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The European Parliament Just Avoided a Biofuels Fail. Now Here’s How to Move forward on Decarbonising Transport
January 17, 2018 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(ePure)  2030 EU target for renewables in transport leaves an opening for sustainable crop-based biofuels to help reach Paris goals  —  The European Parliament’s vote to phase out palm oil and allow some crop-based biofuels is a …

Finland Looks to “Finnish” First in Biofuels
January 8, 2018 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Finland cities are taking action on their carbon neutral goals and taking them oh so seriously. The Public Works Department at the City of Espoo, the second largest city …

EBRD Provides Loan for Biogas Plant at Ukraine’s MHP
January 5, 2018 – 8:29 pm | No Comment

by Anton Usov (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development/Biomass Magazine)  The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development provided a senior loan of €25 million to PJSC “Myronivsky Hliboproduct” (MHP), a London Stock Exchange listed Ukrainian producer …

A Single European Biomethane Market, a Step Closer to Reality
January 5, 2018 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal)  The European Renewable Gas Registry (ERGaR) members announced that the application of the ERGaR RED scheme has been submitted to the European Commission to be recognized as a voluntary scheme under the Renewable Energy …

Biofuture Platform: Insights from COP23
January 4, 2018 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In order to meet the global temperature reduction target which was agreed upon at the Paris Climate Accord, delegates from the Biofuture Platform met in Bonn, Germany for the …

Top 10 Bioeconomy Predictions for 2018
January 3, 2018 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we sail into 2018? Not the good ship Digest! Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and offer our predictions for the year ahead.
As …

Northeast States Tap the Gas Pump for Carbon Emissions Cuts
January 2, 2018 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

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 …

Governor Cuomo Unveils 9th Proposal of 2018 State of the State: Calling on the NYS Common Fund to Cease All New Investments in Entities with Significant Fossil Fuel-Related Activities and Develop a De-Carbonization Plan for Divesting from Fossil Fuel
December 20, 2017 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

(Office of the Governor of New York State)  New York’s Common Fund, the Third Largest in the Nation, Manages Over $200 Billion in Retirement Assets for More than One Million New Yorkers; Will Partner with Comptroller Tom …

‘Greenwashed Oil’ Set to Win from Renewable Transport Targets, Biofuel Industry Claims
December 14, 2017 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Paola Tamma (EurActiv) Biofuel producers in the Visegrad countries plus Lithuania and Bulgaria have warned that a phase-out of biofuels will lead to a phase-in of ‘greenwashed’ fossil fuels under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), …

Federal Government Plan Aims to Reduce Carbon Content in Fossil Fuels
December 14, 2017 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Shawn McCarthy  (Globe and Mail)  The federal government is moving to implement regulations to require all providers of fossil-fuel energy to reduce the carbon content of their fuels as part of its effort to meet …

Can the European Union Afford to Phase Out Conventional Biofuels?
December 13, 2017 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On November 7th, 2017, industrial experts, leaders and policy makers alike met for the 20th Annual World Ethanol & Biofuels Conference held in Brussels, Belgium to discuss how the …

In Historic Move, Hawai’i island Leaders Pledge to Transition Ground Transportation to 100 Percent Renewable by 2045
December 13, 2017 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(North American Clean Energy)  Leaders from all four counties in Hawai’i gathered to pledge to transition all ground transportation in their counties off of fossil fuels by 2045, according to Blue Planet Foundation.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa, Kaua’i County Mayor Bernard …

ADBA Chief Executive Talks Pushing Number 10 and Anaerobic Digestion Future
December 12, 2017 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Luke Acton (Bioenergy Insight)  With the dearth of subsidies and volatile political environment, Charlotte Morton shared her views on what lay ahead for the UK’s anaerobic digestion (AD) industry.
Of the ten million tonnes of food …

California’s LCFS: Unlocking Value in Low-Carbon Liquid Fuels
December 11, 2017 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

(Propel)  New study outlines how to make America’s most important low carbon policy more equitable. —  According to new research, low carbon liquid fuels must play a more significant role to meet California’s 2020 and 2030 carbon …

Ramping Up Sustainable Biomass Use – Bioenergy’s Role in a Low-Carbon Future
December 8, 2017 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … While liquid fuels will dominate the transportation sector for some time, biofuels and electricity can complement each other in the light duty sector, as range extenders or …

Vehicles (Still) Bigger Emissions Source Than Power Plants in United States
December 8, 2017 – 9:40 am | No Comment

by Alyssa Danigelis (Environmental Leader)  The amount of carbon dioxide emissions from the transportation sector continues to exceed the amount from electricity production in the United States, according to the latest data from the US Energy Information …

Alberta Launches Giant C$1.4 Billion “Clean Energy” Push Aimed at Oilsands with Pennies for Bioenergy
December 7, 2017 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Alberta announced C$63 million of a C$1.4 billion push for “clean energy” will go towards bioenergy projects including biofuels and renewable electricity, while $440 million will go towards oil …

Trash to Treasure: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Sekisui Chemical, LanzaTech’s MSW-to-Ethanol Tech
December 7, 2017 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Japan, Sekisui Chemical and LanzaTech, have successfully demonstrated the production of ethanol from unsorted municipal solid waste — which can be used directly as a fuel or as a precursor to butadiene (a …

