fuels Corp. introduced ZERO NOW, a fueling solution that combines the world’s cleanest engine technology with the cleanest fuel at a price of $1 per gallon. Heavy …

Northern Forest Center, Calgren Dairy Fuels Win Industry Awards
April 18, 2018 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(Biomass Magazine)  BBI International and Biomass Magazine named its annual industry award winners at the 11th International Biomass Conference & Expo underway in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Groundbreaker of the Year Award is designed to recognize people, companies or organizations that …

Complex Feedstocks, Clean Synthesis Gas: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sierra Energy
April 18, 2018 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sierra Energy has created what is billed as “the world’s most efficient gasifier,” FastOx, developed in conjunction with UC Davis, US Army and California Energy Commission. Gasification is the missing link …

Cars Threaten Climate Goals in Blue States
April 18, 2018 – 10:07 am | No Comment

by Benjamin Storrow (E&E News) … Transportation emissions threaten to undercut blue states’ climate goals, raising questions about their ability to lead U.S. climate efforts at a time when the federal government is rolling back …

US Biogas 2018 — November 5-6, 2018 — San Diego, CA
April 17, 2018 – 1:21 pm | No Comment
US Biogas 2018   —   November 5-6, 2018   —   San Diego, CA

Join over 200 biogas and RNG experts at the 2018 conference to learn how to develop profitable biogas projects using a variety of feedstocks and project configurations.

Secure finance and ensure your project’s profitability – Make the …

SF Tour Boat Company Switches Entire Fleet to Renewable Diesel
April 17, 2018 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Red and White Fleet, a San Francisco tour boat company, has switched its entire fleet of vessels from petroleum diesel to Neste MY Renewable Diesel.
Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a low-carbon …

Biogas-to-RNG Facility Approved for Kern County, Calif.
April 17, 2018 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  The California Energy Commission (CEC) has given the green light to a facility that will turn biogas into renewable natural gas (RNG) for transportation.
At a meeting on April 11, the CEC …

States to Sue EPA over Failure to Enforce Landfill Gas Rules
April 11, 2018 – 10:33 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  A coalition led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Air Resources board has announced plans to sue the U.S. EPA over its failure to enforce existing landfill methane …

California Says a Car-Emissions Deal With Trump Could Be Doable
April 11, 2018 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Mark Chediak, Ryan Beene, and John Lippert  (Bloomberg)  ‘Reason could prevail,’ chair of Air Resources Board says; State is considering a lawsuit to preserve its options  —  California’s top air-quality regulator sees hope for a deal with …

New Studies Show Ethanol Reduces Emissions And Improves Air Quality
April 11, 2018 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative)  Ethanol blends reduce toxic tailpipe emissions by up to 50%, significantly improving air quality and protecting public health according to two new studies. The separate studies were conducted by the North Carolina State University (NCSU) …

Quantifying Carbon: Understand Cap-and-Trade Implications as U.S. West Coast & Canadian Provinces Combine Emissions Reduction Initiatives
April 10, 2018 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(OPIS)  On January 1, Ontario became linked with California and Quebec’s carbon allowance program, prompting uncertainty about carbon reduction programs and pricing structures in this expanded market.
Download this free white paper and get an understanding of:

Carbon …

Vehicle Transformation through New Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Clean Fuels Development Coalition
April 6, 2018 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It may be renaissance times for the Clean Fuels Development Coalition. Their long quest to upend proposed Obama-era vehicle efficiency rules that ignored the potential to improve efficiency and emissions via …

Enzymatic Construction of Highly Strained Carbocycles
April 6, 2018 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Kai Chen, Xiongyi Huang, S. B. Jennifer Kan, Ruijie K. Zhang, Frances H. Arnold (Science Magazine)  Double rings made with heme  —  Cyclic organic structures with adjacent three-carbon rings—bicyclobutanes—are useful starting materials for chemical and materials …

Global Green to Expand Biogas Program to 2 California Cities
April 4, 2018 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(Global Green/Biomass Magazine)  Non-profit, Global Green announced March 23 it will select two Southern California cities as partners to participate in a new food waste recycling program, using an Eco-Ambassador resident outreach model. The two cities …

