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2018 State of the Industry: ABLC Global Kickoff Presentation and Remarks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Where is the industry right now?What are the 25 Key trends, how the industry is organizing, what’s up, what’s hot, what’s down, and what 6 Future

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

EESI Joins Comments on Health, Environmental & Economic Benefits of High-Octane Biofuels +

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … Automotive manufacturers are expressing interest in raising the minimum octane level of the U.S. gasoline pool as a low-cost compliance option for

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Mazda Backs Carbon-Neutral Biofuel Research

(Mazda/Automotive World)  Mazda is currently involved in joint research projects and studies as part of an ongoing industry-academia-government collaboration to promote the wide-spread adoption of biofuels from microalgae growth  —  As part

November 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Clean Octane Alliance Sees Open Road for Higher Blends

(Urban Air Initiative)  … South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke and Urban Air Initiative President Dave VanderGriend said an update to the master list of future federal regulatory actions called the

October 31, 2018 Read Full Article

RFA Urges EPA and NHTSA to Use SAFE Vehicles Rule to Advance High-Octane, Low Carbon Fuels

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Ethanol-based high-octane, low-carbon (HOLC) fuel blends would enable cost-effective gains in fuel economy and significant carbon dioxide reductions, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) outlined in comments submitted Friday to the

October 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Behind the Scenes with E15 as We Peel back the Layers

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … More recently in 2011, E15 was approved by the EPA for all vehicles 2001 and newer – nearly 9 out of 10 cars on the

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

New Research Looks beyond Carbon Efficiency to Improve Advanced Biofuel Strategy Development

by Max Witynski (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  … For researchers, this means that the more carbon in the crop that ends up as carbon in the fuel, the better. But carbon

October 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Alternative Fuels Ethanol and Air Quality – Separating Fact from Fiction

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … After Tuesday’s announcement, the oil industry and some environmental groups were quick to claim that increasing the volume of ethanol in the

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Myth-Buster or Warranty-Buster? Nebraska Ethanol Test Will Push beyond Auto Manufacturers’ Specs

by Joe Duggan (Omaha World-Herald Bureau)  Nebraska literally put the rubber to the road more than 40 years ago to give ethanol a shot of much-needed street cred. It was called

October 6, 2018 Read Full Article

CARB Action on LCFS Underscores Need for Ethanol-Supported HOLC Fuels

(Solutions from the Land)  Asserting that they are taking the state’s climate fight up a notch, members of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) last week adopted amendments to the state’s

October 6, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In recent Renewable Fuels Association testimony, Kelly Davis noted, “It was apparent that the previous administration disregarded comments from RFA and many other stakeholders—including the automakers—that encouraged EPA to evaluate

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

RFA Testifies in Support of High Octane Low Carbon Fuels at EPA/NHTSA Hearing

by Rachel Gantz (Renewable Fuels Association)  A high-octane, low-carbon fuel containing 20-40% ethanol used in optimized engines would be the lowest cost means of achieving compliance with fuel economy and greenhouse

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Enerkem Produces a New Clean, Renewable Alternative Solution to Diesel Fuel for the Transportation Sector

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, we hear that Enerkem has tested and validated the production of fuel-grade bio-DME made from unrecoverable carbon-rich municipal solid waste. More than 1,000 hours

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Vietnam : Use of Biofuels: Economic and Useful Value for the Environment, Health

(Euclid Infotech Ltd via COMTEX/Futures Trading Charts)  At a conference on Propagation and Development of Biofuels held in the morning of September 13 in Ho Chi Minh City, US experts shared

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

DOE Funds 6 Projects for Co-Optimization of Engines and Fuels

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will award 42 projects a total of $80 million to support advanced vehicles technologies research. Approximately $10.1

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Renewables Could Drastically Cut Tailpipe Emissions

(King Abdullah University of Science and Technology/EurekAlert)  Switching to renewable fuels could significantly lower exhaust emissions of toxic nitrogen oxides (NOx) as well as curbing global greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers at

August 24, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Hasn’t Told the Whole Story of the Benefits of Biofuels

by Byron Dorgan (Arent Fox LLP/National Biodiesel Board/The Hill)  … A recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report released to Congress on the environmental and resource conservation impacts of biofuel production deliberately misses the mark

July 24, 2018 Read Full Article

MaREI Secure €4.4 Million to Support Ireland’s Indigenous Biomass and Bioenergy Industry