Shazzan!: Turning Urban Trash into Treasure Island, the LanzaTech, Sekisui Chemicals Story
December 7, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sekisui Chemicals, LanzaTech break-through in MSW-to-ethanol demonstration  —  … Were trash to acquire a substantial uplift in value, that’s the end to the landfill crisis.
In Japan, Sekisui Chemical and LanzaTech have successfully demonstrated the production of …

Bioenergy and Biofuels Key to Low-Carbon Future, Scientist Argues
December 6, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A scientist from the University of Manchester has argued that developing a modern bioenergy and biofuels system “has huge potential for providing sustainable, low-carbon energy facilitating a range of key sustainable development goals.”
Dr Mirijam …

Major Countries Agree To Develop Sustainable Biofuels Targets And Scale Up Low Carbon Bioeconomy
November 30, 2017 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

Countries representing half of the global population and 37% of the global economy today (November 16, 2017) agreed to scale up the low carbon bioeconomy and develop collective targets prescribing the contribution of sustainable bioenergy to …

MEPs Raise Ambition on Transport with ‘Sustainable’ Biofuels
November 29, 2017 – 8:20 pm | No Comment

by Paola Tamma (EurActiv)  Contrary to the European Commission’s initial proposal, the European Parliament voted on Tuesday (28 November) to increase targets for sustainable energy and reintroduce a sub-target for transport, by using “sustainable” biofuels.

Boost to renewables …

Technology Roadmap: Delivering Sustainable Bioenergy
November 29, 2017 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(IEA Bioenergy)  Bioenergy has an essential and major role to play in a low-carbon energy system. For instance, modern bioenergy in final global energy consumption should increase four-fold by 2060 in the International Energy Agency’s 2°C …

EU Targets on Renewables and Energy: Progress Slowing Down
November 29, 2017 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  The European Union (EU) and most of its Member States are on track to reach their 2020 targets on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Increases in energy consumption are slowing down progress. The share …

Lead, Squabble or Waffle Away: Shuffling the Deck on Global Bioenergy
November 28, 2017 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Gerard Ostheimer and Douglas L. Faulkner (Biofuels Digest)  … In the U.S., fighting between Big Ag and Big Oil over first-generation biofuels is slowing the deployment of advanced biofuels projects. This further undercuts the industry in …

Industrial Biotech Sector Calls for an Ambitious Revision of EU Bioeconomy Strategy
November 27, 2017 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Brussels, on the EU Bioeconomy Policy Day, EuropaBio called for an ambitious revision of the European Bioeconomy Strategy. Such a revision would help tackle climate change and meet the needs of …

European Bioeconomy Stakeholders Manifesto: The Digest’s Special Guide
November 27, 2017 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We, representatives from large and small companies, NGOs, biomass producers, regions, and academia from all over Europe as members of the European Bioeconomy Stakeholders Panel, have prepared this manifesto based on …

Technology Key to Ensuring Sustainable Bioenergy and Biofuel Production
November 27, 2017 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(EU Science Hub)  Bioenergy is the most common renewable energy source in Europe – and it’s expected to continue to make up a significant part of the energy mix in the future.
However, its climate performance can …

GRFA: IEA World Outlook Confirms Need for Biofuels
November 21, 2017 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Bliss Baker, the president of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, recently responded to the IEA’s latest World Energy Outlook by highlighting the clear need for the increased blending of biofuels …

Does Regulating Indirect Land Use Change Work? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ILUC Reform
November 20, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana professor Madhu Khanna has been raising issues with including an indirect land use change factor for compliance with  low carbon fuel standards.
Why, since ILUC is a required …

Ottawa Looking at 15 Per Cent Ethanol Blend in Gasoline
November 15, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

by Maura Forrest (National Post)  Currently, gasoline in Canada can contain up to 10 per cent ethanol, but a proposed amendment could raise the maximum to 15 per cent in early 2018  —  Ottawa is currently developing …

RenovaBio Is Presented in Congress as a Bill
November 15, 2017 – 10:29 am | No Comment

(NovaCana (Google translation))  Taken by Deputy Evandro Gussi (PV-SP), the national biofuels policy will be processed as PL 9086/2017  —  As the NovaCana reported earlier this afternoon , the RenovaBio program, which encourages the production of biofuels, was presented …

The Dismal Prospect of Advanced Biofuels in the EU
November 14, 2017 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Zoltán Szabó (EurActiv)  Advanced biofuels are proposed as the fuels of the future to replace oil, but the EU regulatory environment is fuzzy and uncertain to lure investors and some questionable solutions may benefit the most …

Green Incentives See Rainforests Felled in Search for Biofuel
November 13, 2017 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Chisaki Watanabe (Sidney Morning Herald)  What started as a way to cut Japan’s dependence on imported fossil fuels has led to  an unexpected surge in a different and equally controversial shipment: palm oil.
Government incentives  introduced after …

Citizens Taking Charge: Germany’s Buzz over Maize
November 10, 2017 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Since 2012, Energiegenossenschaft (energy cooperative) Starkenburg e.G. (ES) has been serving the Starkenburg region as independent non-partisan citizens’ cooperative supporting Germany’s grassroots movement by promoting renewable energy projects to …

What a Clean Fuel Standard Can Do for Canada
November 9, 2017 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

(Clean Energy Canada)  Last year, the federal government announced it would develop a policy that aims to cut more carbon pollution than any other in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, by promoting …

RNG Coalition Adds Biofuel Policy, Government Affairs Experts
November 7, 2017 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

(Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas /Biomass Magazine)  The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) recently announced the addition of four senior government affairs and biofuels policy experts to run its Washington, D.C., operations.
Manning Feraci, Anne …

Waste from Industry Could Drive Sustainable Investment in Scotland, New Report Finds
October 31, 2017 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Bioenergy Insight)  … The new report is entitled Biorefining Potential for Scotland and has been produced by Zero Waste Scotland. It aims to provide detailed insight into circular economy opportunities for waste and by-products generated …

Governments, International Agencies Affirm the Need to Massively Increase Bioenergy and Byproducts to Fight Climate Change
October 30, 2017 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

(BioFuture Platform)  According to projections of international energy agencies, the use of bioenergy as a share of the world’s energy usage needs to more than double by 2030 if the world is to avoid temperature rises …

The Brazilian Conference on Science and Technology BioEnergy and the Progress in the BioEconomy in Brazil
October 28, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Laís F. Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Held in Campos do Jordão on 16-19 October 2017, the Third Edition of the Brazilian BioEnergy Science and Technology Conference (BBEST) highlighted the theme “Designing a Sustainable Bioeconomy”. 
BBEST …

Good Day for Bioenergy, Bad Day for Crop-Based Biofuels, as European Parliament’s Environment Committee Votes on RED II Proposals
October 26, 2017 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Policymakers in the European Parliament’s environment committee (ENVI) have voted in support of a proposal for a total phase out of crop-based biofuels by 2030 and have backed the use of …

Alliance Launches New Initiative To Slash U.S. Transportation Energy Use By Half By 2050
October 26, 2017 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(Alliance to Save Energy)  Audi’s Scott Keogh and National Grid’s Dean Seavers Lead “50 by 50” Commission  —  Today the Alliance to Save Energy chartered a national commission of business, government and civil society leaders that will work together to develop a …

MEPs Propose Upgraded, Nationally Binding Targets for Renewables
October 25, 2017 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(New Europe Online)  EU should aim for 35% renewables in its energy consumption in 2030  —  The Environment Committee voted on its opinion on the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive for the period 2021 – 2030.

“I …

California Cars Are Running on Restaurant Grease
October 25, 2017 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by Robert Tuttle (Bloomberg Technology)  Renewable diesel use surges amid low-carbon fuel program; Second-biggest source of low-carbon fuel credits after ethanol   —  California’s battle against climate change is being fought more fiercely in fast food restaurants than in Tesla …

Ottawa Looking into Low-Carbon Fuels as It Develops New Clean Fuel Standard
October 23, 2017 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Maura Forrest (National Post)  A major question the government appears to be grappling with is where a new supply of low-carbon fuels will come from —  The federal government is looking into the potential for low-carbon …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
October 23, 2017 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

Gerard Ostheimer and Doug Faulkner co-authored a Biofuels Digest article with some ideas that show the benefits bioenergy could bring to Africa: “Africans should strive for sustainable fuels from native feedstocks in a modern infrastructure …

Growing the African Biofuel Sector: What’s Not to Like?
October 23, 2017 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Gerard Ostheimer and Doug Faulkner (Biofuels Digest)  …  (I)n Sub-Saharan Africa a thriving indigenous bioenergy industry can play a positive and productive role in modernizing economies and improving the quality of human life.
One challenge …

A Perspective on the Value of Cooking with Off-Grid Power
October 18, 2017 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Mahesh Bhave (Renewable Energy World)  Why should rural electrification efforts worldwide — in Africa, India, Central and South America — isolate cooking from other core applications such as lighting, fans, phone charging, and TV? Why …

Think Transportation GHG Emissions Targets Can Be Reached without Biofuels Mandates? Think Again.
October 18, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Gordon Quaiattini (Biofuels Digest)  Governments serious about climate change should be wary about eliminating the mandate for renewable fuels, and those promising a low carbon fuel market without it.
Earlier this month Canada’s Environment Commissioner urged MPs …

Hirono Secures Federal Funding for Clean Energy Research and Development in Hawaii
October 17, 2017 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI))  Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced that two Hawaii businesses will receive $1.5 million in U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding to develop offshore seaweed as a potential clean energy …

Bioenergy and Biofuels Highlighted in UK’s Clean Growth Strategy
October 12, 2017 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A plan for cutting carbon emissions while growing the economy has been released by the UK government.
‘The Clean Growth Strategy: Leading the way to a low carbon future’ has been published by Greg Clark, …

Randy Krehbiel: Did Scott Pruitt Just Declare War on Renewables?
October 12, 2017 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Randy Krehbiel (Tulsa World)  Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt may have declared an end to the “war on coal” earlier this week, but what some consider Pruitt’s own war on alternative energy seems to …

Energy Conference Focuses on Profitable Energy Independence
October 10, 2017 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

(Huggins Consulting Group LLC/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Competitive landscape, innovative technologies and emerging energy policy were hot topics as a diverse group of nearly 150 thought leaders, industry representatives, researchers and suppliers convened in the heart of …

Argus Media Interviews about UPM Biofuels, NixAl Commodities and Abengoa Bioenergy
October 10, 2017 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  … Argus interviews speakers Sari Mannonen, Vice-President, UPM Biofuels and Alberto Carmona Bosch, Chief Executive Officer, NixAl Commodities and former Exec. VP for Trading at Abengoa Bioenergy.
In these Q&As, Sari discusses UPM Biofuels’ …

