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Catholic Church to Make Record Divestment from Fossil Fuels

by Arthur Neslen (The Guardian)  More than 40 Catholic institutions will make largest ever faith-based divestment, on the anniversary of the death of St Francis of Assisi  —  The sum involved has not been disclosed but the volume of divesting groups is four times higher than a previous church record, and adds to a

October 9, 2017 Read Full Article

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In responding to a Biofuels Digest article, Union of Concerned Scientists’ Jeremy Martin urges cooperation: “Cutting oil use and transportation emissions is a big job and a major opportunity for both renewable fuels, renewable electricity and electric vehicles. The hostility of EPA Administrator Pruitt and his friends in the oil

October 9, 2017 Read Full Article

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Biofuels Digest’s Jim Lane analyzes the cost and emissions profile for electric vehicles compared to “gasoline-powered” ones.  The findings? On price, the lowest-cost option is a Cruze running on E85 conventional ethanol — which also reduces emissions compared to a Prius running on E10 fuel. And, the lowest emissions come from

October 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Data Surprise: Biofuels Still Beating Electrics on Cost, Emissions

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Electrics are improving on emissions and cost, but not enough to make driving an electric car the smart choice for consumers looking to save time and reduce environmental impacts. According to a new analysis, biofuels still reign. If you’re driving an electric car, you’re driving the

October 3, 2017 Read Full Article

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors:  From KTIC RADIO. According to the Nebraska Ethanol Board, Blue Heron is the only fuel station in Gothenburg with flex fuel pumps offering a variety of cleaner-burning ethanol blends with flex fuel pumps that dispense E10, E15, E30, E40 and E85. … In addition to state and federal

September 22, 2017 0 comment 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

Then and Now: 120 Bioeconomy Pioneers Look at Yesterday, Today, Inspirations and Challenges

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Four simple questions and such a variety of response as you might expect from the unusual collection of engineers, biologists, marketeers, customers, financiers, policy leaders, advanced R&D specialists, mathematicians, advocates and watchful critics that make up the advanced bioeconomy. Where were you on July 27, 2007?

August 24, 2017 Read Full Article

EPA Public Hearing on the Reconsideration of the Midterm Evaluation Final Determination September 6, 2017 in Washington DC; Comment period DEADLINE: October 5, 2017

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  EPA will hold a public hearing on September 6, 2017 in Washington DC to hear public testimony on the Reconsideration of the Midterm Evaluation Final Determination.  EPA signed a Federal Register notice announcing the hearing on Friday, August 18, 2017, and we expect this notice to

August 21, 2017 Read Full Article

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In a 25 x ’25 blog post, Reg Modlin, former director of regulatory affairs at FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and senior advisor to the Ag-Auto-Ethanol Work Group, noted, “Until then (2050), and for decades after, liquid fuel will be used in transportation throughout the world. And what automakers and policy

August 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Local Biodiesel Fuels Elon Buses; ABSS’ May Be Next

by Jessica Williams (The Times News)  ‘The biodiesel that they’re using now is hyperlocal. That’s a very important word. Aramark, Biscuitville, Lowes Foods — you can see it in their marketing. They want to bring everything back to the local economy. It’s a trend that I do not see going

August 11, 2017 Read Full Article

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In commenting to Biofuels International about the UK government’s decision to ban new petroleum and diesel cars by 2040, Devin Walker, chief technical officer of Renovare Fuels based in London noted that in some circumstances the manufacture of electric cars themselves can actually produce even more harmful emissions which need

August 3, 2017 Read Full Article

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Ramanan Krishnamoorti (University of Houston/Houston Chronicle), commenting on what is needed for a transition to electric vehicles: “Without big jumps in energy efficiency and conservation, an all electric fleet will require doubling existing base load electricity generation in the United States. That’s more complicated than it might seem. Nuclear appears

July 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: RFS Public Comment Period Opens Friday

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will officially open a public comment period on Friday on the latest renewable volume obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard, with the comment period slated to end on Aug. 31, http://bit.ly/…. The agency announced on July 5 proposed RVOs

July 21, 2017 Read Full Article

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Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) commenting on US Department of Energy funding for bioenergy research centers, “However, one caveat. The funding here is for just one year of these BRCs. The Trump budget slashes energy research and these centers will have to compete with all the piggies at the trough in

July 19, 2017 Read Full Article

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Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer), commenting on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s calls for ethanol-free gasoline (E0):  A gallon of 91-octane gasoline with no ethanol will contain aromatic compounds such as benzene, toluene and xylene. These are toxic chemicals coming out of the tailpipe just so the petroleum refiners can

July 7, 2017 Read Full Article

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Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest), explaining how international efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of aviation that focus on cheap offsets accomplish exactly the opposite:  “We do need change. Right now, we’re leasing public land at absurdly low rates so that consumers don’t pay high fuel prices. Now we want airlines

June 22, 2017 Read Full Article

$45B Annual Windfall for US Consumers with a Gasoline-Engine Overhaul? EPA Is Getting a Patent Worth Knowing about

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US Patent & Trademark Office has just issued a “notice of allowance” for a patent by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency for a high efficiency, high compression engine that would reduce the cost per mile for the American driver by 26.2

June 9, 2017 Read Full Article

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“Here we have EPA agreeing that higher ethanol blends can reduce emissions and acknowledging that engines and fuels must be looked at as an integrated system. Adjusting compression to address the slightly lower energy content of ethanol while taking advantage of the octane is something automakers can do. …” David VanderGriend,

June 6, 2017 Read Full Article

How Will We Move the Planet Forward? It’s time to make your voice heard; submit your essay to the Editor

by Frank Sesno (Planet Forward)  President Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord. Fundamentally, this decision reflects the belief that climate change is neither a serious problem nor human induced. What’s next for efforts to mitigate climate change? For global action? American leadership? Renewable energy? Science?