Scientists Say California Can Get Tougher on Clean Fuels
April 4, 2018 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists/Biodiesel Magazine)  California can reduce carbon emissions by more than 70 million metric tons by 2030, akin to taking 15 million gasoline-powered cars off the road in one year, by adopting a higher …

Byogy Says New ASTM Specification Opens Way for Jet Fuel from Ethanol
April 4, 2018 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

(Renewables Now)  California-based biofuel firm Byogy Renewables Inc on Thursday said an approval by ASTM of a new specification will allow ethanol to be used as a feedstock to produce renewable jet fuel.
According to the company, …

Trump to Roll Back Fuel Standards for Cars, Light Trucks — Ford, GM Positions
April 3, 2018 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Todd Spangler and Eric Lawrence (Detroit Free Press) … General Motors said that, regardless of what standard is ultimately set, it remained committed to “improving fuel economy, reducing emissions and an all-electric future,” including working on …

Calif. to Fight Trump’s ‘Politically Motivated’ Car Standards Plan
April 3, 2018 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Timothy Cama and Miranda Green (The Hill)  California officials promised Monday to put up a fight against the Trump administration’s newly announced decision to lower standards for car tailpipe emissions.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared Monday …

RFA: EPA and NHTSA Should Consider Role of High Octane Fuels in Upcoming CAFE/GHG Rulemaking
April 2, 2018 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today encouraged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to strongly consider the role of high-octane fuels and higher …

EPA Orders Revised CAFE Targets, May Revoke California’s Waiver
April 2, 2018 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Eric Kulisch (Auto News)  Move applauded by auto industry, denounced by other businesses  —  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Monday announced that aggressive light-vehicle fuel efficiency and emissions limits set under the Obama administration for model years …

Oakland and Renewable Diesel: ‘Not a Single Downside’
April 2, 2018 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Rich Piellisch (NGT News)  The City of Oakland, Calif., recently floated a tender for fuel suppliers, seeking bids on both unleaded gasoline and diesel, and specifying California Air Resources Board-approved renewable diesel for the latter.
Oakland switched …

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations, 3.28.18 Release
March 30, 2018 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  According to BIO, the global economic value today of the biobased economy – including industrial biotechnology, renewable chemicals and polymers, biofuels, enzymes and biobased materials – is $355.28 billion. And looking at …

Byogy Renewables Secures Path to Commercialization With Historic ASTM Bio-Jet Fuel Specification
March 30, 2018 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(Byogy Renewables/PR Newswire)  California biofuel company Byogy Renewables welcomes last week’s ASTM Alcohol To Jet (ATJ) ethanol based specification ballot measure approval, putting Byogy on track as a leader to produce one of the world’s first “full …

Where’s Ethanol Going to Go?
March 23, 2018 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … According to POET CEO Jeff Broin, there’s a deal on the table — changing almost by the hour, but a deal none the less. A deal on the table to provide year-round E15 …

West Coast Fuel Supply & Transportation Opportunities — May 9-10, 2018 — Napa Valley, CA
March 22, 2018 – 2:44 pm | No Comment
West Coast Fuel Supply & Transportation Opportunities   —   May 9-10, 2018   —   Napa Valley, CA

Discover the opportunities that lie on the West Coast with a greater understanding of market-based emissions reduction efforts
California is considered the market leader in implementing regulatory programs that simultaneously create billions of dollars in revenue and …

Thirty Third Annual RISI North American Conference — October 10-12, 2018 — San Francisco, CA
March 22, 2018 – 12:17 pm | No Comment
Thirty Third Annual RISI North American Conference   —   October 10-12, 2018   —   San Francisco, CA

Join industry colleagues in Boston for the Thirty Third Annual RISI North American Conference. This is the premier forum to immerse yourself in all aspects of the forest products industry. Discover how RISI’s deep industry …

CEC: California EV chargers Will Add 1 GW of Peak Demand by 2025
March 21, 2018 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Gavin Blade (Utility Dive)  o  California will need between 229,000 and 279,000 electric vehicle chargers in public locations and multi-unit dwellings by 2025 to meet Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) goals of having 5 million …

California Here I Come: World Energy’s Audacious $72M Acquisition of AltAir and the Paramount Oil Refinery
March 20, 2018 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Paramount Deal: World Energy takes off with audacious $72M acquisition of AltAir and the Paramount oil refinery  —  In Massachusetts, World Energy has acquired renewable jet and diesel producer AltAir Paramount, …

