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G20 Nations Still Led by Fossil Fuel Industry, Climate Report Finds

by Jonathan Watts (The Guardian)  Coal, oil and gas subsidies risking rise in global temperatures to 3.2C, well beyond agreed Paris goal  —  … Comparing the goals and policies of different countries,

November 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Dems to Hold Two Days of Hearings on Climate

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  House Democrats are planning to hold two days’ worth of hearings on the impacts of climate change and potential solutions to it when they take the House majority

November 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Energy: New Ambitious Targets on Renewables and Energy Efficiency

(European Parliament)  32.5% increase in energy efficiency by 2030; Renewables must make up 32% of energy consumed by 2030; Push for second-generation biofuels  —  Europeans will be entitled to consume, store and sell

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

European Parliament Approves REDII

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Nov. 13, the European Parliament approved new targets for renewables, energy efficiency and second-generation biofuels when it voted to confirm a provisional agreement reached with

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Advice from the Environmental and Energy Study Institute: In the House, the key for biobased stakeholders will be 1) presenting the evidence that biofuels and biobased products are necessary for

November 10, 2018 Read Full Article

2018 Midterm Elections—Implications for the Bioeconomy

by Jesse Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  And while the bioeconomy – biofuels, biobased products, chemicals, and more – enjoy bipartisan support, the new political landscape means that the

November 10, 2018 Read Full Article

APPA Claims Biofuel a Key Ingredient in Spain’s Energy Plan

(Renewable Energy Magazine)  Even if the ambitious goal to reach five million electric vehicles in Spain by 2030 is fulfilled, the reality is that, according to all forecasts, between 70 percent

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

The Biofuture We Need: A Brief Video Introduction

(Biofuture Platform)  This short documentary film, prepared in partnership with BluOrange, presents an introduction to the main goals of the Biofuture Platform and the overall context behind them  —  We are very

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Electricity and Biofuels Needed in Tandem to Meet Climate Goals, UN Report Says

by Gerardo Fortuna (EURACTIV) Some first generation biofuels like palm oil diesel gave bioenergy a bad name but recent scientific reports have confirmed that policymakers must take into account all the

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Lee Lynd issued a call to action in a recent Nature Biotechnology commentary: Three key measures should be part of any effort to revitalize cellulosic biofuels. First, pursue commercial deployment in

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

The Grand Challenge of Cellulosic Biofuels

by Lee R. Lynd (Energy Today/Nature Biotechnology/Dartmouth College)  Why cellulosic biofuels have fallen short of expectations and what we can do about it. —  A robust second-generation biofuels industry based on inedible

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Acting Administrator Wheeler, USDA Secretary Perdue, and DOE Secretary Perry Send Letter to Congress on Biomass Carbon Neutrality — Managed Forests Can Bolster Domestic Energy Production

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, along with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Spain: New Collaboration Will Develop H2 and Biogas Projects

(Enagás/NGV Journal)  The Regional Minister for Economy, Industry and Employment of the Government of Aragon Marta Gastón and the CEO of Enagás, Marcelino Oreja signed in Madrid an agreement to develop

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Alternative Fuels Home Grown Bioenergy Contributes to Forest Health and Rural Jobs Across America

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) 88 Organizations Sign Statement Supporting Renewable Bioenergy and Biomass  —  On Bioenergy Day and during National Forest Products Week, we recognize the importance of using domestic biomass

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Pakistan and Turkey Collaborate on Bioethanol Research

(Biofuels International) Reported by Pakistani news outlet Daily Times, the Government College University (GCU) in Lahore has signed a joint research project with the Bartin University in Turkey, researching a cost-effective production

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Big Oil Looks to Stop Utilities’ Charging Investments

by Jeffrey Tomich (E&E News Energywire)  State utility regulators across the Midwest are revving up their interest in electric vehicle charging infrastructure. And the petroleum industry and its allies are urging them

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Waste Gasification: 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to 2-Stage Incineration and “True” Gasification

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) IEA Bioenergy Task 33 is a working group of international experts with the aim to promote the commercialization of efficient, economical and environmentally preferable thermal biomass

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Say What about a Carbon Tax?