June 5, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Sustaining Opportunities

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry provides young people with wealth of job opportunities.   —  Nineteen-year-old Marcus Niehaus sees a future in the ethanol industry. The Southeastern Illinois College student said he wants to make a difference in the world and believes working in the biofuels

June 2, 2017 Read Full Article

UW–Madison Partners with Bonduel School District on Innovative Science Education

by Leslie Shown (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  If science classes at Bonduel Middle School had a rallying cry it would be, “Don’t expect to find the answers in the book!” And Lisa Sorlie, enthusiastic advocate of innovative classroom science, would definitely be holding the megaphone. “Too often, classroom science has

May 31, 2017 Read Full Article

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“… We believe that the agricultural potential of the world is virtually untapped. The world is beginning to learn that we need to return to the sun, the soil and the seed.”   POET Founder, Chairman and CEO Jeff Broin who will receive the 10th annual George Washington Carver Award

May 31, 2017 Read Full Article

RFA Launching ‘Ethanol Days of Summer’ Contest to Report Prices

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Reporting prices for higher ethanol blends this summer could win you $50 in free fuel per day. Beginning on Memorial Day, the Renewable Fuels Association is launching an “Ethanol Days of Summer” contest, allowing both retailers and consumers to report the price posted for E85 and other

May 24, 2017 Read Full Article

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Ethanol Europe’s Eric Sievers in an interview with EURACTIV’s Sarantis Michalopoulos regarding the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive biofuels policies:  We should not have a case where market share is given back to oil and that is exactly what the Commission’s proposal is doing. In 2008, they said that by 2020

May 15, 2017 Read Full Article

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by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) “The fight against climate change never had such a false friend as the Obama Administration — who gutted the only carbon legislation on the books, and built all its other actions on carbon on such a flimsy footing that President Trump swept them away with

May 10, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

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“Think of it as 100+ acres of energy storage and carbon sequestration,” said Kelly King, Vice President and Co-Founder of Pacific Biodiesel and recently inaugurated member of the Maui County Council. “There are 36,000 acres of fertile sugar cane lands on Maui that ceased operation at the end of 2016.

May 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Planet Forward Correspondents for 2017-18 Application DEADLINE: June 2, 2017

(George Washington University)  Lead the conversation by joining the Planet Forward Correspondents for 2017-18! Correspondents work closely with the Planet Forward team to highlight compelling characters and innovative ideas. Pieces are featured on PlanetForward.org and also may be presented at the annual Summit in D.C. READ MORE

April 25, 2017 Read Full Article

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Göran Bengtsson, Director of Research and Technology, Future Business, Aeronautics, commenting on the 100% biofuel test flight of a Gripen D single engine fighter: “Gaining independence from imports of oil is important from a defence standpoint and opens the way for additional sources of fuel, which creates flexibility. It’s naturally

April 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Passing the Test with Flying Colors

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Glacial Lakes challenge in Watertown, SD, demonstrates E30 is a winner. The midlevel ethanol blend caused no check engine lights, mileage was virtually unchanged and resulted in real savings.   —  The E30 Challenge passed the test—from the organizers to the participants, praise was

February 20, 2017 Read Full Article

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Don Siefkes (E100 Ethanol Group/Biofuels Digest)  … When the CARB (California Air Resources Board) refers to Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs), they are talking only at the tailpipe and every time they or the Wall Street Journal uses the ZEV designation, it should be followed by the phrase “at the tailpipe only.”

February 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Comment Periods on 2 EPA RFS Proposals to Close in Mid-February

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The comment periods on two U.S. EPA proposals that impact the renewable fuel standard (RFS) close later this month. Members of the public have until Feb. 16 to weigh in on the agency’s proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule, and until Feb. 22

February 13, 2017 Read Full Article

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(UPM) The (Made by Finland) campaign will be launched with the Seuraavat sata vuotta (The following one hundred years) film, directed by Klaus Härön, which tells four stories on the future of Finnish work through children’s dreams. Just what can we achieve if we are persistent enough and have belief

February 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Farmers Looking at On-Farm Ethanol Plants

by Nat Williams (Illinois Farmer Today)  A handful of farmers are not just raising the crops that can be used as biofuels. They’re also working on producing the fuel itself.  A Minnesota-based company is in the developmental stage of offering small-scale production of ethanol and other end-products right on the

February 3, 2017 Read Full Article
  People’s Climate Movement March   —   April 29, 2017   —   Washington, DC

People’s Climate Movement March — April 29, 2017 — Washington, DC

JUST ANNOUNCED–MARCH ROUTE, MEETING AREAS   Join the People’s Climate Movement this April 29th in Washington, D.C. and across the country to stand up for our communities and climate. Throughout the first 100 days in office, the People’s Climate Movement is organizing a country-wide arc of action, culminating on April

February 3, 2017 Read Full Article
  March for Science   —   April 22, 2017   —   Washington, DC

March for Science — April 22, 2017 — Washington, DC

The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds

February 3, 2017 Read Full Article

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by Dana Khraiche  (Bloomberg)  “President Trump has policies which are good for the oil industries,” (Saudi Energy Minister Khalid) Al-Falih said in an interview with the BBC. “He has steered away from excessively anti-fossil-fuel, unrealistic fossil-fuel policies.” READ MORE  LISTEN/WATCH to interview (BBC)

February 3, 2017 Read Full Article

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by Bill Cameron (WLS-AM News) … Duckworth (U.S .Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)): “I would rather burn American made, American grown corn and soybeans in my gas tank than I would oil from the Middle East,” Duckworth said. “I’ve already been to a war fought over oil in the Middle East and

January 25, 2017 Read Full Article

As Trump Dismantles Obama’s Climate Legacy, People’s Climate Movement Organizes for Mass Mobilization in DC on April 29

(People’s Climate Movement)  Communities Begin Organizing Nationwide to Resist Attacks on the Environment and Our Communities and to Call for a New Clean Energy Economy that Stops Climate Change and Creates Good Jobs for All  —  In the wake of last weekend’s Women’s Marches, activists have announced a major “People’s

January 25, 2017 Read Full Article

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(Politico’s Morning Energy)  Eventually, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s nomination to be ambassador to China came up, prompting (U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy )Pelosi to interject: “I was hoping he would get natural resources, because he’s for the renewable fuel standard.”  READ MORE

January 23, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

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Family-owned coffee producer Löfbergs is one of the companies that have been committed to Fly Green Fund’s work from the start.  “Previously, we have bought carbon offsets for our flights, but now we take the same amount of money and use it to develop green bio jet fuel for the

January 3, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Proposed Determination: Midterm Evaluation of Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Standards for Model Years 2022-2025 — Comments due December 30, 2016

(Environmental Protection Agency)  On November 30, 2016, the Administrator proposed to determine that the MY 2022-2025 standards remain appropriate and that a rulemaking to change them is not warranted. This proposed determination is based on the robust technical record including the draft TAR, input from the auto industry and other stakeholders, and

