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

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

June 10, 2019 Read Full Article

COLUMN: NEXT: Building Trust and Community

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

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

June 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Strategy for Growth: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Pacific Ethanol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest’s new “Stocks Worth Tracking” Multi-Slide Guide Series highlights hot companies that are making strides in the bioeconomy. Today’s “Stock Worth Tracking” is Pacific Ethanol. Pacific Ethanol was originally founded in 2003 as the first pure-play ethanol company and now has nine bio-refineries in the

May 31, 2019 Read Full Article

NEXT Renewable Fuels and BP Products North America Enter into Renewable Feedstock Supply Agreement

(NEXT Renewable Fuels)  NEXT Renewable Fuels, Inc (NEXT) and BP Products North America Inc. (BP) have entered into a long‐term Feedstock Supply Agreement whereby NEXT will purchase approximately 2 million metric tons (13.2 million barrels) per year of renewable feedstocks for NEXT’s planned Port Westward, Oregon renewable diesel facility. Under the Agreement, BP will supply used cooking oils, animal

May 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Wyden, Merkley Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Promote Cleaner Transportation Fuel, Healthier Forests

(Office of Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)) Legislation allows the use of biomass waste from certain federal lands in the making of renewable fuels  —  U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today introduced bipartisan legislation to allow the use of biomass from certain federal lands needing ecological restoration in the making of

May 24, 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

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

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

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

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

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

Oregon Rack Gasoline Jumps Nearly 34 Cents in Two Weeks on Ethanol Troubles

by Kenneth Raphael, Jeffrey Bair and Wes Swift (S&P Global Platts)  Portland, Oregon, rack gasoline has jumped more than 33 cents since March 12 on ethanol shortages tied to the recent “bomb cyclone” in the US Midwest that set off flooding and interrupted rail movement of ethanol, according to DTN data

March 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Oregon Close to Finalizing Cap-and-Trade Bill

by Sarah Zimmerman (Associated Press)  Oregon lawmakers on Monday unveiled a compromise proposal to a controversial cap-and-trade bill regulating greenhouse gas emissions, responding to overwhelming opposition from businesses and agricultural groups who worry the plan could put them out of work. If passed, Oregon would become the second state in the

March 27, 2019 Read Full Article

City Reduces Internal Emissions and Fossil Fuel Use

(City of Eugene, Oregon)  Every year the City of Eugene completes an inventory that tracks how the City as an organization is doing at meeting our Climate Recovery Ordinance (CRO) goalsOpens a New Window. to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel use. The City of Eugene’s consultants, Good Company, recently completed

March 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Energy Vision Urges N.Y. to Include Biomethane in Climate Legislation

(Energy Vision/Waste 360)  Energy Vision filed testimony with the New York State Legislature to include biomethane made from organic waste as a renewable energy source in the CCPA. —  Energy Vision, which researches clean energy and transportation technologies, recently filed testimony with the New York State Legislature making the case for including biomethane

March 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Throw Deep: Heard on the Floor at the Washington Sustainable Aviation Fuels Summit

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Port of Seattle Commissioner Fred Felleman noted:  “Secretary Mabus advised us to set a goal. If it’s good enough for the Navy, it’s good enough for SeaTac airport, and we’ve established a partnership with 13 airlines with a goal of moving to 10 percent renewable

March 12, 2019 Read Full Article

101 for Low Carbon Fuel Standard

by Paul Greene (BioCycle Magazine/Montrose Environmental)  California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, which grew out of the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act, is stimulating markets for biogas, including renewable natural gas —  Biogas project developers and financiers are finding strong offtake opportunities selling their gas into the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)

March 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Biogas To RNG Projects: What, Why And How

by Brad Pleima (BioCycle Magazine/EcoEngineers)  With prices for renewable electricity low in many states, biogas producers are turning to the renewable natural gas marketplace. This road map is a valuable navigation tool.  —  There is a national trend to reposition biogas-producing assets into renewable fuel production facilities. Biogas is typically used to

March 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Washington State Tackles Transportation Emissions

by Jeremy Martin (Union of Concerned Scientists)  … The largest source of pollution in Washington state is transportation, which is another way to say burning petroleum-based fuels like gasoline and diesel. Tackling emissions from transportation requires policies that focus on vehicles and transportation fuels. Broad economy-wide measures like carbon pricing or

March 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Red Rock Biofuels Gets Option to Double FT Capacity from EFT Reactors at Oregon Diesel/Jet Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Oregon, Emerging Fuels Technology, has amended their license agreement with Red Rock Biofuels LLC under which EFT will provide its TL8a Fischer-Tropsch technology to provide additional FT capacity for RRB’s Bio-Refinery in Lakeview, Oregon, USA.  The amendment doubles the FT capacity to be provided by

March 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Shell Joins Air Liquide, Nouryon in Enerkem Waste-to-Chemicals Project in Rotterdam: The Complete Story

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Shell will become an equal equity partner in the proposed commercial-scale waste-to-chemicals project, which will be the first of its kind in Europe to make valuable chemicals and biofuels out of non-recyclable waste materials. The consortium, which has set up a dedicated joint venture company,

March 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Grassley, Wyden Introduce Tax Extenders Bill

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Feb. 28, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., introduced legislation to extend 29 tax credits, including those that benefit producers of renewable diesel, second generation biofuels and bioenergy. According to information released by the Senate Committee on Finance,

March 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Eugene Man Resentenced in Biodiesel Fraud Case

by Maxine Bernstein (The Oregonian/OregonLive)  Jack Holden and co-defendant Lloyd Benton Sharp together defrauded 12 people who invested in a project to produce biodiesel fuel in the West African nation of Ghana. When the project failed, the two men duped the investors into providing additional funds to support nonexistent projects to transport

February 28, 2019 Read Full Article

NEXT Renewable Fuels Secures Land at Port Westward

(NEXT Renewable Fuels)  NEXT Renewable Fuels has agreed to purchase a 25‐acre parcel at the Port of Columbia County’s Port Westward Industrial Park. The land is zoned industrial and was purchased from Teevin Bros, a local material handling and timber company. “We are extremely pleased to be working with the Teevin team

February 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Velocys Customer Red Rock Biofuels Cuts Size of Firm Reactor Order