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao was also at the White House Tuesday, where she suggested that Democrats in the House want to link a carbon

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

EBRD Plans to Invest 80 Million Euros into Ukrainian Bioenergy

by Jack Laurenson (Kiyv Post)  Biomass as a replacement for Russian gas in heating is one grassroots initiative that has become an emerging business, earning real profits for investors. For example,

October 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Colorado Bioenergy Producer Asks EPA to Process eRIN Applications

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The owner of a biomass power plant in Colorado is the latest representative of the bioenergy industry to urge the U.S. EPA to take action

October 20, 2018 Read Full Article

EU to Engage Local Palm Oil Industry Stakeholders in Talks, Plantations Visits

(AFIQ AZIZ/The Malaysian Reserve)    The visit is aimed to provide the EU delegations with a clearer and first-hand exposure to all issues concerned in RED —  The European Commission will hold

October 19, 2018 Read Full Article

New and Improved Routes to Low Carbon Fuels, Chemicals and Materials: Re-Thinking the Global Bioeconomy

by Tammy Klein, Douglas Faulkner and Gerard J. Ostheimer (Biofuels Digest)  … After the Paris Agreement in 2015 the urgent challenge of mitigating climate change forced numerous people across the advocacy-to-action spectrum

October 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol – A Solution to Pakistan’s Power Woes

By Umer Khayyam and Tehzeeb Bano (The Express Tribune)  … Carbon dioxide/greenhouse gas emissions, generated from the burning of fossil fuels, are increasing in Third World societies like Pakistan. … To

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

British Columbia’s Low-Carbon Fuels Program

by Michael Rensing (British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources/Iea Bioenergy Task 39 Newsletter)  Among provincial regulations, British Columbia’s (BC) low-carbon fuels program has proven to be a successful program1 to reduce

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Asia’s Climate Arsenal: Are Biofuels Back?

by Beth Walker (The Third Pole)  Biofuels will dominate future growth in renewables and are essential for decarbonizing the most difficult sectors; China and India should lead the way, argues new

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Anaerobic Digestion Is Huge Economic Opportunity for UK, ADBA Tells Treasury

by Jon Harrison (Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association)  ADBA Chief Executive Charlotte Morton has this week written to Robert Jenrick MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, outlining the economic and environmental

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

ExxonMobil Gives $1 Million to Promote a Carbon Tax-and-Dividend Plan

by Steven Mufson (Washington Post)  The tax would boost prices of the oil giant’s fossil fuels to fight climate change — ExxonMobil will give $1 million over two years to a group

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

A Superior Value: A Workshop in Anerobic Digestion

by Bill Keba* (Advanced Biofuels USA) October 2, 2018, Annapolis, Maryland. Inside the Doubletree Inn,  it was as hectic as the traffic on Route 50.  Eightyfive paid attendees were gathering,

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

It’s Past Midnight: Do You Know Where Funds for Your Farm Bill Energy Title Programs Stand?

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest) On September 30th, the 2018 Farm Bill officially expired. And while both chambers of Congress passed their respective bills, the final version of the

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

From Unloved Woods to Desirable Bioenergy: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Wood and Forest Projects

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Increasing global demand for energy, a push by governments and industry to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG), and a desire to increase energy independence are driving the

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Oman Goes Green with Fuel from Food Waste

by Sheikha Al Maqhus (Times of Oman)  Oman is setting up four biogas plants to produce energy from more than half a million tonnes of food waste, the cost of which

October 8, 2018 Read Full Article

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

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy Task 42’s goal is to contribute to the development and deployment of integrated biorefineries as part of highly efficient sustainable value chains (co-)producing food/feed ingredients,

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Advancing Energy Independence: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas and the Global Methane Initiative

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Why consider biogas to Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)?  First, there’s the momentum nationally and internationally on RNG (aka, biomethane, R-gas, green gas, renewable gas). Plus, biomethane is

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Energy Security: A Bipartisan Issue in a Partisan Year

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … What this country — and every country — needs is a bigger vision so that the friends of energy security are not divided by their

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Climate Researchers: More Green Space, Less Biofuel

(Iran Daily)  … According to UPI, John M. DeCicco, a research professor at the University of Michigan Energy Institute, and William H. Schlesinger, president emeritus of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem

October 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Hog-Waste Plant Clears Hurdle, but New NC Rule Threatens Future Development

by John Downey (Charlotte Business Journal/Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Council)  Wilmington’s Optima BioEnergy operates North Carolina’s only swine-waste biogas plant and had plans for more. Then regulators three a wrench into those plans.