November 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Open Consultation — Motor Fuel Greenhouse Gas Reporting: Amendments

(UK Department for Transport)  Consultation seeking views on proposed changes to motor fuel greenhouse gas reporting regulations. The changes suggest: creation of a certificate trading scheme to reduce the greenhouse gas emission levels of transport fuels allowing suppliers to capture credits from reductions in upstream emissions associated with fossil fuel

November 30, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Open Consultation — Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation: Proposed Changes for 2017

(UK Department for Transport)  This consultation seeks the views of the public and stakeholders on proposed changes to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation Order (RTFO).  In particular it concerns increases to the obligation level, the appropriate level for the contribution of renewable fuels created from agricultural crops, and increases to

November 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Value of E30 Proven in Real Time

by Jim Seurer (Glacial Lakes Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Our good friend and colleague Dave VanderGriend wrote in this column in April that a little place called Watertown, South Dakota, could be the beginning of a revolution in how we think about ethanol blends.  The E30 Challenge initiated by Glacial Lakes Energy

October 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg High School Visits Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Twenty-one high school students from Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (KMS) High School visited the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company plant today to get a better understanding of how clean homegrown renewable energy is produced. The students, which included three exchange students from an agricultural high school in Norway, toured the various process

October 6, 2016 Read Full Article

California’s E85 Sales Top 14M Gallons in 2015

(Convenience Store News)  Research shows consumers are loyal to low-carbon fuels.  —  California led the nation with 14.77 million gallons of E85 sold in 2015, according to a consumer research study published by fuels retailer Propel Fuels Inc. The study, Low Carbon Fuels in California: Motivators and Barriers to Use,

September 23, 2016 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy CEO Declares Hunger Strike

by Warren Weisman (American Future Energy)  My name is Warren Weisman, I am the former CEO of the failed renewable energy manufacturer Hestia Home Biogas. Hestia was the first-of-its-kind company in the world to offer biogas units for converting table scraps and yard waste into 100% natural, clean burning methane

September 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Energypath 2016: This Is What I Am Talking about! Penn State University Delivered a Complete Multifaceted Week about Renewable Energy and Biofuels

by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* and Joanne Ivancic** (Advanced Biofuels USA) After Dan Quadros’ oft-repeated criticism about biofuels education and the big gap between research and the job market, he was pleased to experience the best example of how to bring them closer together, demonstrated by the Sustainable Energy Fund organizing,

September 13, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

How Loyola Converts Used Cooking Oil Into Biodiesel That Fuels Their Buses

by Mark Schipper (DNA info)  Loyola University has the only college-level chemical manufacturing business in the country that is federally licensed to produce and sell biodiesel on the open market. … Loyola’s warehouse-like refining facility, accessed through a loading ramp off an alley just south of Sheridan Road, is tucked into

August 24, 2016 Read Full Article

ACE Unveils Guide on E15, Flex Fuels for Retailers

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The American Coalition for Ethanol is releasing a new publication that will help answer some of the most frequently asked questions by retailers about E15, E85 and flex fuels. ACE describes the E15 and Flex Fuel Retailer Roadmap, as a reference guide for fuel marketers,

August 11, 2016 Read Full Article

August Is the Time to Reach Out and Meet Your Member of Congress

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  Members of Congress just returned to their home states and districts for the August recess to meet with constituents and campaign for the upcoming elections. You can be sure the oil producers will be seeking meetings with their representatives. But August provides a

August 8, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Skoring with Personal Connections

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …  “Let’s encourage an earnest conversation with consumers about how ethanol makes life a little better and why they can feel good about their decisions at the pump,” (Growth Energy CEO Emily) Skor suggests.  “When my family drives to the lake for the weekend,

August 5, 2016 Read Full Article

UPS Drives 1 Billion Miles with Alternative Fuels

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  One year earlier than expected, UPS has driven over 1 billion miles using its various alternative fueled fleet. It’s “Rolling Laboratory” included more than 7,200 vehicles ranging from pedal power and electric-assisted bicycles, to electric and hybrid vehicles to natural gas, renewable natural gas, propane and

August 4, 2016 Read Full Article

SD Farmers Union Pumps E-30 Ethanol Blend in Pierre for a While

by Stephen Lee  (South Dakota Capital Journal)  South Dakota Farmers Union representatives were out hustling higher-ethanol-blend gasoline Wednesday for a couple hours at a Pierre Sinclair station.  “We want to bring attention to the benefits of E-30,” said Matt Sibley, a legislative specialist for the state Farmers Union based in

August 4, 2016 Read Full Article

AMERIgreen Energy Lets Students Find #Energy Solutions

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Students of all ages were able to voice their ideas on America’s energy future in AMERIgreen Energy’s Video Essay Challenge. Students ranging in grades 1st-12th, as well as undergraduate college students submitted 30 second videos focused on one of two question prompts related to what is

July 8, 2016 Read Full Article

59 Million Saw This Video Tied-In to Sustainability and Renewable Fuels. Did You?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Over the past 3 months, 59 million views were recorded for a single video, co-produced by Prince Ea with Neste, with which Neste launched its Pre-Order the Future project relating to sustainability and everyday life. Without a doubt, and by a country mile, it’s the biggest exposure The Digest

July 6, 2016 Read Full Article

FFA Educates #NASCAR Fans about #E15

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Twin Cedars FFA Chapter was out in en mass during the recent American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen to educate race fans about ethanol and E15. Chuck hung out with the high school students and their advisor for a while over the weekend to learn

July 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Thorntons Gas Stations Introducing New Ethanol Fuel

by Mike Nolan (Chicago Tribune)  … Thorntons has begun equipping some of its Chicago-area stations to dispense E15, which contains 15 percent ethanol, and is converting other local stations to carry the product. One knock against E85 is that the higher ethanol concentration doesn’t provide the same bang per buck as

June 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Tompkins Recycling Center Will Now Recycle Fat, Oil, Grease Waste into Biofuel

(Ithaca Voice)  The Tompkins County Solid Waste Division is pleased to announce the opening of a new collection station at the Recycling & Solid Waste Center for fats, oils and grease (FOG) left over from prepared foods. The FOG collection station is part of the newly redesigned food scraps drop

