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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

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

Cow Power: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Ag-Grid Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ag-Grid Energy has a vision to convert agricultural and organic waste into renewable energy, compost and support local area practices that lead us towards a sustainable environment. The company intends to finance, build, own (jointly), operate the waste to energy conversion facilities in US, and has

March 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Bill Aims to Dismantle RFS, Limit Biofuel Blending

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On March 8, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., and Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., introduced companion bills that aim to dismantle the Renewable Fuel Standard and sunset blending obligations for conventional, advanced, cellulosic, and biomass-based diesel fuels. The acts, titled the “Growing Renewable Energy through Existing and

March 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Environmental and Energy Law Program at Vermont Law School (Fellowship Application Deadline: May 1)

(Vermont Law School)  SHAPE ENERGY POLICY–Learn how to use the law to shape policies that encourage energy efficiency, advance renewable energy, and promote energy security and justice. The legal system will critically affect how humanity meets the challenge of energy and environmental issues. In the private sector, in government policy and

February 14, 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

Letter: Reform Ethanol

by Pete Kolbenschlag (Post Independent/Citizen Telegram)   …  Rep. Welch from Vermont is leading an effort to rethink ethanol, and to lead Congress to fix this broken policy. Colorado’s congressional delegation should join in this effort before more land goes under the plow, before more waters become plagued with toxic algae, and before

January 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Snowmobilers Say Ethanol Gasoline Hurts Their Engines

(WCAX) The cold and snowy weather has the state’s network of snowmobile trails is buzzing, but riders say ethanol continues to damage their engines. … (Congressman Peter) Welch (D-VT) is promising to continue efforts to eliminate ethanol from gasoline. The federal government requires gas to contain 10 percent ethanol. Corn-based ethanol

January 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Northeast States Tap the Gas Pump for Carbon Emissions Cuts

by Gerald B. Silverman (Bloomberg)  Motor fuel could be the next target for controlling greenhouse gas emissions in the Northeast, as seven states that have already clamped down on power plants train their sights on the transportation sector. The states are considering a new cap-and-trade program modeled after the Regional Greenhouse

January 2, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Biofuel and Bioproducts from Algae

by Tamara Scully  (Country Folks)  The next big thing in alternative energy may be pretty small. Algae, which are aquatic, single-celled organisms, produce oxygen while consuming carbon dioxide. Nitrogen, phosphorous and other nutrients which can degrade our waterways, plus sunlight and carbon dioxide, provide algae with a steady diet. From that

December 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Governors Announce New Collaboration to Reduce Transportation Emissions

(Union of Concerned Scientistst)  Statement by Ken Kimmell, Union of Concerned Scientists  —  Leading environmental, health, scientific and business organizations today applauded the announcement by seven states and Washington, D.C. of plans to develop a regional policy to reduce carbon pollution from the transportation sector. The move was endorsed today by the

November 14, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

New England Power Generators Association/Environmental NGO Letter on Regional Transportation Emissions

(New England Power Generators Association)  NEPGA letter – with the Acadia Center, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and Union of Concerned Scientists – calling for a regional approach to lowering transportation emissions in a market based manner.  READ MORE Excerpts from letter: We, the New England Power Generators Association and regional

November 7, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Clean Cities: Black Bear Biodiesel

(Motor Week)  … Black bear biodiesel takes waste cooking oil from area restaurants and resorts, and recycles it into biodiesel. In 2016, they collected 100,000 gallons of used oil. Renewable biodiesel can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by over 75 percent. Working with Vermont clean cities and other partners, the hope is

March 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

Decentralized Organics to Energy with Containerized Anaerobic Digestion

by John D. Forcier (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Biofuels Digest)  Most trash and recycled waste materials are being processed on a regional basis to maximize the economy of scale. There have been various attempts to gather and process organic waste materials utilizing similar methods, but the challenges are far from resolved.