(StockMarketWire.com)  Alternative fuel company Velocys said it had agreed to a series of amendments in its licensing contracts with Red Rock Biofuels in order to speed up completion of a planned bio-refinery. The changes were related to RRB’s license of Velocys Fischer-Tropsch reactors and proprietary catalyst for the RRB biorefinery under

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

NEXT Renewable Fuels and Shell Trading (US) Company Enter Renewable Diesel Purchase and Sale Agreement

(NEXT Renewable Fuels/Informed Infrastructure) NEXT Renewable Fuels, Inc (NEXT) and Shell Trading (US) Company (Shell) have entered a long-term Purchase and Sale Agreement for the purchase of renewable diesel from NEXT’s planned Port Westward, Oregon facility. Representing an investment of more than $1 billion (USD), NEXT continues to develop its Oregon

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Transport Bursts onto Global Decarbonisation Map

by Matthew Stone (PRIMA/Biofuels Digest)  … Exponential growth in liquid renewable transport fuel solutions however is still needed to keep governments and fuel providers on track to overarching climate change commitments. To manage the explosive growth, PRIMA has created the roadmap needed for the energy, regulatory and investor stakeholders to keep on

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Washington May Require More Climate-Friendly Motor Fuels

by Brad Shannon and Carolyn Bick (INVESTIGATEWEST)  …  The biodiesel-to-be that is being sucked into (Chad) Peters’ truck, like much of what’s collected in Washington, will help reduce climate-wrecking carbon emissions not in the Evergreen State but across the border in Oregon. There, lawmakers have required progressive reductions in the amount of

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

4 Myths About Renewable Diesel

by Lauren Fletcher (WorkTruck) Renewable diesel is gaining popularity, mostly with west coast fleets, as a cleaner-burning alternative to diesel and biodiesel fuels. At its most basic definition, renewable diesel fuel is a direct substitute for diesel fuel that is refined from lower carbon and renewable source materials. But, with any newer

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

From Take-Off to Offtake – Driving Sustainable Aviation Fuels to Commercial Scale

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In a tale of two Washingtons, the sustainable aviation fuels movement will gather in Washington state in March and in Washington, D.C. in April to seek breakthroughs in the adoption rate of jet biofuels, which have been stalled for some time between the successful certification/demonstration efforts

January 23, 2019 Read Full Article

World Energy and Valero Lead Rebound in Biofuels M&A: 2018 Review

by Bruce Comer (Ocean Park/Biofuels Digest)  Convergence reigns as the North American biofuels industry witnesses a resurgence in mergers and acquisitions, including exceptionally large deals  —  Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in biofuels picked up considerably in 2018 after a slowdown in 2017, and by historic standards, the deals grew considerably in

January 22, 2019 Read Full Article

A Geospatial View of Biodiesel Activity

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine provides a visual of prominent project development activities over the past year. READ MORE

January 5, 2019 Read Full Article

A Carbon Price Can Benefit the Poor While Reducing Emissions

by Helen Mountford and Molly McGregor (World Resources Institute)  …  Recent research from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds that bold climate action could deliver at least $26 trillion in economic benefits through 2030. … On the other side of the coin, climate action can inadvertently hurt the poor

December 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Senate Bill Seeks To Transition U.S. To 100 Percent Zero-Emission Vehicles:

(Bergeson & Campbell’s Clients and Friends Memorandum)  On November 28, 2018, Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), both senior members of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, introduced legislation that would put the U.S. on the path to achieving 100 percent zero-emission vehicles (ZEV). The Zero-Emission Vehicles

December 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels and Environmental Groups Commend New Pilot Environmental Quality and Incentive Program in 2018 Farm Bill Report

(Grain Net) The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), Environmental Entrepreneurs(E2), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) thank the Farm Bill conferees for including a new pilot Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) in the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report to promote and document the benefits of farming practices which improve soil health.

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

New Energy Presses on with Cellulosic Ethanol

by Mikkel Pates (AgWeek) New Energy Blue LLC is about five months away from finishing engineering and permitting on a $150 million plant project that would turn wheat and corn field residue into ethanol for high-end renewable markets. If everything goes perfectly, a plant could open in 2021, says Thomas

December 10, 2018 Read Full Article

C.J.’s Back and REGI’s Got Her: Warner Tapped as New Renewable Energy Group CEO

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Iowa, white smoke has emerged from the REGI conclave: Tesoro EVP and former Sapphire Energy CEO C.J. Warner has been named chief exec of Renewable Energy Group, at a pivotal moment for biodiesel in Washington and around the world and amidst a boom for renewable diesel

December 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Delta Refinery Will Convert Plastic Waste to Jet Fuel with Sir Richard Branson-backed Agilyx

by Alex Gailey (Atlanta Business Chronicle)  Monroe Energy, Delta’s subsidiary refinery, will start converting plastic waste into jet fuel under an agreement with Agilyx, an environmental technology and development company backed by Sir Richard Branson. The idea is that the material will help create more renewable jet fuel for the Atlanta-based airline, while

November 21, 2018 Read Full Article

A Fuel Value over $7.00 per Gallon, and Everyone’s Chasing It: The Birth of USA Bioenergy and the Surge in Renewable Diesel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, we are now seeing project flow projecting a sustainable $7.63 price for renewable diesel in the California market, where the Low Carbon Fuel Standard stacks on top of the RIN values from the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. That’s market value, not subsidy. Though some

November 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Part of the Answer to Climate Change May Be America’s Trees and Dirt, Scientists Say

by Brad Plumer (New York Times)  … A new study published on Wednesday, however, found that better management of forests, grasslands and soils in the United States could offset as much as 21 percent of the country’s annual greenhouse gas emissions. At the high end of the projections, that would be

November 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Is the Overlooked Giant of Decarbonization

by Graham Noyes (OurEnergyPolicy.org/Noyes Law Corporation)  In October, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reaffirmed the leading role that bioenergy continues to play in decarbonization. IEA Executive Director, Dr. Fatih Barol, pointedly stated, “Modern bioenergy is the overlooked giant of the renewable energy field… We expect modern bioenergy will continue to lead the field,

November 18, 2018 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR PAPERS: BioCycle WEST COAST19   —   April 1-4, 2019   —   Portland, OR    DEADLINE:  December 10, 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS: BioCycle WEST COAST19 — April 1-4, 2019 — Portland, OR DEADLINE: December 10, 2018