June 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Helping Tell Ethanol’s Real Story

by Dave VanderGriend (ICM, Inc./Urban Air Institute/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In the world of ethanol, we need to get people smarter and “coach up” the public, media and policymakers as to the real story about our product. — … In our world of ethanol, that certainly is the case as we need

June 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Nat’l Biodiesel Board Launches Promotional Advertising Campaign

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  The National Biodiesel Board announced June 16 that the advanced biofuel industry trade group has launched a promotional media campaign for the fifth straight year. With a theme of “More is Less,” the ads illustrate that Americans can significantly reduce carbon emissions and other pollution by

June 16, 2016 Read Full Article

Reconciling Food Security and Bioenergy: Priorities for Action

by Keith L. Kline, Siwa Msangi, Virginia H. Dale, Jeremy Woods, Glaucia M. Souza, Patricia Osseweijer, Joy S. Clancy, Jorge A. Hilbert, Francis X. Johnson, Patrick C. McDonnell, Harriet K. Mugera (Global Change Biology: Bioenergy) …  Understanding the nexus of food security, bioenergy sustainability, and resource management facilitates achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end hunger and ensure access

June 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Cummins Helps Zoo Cook Up Biofuel

by Kylie Veleta (Inside Indiana Business)  Under the tutelage of a major engine manufacturer, the Indianapolis Zoo is now converting leftover cooking oil into biofuel to power its maintenance vehicles. Cummins engineers built the on-site system, spearheaded the science and guided the zoo’s staff through the initial production of the biodiesel,

June 10, 2016 Read Full Article

DOE: 2016 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge Winners Crowned

(U.S. Department of Energy/Biomass Magazine)  The winner of the 2016 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge was announced during a special awards ceremony on May 11 by Jonathan Male, Director of the Bioenergy Technologies Office. The winning infographic entitled “Cellulosic Ethanol: Fueling the Future,” was developed by students from Smithtown High School East in St.

June 6, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

MGPUB Announces Flex Fuel Video Contest DEADLINE: July 25, 2016

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board (MGPUB) has launched its Drive Flex Fuel video contest to kick off its 2016 Maryland Drive Flex Fuels advertising campaign. Winning-worthy videos will be 30 seconds and educate and encourage drivers to choose ethanol fuels including E15 and E85 at the

June 3, 2016 Read Full Article

Teacher Appreciation Week: Thank You Biofuel Educators!

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Over the past 8 months our Ethanol Plant Tour Grant program has met resounding success. This program has seen over 260 students tour the inside of their local ethanol plant to learn more about this vital Minnesota-grown industry and the important future it holds for rural America.

June 1, 2016 Read Full Article

From Poo to Public Transit, Plan Would Make Gas from Treatment Plant

by Nancy Hicks (Lincoln Journal Star)  The city’s public works staff members have a picture they like to point to when explaining their latest project. It shows city bus riders in the UK — sitting on toilets. It’s a fun, visual depiction of what will fuel many of the city buses

June 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Consider the Fully Burdened Price of Fuel over Memorial Day Holiday

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  As we watch transportation fuel prices rise as we celebrate the beginning of Northern Hemisphere summer and, in the US, as we memorialize those who have died in service to their country, let us consider the fully burdened price of fuel. Consider not only

May 28, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Scania Trucks Use Ethanol Made with Clariant’s Sunliquid Process

(Clariant/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, and Scania, one of the world’s top heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers, are celebrating the results and the opportunities generated by the partnership established last year, which involved an investment in sustainable technologies for cargo transportation. In mid-2015, Clariant acquired three Scania

May 20, 2016 Read Full Article

Women Head 3 Ethanol Plants in the Midwest

by Janna Farley (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Passion, leadership and vision are more important than gender in the work of three top managers.  —  In fact, there are only a handful of women in top management in the industry. Ethanol Producer Magazine talked to three about their experiences and how they’re

May 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Guest Commentary: New Gas Pumps Fuel NWI Energy Options

by Michael McIntire (Northwest Indiana Times)  … Family Express, a favorite local company, is installing new fuel pumps across eight counties with help from the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Drivers will have the option to fuel up on higher ethanol blends like E15 and E85 as

May 16, 2016 Read Full Article

Could Biofuels Be Part of the Future for “Delmarva: A Region of Possibilities”?

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) “Don’t come to listen, come to act.”  That’s what the invitation from the Rural Maryland Council, USDA Rural Development office and Maryland Broadband Cooperative said.  We were invited to connect for a day with other public innovators interested in moving Delmarva forward as a thriving

May 16, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

EPA Honors Two Biodiesel Champions

(National Biodiesel Board)  Harvard University & NJ’s Medford Township Public Schools Reduce Carbon Emissions with America’s Advanced Biofuel  —  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored two long-time biodiesel leaders for their outstanding commitment to the environment, which includes a carbon reduction strategy fueled by biodiesel.  The EPA recognized Harvard

May 13, 2016 Read Full Article

The E15 Perspective from Those Marketing the Fuel

by Maura Keller (Fuel Marketer News)  … The argument among those marketers and retailers that have embraced the fuel is that E15 fuel allows them to market a cleaner-burning, higher-octane fuel that can technically be used by more than 200 million cars on the road today (EPA approval for cars 2001 and

May 12, 2016 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Institute for Educators Adds Spark to Wisconsin Teacher’s Classroom

by Leslie Shown (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Given the shouts and cheers emanating from Lisa Andresen’s classroom, one might guess that Room 105 doubles as the school’s gym. In fact, these are the sounds of middle school students exploring energy and environmental science. Andresen, an educator for more than 10

May 11, 2016 Read Full Article

Malawi Embraces Ethanol as Alternative Fuel

by Dibie Ike Michael (AfricaNews)  … Malawian motorists are now enjoying cheaper, greener alternative ethanol-fueled cars amid economic hardships in the country. Malawi launched a renewable fuels programme in 2015 as part of the government’s efforts to reduce the country’s dependence on foreign oil and move to cleaner energy sources. (Masinkho) Madanitsa

May 11, 2016 Read Full Article

What is the Worst Waste?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Is the worst waste actually the most toxic and odious waste, like nuclear?  Or, rather, the one that tempts us to base our civilization on an energy version of a Ponzi scheme? So, what’s the remedy to wanton waste and skyfill? Technologies that pick up