January 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Welch Outlines Ethanol Reform Agenda for New Congress

(Vermont Business Magazine) … Welch (Representative Peter Welch (D-VT))  will reintroduce the bipartisan Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Reform Act, which will reform the corn ethanol mandate while continuing to promote advanced biofuels, as well as the bipartisan Food and Fuel Consumer Protection Act, which would cap the maximum volume of

December 14, 2016 Read Full Article

With Canada and Mexico on Board, Carbon Pricing Could Become a Reality Across North America with Expanded U.S. Action

(Center for American Progress)  Carbon taxes and emissions trading systems, once considered political moonshots in the battle to combat carbon emissions, have found purchase in Canada, Mexico, and parts of the United States, raising the possibility that carbon pricing could span the continent. The Center for American Progress released an

November 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Food & Ag Groups Urge Support for Biotech Education Provision

by Karen Batra (Biotech Now)  As the House Committee on Appropriations marks up the FY2017 agriculture spending bill, the Committee is considering $3 million for consumer education and outreach to “promote understanding and acceptance of” biotechnology, a joint effort by the FDA and the USDA. In a letter sent April 18

April 25, 2016 Read Full Article

Vermont Public Service Board Authorizes RNG Project

(Vermont Public Service Board/Biomass Magazine) The Vermont Public Service Board recently authorized the construction and operation of a renewable natural gas (RNG) facility on a farm in Salisbury, Vermont. The project will use primarily manure, corn silage, and brewery waste to produce pipeline-grade natural gas for sale to Middlebury College and

April 25, 2016 Read Full Article

University of Vermont Announces Online Bioenergy Professional Certificate Program Summer Session — June 15-August 3, 2016

(University of Vermont)  A new era of clean BioEnergy solutions is beginning to emerge now. Clean sustainable Bioenergy such as Bio-Electricity and Biogas production from Dairy manure and Food Waste streams is becoming a well-known phenomenon. Pellets made from wood or grass biomass are commercially available at stores for heating

April 8, 2016 Read Full Article

A Look at Six State Proposals to Tax Carbon

by Peter Vail and Dallas Burtraw (Resources for the Future)  As the political likelihood of passing comprehensive national climate policy has remained low, many states have taken up the mantle. This devolution of climate policy has been further reinforced by the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) efforts to regulate carbon dioxide from

March 21, 2016 Read Full Article

New Resource for Farmers: A Legal and Regulatory Overview of On-Farm Biodiesel Production in Vermont

(VTDigger.org)  Vermont Law School research commissioned by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund will help reach biodiesel goals of Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan  —  A new report, On-Farm Biodiesel Production in Vermont: Legal and Regulatory Overview, conducted by the Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) at Vermont Law School reviews

February 29, 2016 Read Full Article

White Mountain Biodiesel Announces Plans to Expand Plant Capacity and Begin Direct Sales of Biodiesel to Retail Customers

(White Mountain Biodiesel) NBB member White Mountain Biodiesel, LLC announced today that it has begun the expansion of its plant in North Haverhill, NH. The expansion, which will occur over the next two years, will include a 10,000 square foot addition to its existing facility and the installation of 1,186,000

February 29, 2016 Read Full Article

The 7 Flying Reindeer: Renewable Fuel Myths that Continue to Defy Gravity

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Food vs Fuel, biofuels causing corn planting to skyrocket, low oil prices killing off renewable fuels, the subsidy myth, the emissions myth, the “people won’t buy the fuels” myth, and the Insanity myth. … In the world of renewable fuels, there are 7 widely held

December 23, 2015 Read Full Article

Electric Cars Can’t Take the Cold

by Jeff Plungis (Bloomberg)  Batteries generate power less efficiently as temperatures drop.  —  … The trouble is, except for Oregon, none of the states have California’s temperate weather. The batteries used by the greener cars generate electricity from chemical reactions that work less efficiently as temperatures drop. In tests conducted by the

December 7, 2015 Read Full Article

Misleading about Ethanol

by Brooke Coleman (Advanced Biofuels Business Council/Times Argus)  In “Ethanol is a bad deal for Vt.” (online Nov. 21), a group called the American Council for Capital Formation argues that ethanol is a bad deal for Vermonters economically and environmentally. The allegations sound compelling, but Vermonters need to understand that these