Accepting abstracts now for presentations on April 2-3, 2019.  BioCycle WEST COAST19 includes four tracks of sessions. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. Deadline for abstract submittal is December 10, 2018. Abstract selection will be completed by December 21, 2018; notifications will be emailed on or before that date. Speakers will

November 15, 2018 Read Full Article

West Coast Biodiesel Consolidation: Crimson Acquires SeQuential

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  California-based biodiesel producer Crimson Renewable Energy LP has acquired SeQuential, a vertically integrated biodiesel producer based in Oregon. With the acquisition, Crimson will gain increased feedstock supply options for its biodiesel production facility in Bakersfield, California, and expand its ability to supply ultra-low carbon biodiesel to

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Take-Off: 350 Million Bucks towards Drop-in Aviation Biofuels for the California Market

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, World Energy announced a $350 million investment over the next two years to complete the conversion of its Paramount, California facility into one of the cleanest fuel refineries in the world. The project will enable World Energy Paramount to process 306 million gallons annually.

October 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Kroger, City of Toronto Among Energy Vision’s RNG Leaders

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  At its annual awards reception in New York City last week, Energy Vision, a national nonprofit that researches and promotes low-carbon energy and transportation strategies, presented awards for entities helping speed the adoption of renewable natural gas (RNG). The 2018 Energy Vision awardees are as follows: The City

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Innovations in Biomass-Based Diesel

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Two ethanol producers are adopting quite different innovative technologies to add value to their corn oil—one making biodiesel with supercritical methods, the other making renewable diesel. East Kansas Agri-Energy’s renewable diesel plant has been operational for about a year, after taking months to work

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR SPEAKERS:  BioCycle WEST COAST19 Conference   —   April 1-4, 2019   —    Portland, OR   DEADLINE: November 30, 2018

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: BioCycle WEST COAST19 Conference — April 1-4, 2019 — Portland, OR DEADLINE: November 30, 2018

The theme of BioCycle WEST COAST19 is Catalyzing Organics Recycling. Topics to be covered: Infrastructure Development; Compost and Biogas Markets; Food Recovery; Contamination Management; Composting Science; Behavior Change; Organics Recycling. We are excited to be in Oregon in 2019 where compost manufacturing, anaerobic digestion and food recovery are ranked high

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article
    BioCycle WEST COAST19 Conference   —   April 1-4, 2019   —    Portland, OR

BioCycle WEST COAST19 Conference — April 1-4, 2019 — Portland, OR

The theme of BioCycle WEST COAST19 is Catalyzing Organics Recycling. Topics to be covered: Infrastructure Development; Compost and Biogas Markets; Food Recovery; Contamination Management; Composting Science; Behavior Change; Organics Recycling. We are excited to be in Oregon in 2019 where compost manufacturing, anaerobic digestion and food recovery are ranked high

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article
    Biochar: Know It, Make It, Use It   —    November 6-8, 2018   —   Eugene, OR

Biochar: Know It, Make It, Use It — November 6-8, 2018 — Eugene, OR

1820 Roosevelt Blvd. Eugene, OR (City of Eugene Parks and Open Space offices)  Come learn from biochar consultant Kelpie Wilson about how biochar works in soils; how to make biochar and use it in agriculture, forestry, restoration and remediation applications; and biochar kiln design and com- bustion principles. Learn from USDA-Agricultural

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Development, Deployment of Integrated Biorefineries: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Biorefining in the US

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy Task 42’s goal is to contribute to the development and deployment of integrated biorefineries as part of highly efficient sustainable value chains (co-)producing food/feed ingredients, chemicals, materials, fuels, power and/or heat out of sustainably sourced biomass (wood, crops, residues, etc.) as base for a global

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Thermal Gasification of Biomass: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to TGoB in the United States

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy Task 33 is a working group of international experts with the aim to promote the commercialization of efficient, economical and environmentally preferable thermal biomass gasification processes. Kevin Whitty gave this illuminating overview of the progress and promise of thermal gasification of biomass in the

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Incentives Watch: Oregon’s Bovine Manure Tax Credit Isn’t the Only “Crappy” Credit That Exists

by Lauren Colandreo (Bloomberg) … Last fall, Oregon enacted the Bovine Manure Tax Credit, which offers bovine manure producers and collectors a tax credit for each wet ton of manure collected to be used as a biofuel or to produce a biofuel. In recent weeks, the state enacted a new set of temporary

September 19, 2018 Read Full Article

US Court Dismisses Industry Challenge to Oregon Fuel Standards

by Brian Scheid (SP Global/Platts) A federal appeals court on Friday upheld Oregon’s low-carbon fuel standards, dismissing a challenge brought by US refiners and truckers. The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, American Trucking Associations and the Consumer Energy Alliance challenged Oregon’s standards, known as the Clean Fuels Program, arguing it violates

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

LCFS Matures: Amendments to California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Could Lead to Favorable Changes for the Ethanol Industry.

by Tim Albrecht (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … The LCFS is administered by the California Air Resources Board and uses a market-based cap-and-trade approach to ultimately lower GHG emissions, says Jessica Buckley, senior environmental scientist for RTP Environmental Associates Inc. “California essentially created this program to create a market for low-carbon fuels and

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Driving Decarbonization: How California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Is Helping the Environment While Saving Lives and Growing the Biobased Economy

by Bryan Sherbacow (World Energy)  … To understand a low carbon fuel standard, it’s best to look at California as an example. California is one of two states (neighboring state, Oregon, is the other) to enact a low carbon fuel standard. Typically, these state policies set a limit to the amount of

September 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Energy Company Pitches Biofuel Plant

by Courtney Vaughn (Columbia County Spotlight)  NEXT Energy wants to develop 80-acre site near Port Westward, hire 210 people  —  NEXT Energy Group, Inc. announced plans in July for a new renewable fuel production site that would yield 37,500 barrels a day of renewable diesel and propane, along with “green jet fuels.” The

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Fueled for the Future Red Rock Biofuels Facility Breaks Ground in Lakeview

by Kurt Liedtke (Herald and News)  On Wednesday, members of Red Rock Biofuels, political dignitaries, corporate representatives and a large community contingent gathered on the outskirts of Lakeview for a groundbreaking ceremony for the $320 million renewable fuels facility. Taking woody biomass waste products such as pine needles, agriculture waste,