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

State to Provide Biogas Subsidies in Rural Areas

by Parul Kulshrestha (Times of India)  Rajasthan, which has to meet a target of 3,700 household Biogas plants in the state under the National Biogas and Management Programme (NBMMP), has announced to provide

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Rwanda Eyes Biogas to Help Curb Deforestation

by Amy Yee (WRAL/New York Times)  The kitchen of Ecole Secondaire Kanombe Efotec, a boarding school here, is busy from dawn to dusk while the staff cooks meals for more than

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

UFOP Position Paper Says Time Is Now for Biofuels

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, UFOP published a position paper intended to appeal to decision-makers in politics, business and science on why biofuels can and should play a role in

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Gov. Brown Signs RNG Pipeline Integration Bill into Law

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  On Thursday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that requires state regulators to open a proceeding to consider funding biomethane interconnection infrastructure through a

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

PLN Told to Convert Fossil Diesel Power Plants to CPO-Diesel Fuel

(Jakarta Post)  Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan called on state-owned electricity firm PLN on Monday to covert energy plants powered by fossil diesel fuel to plants powered by crude

September 21, 2018 Read Full Article

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

by Lauren Colandreo (Bloomberg) … Last fall, Oregon enacted the Bovine Manure Tax Credit, which offers bovine manure producers and collectors a tax credit for each wet ton of manure collected to

September 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Global Carbon Prices Too Low to Combat Climate Change – OECD

by Susanna Twidale (Reuters)  Carbon prices in major advanced economies are too low to cut greenhouse gas emissions and stave off the worst effects of climate change, the Organization for Economic

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant Biotechnology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s Group Biotechnology — responsible for the Technology Platform Biotechnology — develops tailor-made biotechnological processes for the economic and sustainable production of bio-based chemicals and biofuels. It focuses

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Finding Pathways for Biofuels Advocates Say State Low-Carbon Fuel Policies Could Drive More Ethanol Demand

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Just a few blocks from the commotion and crowds at the Global Climate Action Summit, biofuel advocates gathered Thursday to champion more low-carbon fuel

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Elizabeth Warren Leads Push by Democrats to Force Public Companies Make Climate-Risk Disclosures

by Francine McKenna (Market Watch)  The Climate Risk Disclosure Act directs the SEC to issue rules that require every public company to disclose more on climate change exposure  —  Elizabeth Warren of

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Biogas Projects Popping up Everywhere – Are They the Magical Solution We’ve Been Looking for?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Like a beautiful unicorn flying in the sky, biogas production is taking off in Denmark, accounting for almost 19% of the gas used in Denmark

September 10, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Guide to Italy in the Advanced Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Groups like Eni, Wilmar, Novamont, Reverdia, Blue Sphere, or the many consortia? The key takeaways; the mandates and national targets; the key producers; process technology R&D;

September 6, 2018 Read Full Article

New Members of Biomass Research and Development TAC Announced DOE Office of Energy Efficien

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announces the newest members of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The TAC provides advice and makes recommendations to

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels Canada Clarifies Concerns, Statements on Proposed Clean Fuel Standard

(Advanced Biofuels Canada/EIN PressWire)  A recent federal decision to prioritize liquid fuels in the Clean Fuel Standard addresses many stakeholder concerns but misunderstanding of regulation continues  —  Canada’s national industry voice for

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Maryland Listening Session for Clean Transportation Charts Course For Regional Initiative To Reduce Motor Vehicle Pollution

(Sierra Club Maryland Chapter)  Leading environmental, scientific, community, business and labor organizations working to advance clean transportation in Mid-Atlantic and Northeast States assembled today in Largo, Maryland for a meeting organized

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump Reshaped U.S. Climate Policy in One Month: August 2018

by Maxine Joselow and Benjamin Storrow (E&E News)  … First came the rollback of clean car rules, an aggressive effort to unravel former President Obama’s program to reduce tailpipe pollution. Then came