May 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Higher Ethanol Blends Are Coming Soon to a Gas Pump Near You

by Russell Hubbard (Omaha World-Herald)  …  Convenience store operator Kum & Go says it is making a massive commitment to higher gasoline-ethanol blends, planning to sell E15 at about 100 more locations this year. The 430-store chain based in West Des Moines, with about a dozen stores in eastern Nebraska

May 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Do Environmental Groups Really Want Solutions?

by  Timothy J. Rudnicki, Esq (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  … Consider, for example, that approximately a third of annual GHG emissions emanate from the transportation sector which still relies heavily on carbon-intensive petroleum. Last year, some 17.5 million new vehicles were sold in the United States and well over 99.5 percent of

April 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Pipestone Area High School Visits Highwater Ethanol

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Close to 70 high school students from Pipestone Area High School visited Highwater Ethanol today to get a better understanding of how clean Minnesota-grown renewable energy is produced. During the tour, the students were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at Highwater Ethanol as well as potential career

April 27, 2016 Read Full Article

This Earth Day Choose the Cleaner-Burning Fuel, American Ethanol

(Nebraska Corn Board)  As Earth Day nears, environmental stewards around the world will take part in events to raise awareness about challenges facing the environment. But drivers can do their part year round by filling up with renewable biofuels such as American Ethanol. In 2015, the use of ethanol in

April 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Tenacity Required to Secure Advanced Biofuels Future

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  Addressing climate continues to be one of the major reasons to support and develop advanced and cellulosic biofuels. — Once again, we enter spring awaiting the U.S. EPA’s proposal for the renewable volumes obligations (RVO) for the next year. After six years in this

April 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Butterfield-Odin Students Visit Heron Lake Bioenergy

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Fourteen students from Butterfield-Odin visited the Heron Lake Bioenergy ethanol plant on April 8 to get a better understanding of clean Minnesota-grown renewable energy. During the 90 minute tour, the students were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at Heron Lake Bionergy, which produces 61

April 11, 2016 Read Full Article

After New Orleans, “Keep It In the Ground” Movement Gears Up for More Action

(350.org)  “Break Free” protests this May will see actions at fossil fuel sites around the world  —  Hundreds of people marched around the Superdome in New Orleans on Wednesday and then headed inside to disrupt a federal oil and gas auction held by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on

April 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Central High School Visits Heartland Corn Products / Sibley East High School Visits Heartland Corn Products

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Nineteen high school students from Norwood Young America visited Heartland Corn Products in Winthrop today (March 24, 2016) to get a closer look at how clean, homegrown renewable fuels are produced. The students, from Central High School, toured the various processes of ethanol production at the 108-million-gallon-a-year

March 31, 2016 Read Full Article

In Fish Fry Season, Oil Finds another Use as Homemade Fuel

by Grant Gerlock (Harvest Public Media)  … Fridays between Ash Wednesday and Easter you’ll find hundreds of hungry parishioners lining up at church fish frys around the Midwest.  All of that frying uses up vegetable oil that can just go to waste, but there are some people putting it to good use.

March 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Are You Ready for the E30 Challenge?

by Dave VanderGriend (ICM/Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Watertown is challenging conventional wisdom in order for biofuels like ethanol to finally realize their true potential. Conventional wisdom says our nonflex autos can only operate on 10 percent ethanol blends and, at most, 15 percent. But those of us in the ethanol

March 10, 2016 Read Full Article

Biodico Trains Future Bioenergy Leaders To Excel in Green Economy, Drive Local Job Growth

(Biodico/BusinessWire)  Program Part of Commitment to Spur Job Growth in San Joaquin Valley; Train Engineers in Next-Generation Bioenergy Technologies — Internship Program Aligns with Curricula at University of California Santa Barbara and West Hills Community College To train students for the next-generation of green collar jobs, sustainable biofuel and bioenergy company

March 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Hybrid Truck: How This Came About, How It’s Used, Experience with Performance

by Jennifer Horrillo (Diesel Direct/Special to Advanced Biofuels USA)  At Diesel Direct, we are proud to have the nation’s first hybrid diesel electric fuel delivery truck.  The truck was put into use in the fall of 2010.  At the time, diesel prices were very high and the diesel hybrid electric

March 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Become a Next Generation Biodiesel Leader

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is calling for the next crop of biodiesel leaders to join the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel program. NGSB is seeking additional co-chairs to help take this student professional organization to the next level. Working with NBB staff, the volunteer co-chairs

March 4, 2016 Read Full Article
  Stakeholder Workshop: Fostering Constructive Dialogue on the Role of Biomass in Achieving Clean Power Plan Goals  —  April 7, 2016  —  Washington, DC

Stakeholder Workshop: Fostering Constructive Dialogue on the Role of Biomass in Achieving Clean Power Plan Goals — April 7, 2016 — Washington, DC

States and stakeholders have shown strong interest in the role biomass can play in state strategies to address carbon pollution. Many states have extensive expertise in the area of sound carbon- and GHG-beneficial forestry and land management practices, and exhibit approaches to biomass and bioenergy that are unique to each

March 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Benefits and Ordeals of a Biofuel Project in Nigeria

by Oladunjoye A. Waleola (Avandith Renewable Energy Limited Nigeria; special to Advanced Biofuels USA)  Avandith Renewable Energy Limited Nigeria is a company deeply involved in Jatropha curcas cultivation as well as biofuel production. We have been on the ground and researching  Jatropha since 2009. In line with our mission statement

February 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Opinion: South Dakotans Send Ethanol Message

by Orrie Swayze (AgWeek)  The idea that shale makes us crude oil independent is an oil industry fantasy that enables us to deny we willfully sacrifice our troops to fight endless Middle East conflicts to support the U.S. addiction to imported oil. … South Dakota VFW had an ongoing statewide “Foreign

February 23, 2016 Read Full Article

New Study Released, FFV Campaign Launched at Ethanol Conference

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   … A new campaign, called “Flex My Choice,” gives consumers a voice to support FFVs. The effort is aimed at automakers, auto dealers and the U.S. EPA. As the CAFE credits are phased out for producing FFVs, automakers have begun producing less FFV models. “The

February 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Abu Dhabi Goes Green! Used Cooking Becomes Biodiesel in New Project

by Sarvy Geranpayeh  (Albawaba)  Tadweer, the Centre of Waste Management Abu Dhabi, has launched an initiative to convert household’s cooking oil waste into biodiesel for vehicles. The project has been started in Abu Dhabi’s Al Raha area whereby residents are provided with a five litre container to keep in their homes