Biofuels Phase-Out Will Raise Demand for Feed Imports, Industry Warns
October 6, 2017 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Samuel White (EurActiv)  This article is part of our special report Phasing-out biofuels: What’s really at stake?.  —  Biofuels in the EU are deeply intertwined with global food and feed markets. As the EU discusses …

Environmental and Energy Study Institute Publishes Fact Sheet: Biogas—Converting Waste to Energy
October 4, 2017 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The United States produces more than 70 million tons of organic waste each year. While source reduction and feeding the hungry are necessary priorities for reducing needless food waste, organic wastes …

A Sticky Matter: Sugar Molasses Dent EU’s Ambitions on Advanced Biofuels
October 4, 2017 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Paola Tamma (EurActiv)  Sugar molasses, which the European Commission sees as “advanced” biofuel, present many of the same problems as conventional biofuels – including a potential increase in food prices and land competition for food production. …

Hearing Focuses on Farm Bill Rural Development, Energy Programs
October 3, 2017 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Sept. 28, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing on the 2018 Farm Bill focused on rural development and energy programs. The committee has …

Dirty Energy Dominance: Dependent on Denial – How the U.S. Fossil Fuel Industry Depends on Subsidies and Climate Denial
October 3, 2017 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

(Oil Change International)  A new report by Oil Change International reveals that U.S. taxpayers continue to foot the bill for more than $20 billion in fossil fuel subsidies each year. The analysis outlines tax incentives, credits, …

UPDATE 1-French President Macron Says Europe Needs Significantly Higher Carbon Price
September 30, 2017 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Bate Felix (Reuters)  French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that Europe needed a significant minimum carbon price to boost investment in its energy transition, and a European carbon tax at the bloc’s borders to …

Expert Gives Conditions Necessary for Biogas Production
September 25, 2017 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

(The News)  Mr Micheal Kottner, an expert in biogas, says sustainable biogas production is possible if the Federal Government can have the political will to put the legal framework in place.
Kottner, who is the Chief …

Anti-Biofuel Ideologues Support the Oil Status Quo
September 20, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Eric Sievers (Ethanol Europe/Euractiv)  Anti-biofuel ideologues claim to be pro-climate and pro-development. But their positions, in fact, support the oil status quo, the concentration of power in the energy sector in the hands of …

Biofuels Have Central Role in Low-Carbon Economy
September 20, 2017 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Bliss Baker (Global Renewable Fuels Alliance /Ethanol Producer Magazine) … For years, the private sector and experts from nongovernmental organizations had been signaling the shift in the global economy away from historically favorable investments in …

Timber Bio-Fuel Stymied by Lack of Government Incentives, Says Industry
September 20, 2017 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(ABC News Rural)  With a number of coal-fired power stations tipped to close over the next decade, the Queensland timber industry says it could help alleviate any energy shortages by producing green fuel from its …

Advanced Biofuels Plant to Be Built in Slovakia
September 18, 2017 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Clariant, a developer of specialty chemicals, and Enviral, Slovakia’s largest bioethanol producer, have announced a license agreement on sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology. The move will see one of Europe’s first advanced biofuel plants …

Biofuel Company Teams up with Solar for Aldoga Renewables Bid
September 13, 2017 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Chris Lees (Gladstone Observer)  Southern Oil is behind an innovative plan to take on the Aldoga renewable hub.
The company, which runs the Northern Oil Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant, has put in an expression of interest …

Downstate New York Poised to Lead the Way for Cleaner Home Heating
September 13, 2017 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Downstate New York counties are set to provide cleaner air through increased use of biodiesel in home heating oil  —  Downstate New York counties are set to join New York City as …

Interview — Growing Food or Fuel on Our Land?
August 31, 2017 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

(European Environment Agency)  Only a decade ago, biofuel production from plants was hailed as an ecological alternative to fossil fuels. Recently, it has come to be seen as competing with food production and not always …

European Commission Study Highlights Benefits of Higher Ethanol Fuel Blends
August 30, 2017 – 10:46 am | No Comment

(ePURE)  Newly released report finds that increasing ethanol in petrol helps improve air quality and reduces oil dependency —  A new report published by the European Commission highlights several benefits of higher ethanol blends in …

Hot Spots: The Top 10 Bioeconomy Places to Watch in Canada
August 29, 2017 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … 1. Ottawa, Ontario  The biggest Canadian story of the year stems from the November 2016 announce by Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna announced that Canada will adopt …

All Eyes on Energy
August 28, 2017 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Keith Loria  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The 2014 Farm Bill—otherwise known as the Agricultural Act of 2014—places a larger emphasis on energy than past farm bills have. It includes the most recent version of the …

Failure to Set Cost of Carbon Hampers Trump’s Effort to Expand Use of Fossil Fuels
August 28, 2017 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Revkin (ProPublica) The Trump administration plans to sharply reduce the government’s estimate of how much each ton of carbon emissions harms the planet. It hasn’t done so yet, and that delay is slowing Trump’s …

EPA Posts Materials for SAB Review of Biogenic CO2 Framework
August 25, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has posted new materials related to a quality review scheduled to be conducted by the Scientific Advisory Board on the agency’s draft framework for assessing biogenic …

IRENA Technology Brief: Biogas for Road Vehicles
August 24, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe/IEA Bioenergy Task 37 Newsletter)   This brief highlights the technologies available – both established and newly emerging – for biomethane production and biogas-driven vehicle fleets. It evaluates costs, performance and sustainability and outlines the …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
August 23, 2017 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