(Science Foundation Ireland)  … The Spoke research teams will collaborate in developing technologies capable of converting a wide variety of residues and by-products to homogenous energy carriers and optimising performance of

July 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels and the Environment: Second Triennial Report to Congress

(Environmental Protection Agency)  This report is the second of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) triennial reports to Congress required under the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA). EISA Section 204

July 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Mazda: ‘Well-to-Wheel’ Gives ICE the Advantage over Electric, Manufacturer Claims

by Stephen Briers (Fleet News)  Change the debate to get true global picture on emissions says manufacturer as it continues to examine powertrain technology options. —  At a time when most of

June 27, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Adoption of Autonomous Vehicles Could Increase U.S. Transportation Energy Consumption

(U.S. Energy Information Administration)  Autonomous vehicles are one of the main sources of uncertainty in the future of U.S. transportation energy consumption, as autonomous vehicle technology has the potential to change

June 20, 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 fighting climate change   —  Negotiators from the European Parliament, Council and

June 15, 2018 Read Full Article

An Open Letter to ARB: Don’t Miss Out on California’s Opportunity for the Fastest, Most Cost-Effective Path to Cleaner Air

(Diesel Technology Forum)  The following is an open letter from Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum, regarding the California Air Resources Board’s scheduled vote on the State’s

May 30, 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 dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, and particulates, compared with the same

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 powered by gasoline-burning internal combustion engines. The primary rationale is

May 15, 2018 Read Full Article

How Trump Will Go after California’s Auto GHG Authority

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The Trump administration plans to argue that California does not have the authority to enforce stringent greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars, despite the Obama administration’s

April 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines: Co-Optima Report Focuses on Strengths of Nation’s Energy Resources and Existing Infrastructure

by Mattie Hensley   (Sandia National Laboratory)   The United States could increase its domestic fuel supplies by 25 billion gallons per year while leveraging the nation’s existing $1 trillion fuel infrastructure according

April 20, 2018 Read Full Article

New Release: Co-Optima 2017 Year in Review

(U.S. Department of Energy)  While vehicles and fuels currently on the market get travelers from Point A to Point B, are there new options that could save fuel and money,

April 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Recall Of CAFE Rule Is Opportunity To Improve Fuel Quality

(Urban Air Initiative)  The announcement by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the fuel economy rules rushed through in late 2016 will be revised is an encouraging first step for

April 2, 2018 Read Full Article

RFA: EPA and NHTSA Should Consider Role of High Octane Fuels in Upcoming CAFE/GHG Rulemaking

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today encouraged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to strongly consider the role

April 2, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Publishes CAFE Standards Mid-Term Evaluation Final Determination

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  On April 2, 2018, the Administrator signed the Mid-term Evaluation Final Determination which finds that the model year 2022-2025 greenhouse gas standards are not appropriate in light

April 2, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Auto Exec: Raise the Octane Rating of U.S. Gasoline for Bump in Fuel Efficiency

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  At a recent American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers meeting, General Motors executive Dan Nicholson voiced the automaker’s support in raising the minimum octane

March 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Where’s Ethanol Going to Go?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … According to POET CEO Jeff Broin, there’s a deal on the table — changing almost by the hour, but a deal none the less. A deal on the

March 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Enerkem Makes a Major Breakthrough by Producing a New High-Octane Biofuel

(Enerkem/Oil and Gas 360/PR Newswire)  Enerkem Inc., a world-leading waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, announced today during the 255th American Chemical Society national meeting being held in New Orleans, that it had succeeded in producing

March 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Co-Optimization of Engines & Fuels: Breakthrough Research in Engine and Fuel Co-Optimization

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today (February 15, 2018) released two studies from the Co-Optimization of Engines & Fuels initiative (Co-Optima). The study, Fuel Blendstocks with the Potential to Optimize

March 16, 2018 Read Full Article

ARPA-E Announces $16M in Funding for 8 New Projects to Develop High-Efficiency Distributed Generations Systems Integrating Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

(FuelsCellsWorks/U.S. Department of Energy)  Innovative Natural-gas Technologies for Efficiency Gain in Reliable and Affordable Thermochemical Electricity-generation (INTEGRATE) The U.S. electric system is dominated by large, central power plants and an extensive

March 16, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Visual Guide to the Economics, Politics of Renewable Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Have you ever wondered why corn farmers march for the RFS, but Wall Streeters don’t? Or why merchent oil refiners want the US Renewable Fuel Standard