August 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Mail Call! Put an End to It

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) California Democratic Reps. Ro Khanna and Barbara Lee urged Gov. Jerry Brown in a letter to put an end to new fossil fuel projects in

August 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Liga Bioenergética: Created between 4 Provinces after the Changes in the Retentions

by Ulysses Smith (Mon Report)  Ministers of Production, Environment and Energy of Santa Fe, Tucumán, Salta and Córdoba, created the Provincial Bioenergetic League. After the suspension for 6 months of the

August 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Wärtsilä to Help Ensure Reliable Power Supply in Challenging Hawaii Conditions through Smart Technologies

(Wärtsilä)  Clean, secure, and uninterrupted power is at the core of Hawaiian Electric’s 50-megawatt Schofield Generating Station. Wärtsilä has signed a Maintenance and Operational advisory agreement for the power plant,

August 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Fly Green: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to SkyNRG

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  SkyNRG is the global market leader for sustainable jet fuel, supplying more than 20 carriers across 5 continents in the world. SkyNRG’s sustainable jet fuel can

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Stink, Swine, and Nuisance: The North Carolina Hog Industry and Its Waste Management Woes

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  …  Biogas – Turning Hog Waste into Resources  —  Biogas technologies turn organic wastes, including manure, into energy and compost. When manure is

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Roban Welcomes National Fuels Policy

(The Royal Gazette)  The National Fuels Policy of Bermuda has been approved and is available for the public to review. It provides guidelines the Bermuda Government would like to see

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Working Paper: “Gaps and Research Demand for Sustainability Certification and Standardization in a Sustainable Bio-Based Economy in the EU”

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants) The English-language working paper analyzes the current state of sustainability certification and standardization in the bio-based economy with the help of a

August 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump Admin Sees Grim Climate Outcome in Car Rule

by Zack Colman and Scott Waldman (E&E News) The last time carbon dioxide levels hit the mark the Trump administration envisions for the end of the century, crocodiles roamed the poles and

August 9, 2018 Read Full Article

GAF 2018: From Precision Farming to Fuel Cell Challenges

by Laís F. Thomaz*(Advanced Biofuels USA) The Global Agribusiness Forum event took place on July 23 and 24 2018 at

August 8, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Leahy among Lawmakers Taking Farm Bill to Conference

(WCAX)   Both houses of Congress have passed their respective versions of the Farm Bill, a massive piece of legislation that affects

August 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Opportunity to Comment on 2018 Virginia Energy Plan DEADLINE: August 24, 2018

(Virginia Regulatory Town Hall/ Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy)  … The Plan is intended to provide a strategic vision

August 2, 2018 Read Full Article

New Approach to Trash Is Displacing Fossil Fuels

by Cliff Gladstein (GNA/ACT News)  In early July 2018, renewable natural gas (RNG) began to flow into Southern California’s natural gas distribution system

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Proposals to Turn North Carolina Hog Waste into Biofuel Spur Debate

by Catherine Clabby (NC Health News/Carolina Public Press)  Good news about hog waste can be scarce in this swine-rich state. But success

July 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Canada Delays Rollout of Clean Fuel Standard

(Argus Media)  Canada’s government has decided to push back the start of an ambitious program to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

July 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Emissions, Energy, and Economic Implications of the Curbelo Carbon Tax Proposal

(Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy)  In July 2018 Representative Carlos Curbelo proposed legislation that would put a price on

July 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Carbon Taxes Would Drive GHG Emissions Reductions with Minimal Impact on U.S. Economy, Oil and Gas Production

(Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy)  A series of four reports released today by Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy

July 20, 2018 Read Full Article

All Eyes on Carbon Tax Vote

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  CARBON COPY: Today’s largely symbolic vote on an anti-carbon tax resolution could offer Republicans helpful

July 19, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

ADVANCEFUEL at EU Sustainable Energy Week

(ADVANCEFUEL)  The ADVANCEFUEL project was represented at the EU Sustainable Energy Week, with a stall in its Networking Village on 6

July 18, 2018 Read Full Article

SET-Plan Steering Group Approved Implementation Plan of SET-Plan Action 8: Bioenergy and Renewable Fuels for Sustainable Transport