December 2, 2015 Read Full Article

VW Scandal Proves Boon to Biodiesel Seller

by Eric Blaisdell (Rutland Herald)   Black Bear Biodiesel recently ended its first season selling environmentally friendly fuel on a high note, thanks to the transgressions of a German automaker, and it could open back up earlier and stay open later in the coming years thanks to a new permit. Black

November 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Banks: Ethanol Is a Bad Deal for Vt.

by David Banks ( American Council for Capital Formation/Times Argus)  Not a single gallon of fuel ethanol is produced in Vermont, and almost none of the corn harvested in the state is used for commercial purposes, according to USDA data. … The television spots sponsored by the American Council for

November 23, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Fuels America Launches TV Campaign to Counter Anti-RFS Letter

(Fuels America/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Fuels America is announcing a significant television campaign today calling out Rep. Peter Welch (VT-AL) for signing on to a Congressional letter that was authored by oil industry lobbyists. The first phase of the campaign includes 250 GRPs in the Burlington media market for one week. The

November 13, 2015 Read Full Article

Anti-Ethanol Group Expands National Ad Buy

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  A group opposing the federal ethanol mandate has extended its advertising campaign against the rule into several corn-growing states.  The American Council for Capital Formation (ACCF), a D.C.-based free market group, is hitting the airwaves in Indiana on Tuesday with an ad warning about the

November 11, 2015 Read Full Article

A High Price to Pay: The Hidden Costs of Corn-Ethanol Mandates on New England

(Center for Regulatory Solutions)  …   How have the RFS and federal corn consumption mandates impacted non-corn states, and the small businesses struggling to stay competitive in the global economy? According to a new study commissioned by the Center for Regulatory Solutions (CRS), a project of the Small Business and

November 10, 2015 Read Full Article

Boston-Area TV Ad Campaign Urges Federal Action on Corn Ethanol Mandate

by Shannon Young (MassLive)  A Washington D.C.-based group launched a television ad campaign in Boston this week that takes aim at the federal corn ethanol mandates and calls on congressional lawmakers to end them. The 30-second ad, sponsored by American Council for Capital Formation, contends that while the mandates were

November 9, 2015 Read Full Article

University of Vermont Offers Online Bioenergy Certificate Program

UVM’s Bioenergy Professional Certificate provides alternative approaches to traditional energy sources in Biofuels, including: Liquid Biofuels (seed-based biodiesel; bioethanol; algae-biofuels) Solid Biofuels (wood and grass energy) Biogas (farm-based energy) This Certificate Program offers college graduates, farmers, teachers,and entrepreneurs technical exposure to Biofuels science and technology topics that address environmental, economic, social, and other Biofuels-related issues. Depleting

August 11, 2015 Read Full Article
  BioEnergy – Biomass to Biofuels Courses — September 18-December 9, 2015 — Burlington, VT

BioEnergy – Biomass to Biofuels Courses — September 18-December 9, 2015 — Burlington, VT

Registration open for FALL 2015  1. ONLINE: Bioenergy Professional Certificate via Continuing and Distance Education 2. ON CAMPUS::UVM campus and throughout Vermont. See info below: Register for Varibale Academic Credit: (2 to 4  College Credits for NR 285 – J- 95467  OR TRC 295 – A – 95426 Advanced special

August 11, 2015 Read Full Article

Vt. Farmer Helps Others Produce Biofuels

by Rachel Carter  (Daily Yonder)  After learning to make biofuel to use on his own farm, John Williamson has expanded his business to help others create their own energy. For Williamson, there’s a diversified income stream. For his neighbors, there’s new access to renewable energy. John Williamson, the owner and

July 28, 2015 Read Full Article

After Delays, Biodiesel Business to Open

by Eric Blaisdell (Times Argus)  After two years of legal battles and obstacles, Black Bear Biodiesel will be open for business Saturday. … Once the ground thawed this spring, he said pumps were installed. Local woodworker Ben Graham also built a timber frame canopy over the pumps, which Malloy said is

June 17, 2015 Read Full Article
  Bioenergy – Biomass to Biofuels Fall 2015 — September 18 – December 9, 2015  — Burlington, VT