March 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Auto Expert Shares Thoughts on Ethanol at NEC

by Carrie Muehling (Energy.AgWired.com)  Participants at the 2018 National Ethanol Conference heard from renowned auto expert and commentator Marc Rauch, Executive Vice President and Co-Publisher of TheAutoChannel.com, on his efforts to educate

March 9, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In his article suggesting scrapping Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards in favor of a Clean Air Act life cycle analysis-based methodology for CO2 transportation emission reduction, Bob Kozak advised, “(I)f

February 16, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Let’s Regulate CO2 Emissions, and Forget the 55.4 MPG 2025 Corporate Annual Fuel Economy Standard: The Inexpensive Way to Quickly Reduce Green House Gases

by Robert Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard of 54.5 miles/gallon has become a significant issue since the election of Donald Trump as president of

February 15, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

De-Coding the West’s Addiction to Fossil Fuels: Fostering a Sustainable Transportation Fuel Market in the US & EU

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “If we do not break the lock-in effect of our dominant fuel sources, we may in fact facilitate mother nature in breaking the lock-out

February 15, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

New DOE Study: Ethanol Among Best Options for Future Engine Efficiency Improvements and Emissions Reduction

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today hailed the release of two studies by the Department of Energy that find ethanol-based high octane fuels can deliver substantial fuel economy

February 15, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Future of the Internal Combustion Engine

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  When it comes to the future of the combustion engine, what are the future developments from a scientific viewpoint? That’s the ambitious topic that Gennadi Zikoridse of

February 6, 2018 Read Full Article

California Advanced Biofuels Alliance Joins Biofuels Groups in Opposing AB 1745

(California Advanced Biofuels Alliance)  On January 19th, CABA joined biofuels groups in opposing AB 1745. Here is the text of the letter: Dear Assembly Member Ting: It is after careful deliberation

January 31, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Defining Decarbonisation Pathway for Shipping – Zero Emission Vessels 2030 Study Released

(Lloyd’s Register)  LR and University Maritime Advisory Services (UMAS) have today (December 11, 2o17) released ‘Zero Emission Vessels 2030’, a new study that aims to demonstrate the viability of zero emission

December 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Fuels Institute Report: Strong Disconnect Between Car Buyers’ Stated Interest and Actual Behavior on Alternative Vehicle Purchases

(Fuels Institute)  A report released today (December 12, 2017) by the Fuels Institute finds a strong disconnect between what potential car buyers say they will do and what they actually

December 13, 2017 Read Full Article

California Bill in the Works to Banish Gasoline Cars by 2040

by Ryan Beene and Dana Hull (Bloomberg)  Assemblymember Ting says he will introduce proposal next month; Only ‘clean’ cars could be registered by DMV under bill: Ting  —  A California lawmaker wants to

December 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuels, Electrification, Efficiency: All Necessary in Transport Sector Decarbonization

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … Global leaders will need to decide on and implement deep decarbonization strategies for every major sector – energy, transportation, agriculture and forestry,

November 30, 2017 Read Full Article

DEUTZ Approves Engines for the Use of Alternative Fuels

(DEUTZ)  …   DEUTZ has now approved the engine series TCD 2.9 / 3.6 / 4.1 / 6.1 / 7.8 / 12.0 / 16.0 under the current EU Stage IV /

November 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Presentations Posted for Can Fuel Efficiency Standards Be Met Cost-Effectively? The Potential for High-Octane, Low-Carbon Fuels

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing examining how high-octane, low-carbon fuel can enable CAFE compliance. Research suggests that high-octane, low-carbon fuel is the lowest-cost

November 14, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Can Fuel Efficiency Standards Be Met Cost-Effectively? — November 13, 2017 — Washington, DC

  Can Fuel Efficiency Standards Be Met Cost-Effectively?   —   November 13, 2017   —   Washington, DC

To cut petroleum usage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, fuel efficiency standards are set to rise significantly by 2025 under the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas (GHG)

November 1, 2017 Read Full Article

30% Ethanol Blend Plan Coming for County’s Vehicle Fleet

by Shannon Marvel (Farm Forum)  Brown County officials will develop a plan to use a 30-percent ethanol blend in the county’s vehicle fleet. The move, discussed at Tuesday’s county commission meeting,

October 18, 2017 Read Full Article

Coordinated Introduction of E10 Petrol Can Help Meet Transport Carbon Targets and Support the UK Economy

(Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership) In support of the UK government’s decision to increase the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, the LowCVP today published its report ‘Successfully Deploying E10 Petrol’.  The expert group

October 13, 2017 Read Full Article

E20 for the EU?