(European Technology and Innovation Platform-Bioenergy)  On 13 June 2018 the SET-Plan Steering Group approved the Implementation Plan of SET-Plan Action 8:

July 18, 2018 Read Full Article

One Day at the World’s Leading Biomass Technology Conference, EUBCE 2018

by Steve Bi* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Renaissance-era facades capped with green copper patina and orange clay shingles harmonize seamlessly with imaginative,

July 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Climate Pollutants Fall Below 1990 Levels for First Time

(California Air Resources Board)  Emissions down 13% since their 2004 peak while economy grew 26%  —  … The transportation sector, the state’s

July 16, 2018 Read Full Article

How to Win the Public Policy Debate, and the Annual Government Agency Funding Battles for the Bioeconomy

by Craig (CJ) Evans (American Diversified Energy Consulting Services/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  More than almost any other industry, financing for the bioeconomy

July 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Annual ‘Biofuels in Canada’ Report Released with Expanded Coverage of Canadian Biofuel Use, GHG Reductions, and Costs

(Advanced Biofuels Canada/EIN Presswire)  Advanced Biofuels Canada commissions third report, now addresses tax impacts.  —  Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC) announced the release

July 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Creative Debt and Equity: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Structures for Bioeconomy Project Finance

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan

July 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Scott Pruitt Steps down as EPA Head after Ethics, Management Scandals

by Brady Dennis and Juliet Eilperin (Washington Post)  Scott Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general who relentlessly pursued President Trump’s promises of

July 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Pope to Oil Execs: Energy Needs Mustn’t Destroy Civilization

(Associated Press)  Pope Francis told leading oil executives Saturday that the transition to less-polluting energy sources “is a challenge of epochal

July 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump Administration Appoints New Biomass R&D TAC Members

by Helena Taveres Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, D.C., the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee has appointed several new volunteers from

July 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Land O’Lakes, Inc. and California Bioenergy Partner to Advance “Barn to Biogas” in California

(Land O’Lakes/Cision/PR Newswire)   Land O’Lakes, Inc. and California Bioenergy, LLC (CalBio) have launched a first-of-its-kind collaboration to support the financing, installation

July 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Leveling the Playing Field: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Reserves Accounting

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In November 2011, the Digest ran a story on a remarkable proposition — advanced by Richard

July 2, 2018 Read Full Article

China’s Shift to Cleaner Energy Drives Huge Ethanol Demand

by Leah Marie Angelou (Small Cap Network) … China is at a crossroad as it shifts to cleaner and renewable

June 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Lawmakers Ask EPA to Approve RFS Pathway for Biomass Power

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A bipartisan delegation of California lawmakers are urging the U.S. EPA to resolve any issues

June 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Anti-Fossil Fuel Candidates Come out Winners in Party Primaries

by Mark Hand (ThinkProgress)  Democratic nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has one of the most ambitious climate plans.  —  An impressive list of anti-fossil

June 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Greening the Canadian Transportation Sector

by Jim Grey (Renewable Industries Canada/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Canada is a great example of how biofuels can lead the way for

June 27, 2018 Read Full Article

EERE Success Story—From Breakfast to Biocrude: Study Identifies Production Potential across Nation

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Cattle waste and wastewater. Sludgy grease ensconced in restaurant and cafeteria grease traps.  Food waste—uneaten leftovers

June 26, 2018 Read Full Article

A Shift in Power: Energy Recycling Technologies and Changing Market Dynamics Provide New Options for Electricity Production, and Revive Opportunities for Old Ones.

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Improving energy efficiency has long been the goal at ethanol plants and, increasingly, driving down

June 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Deliver Sustainable Bioenergy: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the IEA Technology Roadmap

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bioenergy needs a new impetus based on up to date evidence and experience, according to this

June 26, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation Fuels Incentive under New EU Renewable Energy Directive Not Enough, Says IATA

(GreenAir Online)  The EU Council, European Parliament and European Commission have agreed a new post-2020 regulatory framework that includes an EU-wide

June 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Heating up in Hawaii – Hot News from Sea to Shore

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … The VERGE conference was held in Honolulu last week gathering energy and transportation leaders