Bioenergy – Biomass to Biofuels Fall 2015 — September 18 – December 9, 2015 — Burlington, VT

Semesters::Fall Location::UVM campus and throughout Vermont Register for Varibale Academic Credit: (0 to 4  College Credits for NR 285 – J- 95467  OR TRC 295 – A – 95426 Advanced special topics in natural resource planning beyond the scope of existing formal courses Attributes: Also approved for Graduate Credit Meetings: twice

June 8, 2015 Read Full Article

On Campuses, a Fossil-Fuel Divestment Movement

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post originally posted December 2013; includes 2015 updates)  A divestment movement is marching across U.S. college campuses, borrowing tactics from the 1980s anti-apartheid campaign and using them against oil, gas and coal companies to fight climate change. Students are teaming with investment advisers to convince

April 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Malloy’s Rhode Island Company Recognized for Use of Biodiesel

(vtdigger.org/TH Malloy and Sons)  Jim Malloy, of Plainfield, Vermont, is being recognized for his contributions to reducing the use of petroleum fuel in the transportation sector. His business, TH Malloy and Sons in Newport, Rhode Island, is being recognized with the New England Northern Star Award as one of the

April 13, 2015 Read Full Article

Falling Oil Prices

By Osaretin Omorodion* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Falling oil prices is a popular topic amongst conversations spawning all over the U.S.  Many base their opinions on the relief that this price drop has given their wallets. Many applaud the policies behind increased domestic oil production which is one of the factors

February 17, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Elsevier Science Publishes "Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels" by Anju Dahiya (Editor)

(Elsevier)  Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels examines all current and emerging feedstocks and the advanced processes and technologies enabling the development of their end products, ranging from solid (wood energy, grass energy, and other biomass) to liquid (biodiesel from oil seed crops, algae biofuel, waste-oil, ethanol etc.) and gaseous/electric (biogas, syngas,

December 4, 2014 Read Full Article

4 Minutes with…Rich Altman, Executive Director Emeritus, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, CAAFI

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … To complement the efforts of our Sponsors and CAAFI Executive Director Steve Csonka my focus is on implementing State initiatives on the East Coast in partnership with USDA / DOE and our highly focused an energetic “farm to fly 2.0″ State focals, local feedstock providers,

November 21, 2014 Read Full Article

Vermont Sunflowers to Help Provide Power

(Green Mountain Power)  GMP collaborates on Innovative Farm-to-Energy Biodiesel Test Beautiful fields of sunflowers growing in Newbury and Shaftsbury will have an unusual future: the flowers’ seeds will be converted to biodiesel and livestock feed.  The fuel will be used in Green Mountain Power’s fleet of vehicles and for building

September 18, 2014 Read Full Article

A Biodiesel Business Is Opening in Plainfield

by Kathryn Flagg (Seven Days Vermont) … While Vallee’s Red Store sits vacant, Black Bear Biodiesel is gearing up to open its doors — and pump its first gallons of recycled vegetable oil — later this month. It will be the first location in Vermont to offer 100 percent biodiesel, known

July 10, 2014 Read Full Article

Vermont Bioenergy Initiative Releases Report on Grass Heating Energy Potential in Vermont and the Northeast

(Vermont Bioenergy Initiative)  A new report evaluating grass biomass energy as a potential heating fuel has been released. Grass Energy in Vermont and the Northeast summarizes current research on the agronomy and usage potential of grass as a biofuel, and points to next steps for the region to fully commercialize this opportunity.

June 14, 2014 Read Full Article

Vermont Tech Announces Gift from Entrepreneur David Blittersdorf to Support Renewable Energy Bachelor’s Degree

(Vermont Technical College)  Vermont Business Leader Urges State to Keep Momentum on Energy Goals Vermont Tech announced today that David Blittersdorf, well-known renewable energy entrepreneur and president and Chief Executive Officer of Williston-based AllEarth Renewables, has committed $120,000 to support the launch of the college’s new Renewable Energy bachelor’s degree

May 13, 2014 Read Full Article

Dem Lawmaker Welch Rides Anti-Ethanol Bike

by Julian Hattem (The Hill RegWatch)  Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) took to Washington’s streets on Thursday to push for the reform of a government biofuel program. … On Thursday, he posted a picture of himself on Twitter riding a pedal-powered vehicle with a large sign calling for the program’s reform. What do