February 15, 2016 Read Full Article

What These Christians Are Giving up for Lent: Fossil Fuels

by  Chelsea Harvey  (The Washington Post)  A new initiative in the United Kingdom is not only calling for Christian communities to band together in support of clean energy, but actually helping them get their own electricity that way. The Big Church Switch, which launched Wednesday, aims to inspire both individuals and

February 11, 2016 Read Full Article

Biodiesel: Fightback Needed against the Merchants of Doubt, says NBB Chief

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Though optimistic, NBB CEO Joe Jobe also noted significant challenges still remain. “While our fight is not over, we have a different future. 2016 is going to be our strongest year yet,” he said.  “A year we will show that we are ready to take

February 8, 2016 Read Full Article

This Couple Is Driving Cross-Country To Return Their Polluting Jetta To VW Headquarters

by David Tracy (Jalopnik) Upset that Volkswagen deceived them into buying a not-so-clean diesel, Marcus Moench and Elisabeth Caspari are driving from Colorado to VW’s headquarters in Virginia to return their Jetta SportWagen TDI and drop off 20,000 petitions. … … You see, Moench and Caspari are activists who really care

January 18, 2016 Read Full Article

E85 Retrofit Project: Getting Started, Choosing a Retrofit Kit

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Once we decided to go forward with the E85 conversion, Bob Kozak researched options for retrofitting my bright yellow 2002 Ford Focus ZX3.  He decided that the kit offered by Fuel Flex International would probably meet our needs. Getting Started with the Right E85

January 18, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Students Experiment with Biofuels

by Sarah Wright (The Herald Independent) What are biofuels? How can they help us meet our future energy needs while minimizing negative environmental impacts? With support from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) at UW-Madison, students in freshman biology classes at Monona Grove High School have been learning how to

December 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Walking the Walk in Advanced Biofuels USA’s “E30 and Beyond Retrofitted” Focus

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Here at Advanced Biofuels USA we’ve been banging the drum for E30 for a number of years. Equal fuel mileage, better performance, you know the facts. Well, all that time we never had a Flex Fuel car, either factory built or retrofitted. This

December 9, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

You, Too, Can Have a FlexFuel Vehicle (or, Your Favorite Car Can Go Vegetarian)

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Since retrofitting a 2002 Ford Focus ZX3 to a FlexFuel vehicle in mid-November, we have substituted use of home-grown renewable fuel for  63%  of a barrel of fossil fuel oil. It was a bit of an adventure.  Here at Advanced Biofuels USA, we decided

December 8, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Washington State Judge Rules that States Have a “Mandatory Duty” to “Preserve, Protect, and Enhance the Air Quality for the Current and Future Generations”

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, King County Superior Court Judge Hollis R. Hill issued a groundbreaking ruling that the “scientific evidence is clear that the current rates of (emissions) reduction mandated by Washington law. . . cannot ensure the survival of an environment in which [youth] can

November 23, 2015 Read Full Article

Oregon’s Clean Fuels Standard Creates Revenue Opportunity

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Starting January 2016, Oregon’s Clean Fuels Standard goes into effect, meaning you can be paid for the clean fuels you produce or build infrastructure for. For example, do you import or produce biogas in Oregon for transportation fuel? Import or produce renewable diesel or renewable

November 23, 2015 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Plant Could Fuel Commercial Business

by Emily Smith (Daily Mercury)  It started as an innovative way to inspire students, but with big business continuing to come knocking for CQUniversity’s Biodiesel Plant, it could be on track for commercial success. That’s what Biodiesel Plant co-ordinator Paul Kelly says, following a partnership struck in the last month between

November 19, 2015 Read Full Article

It’s Easy to Buy “Green Power.” Making a Difference Is a Little Harder.

by  David Roberts  (VOX)  … In certain specialized markets, RECs (Renewable Energy Certificates) can be expensive and have substantial direct impact on the decisions of renewable energy investors. But most RECs sold in the voluntary market are nonspecific — they represent any clean electricity, generated by any technology, anywhere in the

November 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Coming Soon: Story of Installing FlexFuelInternational Software at Advanced Biofuels USA’s 2002 Ford Focus

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Bob Kozak, board member, biologist, mobile source air pollution expert and backyard auto mechanic, just installed the FuelFlex International Ethanol Upgrade System in the 2002 Ford Focus we use for business and personal trips. She just got her first sip of ethanol–E85 added to

November 12, 2015 Read Full Article

Biofuel Companies among 81 Signing Climate Change Pledge

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Companies across the United States, are signing on with their support for the American Business Act on Climate Pledge.  By late October, 81 companies including at least 11 with ties to the biofuel industry, had signed the pledge to demonstrate their support for action

November 6, 2015 Read Full Article

All Auto Owners Can Choose Premium E30

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Back in September I brought you a story about Orrie Swayze, an active ethanol advocate, who wants all drivers to use E30 in their cars. At the time, there was a special order in front of the South Dakota Farmers Union and this has since passed

November 4, 2015 Read Full Article

High School Students Visit Al-Corn Ethanol Plant

by William Morris (Owatonna People’s Press)  A group of Owatonna High School students got an in-depth look at a possible career in agribusiness Friday when their Agriculture Explorations class visited Al-Corn Clean Fuel in Claremont. The students got a bus tour of the ethanol plant, which processes up to 50,000

October 26, 2015 Read Full Article

MIT Rejects Demands to Divest Fossil-Fuel Stocks, Joining Yale

by Michael McDonald  (Bloomberg Business)  The Massachusetts Institute of Technology rejected demands from a student-led group to divest its $13.5 billion endowment of fossil-fuel investments, joining universities such as Harvard and Yale. MIT said in an announcement on Wednesday that it will instead remain engaged with energy companies and introduced a

October 22, 2015 Read Full Article

INSIGHT-Power Line Opponents Give Renewables Their Keystone Moment

by Nichola Groom (Reuters)  … The visitor represented Clean Line Energy Partners LLC, a Texas company established to build transmission lines for carrying wind and solar power. He had come to tell (Dave) Ulery about a planned line that would cut through the untouched woods of pine and oak trees on

October 20, 2015 Read Full Article

Energy Policy Simulator

(Energy Policy Solutions)  Designing energy policy correctly is tough work. Well-designed energy policies reduce pollution, cut consumer costs, and minimize dependence on foreign energy supplies. Done wrong, they can do the reverse, and increase pollution, lock in dirty technologies, or waste money. Which energy policies can lower greenhouse gas emissions