June 25, 2018 Read Full Article

The Role of Advanced Biofuels in the Energy Transition

(ADVANCEFUEL) Interview with Kristin Sternberg and Birger Kerckow, Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR)  How has the bioenergy sector – particularly in

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article

EU Reaches Deal on REDII, Sets New Goals for Renewables

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On June 14, negotiators from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council reached

June 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Back to Business: G20 Energy Minsters Affirm Drive towards Renewables, Innovation, Cooperation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … This year, as it happens, Argentina holds the G20 Presidency and the outgoing Germans and

June 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump Taps Critic of Pro-Renewables Policies to Lead Renewables Office

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  President Trump is nominating a Department of Energy (DOE) official who previously fought against policies meant

June 15, 2018 Read Full Article

EU Recognises Importance of Crop-Based Ethanol to Achieving Climate Goals

(ePURE/EurActiv)  RED II agreement by negotiators is a step in the right direction, allowing Member States to use sustainable biofuels in

June 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Thai Policy Helping to Drive Push for More Biogas and Biomass Power Production

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Thailand, a new research report says the country’s biogas market should grow 10% while its biomass market

June 12, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Senate Farm Bill Expands Reach of Energy Title, But Provides Little Funding

by Jesse Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On Friday, June 8, the Senate Agriculture Committee released the Agricultural Improvement Act

June 8, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Renewable Energy Jobs on the Ballot

by Matt Carr (The Hill/New Energy America)  If I asked you the most important state for renewable energy, what comes to

June 8, 2018 Read Full Article

US Still Subsidizing Fossil Fuels To Tune Of $27 Billion

by Joshua S Hill (Clean Technica)  New research has shown that the United States continues to subsidize the production and consumption

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article

RICanada and Advanced Biofuels Canada Demonstrate Significant Positive Impacts from Clean Fuel Standard

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, the country’s two largest biofuels stakeholders—Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada) and Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC), together

June 6, 2018 Read Full Article

All Eyes On Ethanol: Brazil’s Ethanol Industry Continues to Grow with the Help of Renewable Fuel Goals and International Partnerships.

by Tim Albrecht (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  More than 90 percent of all new cars licensed in Brazil each year are flex

May 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Senate Appropriations Committee Rejects Trump Cuts for Energy Funding

by Josh Siegel (Washington Examiner)  The Senate Appropriations Committee easily advanced its Energy-Water fiscal 2019 spending bill on Thursday, rejecting Trump

May 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Scania: Commercial Transport Can Be Fossil-Free by 2050

(Scania/Automotive World)  A fossil-free commercial transport system in the timeframe of the Paris Agreement target is not only possible, but also

May 24, 2018 Read Full Article

High Oil Prices Aren’t Necessarily Bad

by Robert Rapier (Energy Today)  … As U.S. exports increase, high oil prices are turning into less of an economic negative

May 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Breaking News: Attack on Farm Bill Clean Energy Programs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Breaking news arrives from the Ag Energy Coalition regarding the 2018 Farm Bill. Green Capiltol’s

May 18, 2018 Read Full Article

US Appropriations Committee Approves $243M Cut for Renewable Programs, $58M Increase to Fossil Fuels Research

(Renewable Energy World)  The U.S. House Appropriations Committee yesterday approved an energy and water funding bill that, as compared to fiscal

May 18, 2018 Read Full Article

This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land: European Biofuels and the Debate over the ‘Agreeable Corridor’

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) As Europe’s revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) plans are set into motion, disagreements about

May 16, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Congressman Veasey Introduces Bipartisan Energy Research Legislation

(Office of Congressman Marc Veasey)  The Fossil Energy Research and Development Act would set the course for the next generation of

May 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels in the Renewable Energy Directive: The Last Call

by Géraldine Kutas (The Parliament Magazine/Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA))  Ahead of this week’s RED II negotiations, Géraldine Kutas explains where policymakers

May 15, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

The Manhattan Institute looked at “zero emission vehicles” and found: Broad-based adoption of ZEVs will increase overall emissions of sulfur

May 15, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Short Circuit: The High Cost of Electric Vehicle Subsidies

(Manhattan Institute)  Many claim that “zero-emissions vehicles” (ZEVs), especially battery-powered electric vehicles, should replace most, if not all, cars and trucks

May 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Report Looks at Stimulating BioSNG Investment