July 30, 2018 Read Full Article

A First-of-a-Kind Algal-based College Certificate Program Sends Off Its First Graduates

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO)-funded Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC) is proud to announce its first graduates from the algal certificate program at Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These first ATEC graduates received their Associate Applied Science Degree in Controlled Environment

June 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Carbon Utilization Bill Could Create Value for CO2 Emissions

by Tim Albrecht (Biomass Magazine)  Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., introduced three bills this week to boost rural economic opportunities by expanding USDA funding eligibility for clean energy projects. This funding would help improve electric grid security, create more energy choices for businesses, and advance the development and deployment of low-carbon, clean

June 8, 2018 Read Full Article

The Carbon Rescuers: 20 Top Waste Projects and Breakthroughs that Capture Used Carbon from the Waste Pile for New Uses

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In these top 20 projects, we usually say that we are using waste, but really we are converting something from a state of waste to a state of value — and that’s not just good for the project owners in question, it’s good for every stakeholder

June 5, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

You’ve Come a Long Ways, Baby: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys’ Renewable Drop-In Fuels

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 component supplier into initiating and drive the development of biorefineries from concept to full operations. By

May 25, 2018 Read Full Article
    2018 Biodiesel Seminar Tour Exploring Biodiesel   —   June 12 – September 18, 2018   —   Various locations

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 a series of regional, one-day seminars designed to educate fuel wholesalers, distributors, retailers, marketers,

May 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Velocys Picks up Velocity While Rockin’ with Red Rock

by Helena Taveres Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In the United Kingdom, renewable fuels company, Velocys, received a “notice to proceed” action to commence manufacturing of the Fischer-Tropsch reactors and catalyst for the Red Rock Biofuels biorefinery that will be located in Lakeview, Oregon. RRB has commenced construction of the biorefinery, which will incorporate Velocys’ technology,

May 8, 2018 Read Full Article

California And 16 Other States Are Suing Trump To Stop Him Destroying Emissions Standards

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 all down, but now California and 16 other states suing to stop him. … …

May 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Cars Threaten Climate Goals in Blue States

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 environmental regulations. Emissions from cars, trucks and other mobile sources are on the rise nationally.

April 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Renewable Biofuels Plant to Be Built in Lakeview, Oregon

(The Telegraph/Associated Press)  A company has received final approval to start building a renewable-biofuels plant in south-central Oregon. The Herald and News reports the facility in Lakeview is expected to convert forestry waste into renewable fuels for the aviation industry. The firm has contracts with FedEx, Southwest Airlines and the U.S.

April 17, 2018 Read Full Article

States to Sue EPA over Failure to Enforce Landfill Gas Rules

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 regulations. The coalition announced its plans on March 23 when it submitted a 60-day notice of

April 11, 2018 Read Full Article

The Pentagon Is Quietly Moving forward on Biofuel Deals. Republicans Want to Stop It

by Travis J. Tritten (Washington Examiner)  … (Former Navy Secretary Ray) Mabus’ vision is, however, quietly moving forward under the Trump administration. The Pentagon has authorized $140 million to help build two biofuel refineries in recent months, a move that has agitated some top Republican lawmakers who have long opposed

March 13, 2018 Read Full Article

California Biofuel Event Showcases Dynamics of Evolving Industry

(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 include major industry players, both in and out of state. Case referenced the changing state

March 7, 2018 Read Full Article

First U.S. City to Ban Fossil Fuel Expansion Offers Roadmap for Others

by Kevon Paynter (Yes! Magazine)  Portland, Ore., climate activists celebrate a win against Big Oil as city- and state-level initiatives gain momentum across the country.  —  … A key piece of Shell’s arctic drilling fleet, the vessel had arrived in Portland for repairs but its departure was delayed by protesters chanting “coal,

February 28, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Letter: Renewable Fuel Standard Supports Domestic Biofuels

by Christiana Mayer (East Oregonian)  We are continually bombarded with news about new oil drilling and fracking, but that’s not the only solution for domestic fuel production or the only path toward loosening OPEC and Russia’s grip on energy supplies — homegrown biofuels also play an integral role. Domestic energy security

February 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Natural Rubber: Viable Industrial BioEconomy Crop, It’s Going to Be Big

by Katrina Cornish and Corinne Young (re:chem/Bioemergent Materials, The Ohio State University/Biofuels Digest/Lee Enterprises)  Bioenergy/biofuel/platform chemical biomasses, whether grown (crops) or collected (forestry waste and municipal wastes of various kinds), still struggle with commercial competitiveness against the low cost, enormous scale, and market barriers presented by mature fossil fuels juggernauts. The answer is

February 7, 2018 Read Full Article

9 States Buck the Trump Administration and Move Forward with a Price on Carbon Pollution

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 to help pass carbon pricing at the local level, citing the importance of state-level policies

February 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Top 20 Advanced Bioeconomy Projects underway in North America

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 plants, you see the first and the most, here. There are three drivers for that:

January 19, 2018 Read Full Article

CAAFI Highlights Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel Activities of 2017 and Plans for 2018

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The  Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) has taken stock of its busy 2017 and has set priorities for 2018. Highlights on the sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) front include development of many resources available to the public on the CAAFI website. Progress on

January 12, 2018 Read Full Article

The Story of Red Rock Biofuels and the Bond Market Breakthroughs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the world of drop-in military biofuels, two major updates appeared this week. In Oregon, Red Rock Biofuels got good news on Monday when the governor approved $245 million in bonds that will allow the company’s planned aviation biofuel plant thanks to overwhelming support by state

January 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Bond Authorization Opens Door to Lake County Biofuel Project

by Kurt Leidtke (Herald and News)  Jeff Manternach, CEO of Red Rock Biofuels, says the company was created in response to widespread and devastating wildfires in the Western U.S. caused by forest debris and the rising demand for drop-in, cost competitive renewable jet and diesel fuels. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown authorized

January 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Washington State Readies Carbon Tax Push

(Axios)  Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, will unveil a carbon tax proposal in his address to the state Tuesday, local media reported Thursday. Why it matters outside of that Washington: The debate, while unique to the Evergreen State, is also emblematic of the struggles any effort to push a federal carbon would face.