Big Oil Faces Big Test in Climate-Change Court Showdown with SF, Oakland
March 20, 2018 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Kurtis Alexander (San Francisco Chronicle)  A San Francisco judge who must decide whether to hold the world’s largest oil companies responsible for global warming is ordering up what many are calling the most comprehensive, and …

This USDA Lab Is Turning Billions Of Pounds Of Almond Waste Into Beer, Plastic, And Power
March 19, 2018 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Adele Peters (Fast Company)  The country’s growing almond habit means that there are lots of shells and hulls to put to good use. These government scientists are working hard to find the best options.
…  “For every …

5th Annual Rethink Methane Symposium — February 26-27, 2019 — Sacramento, CA
March 18, 2018 – 8:07 pm | No Comment
5th Annual Rethink Methane Symposium    —   February 26-27, 2019   — Sacramento, CA

The expanded two-day event will provide a more in-depth look at the opportunities renewable gas presents to achieve California’s air quality, climate protection and economic development goals.
Learn how renewable methane can help California:
-Achieve GHG emissions …

The Digest’s 2018 Visual Guide to the Economics, Politics of Renewable Fuels
March 16, 2018 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Have you ever wondered why corn farmers march for the RFS, but Wall Streeters don’t? Or why merchent oil refiners want the US Renewable Fuel Standard repealed but major oilcos generally …

Geothermal Could Profit from U.S. Executive Order to Support Lithium Mining
March 15, 2018 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Alexander Richter (Think GeoEnergy)  An executive order by U.S. President Donald Trump to support mining activities for critical minerals, could present a boost to lithium mining activities in the U.S. and indirectly help some geothermal …

NBB Highlights 5 Individuals’ Stories for National Biodiesel Day
March 15, 2018 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  … In the U.S., nearly 3 billion gallons of clean, renewable fuel replacing its petroleum counterpart. A thriving and growing diesel vehicle market. And 64,000 jobs supported by biodiesel, many the highest …

Harmonizing a Three-Headed Regulatory Monster (EPA, NHTSA, CARB)
March 14, 2018 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Graham Noyes and Doug Durante (Low Carbon Fuels Coalition/Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  … While not as entertaining to watch as a Godzilla film with a three-headed flying monster, the current regulatory struggle over national …

SoCal Fleet Switches to PHEV, RNG Armored Trucks
March 13, 2018 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Efficient Drivetrains Inc. (EDI), a provider of zero-emissions hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) drivetrain solutions, has announced the completion of a California Energy Commission (CEC) program to integrate the EDI PowerDrive …

California May Tweak Climate Program That’s Pushing up Gas Prices
March 12, 2018 – 8:36 pm | No Comment

by David R. Baker (Seattle Times)  … Last week, the California Air Resources Board issued proposed changes that would delay some of the program’s targets, giving fuel providers more time to reach them. Instead of needing to …

ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics, Scale up Algae Biofuel
March 12, 2018 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Bradley J. Fikes (San Diego Union Tribune)  Advancing work under a collaboration established a decade ago, ExxonMobil and La Jolla’s Synthetic Genomics said they will begin outdoor growth of naturally occurring algae for biofuel.
The research could …

California Here I Come: Ethanol Industry Looking to California’s Lucrative Low Carbon Market
March 9, 2018 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Enviromental and Energy Study Institute)  Two recently announced major joint ventures from ethanol producers – one in the cellulosic and another in the first-generation space – are aimed at selling biofuels in California, …

Vertimass Named Winner of National Corn Growers Association Competition: “Consider Corn Challenge: New Uses for Field Corn as Feedstock for Making Sustainable Chemicals”
March 9, 2018 – 10:17 am | No Comment

(Vertimass/PR Newswire)  Vertimass’ ethanol to renewable fuels and chemicals offers exceptional corn growth potential  —  The National Corn Growers Association named Vertimass LLC as one of six awardees of the “Consider Corn Challenge: New Uses for …

Airgas to Build Two Production Facilities in California
March 8, 2018 – 11:47 am | No Comment