(Bioenergy Insight)  A new report, commissioned by Cadent and carried out by Ernst & Young has examined what market framework, mechanisms

May 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Voters Should Challenge Candidates on Iowa’s Energy Future

by Katie Rock (Des Moines Register/Center for Rural Affairs)  Iowa’s future as a leader in renewable energy is on the ballot

May 14, 2018 Read Full Article

EU Low Carbon Fuels Conference Week, Part 2: Driving Capability with Flexibility

By Steve Bi* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Part one of this article addressed the first two consensuses emerging from international biofuels

May 11, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Building Out Biomass in the Land Down Under

by Patrick C. Miller (Biomass Magazine)  Will Australia use bioenergy to its full potential, or primarily serve export markets? — Australia’s bioenergy

May 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Electricity-Based Fuels: As Much as Needed for the Sake of the Climate, as Little as Possible for the Sake of Efficiency

(Agora Verkehrswende and Agora Energiewende)  … The production of power-based synthetic fuels is a multi-stage process. First, clean energy from wind

May 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Research and Innovation Perspective of the Mid-and Long-Term Potential for Advanced Biofuels in Europe

(EU Publications)  Research and Innovation (R&I) plays a central role in developing advanced biofuels technologies to help achieve the EU’s climate

May 9, 2018 Read Full Article

If at First You Don’t Succeed: The Looming Fight between the Trump Administration and the State of California over Climate Change Rules for Cars

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) The looming fight between the Trump administration and the state of California over climate

May 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Debate over the RFS Is Playing out on the Political Stage: The Public Discussion Rarely Considers American Consumers.

by Donnell Rehagen (National Biodiesel Board/Biofuels Digest)  The biofuels industry found itself in an unusual position for much of the past 12

May 7, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Bioenergy (Biofuels/Biomass) Low-Carbon Biofuels, Bioproducts Crucial to Two Degree Scenario

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  In April, the European Commission, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), below50, the Biofuture

May 7, 2018 Read Full Article

To Meet Emission Reductions Objectives in Transport, Sustainable Renewable Fuels Are an Important Part of the Solution

(Methanol Institute/EIN Presswire)   The Methanol Institute (MI), the trade association representing the global methanol industry this week released a paper providing

May 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Utilities, Oil Interests Clash over EV Policy at Conservative Policy Summit

by Gavin Bade (Utility Dive)  Utility companies clashed with oil industry interests over electric vehicle and fuel subsidies at a meeting

May 1, 2018 Read Full Article

EIA: Subsidies for Renewables Down as Tax Credits Diminish

(U.S. Energy Information Administration/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Federal subsidies for renewable energy—including biofuels for transportation use and renewable generation of electricity—dropped

May 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Modern Bioenergy ‘Key’ for Meeting Paris Targets, Report States

(Bioenergy Insight)  The scaling up of renewable energy production needs to be drastically accelerated if the world is to meet the

April 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Europe’s Renewables ‘Multipliers’ Only Subtract

by Emmanuel Desplechin (ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … They rely on “multipliers” that artificially inflate the contribution of certain renewables, while doing nothing

April 23, 2018 Read Full Article

NNFCC Publishes Fifth Annual ‘AD Deployment in the UK’ Report

(National Non-Food Crops Centre) Today we have published the fifth edition of our annual ‘Anaerobic Digestion Deployment in the UK’ report.

April 20, 2018 Read Full Article

RNG Bill Moves Forward in California

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Today, the California Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications advanced a pro-renewable natural gas

April 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Messages from Brussels: More Biofuels for Transport Are Badly Needed and Can Be Produced Sustainably

(BioFuture Platform)  Several international initiatives and organizations met in Brussels to discuss the need and the ways to scale up

April 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Shell Releases Energy Transition Report: Commits to 50% Lower Emissions by 2050, Biofuels to Top Oil by 2100 in “Sky” Scenario

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands and England, Shell released its most definitive statement yet on its low-carbon future

April 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Cars Threaten Climate Goals in Blue States

by Benjamin Storrow (E&E News) … Transportation emissions threaten to undercut blue states’ climate goals, raising questions about their ability