In decrying the proposed budget cuts to US Department of Transportation biofuels research in a Pacific Standard article, Mike White explains, “This would slow, but not stop our transition to wind and solar power—because their …

How Trump’s Cuts to Biofuels Research Would Hurt the Planet and Our Economy
August 23, 2017 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Michael White (Pacific Standard)  Biofuels can reduce emissions, benefit American corporations, and create jobs. But slashing the budget of the Bioenergy Technologies Office effectively eliminates those possibilities.  — … However, as Congress and the …

Farmers Union to Power the Transition to a Homegrown, Renewable Energy Future for the U.S.
August 23, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(National Farmers Union)   The transition to a homegrown, renewable energy future for America is underway. Biofuels, higher blends of ethanol in gasoline, and advanced, bio-based technologies are reaping tremendous benefits for our environment and providing …

Clean Energy: An Unprecedented Opportunity for Republicans
August 22, 2017 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

by Ashlee Rich Stephenson (Morning Consult/WPA Intelligence/Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions Forum)  … Recent studies, sponsored by Yale and George Mason University and the Pew Research Center, illustrated that large cross sections of the American public link climate change …

Ninth Annual Green Innovation Index Finds California Clean Economy Thriving but Emissions-Reduction Challenges Loom
August 22, 2017 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(Business Wire/Next 10)  As California’s economy continues to grow, the state’s carbon footprint continues to shrink, albeit at a slower pace than in earlier years due in part to a spike in transportation emissions.
The ninth …

Massachusetts Finalizes Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan
August 17, 2017 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  Massachusetts regulators released details of a new plan Friday to tackle greenhouse gas emissions in the state, in accordance with a state law and court order.
The rules rely on a …

‘Imperative’ for Fruit and Nut Orchards to Be Included in US Bioenergy Programmes
August 15, 2017 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight) The Almond Alliance of California has called for increased funding from the Farm Bill in order to help develop bioenergy outlets for almond biomass and byproducts in the state.
Kelly Covello, president of the Almond …

Project Aims to Turn Roads into Energy Source
August 14, 2017 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(Advantage News)  The Illinois Department of Transportation has approved implementation of a renewable energy demonstration project using grasses collected from mowing highway rights-of-way.
The work will implement the findings of a three-year study by a multidisciplinary …

New York’s Energy Leaders Lay out an Early Blueprint for Carbon Pricing
August 14, 2017 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Marie J. French (Politico)   The state’s top energy policy makers moved closer to creating a price for carbon in New York in a much-anticipated report released Friday.
Carbon pricing is seen by many in industry …

Realize the Great Green Fleet
August 10, 2017 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Orchard-Hays and Laura A. King  (U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings Magazine)  The U.S. Navy’s initiative could pave the way for a Department of Defense energy program that garners precious energy resources in peacetime and …

Massachusetts May Overlook Climate Impacts of Biofuels
August 9, 2017 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Bobby Magill (Climate Central) Massachusetts is considering a plan that would classify wood pellets and other tree products as sources of renewable energy, allowing the logging industry to contribute to the state’s climate goals to …

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Are a Staggering $5 Tn per Year
August 9, 2017 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by John Abraham (The Guardian)  A new study finds 6.5% of global GDP goes to subsidizing dirty fossil fuels  —  … Second, fossil fuels are expensive. Much of their costs are hidden, however, as subsidies. If people …

Press Cane Donates Ambulances to Chikwawa, Nsanje Hospitals
August 8, 2017 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(Nyasa Times)  Press Cane Limited, an Ethanol producing company has donated two Ethanol powered minibus ambulances to Chikwawa and Nsanje District Hospitals.
Speaking during the handover ceremony at Chikwawa District Hospital on Friday, Press Cane Limited …

Why Will Dominant Alternative Transportation Fuels Be Liquid Fuels, not Electricity or Hydrogen?
August 8, 2017 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Bin Zhao (Energy Policy)  Existing transportation infrastructure favors liquid fuels. The human nature of satisfying their needs with least effort favors liquid fuels. Continuing supply of oil will reinforce existing transportation infrastructure. Understanding alternative fuel market helps …

Pan-African Food and Non-Food Biomass Expert Network Unveiled
August 8, 2017 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye  (Bioenergy Insight)  The “first” pan-African expert network on food and non-food biomass has been launched by African and German researchers.
BiomassNet aims to ensure that food security and environmental sustainability are not compromised …

Court Tells EPA to Enforce Obama Methane Pollution Rule
August 7, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill) A federal court told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Monday that it has to enforce an Obama administration methane pollution rule.
The order from Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia …

Hawaii Building 1st Public Hydrogen Vehicle Fueling Station
August 7, 2017 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Cathy Bussewitz (Associated Press/Hawaii Tribune/Herald)  A groundbreaking ceremony was hosted Wednesday for Hawaii’s first public fueling station for hydrogen vehicles, which will enable the state to begin selling cars that only emit water vapor.
Honolulu-based …

EU’s Biofuels U-Turn Is Final Nail in Coffin of Irish Sugar
August 7, 2017 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Dick Roche (Irish Examiner)  When it was enacted in 2009, the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive was seen as a progressive step towards meeting Europe’s climate change targets ….  —  The directive — which provided …

Better to Burn Out Than Fade Away?
August 4, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Ron Lamberty (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  “Fossil fuels have lost. The rest of the world just doesn’t know it yet.”  Some of you may have seen that quote earlier this summer, after …