January 5, 2018 Read Full Article
  CALL FOR PAPERS:  22nd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference   —   June 18-20, 2018   —   Portland, OR   DEADLINE: February 12, 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS: 22nd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference — June 18-20, 2018 — Portland, OR DEADLINE: February 12, 2018

The 22nd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E), hosted by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®, will be held in Portland, Oregon on June 18-20, 2018. GC&E provides an opportunity for a diverse network of over 500 academic, industrial and government stakeholders to network and learn about the newest ideas

December 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Should Vancouver Be Betting on Biodiesel? Peter Brown Believes the City Is primed to Produce Biofuel

by Dameon Pesanti (Columbian)  With the earnestness of a missionary, Peter Brown will proselytize about the eco-friendliness of biodiesel and methane digesters — or extol their virtues with the already converted. In his mind, Vancouver could be to the green-energy movement what the San Francisco Bay Area was to the digital

November 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Study Opens Door for Solution to Canola Conflict

(Capital Press)  According to the OSU study, Canola poses no greater threat to specialty seed producers than other Brassica species regularly grown in the valley.  —  Results of a recent study by Oregon State University strongly suggests canola production could coexist with specialty seed crops in the Willamette Valley. We hope farmers

November 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Charting a Cellulosic Path — Enzyme Advances Hold Promise in Corn Ethanol

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Cellulosic technology companies have invested time and millions of dollars to explore ways to convert biomass into cellulosic ethanol for the better part of 20 years. Most technologies have fallen victim to high capital and development costs, changing political winds and economic recession. Many

November 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Are Petite Poplars the Future of Biofuels? Studies Say Yes

by Michelle Ma (Phys.Org/University of Washington)  In the quest to produce affordable biofuels, poplar trees are one of the Pacific Northwest’s best bets—the trees are abundant, fast-growing, adaptable to many terrains and their wood can be transformed into substances used in biofuel and high-value chemicals that we rely on in our

November 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Does Regulating Indirect Land Use Change Work? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ILUC Reform

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana professor Madhu Khanna has been raising issues with including an indirect land use change factor for compliance with  low carbon fuel standards. Why, since ILUC is a required calculation for the Renewable Fuel Standard? Khanna notes that estimates of ILUC factor have

November 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Slash and Build: Study Aids Forestry Biofuel Industry

by Siddharth Vodnala (Washington State University News)  Researchers from Washington State University, along with those from Oregon State University and the University of Montana, have recently devised refined methods to estimate the amount of forest residue — the leftovers from trees after logging — that is available for wood-based biorefineries to

October 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Low Carbon Demand Regears Biodiesel Inputs

by  Niamh Boyle  (Prima Markets/Biodiesel Magazine)   Prima Markets provides a comprehensive summary of the growing international demand for low carbon fuels, including U.S. policy drivers and waste feedstock consumption, along with a detailed overview of the international trade of low carbon feedstock. — Policy changes in the U.S. and Europe are

October 18, 2017 Read Full Article
  22nd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference   —   June 18-20, 2018   —   Portland, OR

22nd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference — June 18-20, 2018 — Portland, OR

GC&E provides an opportunity for a diverse network of over 500 academic, industrial and government stakeholders to network and learn about the newest ideas in sustainable approaches to chemistry, chemicals and processes and products. This year’s conference is highlighting the theme, “Product innovation using greener chemistries.” The overarching theme of the

October 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Trump Tramples GOP Loyalty with Anti-Iowa Positions on Health Care, Energy

by Kathie Obradovich (Des Moines Register)  …  Trump, while campaigning in Iowa, pledged to protect the RFS, which sets the minimum volume of renewable energy that must be part of the transportation fuels sold in the United States.  The National Biodiesel Board posted a video last week compiling clips of Trump’s campaign promises on

October 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Stanfield Biodiesel Plant Was a Scam

(My Columbia Basin)  The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services is fining Robert D. “Bob” Doughty and his companies for bilking investors of $250,000. Officials say the Ontario man with a Stanfield connection is fined $35,000 for selling fraudulent securities to at least 12 people. Officials for the department warn

October 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Eco Challenge: One Man’s Quest to Build an Eco-Friendly Passagemaker, Parts I and 2

by Peter Wilcox (Passage Maker)  Having the opportunity to imagine and oversee the building of my own ideal Inside Passage vessel has been exquisitely educational—initiating a chain of engaging design, building, voyaging, and teaching adventures. … Taking a break from sailing up north, we decided to buy an interim boat

September 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Letter to the Editor: Eclipse Visitors, Help Us on Climate

by Mick Harris (Oregon Live)  I loved Richard Waring’s Aug. 17 message to eclipse visitors. As somebody who continues to try and take the fight to climate change through a variety of organizations, I agree with him that, in order to preserve the Oregon that we love and that the visitors will too, we

August 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Why Ethanol Is in Gas

by Robert White (Yakima Herald)  To the editor — The Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires refiners to blend an increasing amount of ethanol and other biofuels into petroleum, was enacted in part to help bring greater consumer choice to the marketplace and break up Big Oil’s monopoly. However, there is

July 31, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Heat Death: Joule Unlimited Collapses as Oil Prices Flag, Time Passes, Pressure Mounts

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of the more striking outcomes from the DOE Bioeconomy 2017 conference in Washington DC was confirmation of the demise of Joule Unlimited. “We had a lot of prospects last year,” former CEO Brian Baynes told The Digest, “but those new investor prospects walked away,

July 19, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Port Westward Storage Tank Purchase Would Be for Ethanol Expansion, Buyers Say

by Sean Bassinger (The Chronicle)   Nine storage tanks out at Port Westward could be used to house massive amounts of crude oil. But Global Partners officials say they want the tanks for another reason: development for their ethanol facility. Oregon’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) commission voted 3-0 in Salem on

June 30, 2017 Read Full Article
  CALL FOR SYMPOSIA:  Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference — June 18-20, 2018 — Portland, OR   DEADLINE:  October 6, 2017

CALL FOR SYMPOSIA: Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference — June 18-20, 2018 — Portland, OR DEADLINE: October 6, 2017