April 18, 2018 Read Full Article

RED II Perpetuates Advanced Biofuel Trade Distortions and Incentivises Fraud

(Ethanol Europe Renewables/EurActiv) The Energy Directive (RED 2) transport decarbonisation ambitions ostensibly promote major capital investment in truly advanced biofuels

April 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Italy Earmarks EUR 4.7bn for Biofuel Incentives in the Transport Sector

(JDSUPRA/McDermott Will & Emery)  Transport fuel retailers are obliged to sell a minimum amount of biofuel annually, calculated as a percentage

April 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Draft 2018 Farm Bill Reauthorizes Energy Title Programs

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On April 12, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, released a draft of

April 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Raimondo Backs Biodiesel Increase in Visit to Newport Company

by Sean Flynn (Newport Daily News) Newport Biodiesel LLC saw a big jump in demand for its product at the

April 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Talking Carbon: Europe’s Prejudice towards Carbon Capture Utilization (CCU) Technology

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  With over 260 million cars on the road in Europe, industry leaders and governmental

April 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Washington Governor Signs RNG Bill into Law

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., has signed into law a bill designed to encourage the increased development

April 2, 2018 Read Full Article

CO2 Use Is Slowly Picking up Speed

(Bio-based News/nova-Institut) First semi-commercial facilities, technical advances, but political support still unclear  —  6th Conference on Carbon Dioxides as Feedstock for Fuels,

April 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuel the Forgotten Renewable Energy, Report Says

by Cole Latimer (Sydney Morning Herald)  Australia’s biofuel industry has the potential to add more than 8000 jobs and $1 billion a

April 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels to Bioproducts: A Growth Industry for Australia

(Bioenergy Australia)  The massive economic, social and environmental benefits that can be delivered to Australians through the creation of a strong

March 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Europe’s Ethanol CEOs Besieged by RED II and Illusory Truths

by James Cogan (Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd/Biofuels Digest)  The CEOs of Europe’s big ethanol firms (Tereos, Cristal Union, Alco Group, Crop Energies)

March 30, 2018 Read Full Article

It’s Here! … The (Spending) Level Playing Field

by Kelsey Tamborrino  (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA grants rise: The agency’s operational budget would remain pretty much the same, but grant programs

March 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Questions Raised over EU’s Proposed Advanced Biofuels List

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)  Not all second-generation biofuels listed by the European Commission are sustainable, critics warn, urging policymakers to use

March 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Brews, Bangers and Biofuels – Ireland’s Bioeconomy Looking up

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) … But it’s also about whisky, as reported in the Digest in July 2017, and

March 19, 2018 Read Full Article

New Federal Budget Puts Price on Carbon

by Joshua D. Rhodes (University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute)  Expanded Carbon Credit Could Spur New Coal Power Investment  —  The

March 19, 2018 Read Full Article

DOE Official: Clean Energy Funding Should Be Cut for ‘Exceeding Goals’

by Lacey Johnson (Greentech Media)  The Under Secretary of Energy defends a Trump administration proposal to cut $1.3 billion in

March 18, 2018 Read Full Article

The U.S. Is about to Be the World’s Top Crude Oil Producer. Guess Who Didn’t See It Coming.

by Charles Lane (Washington Post)  …  Domestic crude production was not inherently “limited,” as O’Connell told Congress in 2011, it just

March 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Finnish Government Supports Increased Biogas Production

(Gasum/NGV Journal)  The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment has granted Gasum €7.83 million in ‘Bioeconomy and clean solutions’ key project

March 16, 2018 Read Full Article

‘Keep It In The Ground’ Activists Optimistic Despite Oil Boom

by Jeff Brady (National Public Radio)  The United States oil business is booming and the country could soon be the largest

March 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Regional Transportation and Climate Listening Session — April 9, 2018 — Albany, NY

  Regional Transportation and Climate Listening Session   —  April 9, 2018   —   Albany, NY

Focus on the development of policies and strategies for reducing carbon emissions from the transportation sector. Participating TCI states have

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Report on 8th ISCC Global Sustainability Conference; Presentations Published

(International Sustainability and Carbon Certification)  Tuesday 20 February 2018, Brussels, Belgium high profile speakers discussed on the latest updates on a

March 12, 2018 Read Full Article
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