Assessing the Pulse of the Next Farm Bill Debate
August 1, 2017 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Carl Zulauf, Gary Schnitkey, David Orden (FarmDocDaily)   Thirteen agricultural economists put together short papers describing issues that will surface during the writing of the next farm bill. For each issue, the author describes the “policy …

Biofuel Potential in Southeast Asia: Raising Food Yields, Reducing Food Waste and Utilising Residues
July 25, 2017 – 11:21 am | No Comment

(International Renewable Energy Agency) Southeast Asia has considerable resources to produce liquid biofuels sustainably, using biomass feedstocks that would not cause carbon-dioxide emissions or interfere with food supply. Fulfilling the region’s biofuel potential would depend on …

Divestment Is Shifting the Geopolitics of Fossil Fuels
July 24, 2017 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Penney Kome (rabble.ca)  …   Almost everyone is targeting fossil fuel consumption and, by extension, Big Oil. Most of us see the oil business as gas stations, or as mammoth corporations, or as roughnecks wrestling with …

Senate Passes Ag, Energy Appropriations Bills – Increases Over House Package
July 21, 2017 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On Thursday, July 20, Senate Appropriators reported several spending bills for FY2018 out of committee, including budget proposals for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the …

EU Renewable Energy Policy Undermined by Lack of Transparency and Unsubstantiated Assumptions
July 21, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

(Impact Assessment Institute)  The Impact Assessment Institute (IAI) has scrutinised in detail the Impact Assessments accompanying the European Commission legislative proposal for a directive on the use of energy from renewable sources.  The lack of …

New York Green Bank Could Go Nationwide
July 21, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Bill Morris (Habitat Magazine)  Bills before Congress would devote $10 billion to clean-energy projects. — The New York Green Bank, which has been financing solar, wind and other sustainable-energy projects statewide since 2014, has proven so …

California Legislature Extends Cap-and-Trade, Codifies Low Carbon Fuel Standard
July 20, 2017 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  The California legislature has voted to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program by 10 years to 2030 while also codifying the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) into law.
In what was expected …

Political Barriers Hampering Onsite Biodiesel Production
July 19, 2017 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Matt Mace  (edie.net) EXCLUSIVE: Biomethane generated from food and drinks process residues is emerging as a viable low-carbon alternative to diesel used in commercial vehicles, but a lack of political clarity has left the food …

$8 Million for Algae Biofuel from U.S. Department of Energy
July 19, 2017 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Tina Casey (Triple Pundit) … DOE is pushing ahead with another round of $8 million in funding aimed squarely at developing next-generation biofuel from algae, leading to “a bioeconomy that can help create jobs, spur …

Hawaiian Airlines Needs To Commit To Renewable Energy
July 7, 2017 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Stewart Taggart (Honolulu Civil Beat)  The carrier flies a fuel-efficient aircraft fleet but seems uncommitted to biofuels.  —  … While the state of Hawaii’s committed to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045, the commitment excludes …

House Bill Would Fund DOE at Higher Levels than Trump Budget, but Still Axe ARPA-E
June 29, 2017 – 8:32 pm | No Comment

by Robert Walton  (Utility Dive)  A U.S. House appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday advanced a spending bill for the Department of Energy that would impose deep cuts on renewable energy and efficiency programs and eliminate the Advanced Research …

Trump’s Pitch for U.S. ‘Energy Dominance’ Is Dominated by Misleading Claims
June 29, 2017 – 8:20 pm | No Comment

by  Steven Mufson and Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  The White House has branded this week “energy week,” rolling out a buzzword, “dominance,” and replaying lines from last year’s Trump campaign in an effort to …

Exclusive: ePURE ‘Heartened’ by MEPs’ Views on Biofuels
June 29, 2017 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Daryl Worthington (Biofuels International)  The renewable ethanol association ePURE has responded to Hans-Olaf Henkel and Marijana Petir, two MEPs in the European Parliament who recently stressed the importance of biofuels in the decarbonisation of the …

Renewable Industries Canada : Statement regarding the Quebec Government’s 2017-2020 Action Plan under the 2030 Energy Policy
June 28, 2017 – 11:23 am | No Comment

(EIN News Desk/Renewable Industries Canada)  As a part of the 2017-2020 Action Plan released today, Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Pierre Arcand has announced the jurisdiction’s first ever volumetric requirements on renewable fuels …

Downstate New York to Introduce Biodiesel Obligation for Heating Oil
June 26, 2017 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Counties in downstate New York are set to join New York City in providing cleaner air through increased use of biodiesel in home heating, with a product called Bioheat fuel.
Legislation passed by Assemblyman …

Building up the Future Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels : Final Report – Study
June 15, 2017 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  This study seeks to support the European Commission in the elaboration of a methodology for the deployment of advanced biofuels. Currently, the contribution of advanced and other renewable fuels is very limited in …

Keeping the Forests as Forests
June 14, 2017 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Charlie Niebling (Biomass Magazine/Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC)  Across the Northeast U.S. and much of the country, markets for low-grade wood resources have fallen off dramatically.  In this context, “low grade” is used to describe …

Stimulating Sustainability Certification in North America
June 14, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  The Dutch are motivated buyers of North American wood pellets, but the lack of sustainability certification of small forest owners in the U.S. and Canada has created an intense need …