October 20, 2015 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel for Oakland and Oregon

by Rich Piellisch (Fleets & Fuels)  Fleets Continue to Switch to 100% Drop-In Replacement Product — Fleets including the City of Oakland, Calif. and the Eugene Water & Electric Board in Oregon report switching their diesel vehicles to renewable diesel. Both are using imported NEXBTL-process fuel refined by Neste. Oakland’s switch

October 7, 2015 Read Full Article

Propel Brings High Performance Renewable Diesel to Hayward, CA

(Propel)  Diesel HPR provides superior performance and improved local air quality as Propel provides simple tools to track personal emission reductions, check price and find locations. HAYWARD, Calif. (October 1, 2015) – Propel Fuels, California’s largest retailer of low-carbon fuels, is introducing nation’s most advanced diesel fuel: Diesel HPR (High

October 2, 2015 Read Full Article

Blog: Roadside Assistance for Proud Ethanol Supporters

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  When is the last time you were stranded on the side of the road, wishing you were a member of a motor club? Or, perhaps, you are already a member of a motor club, but that motor club has a habit of bashing ethanol.

September 29, 2015 Read Full Article

Become an Informed Consumer and Investor in a Truly Sustainable Renewable Transportation Future

by Joanne Ivancic* (Alberta Council of Technologies/Advanced Biofuels USA)  Myths and misunderstandings about biofuels abound.  You’ve heard them–food vs. fuel, land use change, energy return on energy invested, decreased mileage, harmful to engines, and more. Nevertheless, although fossil feedstock is finite, before we run out, extraction will become more dangerous,

September 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Why I Chose to Buy a Flex-Fuel Vehicle

by Steve Riggs (Renewable Fuels Association)  … As I readied to a buy a new car this summer, though, I added two other important items that I think we should all consider: Does it increase our country’s energy independence, and is it cleaner environmentally? Those last selling points proved to be

August 31, 2015 Read Full Article

Ethanol Producers Tackle Blend Wall with Direct Sales

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A small number of ethanol producers sell E85 and other ethanol blends directly to consumers with on-site blender pumps or, in a few cases, own retail gas stations. Mitch Miller, CEO of Carbon Green Bioenergy LLC, believes more ethanol producers should start selling the

August 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Pope Sets up Yearly Catholic Church Day of Care for Environment

by Tony Gentile (Reuters)  Pope Francis, riding a wave of mostly positive reaction to his encyclical on ecology, on Monday set up a Catholic “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” to draw attention to the plight of the planet. The day, to be marked by the world’s

August 17, 2015 Read Full Article

A Report from EnergyPath 2015: NetZero

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic area is fortunate to benefit from funds derived from a settlement approved by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission during the Commonwealth’s electric deregulation proceedings.  As part of its educational mission,  Sustainable Energy Fund has organized and hosted the EnergyPath Camp/Expo/Conference for

August 4, 2015 Read Full Article

“Nothing Will Happen without the Will” – Addressing Climate Change through Low-Carbon Fuels

by Jennifer Holmgren (LanzaTech/Biofuels Digest)  Condensed from remarks by Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech, on receiving the Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology,  from the Biotechnology Industry Organization.  Listen to 8-minute speech. … Imagine how old you will be in 2050. I will be 90 and I

August 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Utah-Based Biodiesel Firm Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Logan, Utah-based Argo Fuels announced it is launching an Idiegogo crowdfunding campaign July 21 to raise money for the purchase of feedstock and preparation for large-scale biodiesel production using its NanoCatalyst fuel processor. The company describes its NanoCatalyst fuel unit as a distilling processor utilizing

July 29, 2015 Read Full Article

Hybrid Electric-Biodiesel Buses: Cleaner, Fuel-Saving Alternative for Public Transportation

by Milsa Vijayadharan* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Hybrid Electric-Biodiesel Buses used in California, Washington and Michigan Model Lower GHG Emissions Options for Cities Everywhere Public transportation plays an important role in green and sustainable practices. Public transportation use means fewer cars on the road and a cleaner environment. Agencies operating public transportation systems are encouraged to use

July 10, 2015 Read Full Article

College Divestment Pledges Are Mostly Empty Gestures

by Michael McDonald (Bloomberg)  Stanford, Oxford and Georgetown universities have won praise for promising to purge their endowments of direct investments in coal, embracing the fight against climate change.  One detail gets lost in the celebration: the colleges have few, if any, such investments to sell in the first place. Almost

July 7, 2015 Read Full Article

WTHU Focuses on Advanced Biofuels in “Eye on Our Community” Call-In Show

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the foot of the presidential Catoctin Mountain retreat, Advanced Biofuels USA’s executive director, Joanne Ivancic, met with WTHU (AM1450, The Source) talk radio host Katherine Heerbrandt during drive time on July 1 to talk about biofuels–what they are, why they are important, how

July 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Ethanol Report from Washington DC

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  … Regarding the June 25 public hearing on EPA’s proposed volume obligations under the RFS, Dinneen says the agency has already received about 250 requests to testify and he is encouraging everyone possible to turnout. “I want chaos, I want farmers that care about what this proposal

June 19, 2015 Read Full Article

EPA Finding on Aircraft Emissions Can’t Be Counted on to Motivate Biofuels Development and Deployment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In the world of renewable jet fuel, hopes that the Environmental Protection Agency’s finding that greenhouse gases from aircraft pose a risk to human health might lead to incentives for development and use of aviation biofuels have been diminished, as the  Civil Aviation Alternative Fuels

June 12, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Getting the Word out about Biofuels and Green Racing

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  No special Green Racing events at the Detroit Grand Prix this year because most of the cars racing for the DEKRA Green Challenge Award have opted out of this race to prepare for the 24 Hours at LeMans. The Green Challenge Award recognizes the

May 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Pennsylvania State University (PSU): An Example to Follow

by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA) I had heard about Pennsylvania State University’s bioenergy and biofuels educational initiatives from Advanced Biofuels USA’s Joanne Ivancic, just after starting to work on a project to identify college level biofuels education opportunities in the US. We were interested in finding out

May 13, 2015 Read Full Article

The Push Is on for “High Renewable Content Fuels”