The American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute (ACS GCI) is pleased to announce that it will hold its 22nd annual scientific meeting June 18-20, 2018 in Portland, Oregon. The Green Chemistry & Engineering (GC&E) Conference Advisory Committee is now inviting the submission of proposals for symposia for presentation during this meeting. The

June 29, 2017 Read Full Article
  Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference    —   June 18-20, 2018   —   Portland, OR

Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference — June 18-20, 2018 — Portland, OR

The American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute (ACS GCI) is pleased to announce that it will hold its 22nd annual scientific meeting June 18-20, 2018 in Portland, Oregon. GC&E provides an opportunity for a diverse network of over 500 academic, industrial and government stakeholders to network and learn about the

June 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Congress Needs to Protect Renewable Fuel Law

by Jim Harris (Natural Resource Report)  Please stand with me and ask our Oregon representatives in Washington, D.C. to protect the partnership between fuel and agricultural by preserving the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) as is, without changes. With so many policies up for debate in Washington DC, it’s easy to

June 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Jet and Diesel from the Sticks: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Red Rock Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In late 2015, we reported Red Rock Biofuels will produce approximately three million gallons of low-carbon, renewable jet fuel per year (at that time, from 2017 through 2024) for FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp, in an agreement announced by the companies today. FedEx joined Southwest Airlines

June 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuels Work for Oregon

by Jim Talent (Capital Ag Press/Americans for Energy Security and Innovation)  Unfortunately, even as fracking reached new heights, America’s total domestic crude oil production declined in 2016. According to new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, that lost domestic energy production was quickly replaced by rising imports from the

June 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Roll-Out of Smaller-Scale GTL: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys

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. After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, Velocys technology is headed for scale.The ENVIA project is now producing fuels in Oklahoma,

May 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Talking RFS Revamp

By Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Rep. John Shimkus, chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment, said he expected to begin a series of meetings on how to potentially revamp the Renewable Fuel Standard in the coming weeks. “We’ll probably start meeting with a small group of

May 19, 2017 Read Full Article
  BioCycle REFOR17   —   October 16-19, 2017   —   Portland, OR

BioCycle REFOR17 — October 16-19, 2017 — Portland, OR

BIOCYCLE REFOR17 is where you’ll network with the who’s who of the renewable energy, composting, and organics recycling industry. This is the Conference where participants get the latest on technologies and practices in anaerobic digestion, renewable fuels, composting, food waste, green infrastructure, biogas markets.    READ MORE

May 12, 2017 Read Full Article

LCFS vs RFS: As Two Contend for the Renewables Heavyweight Championship, Who Is the Greatest? Carbon 2017 Part 2 of 3

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What is different about a Low Carbon Fuel Standard — as compared to a Renewable Fuel Standard? There are 4 primary differences. 1. An RFS creates a standard, and any fuel that meets that standard can compete in that market. … 2. An LCFS sets

May 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Houston Firm Proposes $500 Million Biofuel Refinery in Longview

by Marissa Luck (The Daily News)  A Houston-based group of investors is once again looking to develop a biofuel refinery in Cowlitz County, more than a year after their plans for oil, propane and biofuel projects were rejected by the Port of Longview. This time though, the refinery will focus

May 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Wyden Introduces Clean Energy for America Act

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (Ore.) and colleagues introduced a clean energy tax reform package that includes a proposal for a technology neutral tax credit designed to encourage the development and production of advanced and cellulosic biofuels. Advanced Biofuels Business Council

May 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels Standard Is Good for Oregon

by Curtis Martin (Capital Press)  As a rancher, we want to leave the land, air and water a little better for our children.  —  Whether it’s for cattle or crops, farmers and ranchers have been on the forefront of conservation. Many frontline harvesters of the land and sea are also leading

April 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Portland Votes ‘Yes’ On Plan To Turn Poop Into Vehicle Fuel

by Amelia Templeton  (OPB FM) For years, the sewage flushed away by Portland households has decomposed into methane gas captured by the city’s wastewater plant and turned into energy and electricity. Now, the city’s wastewater agency, the Bureau of Environmental Services, has a new plan for the gas that’s produced by your

April 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Oregon Senate Backs Woody Biomass as ‘Green Energy’

(KTVZ.com)  Bill sponsored by Sens. Tim Knopp, Ted Ferrioli  —  Oregon Senate Republicans say adding woody biomass as a recognized source of green energy technologies will help reduce carbon emissions and create jobs in rural Oregon. The proposal, Senate Bill 634, passed the Senate Thursday with unanimous bipartisan support. “We

April 19, 2017 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Fueling Future from Coast to Coast

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  …Led by Don O’Connor, a Vancouver-based international expert on greenhouse-gas emissions, the panel discussed biodiesel opportunities from coast to coast. From the west coast was Simon Mui, Director of California’s Fuels, Energy and Transportation Program for the Natural Resources Defense Council, who praised the enactment of

April 7, 2017 Read Full Article

The Imports Cometh

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel hit extreme heights in 2016, fulfilling a third of the consumption market, driving the domestic biodiesel industry to more actively seek counteracting measures to protect its own investments.   —  The U.S. imported nearly three times more biodiesel and renewable

April 5, 2017 Read Full Article

CARB Finds Vehicle Standards Are Achievable and Cost-Effective

(California Air Resources Board)  CARB votes to move forward with greenhouse gas reductions and zero emission programs through 2025; action sets the table for accelerating programs post-2025  —  Today (March 24, 2017) California re-affirmed its commitment to clean air, protecting public health and continuing the fight against climate change when

March 27, 2017 Read Full Article

New Study Sets the Stage for Engineering Fungi to Make Fuels instead of Toxins

(Phys.Org)  Molds produce a wide range of both valuable and toxic molecules, which have important implications for energy production, agriculture and human health. A recent study revealed that an organelle within fungal cells called the endoplasmic reticulum acts as a cellular factory for synthesizing diverse natural products called sesquiterpenes in

March 22, 2017 Read Full Article

CBA Event Highlights California’s Thriving Biodiesel Market

by Celia DuBose (California Biodiesel Alliance/Biodiesel Magazine)  Jennifer Case, chair of the California Biodiesel Alliance, ended her opening address at the sixth annual California Biodiesel Conference March 1 in Sacramento with one simple message: The world of biodiesel is trending up. While not shying away from challenges to the state’s industry,