European Ethanol Achieves Record Breaking GHG Reduction in 2016
June 13, 2017 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Renewable European ethanol achieved its highest greenhouse gas (GHG) savings yet in 2016, according to the latest producer data. A European association of renewable ethanol producers, ePure says that the new figures mark …

Carbon: The Final Frontier
June 13, 2017 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jennifer Holmgren (LanzaTech/Biofuels Digest)  … With recent prices of renewables at <$0.04/KWh, it is no longer a question of if but rather a continual march to a day when we fully decarbonize power production. The same …

European Ethanol Delivers Record GHG Savings in 2016
June 9, 2017 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(PRIMA-Markets.com)  European ethanol provided an average greenhouse gas (GHG) saving of over 66% compared to fossil fuel in 2016, up 2% YoY, the European ethanol industry Association (ePURE) stated in a press release this week. …

Updating and Improving the Social Cost of Carbon
June 9, 2017 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

(Resources for the Future) The social cost of carbon is an economic tool used to quantify the societal benefits of reducing —or conversely the damages of emitting—one ton of carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere. The …

MEP Calls for Sweeping Changes to EU Biofuel and Bioenergy Legislation
June 6, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  MEP Bas Eickhout has proposed sweeping reforms to EU legislation regarding bioenergy and biofuels. They come amid the Dutch politician’s proposals for increasing the EU’s renewable energy share target for 2030 from 27% to …

A Decade of Bioenergy Research
June 2, 2017 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Patrick C. Miller (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Department of Energy’s three bioenergy research centers have no intention of resting on their accomplishments. —  In the 10 years since the U.S. DOE established three bioenergy …

Have Faith that US Leadership in Advanced Biofuels Development Will Continue Regardless of Trump Administration Policy
June 2, 2017 – 9:55 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) For the record, Advanced Biofuels USA has faith that the world will continue to develop technologies and products to address climate change, improve air quality, and develop truly sustainable, renewable …

Stockholm Pursues Climate Holy Grail: A Fossil-Fuel-Free Future — Part 2: Stubborn Emissions
June 1, 2017 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by John J. Berger (Huffington Post)  … Sweden’s parliament, prompted in part by the 2015 Paris climate agreement, has proposed a fossil-free Sweden initiative under which the nation would become fossil-fuel free by 2045.

The city …

Leading Economists Conclude A Strong Carbon Price Is Vital To Meeting Global Climate Goals
May 30, 2017 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Joshua S Hill (Clean Technica)   Leading economists have concluded that in an effort to meet the world’s agreed-upon climate goals in the most cost-effective way possible while still fostering growth, countries must set a …

The Energy 202: Trump Administration Has New Energy Buzzword
May 26, 2017 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Dino Grandoni (The Washington Post)  In the Trump administration, “energy dominance” has replaced “energy independence” as the go-to phrase for describing the federal government’s broad energy goals — in President Trump’s case, to promote as …

USDA Bioenergy Programs Gutted in 2018 Trump Budget: The Digest’s 7-Minute Guide
May 25, 2017 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Rural Business Service to shut down; BCAP, REAP, loan guarantees gone; food stamps, crop insurance slashed. Want to understand what USDA is targeting, cutting, growing or eliminating — but don’t have …

Trump’s Proposed Budget Includes Cuts to EPA, DOE and USDA
May 24, 2017 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  President Donald Trump has released his proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which includes $3.6 trillion in cuts. According to the White House, the reductions are the most proposed …

RELEASE: Taxpayers on the Hook for Billions in Subsidies for Fossil Fuels on Public Lands
May 24, 2017 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

(Oil Change International)  Study finds $7 billion per year in direct subsidies and tens of billions in liabilities  —  The U.S. government is providing extensive support for fossil fuel production on public lands and waters …

Renewables Nuked; Nukes Renewed: Bioenergy Slashed 69% as US DOE Budget Gets Detail; The Digest’s 7-Minute Guide to the DOE Budget
May 24, 2017 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US Department of Energy submitted a request for a $1.433B cut, or 69.3 percent to the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy annual budget, and targeted a $168.4M …

ADBA Comments on Election Manifestos
May 23, 2017 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Chris Noyce (Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association)  Following the launch of the Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative manifestos, ADBA has commented on the energy, climate change and environmental policies outlined by the major parties.
Conservative …

Is the Labour Party Manifesto an Opportunity for Biofuels and Bioenergy?
May 18, 2017 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Daryl Worthington (Bioenergy Insight/Biofuels International)  The UK Labour Party has published its manifesto for the forthcoming General Election, placing significant emphasis on renewable and sustainable energy sources.
Three principles guide the party’s energy policy: security …

Industry Groups Voice Support for California Low Carbon Fuel Standard
May 17, 2017 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  As state policymakers consider climate change laws, 155 businesses and industry groups sent a letter to California Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, and Assembly Speaker Anthony …

EU Biofuels Policy: What Is the Impact on Rural Development?
May 8, 2017 – 8:49 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)   EU farmers are “very concerned” about the impact of the European Commission’s change of heart on biofuels, claiming the EU’s restrictive policy is putting thousands of rural jobs at risk.
Yet, the …

It’s Time for States to Save the Planet: State-Level Carbon Taxes Offer a Path to the Ultimate Climate Solution.
May 8, 2017 – 8:08 pm | No Comment

by Charles Komanoff (Huffington Post)  The Carbon Tax Center is out with a new report timed to the surging climate movement. We surveyed all 50 U.S. states (and Washington, DC) to identify the ones with …