December 6, 2013 Read Full Article
  Biomass to Biofuels Spring 2014 Course    January 13-April 30, 2014   Burlington, VT

Biomass to Biofuels Spring 2014 Course January 13-April 30, 2014 Burlington, VT

The mission of this program is to provide hands-on instruction in all possible bioenergy areas outlined below, support generation of related skilled workforce and stimulate bioenergy production : * LIQUID BIOFUELS (transportation fuels; home-heating oil; biodiesel from oil seeds & waste vegetable oil; ethanol; algae-biofuel); * SOLID BIOFUELS (woody biomass;

November 22, 2013 Read Full Article

Bipartisan Group of Legislators Introduce RFS Reform Act

(Office of Representative Jim Costa (D-CA 16th))  Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Jim Costa (D-CA), Steve Womack (R-AR), and Peter Welch (D-VT) released the following statement today regarding the introduction of the RFS Reform Act in the U.S. House of Representatives: “The RFS debate is no longer just a debate about

October 22, 2013 Read Full Article

How Farmers Get from Sunflowers in the Field to Fuel in the Tank (Video)

by Rachel Carter  (The Examiner)  …State Line Biofuels operates a 120,000 gallon/year (300 gallon per batch capacity) biodiesel production facility, providing biofuel and livestock meal for on-farm use. The production capacity of State Line Biofuels can additionally serve oilseed pressing and biodiesel production needs of 10-15 farms within a 30 mile radius, encompassing

October 21, 2013 Read Full Article

Agricultural Alchemy: Manure + Brewery Waste Could Yield Biofuel

by John Herrick (VTDigger.org)  Waste from dairy farms and beer breweries could provide the necessary ingredients to grow algae-based biofuels, leaders of a project designed to research this technology said on Tuesday. Matt Cota, executive director of the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association, announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded

October 2, 2013 Read Full Article
  University of Vermont Biomass to Biofuels Fall Course    August 26, 2013 – December 04, 2013   Vermont

University of Vermont Biomass to Biofuels Fall Course August 26, 2013 – December 04, 2013 Vermont

SUBJECT: Biomass to Biofuels course: 4 credits Fall 2013 starting August 26th Biomass to Biofuels course, 2013 Fall Semester, University of Vermont – a complete Bio Renewable Energy Program 4 Credits, August 26, 2013 to December 4, 2013 (Wednesdays & Fridays 12:00pm to 3:00pm; (No classes during the regular breaks

May 2, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

Vermont Bioenergy Initiative Launches YouTube Video Series

(25 x ’25)  A series of short videos covering five years of Vermont Bioenergy Initiative projects and the farms and people involved are now up and available to watch on YouTube. The initiative is a project launched by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, an organization created by the Vermont Legislature

April 24, 2013 Read Full Article

Industry Reacts to RFS Reform Act Introduced in House

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry reacted swiftly to the so-called RFS Reform Act, legislation introduced April 10 in the U.S. House of Representatives, which they said would gut the renewable fuel standard (RFS). The bill, introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif., Rep.

April 11, 2013 Read Full Article

Algae to Biofuel

(Vermont Bioenergy)  Vermont researchers and entrepreneurs demonstrate their innovations in algae to biofuel R&D in the Northeast  WATCH VIDEO

March 12, 2013 Read Full Article

New Initiative Equips Farmers to Combat Climate Change and Increase Food Security

(BusinessWire) Radio Lifeline, a non-profit based in the US, announces the launch of the Black Earth Project, a new initiative designed to help farmers mitigate the growing effects of climate change. Radio Lifeline’s partner in this project is re:char, a leading developer of small-scale biochar technologies, based in Kenya. Major funding for the Black Earth

February 19, 2013 Read Full Article

Fuel Efficiency Is Bad News For State Governments

(EconMatters/Business Insider)  … But it looks like what may be good for the environment, is actually bad news for the government. You see, for each gallon of gasoline or diesel we gas up in our cars, there’s a portion of tax that goes to the state government to fund the