March 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Ground Delay: Where Are the Sustainable Aviation Fuels?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (S)omething less than $200 million has been so far positively and affordably earmarked by lenders to revolutionize the entire supply chain of US air transportation fuels. Which is to say, you can just about get better terms for money from loansharkers to bet on the

February 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Pacific Ethanol To Produce Cellulosic Ethanol at Its Madera Plant

(Pacific Ethanol/Globenews)   Edeniq’s yield-enhancing Pathway Technology will now be installed at two Pacific Ethanol plants  —  Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEIX), a leading producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the United States, and Edeniq, Inc., a biorefining and cellulosic technology company, announced they have entered into a technology licensing

February 16, 2017 Read Full Article

Waste to Fuels Viability: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys Economics

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. After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, Velocys technology is headed for scale.The ENVIA project is now producing fuels in Oklahoma,

February 8, 2017 Read Full Article

The Uber Model for Industrial Biotechnology, on Display at REG Okeechobee?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The REG Okeechobee facility is now “open for business” as a contract manufacturing site, and that’s a fascinating development worth exploring, even if you don’t have a microbe you would like to manufacture without the expense and hassle of building your own fermentation capacity. From

February 7, 2017 Read Full Article

What Blend Wall? Why Facts Trump Rhetoric Every Time

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  Half of U.S. states blended more than 10 percent ethanol, RFA’s president and CEO points out in his View from the Hill column —  Reps. Bill Flores, R-Texas, and Peter Welch, D-Vt., introduced legislation during the last Congress that would cap ethanol blends in

January 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Biodiesel’s Backers: Build on 2016 Momentum for 2017 and Beyond

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Led by Don O’Connor, a Vancouver-based international expert on greenhouse-gas emissions, the assembled panel detailed efforts that spanned from municipal victories to boost biodiesel use to the Paris Climate Agreement that aims to significantly reduce global carbon emissions. Simon Mui, Director of California’s Fuels, Energy

January 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Top 10 Bioeconomy Predictions for 2017

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we sail into 2017? Not the good ship Digest! Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and offer our predictions for the year ahead. As the sunset of 2016 gives way to the dawn of 2017, here at the Digest

January 3, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Economics of Forest Biomass Raise Hurdles for Rural Development

(Oregon State University)  The use of residual forest biomass for rural development faces significant economic hurdles that make it unlikely to be a source of jobs in the near future, according to an analysis by economists at Oregon State University. In a model of the forest industry, researchers in the

December 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Fantastic 5: US States Getting It Done, Making Biobased Happen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … the most innovative public-private policies are likely for some time to proceed out of regions, provinces and states. In some ways, in the United States the forces arrayed against the Renewable Fuel Standard will end up with something far worse — a patchwork of state-by-state

December 27, 2016 Read Full Article

Study Finds People Are Willing to Pay More for New Biofuels

by Scott Weybright (Washington State University)  When it comes to second generation biofuels, Washington State University research shows that consumers are willing to pay a premium of approximately 11 percent over conventional fuel. “We were surprised the premium was that significant,” said Jill McCluskey, WSU professor in the School of

December 8, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

EPA Announces $1.3 Million to Small Businesses to Support the Nation’s Green Economy

(Environmental Protection Agency)  This year’s projects focus on cookstoves, manufacturing, toxic chemicals, water, and building materials  —  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $1.3 million to 13 small businesses nationwide to develop and commercialize technologies to help solve current environmental issues. “The 13 businesses we are funding today

December 6, 2016 Read Full Article

The Biobased Economy after Trump: The States May Lead the Way

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  … Trump and Congressional Republicans are expected to focus on comprehensive tax reform, infrastructure development, and repealing Obamacare. Some of those initiatives may touch the biobased economy but only at the margins. Renewable chemical and biofuel producer CEOs, who make business decisions with a

November 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Webinar: Economic Evaluation of Potential Biorefineries with High-Resolution Decison Support Tools

(Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest)  This talk introduces a web-based decision support tool for biorefinery siting and explores the economic viability of potential biorefinery locations in Chehalis, WA, Dallas, OR, and Hayden,ID.  WATCH VIDEO

November 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Fed Approval Paves Way for Low-Cost Cellulosic Ethanol Production

by George Lurie (The Business Journal)  In a first-of-its-kind ruling, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Pacific Ethanol’s registration of its Stockton ethanol plant to generate valuable credits by producing cellulosic ethanol with the same equipment the company uses to produce corn-based ethanol. The EPA approval now allows

October 12, 2016 Read Full Article

Greenwood Resources Licenses ORNL Invention to Boost Biofuel Yield

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/NewsWise)  GreenWood Resources has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology based on the discovery of a gene in poplar (Populus trichocarpa) that makes it easier to convert poplar trees into biofuels. GreenWood, a global timberland investment and asset management company based in Oregon, plans to commercialize

September 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Scientists May Have Solved a Key Mystery about the World’s Methane Emissions

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  New research has added yet another layer to a major scientific debate about our global emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that is second only to carbon dioxide when it comes to driving climate change. A study, published Monday in Proceedings of the National

September 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Why Poplar Is So Popular: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Poplar Bioconversion

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Amidst the discussion this week of the future of first-gen and advanced biofuels, and the launch of Hot 40 and Hot 50 voting —  we were intrigued by this slide deck on advances in poplar production and bioconversion for the bioeconomy, from the Advanced Hardwoods Biofuels Northwest

September 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Ethanol Replaces Crude Oil at Clatskanie Port

by Marissa Luck (The Daily News)  Global Partners’ terminal at Port Westward has reopened, only this time ethanol is replacing crude oil as the commodity of choice at the Clatskanie-area facility. The terminal, known as Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery, began receiving shipments of the flammable gasoline additive earlier this summer. In

September 11, 2016 Read Full Article

Low Cost Cellulosic Sugars, Hydrogen: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Electrosep

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Amidst all the discussion this week of deal-making in cellulosic and sugar-based fuels — the likes of Tesoro-Virent and Lufthansa-Gevo — we were intrigued by this slide deck on a pathway to low-cost cellulosic sugars and hydrogen, from Electrosep. This illuminating deck was presented at ABLC