OPINION: Reflections on the Marches for Science and Climate
May 8, 2017 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) 200,000 people joined the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC on April 29, 2017; with another 100,000 at sister marches around the country. 40,000 Marched for Science on Earth …

Big Equipment and Politics at the International Biomass Conference and Expo
May 5, 2017 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Doug Root* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Shredders, chippers, conveying systems, balers, and pellet mills were the highlights of the International Biomass Conference and Expo held recently in Minneapolis.  The big equipment is aimed at the …

Growth Energy, RFA, USGC Submit Comments in Response to Paper on Clean Fuel Standard
May 5, 2017 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) joined the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) in submitting comments in response to Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) Discussion Paper on a Federal Clean Fuel …

As Trump Reverses Climate Actions, California Considers a Bold New Step
May 4, 2017 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post) … Now, a new proposal, announced Monday, would replace California’s current cap and trade carbon pricing program, its flagship effort to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, …

The Commission’s Proposal on the Revision of the Renewable Energies Directive (RED II): Impacts on Bio-Based Materials and CO 2 Use
May 3, 2017 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(Bio-Based News (Google Translation))  The nova Institute has analyzed the Commission’s new RED II proposal and presented the most important results in one paper.
CO 2 -based fuels are on the up, but the uneven treatment …

Trump Puts Critic of Renewable Energy in Charge of Renewable Energy Office
May 3, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis  (The Washington Post)  President Trump has appointed Daniel Simmons, a conservative scholar who sharply questioned the value of promoting renewable energy sources and curbs on greenhouse gas emissions, to oversee …

Vulnerable Nations Call on G20 to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies by 2020
May 1, 2017 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(Climate Change News)  Ministers from countries on the front line of climate change have urged rich nations to stop pouring money into the coal, oil and gas industries.  The world’s 49 most climate vulnerable countries …

RED II Dominates Agenda at EU Biofuels Seminar
April 28, 2017 – 7:52 pm | No Comment

by Daryl Worthington (Biofuels International)  … Ruta Baltause, a policy officer at the European Commission, delivered the EU perspective, explaining the reasoning behind proposed comprehensive revisions of the RED which include gradual phase out of conventional crop-based …

Laying a Road Map for States, Liberal Senators Introduce Bill to End U.S. Fossil Fuel Use by 2050
April 28, 2017 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post)  Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced legislation Thursday that calls on the U.S. to transition off fossil fuels by 2050, hoping to …

Center for Climate Strategies Builds Economic Transition Modeling Capacity in Cameroon
April 20, 2017 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(Center for Climate Strategies)  As a part of the Africa Low Emissions Development Strategies (ALEDS) project, the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) is supporting local self-determination and global integration by providing training, capacity building, and …

A Global BioFuture: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Developing Biobased Projects around the World
April 19, 2017 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We’ve been covering market access, and technology development, but what about accessing markets in emerging economies and around the world where feedstock is abundant, policymakers are motivated, but other risks and …

Here Comes BioChina: Amyris, Others Bypass the 4 Myths of Business in the Middle Kingdom
April 19, 2017 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From California arrives the very interesting news that Amyris has entered into an agreement with Blue California whereby its affiliates will provide access to its fermentation manufacturing in China and …

Oregon Senate Backs Woody Biomass as ‘Green Energy’
April 19, 2017 – 11:24 am | No Comment

(KTVZ.com)  Bill sponsored by Sens. Tim Knopp, Ted Ferrioli  —  Oregon Senate Republicans say adding woody biomass as a recognized source of green energy technologies will help reduce carbon emissions and create jobs in rural …

Government Mind Games are Driving Investors Away from Biofuel & Other Bio-Based Projects
April 14, 2017 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Colin Ley (AgFunder News)  The closer you get to the commercialization of a development, the harder it becomes to raise capital, and recent government activities around the world are not making life easier for …

Guest View: Corn Is for Food, Not Fuel
April 14, 2017 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Stanford L. Levin (The Southern)  …  If corn were used for food instead of for ethanol, two beneficial things would happen. First, we would create more high-paying jobs in the oil and gas industry …

Perry: Trump Committed to Making Renewables Competitive with Fossil Fuels
April 11, 2017 – 11:12 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Monday that the Trump administration supports making wind and solar energy more competitive with coal and fossil fuels, while simultaneously urging the world to embrace …

New Life Infused into Proposed Danish Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
April 11, 2017 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Prospects for a cellulosic ethanol plant to be built as part of the Maabjerg Energy Center in Denmark have achieved a breakthrough, according Jorgen Udby, chairman. London-based investment firm Pioneer Point Partners …

REDII – Taking a Look at the Impact Assessment
April 10, 2017 – 9:39 pm | No Comment

(ePURE)  With its revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) the European Commission wants to phase out all conventional biofuels in the EU. But in making its proposal the Commission has ignored many of its own …

Addressing Biomass Energy ‘Alternative Facts’
April 5, 2017 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by William Strauss (FutureMetrics/Biomass Magazine)  …  The recently released paper by the Chatham House is a study that contains many inaccurate statements about the use of wood for energy. Those statements are presented as facts, or …

South African Bio-energy Atlas Launched to Support Bio-Energy Development
April 5, 2017 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Keith Campbell (Cramer Media/Engineering News)  The South Africa Bio-energy Atlas, launched in Pretoria on Friday, will allow the country to identify opportunities for sustainable bio-energy and be able to achieve much more in terms …