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  A recent study by the European Commission Directorate-General for Climate Action identifies E20 as the optimal ethanol blend for the EU. The study, which outlines an extensive economic and

October 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Drag Racing With E85: Green Is Mean – E85 Isn’t Just For Tree-Huggers

(Quick Fuel Technology/Holley)  As a renewable energy source championed by environmentalists, racers often think of E85 as a wimpy fuel that has no place in a drag car. However, many bracket

October 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Ethanol Groups Comment on CAFE-GHG Standards

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and American Coalition for Ethanol have all submitted public comments to U.S. EPA and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration

October 10, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

BFC Keynote Addresses Policy, Technology, Economy

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Geoff Cooper, senior vice president of the Renewable Fuels Association, told attendees at the Biofuels Financial Conference Sept. 27 in Minneapolis that it’s tough to

October 3, 2017 Read Full Article

California Mulling Ban on Combustion-Engine Vehicles

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  California regulators are exploring ways to eventually ban the sale of vehicles powered by internal-combustion engines, a top official told Bloomberg News. California Air Resources Board Chair

October 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Fact Sheet: The Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act: Environmental, Health & Consumer Considerations

by Jesse Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Today, 10 percent of the U.S. gasoline supply is provided by renewable fuel, primarily ethanol. Increasing the use of renewable fuel, which

September 19, 2017 Read Full Article

Moving into Markets: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Engine/Fuel Transformation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to identify and mitigate the challenges of moving new fuels and vehicles into markets.  Including but

September 18, 2017 Read Full Article

Are High Ethanol Blends Going to Be Essential, and Mandatory, for Super High Fuel-Efficient Engines?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Now, war is surely about to break out over E25-E30 blending, now that RFA CEO Bob

September 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Ethanol Groups Testify at EPA Hearing on CAFE-GHG Standards

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Growth Energy, the American Coalition for Ethanol and the Renewable Fuels Association are among

September 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Swedish Study Calls for Smaller EV Batteries, Finds Tesla More Polluting than an 8-Year-Old Car

(AutoVista Group)  Swedish researchers have argued that electric vehicle (EV) batteries should not be as large as possible, but as

August 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Why Gasoline and Diesel Will Be Around for a Long Time to Come

by Norris McDonald (MSN.com/Wheels.ca)  … So, I’ve been reading about how Big Oil will react when everybody starts running out to buy

August 22, 2017 Read Full Article

New Fuels, Vehicles, Both, Together: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Co-Optima Market Transformation Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy initiated a project to identify and mitigate the challenges of

August 18, 2017 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In a 25 x ’25 blog post, Reg Modlin, former director of regulatory affairs at FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and

August 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Combustion Engines Are Not Going Anywhere for Quite a While

by Reg Modlin (25 x ’25 Resource)  … Flags have gone up in recent days as a result of articles

August 17, 2017 Read Full Article

German Minister: Too Soon to Bury the Combustion Engine

(Associated Press/The Washington Post)  Germany’s transport minister said Thursday (July 27, 2017) that it’s too soon to talk about burying

August 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Research Aims to ‘Co-Optimize’ Biofuels for Future Engines

(Agri-Pulse)  Research aimed at finding the right combination of fuels and engine technology that would maximize a car’s performance while

August 3, 2017 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Ramanan Krishnamoorti (University of Houston/Houston Chronicle), commenting on what is needed for a transition to electric vehicles: “Without big jumps

July 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Welcome to ‘All of the Above’ Transportation

by Ramanan Krishnamoorti (University of Houston/Houston Chronicle)  … It won’t happen overnight. Barriers remain, from range anxiety with full electric vehicles to

July 24, 2017 Read Full Article

What’s In a Number?

by Dave VanderGriend (ICM/Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine) … Plenty of talk circulates around ethanol blends above E10. Clearly, E15 is

July 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Why High-Octane Gas Costs So Much More Than Regular

by Clifford Atiyeh (Car and Driver) …  As gas prices tumbled over the past three years, the premium-fuel premium skyrocketed

July 4, 2017 Read Full Article

ALTERNATE ENERGY: Ethanol: It’s Just Plain Corny

by James Bobreski (Finger Lakes Times)  … Ethanol is the alcohol in our beer that we enjoy at a ball game, a