September 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Biomass-Based Diesel Mandates and Trade Trends around the World

by Susan Olson (Genscape/Biofuels Digest)  Biomass-based diesel mandates for blending in transportation fuel have increased in many nations worldwide over the last year. In several of these countries, domestic biodiesel production is underutilized and many of these same countries are net exporters. These increases don’t necessarily create the opportunity for

September 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Advanced Biorefinery Proposed for Eastern North Dakota

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A biorefinery proposed to be built in Grand Forks, North Dakota, would transform low-value agricultural byproducts, including sugar beet tailings, wheat straw and potato waste, into biofuel. The North Dakota Ag Products Utilization Commission recently awarded the Red River BioRefinery LLC project $84,000 for

August 25, 2016 Read Full Article

Securities Fraud Related to Biodiesel Fraud Scheme Convicted in Jury Trial

(U.S. Department of Justice)  U.S. Attorney Josh J. Minkler for the Southern District of Indiana announced today the guilty verdict after an eight-day jury trial of Jeffrey Wilson of Evansville, Indiana, who was charged with securities fraud related to a massive multi-state fraud scheme.  Wilson’s crimes centered on the e-biofuels

August 17, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Clean Fuels Law Brings Ethanol to Oregon — But Mostly from the Midwest

by Hillary Borrud (The Oregonian)  Supporters of Oregon’s controversial low-carbon fuels mandate, newly approved last year, hailed it as a chance to grow a local biofuels industry and reduce drivers’ reliance on imported fuel. But six months into the program, a review by The Oregonian/OregonLive has found, much of the

August 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Sugars Heading for Scale: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Leaf Resources

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Leaf Resources Limited (ASX:LER) is focused on making sustainable products from plant biomass,  offering an advanced technology package for breaking down plant derived biomass to useful, sustainable, renewable and biodegradable products. Leaf Resources’ Glycell technology is getting a lot of attention as a source of low-cost

July 26, 2016 Read Full Article

Kate Brown to Lawmakers: A Repeal of Oregon’s Low-Carbon Fuels Law Is off Limits in Transportation Talks

by Hillary Borrud  (The Oregonian/OregonLive)    As a committee of Oregon lawmakers tours the state this summer in an effort to build support for a possible 2017 transportation-funding package, there’s one topic Gov. Kate Brown asked them to avoid: a repeal of the state’s low-carbon fuel law. Brown made her expectation

July 19, 2016 Read Full Article

US West Coast Emerges as Likely Ethanol Supplier for Asian Importers

by Toh Wei Zheng (Platts)  The US West Coast is set to become a new export outlet for ethanol cargoes to Asia as competition heats up among traders and producers to capture more market share in the region, sources said on the sidelines of an industry conference late last week. An

July 5, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Biogeochemical Research Priorities for Sustainable Biofuel and Bioenergy Feedstock Production in the Americas.

by Gollany HT, Titus BD, Scott DA, Asbjornsen H, Resh SC, Chimner RA, Kaczmarek DJ, Leite LF, Ferreira AC, Rod KA, Hilbert J, Galdos MV, Cisz ME (Biogeochemical Research)   Rapid expansion in biomass production for biofuels and bioenergy in the Americas is increasing demand on the ecosystem resources required to

June 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Ethanol Transloading Slated to Begin This Month

by Courtney Vaughn  (South County Spotlight)  Global Partners LP, the fuel company that operates Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery at Port Westward, may soon begin transloading ethanol. The company announced in January it was halting its crude oil transloading operations and laying off 28 employees, in preparation for transitioning to an ethanol

June 21, 2016 Read Full Article

The Huge Flaw in How Congress Is Approaching Burning Wood for Energy

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  … The controversy centers on a specific provision in theHouse appropriations bill for fiscal year 2017 regarding the burning of biomass (typically wood and other plant material) for energy. The bill proposes that the Environmental Protection Agency treat biomass energy as carbon neutral —that is, the agency would

June 16, 2016 Read Full Article

Connecting the Dots

by David VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ICM Inc./Urban Air Initiative)  …  We’ve learned that we can reduce harmful emissions by replacing toxic compounds in gasoline with clean burning ethanol, which improves air quality and protects public health. We can do so while providing a high-octane fuel for superior engine performance, which

June 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Where Did Biofuels Technologies Come from?

by Gerald Kutney  (Lee Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … From the time of the caveman until the early Industrial Revolution, biofuels – namely wood and the advanced biofuel of the day, charcoal – reigned supreme.  Both fossil fuels and biofuels originate from biomass.  The major difference between them is that fossil fuels are sequestered

June 2, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

USDA Announces More Than $8 Million in Payments to Support the Production of Advanced Biofuel

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $8.8 million to boost the production of advanced biofuels and sustain jobs at renewable energy facilities in 39 states. USDA continues to lead the way in promotion of advanced biofuel production,

May 27, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Major Regulatory Milestones in First Quarter Set Joule Up for Commercial Success

(Joule/BusinessWire)  EPA Qualifies Joule Ethanol Under Clean Air Act  —  Joule, the pioneer of drop-in liquid fuels from recycled CO2, today announced major accomplishments in the first quarter of 2016 that are accelerating the commercialization of environmentally sustainable ultra-low carbon fuel. These advancements include EPA approval of Joule’s Sunflow®-E ethanol process

April 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Carbon Intensity Creates Opportunities

by Bernie Hoffman (K-Coe Isom/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The more proactive roles producers take in reducing carbon intensity, the more they will benefit as energy use reduction moves from an incentive to a requirement.  —  … Carbon intensity and carbon accounting have moved from simply being green kudos a few years ago to

April 6, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Industry Group Drops Low-Carbon Fuel Fight

by Hillary Borrud (Portland Tribune)  An oil industry group announced Thursday it will abandon a bid to get voters to weaken or repeal Oregon’s low-carbon fuel standard. The Oregon Fuels Association had filed three initiatives targeting the law for the November ballot, but the group’s Executive Director Paul Romain said it

April 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Corvallis Makes Switch to Cleaner, Renewable Fuel

(KEZI)  About 40 city vehicles, including buses, will switch over to renewable diesel this summer –that’s about one third of the city’s vehicle pool. Renewable diesel burns cleaner and offers more power and better mileage while reducing the fleet’s carbon footprint. It will cost about 12 cents more per gallon.

April 4, 2016 Read Full Article

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