(Airgas/Business Wire)  Airgas USA, LLC, an Air Liquide company, today announced plans to increase its presence in California with the construction of a new liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) production facility in Stockton, CA and the expansion …

Commercial Time: Aemetis Embarks on $158 Million Cellulosic Ethanol Project in California
March 8, 2018 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   … I’d start with the news from Aemetis that they are embarking now on a $158 million cellulosic ethanol plant — to be built in Riverbank, California, in partnership with LanzaTech.
Cellulosic …

California Biofuel Event Showcases Dynamics of Evolving Industry
March 7, 2018 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

(The California Advanced Biofuels Alliance /Biodiesel Magazine)  At the California Advanced Biofuels Conference March 1 in Sacramento, Jennifer Case, chair of California Advanced Biofuels Alliance, gave her annual address to a packed house that has evolved to …

Exxon Thinks It Can Create Biofuel From Algae At Massive Scale
March 7, 2018 – 9:48 am | No Comment

by Adele Peters (Fast Company)  The oil and gas giant says it could be making 10,000 barrels a day within a few years–a small drop in the amount of oil it produces, but a huge boost …

ICM, The Andersons to Develop 70 MMgy Ethanol Plant in Kansas
March 6, 2018 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

(ICM/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  ICM Inc., a global leading biofuels process technology provider, and The Andersons Inc., a publicly-traded company with diverse interests encompassing a variety of agribusinesses, announced today that they are partnering to own and …

Ag Policy Blog: Government Confusion Over Ethanol Might Demand Growing Locally
March 6, 2018 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … So you have USDA saying ethanol demand has basically peaked. The Department of Energy is saying ethanol is really the only fuel that can provide the energy and …

Iowa Producer Revives California Plant for Low-Carbon Biodiesel
March 6, 2018 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  An Iowa biodiesel producer recently celebrated the re-opening of a shuttered California plant to manufacture a cleaner-burning biofuel that will help meet California’s low carbon fuel demands.
Western Iowa Energy (WIE) in Wall Lake …

Aemetis Completes Operation of Cellulosic Ethanol Integrated Demonstration Unit, Produced Record Yields
March 6, 2018 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Shaver (Aemetis)  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today that the company successfully built and operated an integrated demonstration unit for more than 120 days of continuous operations with 94% uptime, meeting the requirements for a …

Biodiesel Group Honors California Clean Fuel Leader
March 6, 2018 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Celia DuBose receives National Climate Leader Award — California skylines are greener thanks to one industry leader’s contributions. Last week at the California Advanced Biofuel Alliance annual conference the National Biodiesel Board honored that leader, Celia …

Heard on the Floor at ABLC 2018
March 1, 2018 – 9:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There was high drama in Washington, DC as the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference got underway and President Trump readies to meet at the White House with a number of biofuels leaders about …

BETO Publishes Engineered Carbon Reduction Listening Day Summary Report, Announces Rewiring Initiative
February 27, 2018 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Rewiring the Carbon Economy: Engineered Carbon Reduction Listening Day Summary Report is now online! Read this new workshop summary for an overview of advanced …

Aviation Biofuels: 10 Years, 100,000 Flights and We’re Still Arguing about Feedstock – Why?
February 27, 2018 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week marks the 10th anniversary of the first demo flight on biofuel  which was done by Virgin Atlantic.
LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren shared the factoid that, since that day, more than …

California LCFS Credits Market Active after New Compliance Rules Proposed
February 23, 2018 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Josh Pedrick (Platts)  The market for California Low Carbon Fuel Standard credits was unusually active Wednesday after the state’s Air Resources Board proposed a path that could lower compliance goals in the near-term but raise goals …

Carmakers’ ‘Harmonization’ Push Could Soften Fuel Efficiency Gains (1)
February 22, 2018 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Abby Smith (Bloomberg Environment) Automakers seek consistency in EPA, NHTSA programs as agencies weigh standards’ future;  Environmentalists say push is meant to soften vehicle limits  —  Automakers may already get what they want this spring as …

Greenbelt’s Testing Facility to Become Commercial Production Plant; “California BioEthanol Project” Designed to Meet the Growth of Local Protein and Ethanol Extraction Needs
February 21, 2018 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation)  Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC:GRCO) (Greenbelt) has announced Phase 1 of the “California BioEthanol Project,” a three-phased initiative that will convert Greenbelt’s Commercial Scale Testing Facility into a commercial-scale production biorefinery. Once Phase 1 is …