January 25, 2013 Read Full Article
  Biomass to Biofuels Course – 2013 Spring Semester, January 25- April 26, 2013  University of Vermont

Biomass to Biofuels Course – 2013 Spring Semester, January 25- April 26, 2013 University of Vermont

4 Credits, January 25, 2013 to April 26, 2013 (Fridays & Saturdays 1:00PM – 4:30PM; some Saturdays field trips might start AM; no classes during the regular breaks/holidays, plus 2 weeks self-study for the course project; final exam in May) ; Location: UVM campus & throughout Vermont for field trips/hands

November 12, 2012 Read Full Article

ACORE Releases 2012 State-by-State Resource for Renewable Energy

(ACORE)  The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) released the 2012 edition of its report, Renewable Energy in the 50 States, as an interactive, online resource. Compiling updated financial data, resource potentials, market and policy information in one easily-accessed, online format, the report is intended to be an executive summary

November 12, 2012 Read Full Article

Local Energy Company Makes It Easy for Customers to Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

(Bourne’s Energy)  Bourne’s Energy announces the grand opening of their local biofuel blending facility that produces cleaner and greener fuel for vehicles and home heating. Bourne’s Energy is thrilled to announce a new milestone in Vermont’s green energy history with the grand opening of the first local biofuel blending plant in the central

October 24, 2012 Read Full Article

$10M Grant Will Fund Research into Biofuel-Based Economic Development

(Pennsylvania State University)  The Northeast could help lead the way to a renewable-energy-based economy by utilizing marginal and abandoned land to grow energy crops such as perennial grasses and fast-growing woody plants. That’s the goal of a new research and education project led by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and supported

October 16, 2012 Read Full Article

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Support for Producers to Grow Renewable Feedstocks for Advanced Biofuels

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced payments for 125 advanced Biofuel producers across the country to support the production and expansion of advanced biofuels from a wide variety of non-food sources, including waste products. “Advanced biofuels are a key component of President Obama’s ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy

July 31, 2012 Read Full Article

ReCommunity Recycling, UMass Team up on Trash-to-Fuel Project

by Jim Kinney (Gazette)   A company that runs recycling centers all over the country has researchers in UMass’ biofuels program thinking trash can to gas can. ReCommunity Recycling has committed $635,000 to the Institute for Massachusetts Biofuels Research, also known as TIMBR, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in hopes

June 11, 2012 Read Full Article

Fossil-Fuel Subsidies: Helping the Richest Get Richer

by Bill McKibben   (Los Angeles Times)  The last industry in need of a public handout is the fossil-fuel companies. The use of subsidies should follow some basic, rational guidelines. …The Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act was a curiously skimpy bill that targeted only oil companies, and just the five

April 18, 2012 Read Full Article

Low Carbon Fuel Standard Could Double Gas Prices

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  A new study released today by the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) indicates that a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states could result in doubling gasoline prices and other negative economic impacts. The study, “Analysis of the Economic Impact of a Regional Low Carbon Fuel Standard

March 27, 2012 Read Full Article

Cenusa Bioenergy Receives $25 Million Grant from USDA

by Kelly Madsen (IowaStateDaily.com)  The Iowa State University-led Cenusa Bioenergy project works to develop a biofuel with both a Midwestern and environmental focus. Through a five-year, $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the project will develop a holistic plan to create

March 26, 2012 Read Full Article

Bernie Sanders Pledges Legislation Ending ‘Absurdity’ of Federal Fossil Fuel Subsidies

by Mat McDermott  (TreeHugger)  We just learned, based on IEA calculations, if all fossil fuel subsidies were eliminated it would result in greenhouse gas emission cuts deep enough to get us halfway to preventing dangerous climate change. Indeed, cutting fossil fuel subsidies has been publicly mulled over for some time, with scant little

January 27, 2012 Read Full Article

Iowa State University-Led Group Awarded $25 Million Grant for Land Use, Biofuel Production Study

(Iowa State University)  Now, an Iowa State University-based study over the next five years will examine whether a single, coordinated production system can address all of these concerns while making profits for producers. A multi-state, interdisciplinary team led by Ken Moore, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in the Department of