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  In the world of gasoline replacement, it is any fuel which has a renewable content higher than the typical E10 ethanol saturation point. It can include drop-in renewable gasoline, or E85 ethanol blends, or even E30 or E15. … On the diesel replacement side,

May 12, 2015 Read Full Article

Fossil-Fuel-Free Portfolios Gain Popularity

by Karen Demasters (Financial Advisor)  Fossil fuels continue to lose popularity with investors as more investment professionals offer fossil-fuel-free portfolio options, according to the First Affirmative Financial Network. A survey by the network released Thursday shows that the number of investment professionals offering fossil-fuel-free portfolios has jumped from 22 percent

May 4, 2015 Read Full Article

Harvester Banking on Ethanol Distillery

by John Anderson (Townsville Bulletin) Burdekin sugarcane harvesting contractor Michael Hodder has welcomed moves by the State Government to consider an ethanol mandate for Queensland. Mr Hodder, who plans to build an ethanol distillery to supply fuel for his own machinery, says the State and Federal Governments had been too slow

April 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Blog: Smartphone App, on the Racetrack for Ethanol Education

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A small company is using out-of-the-box marketing to reach members of the public as well as spread the word about cavitation. I had previously heard the name Hydro Dynamics Inc., which is the developer of a patented cavitation process intensification technology. The ShockWave Power

April 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Liberal Groups Aim to Register a Million Climate Voters

by Andrew Restuccia  (Politico)  A coalition of environmental, civil rights and progressive groups aims to register a million climate-conscious voters by Election Day. The goal, shared first with POLITICO, is the latest indication that liberals view climate change as a wedge issue that can boost Democratic candidates while drawing a

April 16, 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

Top of Biofuels Class

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Training programs around the U.S. offer opportunities in the biofuels industry for part- and full-time students. … Mick Miller, president of NuVu Fuels and general manager of DENCO II in Morris, Minnesota, also went through the program at Bismarck State. Unlike (Todd) Finneman, who

April 13, 2015 Read Full Article

Western Victorian Farmer Growing Crops to Produce Biofuel

by Brett Worthington (ABC Rural)  Farmers spend thousands of dollars a year buying fuel that comes from the other side of the world.  They do so to grow crops in variable, and often difficult, conditions.  One farmer, tired of wheat crops failing in frosts, has completely overhauled his business in

April 6, 2015 Read Full Article

‘Where’s my ethanol?’

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … The ethanol industry would like nothing better than to have every consumer that wants E85 to have access to it. Unfortunately roll out of E85 stations has been slow, especially outside the Midwest, where most ethanol plants are located. As you can see from

March 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Unprecedented Video Campaign: Scientists Talk About Why Climate Change Matters to Them Personally

by Anastasia Pantsios  (EcoWatch)  … We know that 97 percent of scientists agree: climate change is real and it’s driven by human activity. But well-funded climate deniers and their smooth-talking frontmen often manage to get the media to frame climate change as a “two equal sides” issue. In an unprecedented collaboration between climate

March 23, 2015 Read Full Article

Guardian Petition for Fossil Fuel Divestment Receives 60,000 Signatures

by Emma Howard (The Guardian)  The Keep it in the Ground campaign asks the Wellcome Trust and Gates Foundation to divest their endowments from fossil fuels In less than 24 hours, more than 60,000 readers have joined a campaign on the Guardian’s website asking the world’s largest charitable foundations –

March 23, 2015 Read Full Article

Biofuels vs Hybrids vs Plug-ins vs Gasoline: Who’s the Cost Winner?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Have low gas prices changed the equation for drivers looking to reduce pain at the pump? Who’s the best on cost?   And, is there surprising news on emissions? … We looked at a couple of good data sources — spot wholesale fuel prices and new

February 10, 2015 Read Full Article

Stanford Professors Urge Withdrawal from Fossil Fuel Investments

by Suzanne Goldenberg (The Guardian)  Faculty members call on university to recognise urgency of climate change and divest from all oil, coal and gas companies Three hundred professors at Stanford, including Nobel laureates and this year’s Fields medal winner, are calling on the university to rid itself of all fossil

January 12, 2015 Read Full Article

Green Chemistry: The Nexus Blog

by David Constable (American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute®)    Last week I attended and spoke at a Materials Research Society meeting. It was very interesting despite having only a short time to spend there, but I was reminded once again of how many ways in which the lines between chemistry,

December 11, 2014 Read Full Article

‘Stranded Assets’: Will Efforts to Counter Warming Render Energy Reserves Worthless?

by Alex Morales (The Washington Post/Bloomberg)  A major threat to fossil fuel companies has suddenly moved from the fringe to center stage with a dramatic announcement by Germany’s biggest power company and an intriguing letter from the Bank of England. A growing minority of investors and regulators are probing the

December 7, 2014 Read Full Article

Message to Rental Car Companies: FFVs Matter

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  I recently attempted to rent a FFV for a work trip and had a less than satisfactory experience. … It was renting a car to drive the 75 miles to Hugoton that left me seeing question marks. Before I left I called Enterprise and asked

November 25, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Top 10 Ways to Show Gratitude to Biodiesel Supporters on Thanksgiving

(National Biodiesel Board)  This holiday season, we’re giving thanks to the thousands of businesses that choose biodiesel, a sustainable, green form of American energy. Here are the top 10 ways to show your gratitude to those who support America’s advanced biofuel this Thanksgiving: 10. Clean your house for the big

November 25, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Advocates: Minnesota Needs More Alternative Fuel

by Logan Wroge  (Twin Cities Daily Planet)   … “A token amount of renewable energy isn’t going to cut it. We need a total transition,” said Simone Childs-Walker, a member of the student group Fossil Free Minnesota. The Legislative Energy Commission met on Thursday to discuss alternative fuel sources. …

November 20, 2014 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Users Guide

(Blue Ridge Biofuels)  Want to know what exactly biodiesel is? How it works in your vehicle? Any tips or tricks to help you use it in your car or truck? Unfortunately there is not a lot of information about using biodiesel on the internet. To provide useful information on biodiesel

October 31, 2014 Read Full Article

Latest School Fundraiser: Biodiesel

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  Tired of buying lop-sided candles or ugly wrapping paper just because you want to help your school make a few bucks? Well, maybe you can do like another school in North Carolina is doing in this story from WNCT-TV and sign up for the Biodiesel 4

October 31, 2014 Read Full Article

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