High Performance Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Co-Optima Project and HP fuels
February 21, 2018 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy has a key project called Co-Optima, which aims to determine key fuel properties that enable improved engine efficiency, provide key science to enable high efficiency combustion …

Carbon-Negative Fuels in the Spotlight as Ohio State, Argonne National Labs, Energy Vision Make Material Progress
February 21, 2018 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The biggest news along that front represents early-stage technology, but we read here that engineers at Ohio State announced that they’ve devised a process that under certain circumstances can convert coal, shale gas and …

ABLC GLOBAL 2018 — November 6-9, 2018 — San Francisco, CA
February 20, 2018 – 12:32 pm | No Comment
ABLC GLOBAL 2018   —   November 6-9, 2018   —   San Francisco, CA

 ABLC GLOBAL 2018 (Known previously as ABLC NEXT) will take place November 6-9, 2018 at the Nikko Hotel in San Francisco CA.
The Digest, the US Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office and the International Energy …

2018 Toast to Clearing the Air — March 7, 2018 — Sacramento, CA
February 16, 2018 – 11:11 pm | No Comment
2018 Toast to Clearing the Air   —   March 7, 2018   —   Sacramento, CA

Air Quality & Climate Change: What now, California?  Join the Coalition for Clean Air for one of Sacramento’s signature events. Attend this event to see and bee seen among California’s elector, regulatory and environmental leaders and …

Making It Count: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry
February 15, 2018 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry (CCPC) is a joint core research and development activity among five national laboratories that has been created to utilize unique DOE computational modeling facilities …

What If Car Buyers Aren’t Ready for Electric Cars, Even in California?
February 12, 2018 – 9:10 am | No Comment

by John Voelcker (Green Car Reports)  It’s accepted wisdom among electric-car fans and advocates that within a few years, mass-market car buyers will start snapping up battery-electric cars.
First, battery prices have to come down to the …

The Renewable Gas Supply Issue
February 8, 2018 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Cliff Gladstein (ACT News)  For several years there have been significant efforts to capture and divert fugitive renewable gases toward the transportation sector where, as a replacement for diesel in heavy duty vehicles, the fuel …

That Was Then, This Is NOW! or The New Economics of Biogas Projects
February 8, 2018 – 9:15 am | No Comment

by Scott Warfield (CERES Project Services/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … The big game changer for financing, profitability and financial returns of anaerobic digester (AD) projects regardless of feedstock is carbon offset credits and specifically California’s low carbon …

On Value, and Values: Fairness, the Disadvantaged, and California’s Renewables Policy
February 6, 2018 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  The particulars are the subject of a white paper from a team at Propel Fuels — Rob Elam, Will Faulkner, Chris LaPlante, Parker Chase — and available here.
Un-Penalizing the Poor
The topics …

Clean Energy’s Redeem™ Sales Reports Double Digit Growth In 2017; Continues Position As North America’s Largest Provider Of Renewable Natural Gas
February 6, 2018 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

(Clean Energy)   Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (Nasdaq: CLNE) announced today that sales of Redeem™, its renewable natural gas (RNG) offering and the cleanest fuel commercially available today, grew by 32% in 2017, from 60 million gallons in 2016 to 79 million gallons in …

Neste’s Renewable Fuels Reduced Global Climate Emissions by 8.3 Million Tons in 2017
February 6, 2018 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

(Neste/Globe Newswire)  Replacing fossil fuels with Neste’s renewable fuels reduced global climate emissions altogether by a staggering 8.3 million metric tons or 8.3 billion kilograms in 2017. The figure equals removal of 3 million passenger cars …

10 Years After: Advanced Biofuels’ Status, Opportunities and Challenges
February 6, 2018 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)   In 2007 the US government established a national strategy for the development of advanced biofuels made using non-edible biomass. After 10 years we are still short of achieving …

Case Studies Demonstrate Success of Biomethane as Vehicle Fuel
February 5, 2018 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal/Energy Vision) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the sustainable energy NGO Energy Vision released two case studies of successful projects that were among the first to produce Renewable Compressed Natural …