January 19, 2012 Read Full Article
  University of Vermont Biomass to Biofuels Course   March 23 to April 28, 2012   Burlington, VT

University of Vermont Biomass to Biofuels Course March 23 to April 28, 2012 Burlington, VT

(University of Vermont)  Depleting fossil fuel reserves and adverse affects of fluctuating oil prices have renewed interest in alternative and sustainable sources of energy. The University of Vermont is actively involved in this area through research and instruction. Experts in following areas will provide hands-on instruction in various biofuels including:

November 9, 2011 Read Full Article

Jobe, Huber Kick off Northeast Bioheat Workshop

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)  The biodiesel and oilheat industries have a long-standing history working alongside each other respectively serving the home heating needs of their customers, particularly in the Northeast, and delivering clean-burning Bioheat was the sentiment echoed by keynote presenters during the one-day Northeast Bioheat Workshop held in

October 13, 2011 Read Full Article

Building Out for Bioheat

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  The market for biodiesel-blended heating oil is growing swiftly as oilheat dealers look for ways to green their offerings and supply a product that offers comparable economic benefits to natural gas. The lack of proper storage and blending infrastructure in some Northeast markets, however, may

September 26, 2011 Read Full Article

Energy Independence: On-Farm Biodiesel Production

Roger Rainville is ahead of the curve when it comes to reducing costs on his farm near Alburgh, Vermont. …Rainville first got interested in oilseed production when University of Vermont Extension approached him about growing  canola seed on his farm. Initially, Rainville thought the canola could provide a good source

July 28, 2011 Read Full Article

University of Vermont's Biomass to Biofuels Course Brings Real World to Academia and Visa Versa

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Whoever thought of inviting “degree and non-degree seeking students, farmers, budding entrepreneurs, teachers (interested in developing curriculum, or projects at school or college levels) and others” to a university course on biomass to biofuels? Anju L. Dahiya , Ph.D., did in 2009 as Research

June 20, 2011 Read Full Article

Vermont Heating Oil to Contain Biodiesel

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  Vermont continues the momentum for clean air policies in the North East by passing a requirement for renewable, cleaner-burning biodiesel to be used in home heating oil throughout the state. …The broad-based energy legislation establishes low sulfur and biodiesel requirements for all heating oil sold in

May 27, 2011 Read Full Article
  University of Vermont Biomass to Biofuels Course   September 2-October 8, 2011

University of Vermont Biomass to Biofuels Course September 2-October 8, 2011

Dates: September 2 to October 8, 2011 Days/Time: Fridays & Saturdays 1:00PM – 4:30PM; 2 of the Saturday field trips from 8:30am to 1:30 Location: UVM campus & throughout Vermont Lead Instructor: Lead Instructor Anju Dahiya Register for Academic Credit: (4 College Credits for ENSC 285, NR 285, or PSS 295) Or Email or

May 20, 2011 Read Full Article

Saint Michael’s Receives $766,000 NSF Grant as Part of Plant Genome Project

(VermontBiz.com)  Saint Michael’s College biologist Dr Mark Lubkowitz and his students join a team of researchers from the University of Missouri, University of Florida, Purdue University and the University Nebraska-Lincoln, on a five-year project to study the genes that control the movement of carbohydrates in corn. Saint Michael’s and the

March 24, 2011 Read Full Article
  Biomass to Biofuels     March 25-April 30  Burlington, VT

Biomass to Biofuels March 25-April 30 Burlington, VT

Course Description: Depleting fossil fuel reserves and adverse affects of fluctuating oil prices have renewed interest in alternative and sustainable sources of energy. The University of Vermont is actively involved in this area through research and instruction. Experts in following areas will provide hands-on instruction in various biofuels including: LIQUID

March 13, 2011 Read Full Article

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Producer Payments to Promote Bioenergy Production in Rural America

(USDA) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced new investments in 33 states to support the production and usage of advanced biofuels. Vilsack highlighted these projects as ways the Obama Administration is working to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil by creating alternative energy sources and promoting economic development and

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