California Gears Up for Trump Battle on Car-Emissions Rules
February 5, 2018 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Mark Chediak, Dana Hull and John Lippert (Bloomberg)  Official sees ‘war’ if state’s rule-setting rights revoked; Air Resources Board planning zero-emissions bus proposal  —  …   The state has special authority under the 1970 Clean Air Act …

BP Verenium Biofuels Plant up for Sale
February 2, 2018 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The BP Verenium Biofuels plant in Jennings, Louisiana, is being offered for sale. The 1.4 MMgy demonstration-scale facility celebrated its grand opening in 2008, and was acquired by BP Biofuels …

9 States Buck the Trump Administration and Move Forward with a Price on Carbon Pollution
February 1, 2018 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Natasha Geiling (ThinkProgress)  Currently only one state in the country has an economy-wide cap on carbon. These states want to change that  —  Lawmakers from nine states announced on Wednesday that they would be forming a coalition …

California Advanced Biofuels Alliance Joins Biofuels Groups in Opposing AB 1745
January 31, 2018 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

(California Advanced Biofuels Alliance)  On January 19th, CABA joined biofuels groups in opposing AB 1745. Here is the text of the letter:
Dear Assembly Member Ting:
It is after careful deliberation that the undersigned organizations respectfully express opposition …

Busy Truck Stop Finds Success with Biofuels
January 31, 2018 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

(Trucking Info)  Fontana Truck Stop Center has an ideal location. It’s just off one interstate and near another, both of them taking traffic to and from Los Angeles. It’s also in an industrial area populated with …

Study: Renewable Diesel Doing Its Part
January 31, 2018 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

(Trucking Info/Neste)  According to a recent study by Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GMA), renewable diesel (RD) is playing an active part in ensuring that heavy-duty vehicles, including Class 8 trucks, are meeting near-zero emissions mandates in …

World First as AltAir Biojet Fuel Refinery Achieves RSB Certification
January 30, 2018 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials) The RSB is delighted to announce the certification of AltAir to produce biojet fuel, renewable diesel and naphtha, a gasoline component. This industry first sees AltAir join the ranks of RSB certified operators who have …

2018 Argus California Carbon & LCFS Summit — March 19 – 21, 2018 — Half Moon Bay, CA
January 30, 2018 – 5:02 pm | No Comment
2018 Argus California Carbon & LCFS Summit   —   March 19 – 21, 2018   —   Half Moon Bay, CA

North America’s carbon, emissions, and fuels markets are in a state of uncertainty under today’s policies. The current state of the California’s Cap-and-Trade and LCFS program as well as federal emission initiatives have market participants …

Qantas, Agrisoma, Honeywell, AltAir, WFS Partner in Historic First Pacific Jet Biofuels Flight
January 30, 2018 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The world’s first dedicated biofuel flight between the United States and Australia, QF96 from Los Angeles to Melbourne, has departed from LAX and arrives roughly at Digest press time.
The trans-Pacific …

Clean Energy Sees Double-Digit Growth for Redeem RNG in 2017
January 30, 2018 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Joseph Bebon (NGT News)  Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has announced that sales of Redeem, its renewable natural gas (RNG) vehicle fuel brand, grew by 32% in 2017, up from 60 million gallons in 2016 to 79 million gallons …

Aviation Noise & Emissions Symposium — February 25-27, 2018 — Long Beach, CA
January 29, 2018 – 4:20 pm | No Comment
Aviation Noise & Emissions Symposium   —    February 25-27, 2018   —   Long Beach, CA

The UC Davis Aviation Noise and Emissions (ANE) Symposium will focus on ground-breaking science, legislative efforts, and community interactions being undertaken by the aviation community. Find out from elected officials, airports, consultants, the FAA and …

‘Diesel Brothers’ Stars at MN Ag Expo
January 26, 2018 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Tim Krohn (Mankato Free Press)  The DieselSellerz, stars of Discovery’s “Diesel Brothers” show, were at the MN Ag Expo on Wednesday talking with fans and previewing a truck the foursome is building for the Minnesota …

Company Official Shares Biofuel Plant Details
January 25, 2018 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Tina Alvey (The Register-Herald)  PPD of WV is putting together the final financial pieces of the puzzle, in hopes of breaking ground on its new biofuel plant near Sam Black Church this spring, according to …

Energy Commission Grant Gives Processing Industry Food for Thought
January 25, 2018 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

(California Energy Commission)  Funding Also Awarded for Biofuel, Solar, and Hydrogen Fuel Infrastructure Projects  —  The California Energy Commission is helping the state’s $82 billion food industry become more energy efficient.

Researchers will visit plants around the state …

Biodiesel Agents of Change
January 24, 2018 – 9:28 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine spotlights four companies—a respected producer, a service-oriented wholesaler, a 200-year old chemical firm, and a fuel conditioning company—that enable biodiesel’s role as an effective change agent.
PQ Corp. 
… John Votta, global …

Against the Odds
January 24, 2018 – 9:10 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Continued investment and expansion took place in the U.S. biodiesel sector throughout 2017, despite rising political uncertainty and a lapsed tax credit. Here is an overview of some of the activity, …

Off-Grid Power with Ethanol, Pay with Bitcoin
January 24, 2018 – 8:49 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  E-Fuel has launched its solution for people who want energy independence and to be green about it.
The Silicon Valley company introduced its 100% ethanol generator, the Personal Energy System (PES), 8 January. It is …

A Straighter, Shorter Pathway: Confidence Builds in Overcoming the Hurdles Slowing Corn Kernel Fiber-to-Ethanol Approvals.
January 23, 2018 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Seven years after the U.S. EPA published the final rule for administering the Renewable Fuel Standard, the path to getting corn kernel fiber-to-ethanol approvals appears to be getting much shorter. …

INSIGHTS Anaerobic Digesters as a Tool for California’s Clean Transportation Efforts
January 23, 2018 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Cliff Gladstein (Gladstein, Neandross & Associates/ACT News)  As one of the most populous states in the nation and a center of agricultural activity, California faces a waste disposal problem. Organic waste sent to municipal waste …

Phosphoethanolamine Cellulose: A Naturally Produced Chemically Modified Cellulose
January 22, 2018 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Wiriya Thongsomboon, Diego O. Serra, Alexandra Possling, Chris Hadjineophytou, Regine Hengge, Lynette Cegelski (Science Magazine)  Cellulose is the most abundant biopolymer on Earth and an important component of bacterial biofilms. Thongsomboon et al. used solid-state nuclear magnetic …

US Government Report Strengthens Consensus on Biodiesel Benefits
January 22, 2018 – 9:54 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Argonne National Laboratory, US Dept. of Agriculture, and Purdue University affirm impressive emissions reductions  —  A new study on biodiesel’s lifecycle energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission effects updates and reaffirms the long-understood benefits …

Top 20 Advanced Bioeconomy Projects underway in North America
January 19, 2018 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To date, North America is the most active of all regions in terms of deploying advanced technology — whether it is cellulosic ethanol, isobutanol for fuels and chemicals, or renewable chemical …

California-Trump Administration Fuel-Efficiency Talks Intensify
January 17, 2018 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters) California and the Trump administration will hold a series of new talks over fuel efficiency rules as the auto industry still hopes for a deal to retain nationwide requirements.
Officials from the California …

NASA and DLR Investigate the Impact of Aviation on the Climate – Joint Flight Tests on Alternative Fuel Emissions
January 15, 2018 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR)) Three weeks of research flights from Ramstein Air Base; NASA DC-8 and DLR A320 ATRA fly together; The focus is on particle emissions of alternative fuels and their …

WEBINAR Review: Preparing the Energy Grid for Electrified and Autonomous Vehicles
January 14, 2018 – 8:03 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On December 13th, SAE International moderated a webinar clarifying how the energy grid prepares to support a high volume of fully electric, autonomous vehicles in the coming future.
In order …

Bill de Blasio: This Is Why New York Is Suing and Divesting from Big Oil
January 14, 2018 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Bill de Blasio (New York City Mayor/Washington Post)  … America’s largest city, 8.5 million strong, is taking decisive action on two separate fronts. We are demanding compensation from those who profit from climate change. And …

U.S. Regulators Meet with California on Fate of Vehicle Fuel Rules
January 12, 2018 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  Senior U.S. government officials held talks in recent weeks with California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) to discuss the goal of maintaining one set of national requirements for automakers, a move that will …