June 26, 2017 Read Full Article

MYOB – The New Ethanol Mantra: Modularity, Yield, Octane, Bolt-Ons

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Minnesota, the US ethanol industry is descending upon Minneapolis this week for the annual

June 19, 2017 Read Full Article

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

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US Patent & Trademark Office has just issued a “notice of allowance”

June 9, 2017 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Here we have EPA agreeing that higher ethanol blends can reduce emissions and acknowledging that engines and fuels must be

June 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Ethanol’s Biggest Advocate May Be EPA

(Urban Air Initiative)  In plot twist that may open the door to higher ethanol blends, the U. S. Environmental Protection

June 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Livin’ La Vida Octane: The Quest for Torque and Affordable, Sustainable Vroom

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In recent days. we’ve been updating some very useful industry charts relating to costs, carbon,

May 23, 2017 Read Full Article

RethinkX: Self-Driving Electric Cars Will Dominate Roads by 2030

by Mark Anderson (IEEE Spectrum)  Within 13 years self-driving cars will dominate the roads, representing some 95% of all car

May 18, 2017 Read Full Article

High Octane Fuel: An Opportunity for Ethanol

by Emily Skor (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Growth Energy’s CEO explains the importance of the recent ASTM standard for 100 RON

May 1, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

ASTM Approves New 100 Octane Standard that Could Boost Ethanol Blending

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Pennsylvania, a new ASTM International standard that supports 100 octane fuel could help drive

March 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Aachen Team Develops Framework for Model-Based Formulation of Biofuel Blends with Tailored Properties

(Green Car Congress)   A team at RWTH Aachen University has developed a framework for the model-based formulation of biofuel blends

March 28, 2017 Read Full Article

US Drivers to Rely on Internal Combustion for Decades to Come

(Fuel Freedom Foundation/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  By 2050, there will be three billion light-duty vehicles (LDVs) on the road.  Even under

February 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Passing the Test with Flying Colors

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Glacial Lakes challenge in Watertown, SD, demonstrates E30 is a winner. The midlevel ethanol

February 20, 2017 Read Full Article

U.S. Energy Department Publishes “The Transforming Mobility Ecosystem: Enabling an Energy-Efficient Future”

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department published a report titled, “The Transforming Mobility Ecosystem: Enabling an Energy-Efficient Future.” Over

January 19, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Energy Department Announces Up to $7 Million for the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the Energy Department (DOE) announced up to $7 million for eight universities to accelerate the introduction

December 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Car Clinic’s Bobby Likis Talks #Ethanol & Mechanics

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  As more and more consumers choose ethanol at the pump, Bobby Likis, host of Bobby Likis

November 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Value of E30 Proven in Real Time

by Jim Seurer (Glacial Lakes Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Our good friend and colleague Dave VanderGriend wrote in this column in April

October 14, 2016 Read Full Article

The War Against Ethanol, Part II–A History of the Fuel

by Jamie Kitman (Automobile Magazine)  “It is “a universal assumption that [ethyl] alcohol in some form will be a constituent of

October 1, 2016 Read Full Article

New DOE Study: Gasoline Becomes Stale before Ethanol Phase Separation Occurs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, a study conducted by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), found that the

September 26, 2016 Read Full Article

New Government Lab Research Confirms Ethanol Blend Fuels Are Better for Large and Small Engines

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel)     National Renewable Energy Laboratory reaffirms the value of ethanol for internal combustion

September 23, 2016 Read Full Article

Survey Shows Suppliers Support for Existing 2025 Federal Light-duty Vehicle Fuel Economy Regulation

(CALSTART)  First-ever fuel economy survey of auto suppliers:  70 percent don’t want policymakers to change standards  —  Tier 1 suppliers

September 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Blog: Ethanol Advantages Outweigh Btu

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   In looking it up, E100 has 76,100 Btu per gallon, compared to 114,000 Btu

September 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Dear EPA: Watertown Is ‘Premium E30 Ready’

by Jim Seurer (Watertown Public Opinion/Glacial Lakes Energy, LLC)  … The E30 Challenge is a campaign initiated by GLE and its

September 12, 2016 Read Full Article

EPA Should Take Note of New DOE High Octane Fuels Research

by Tracy King  (Renewable Fuels Association)  For the past several years, the Department of Energy (DOE) has been quietly researching

August 16, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

GM, Honda Execs Agree: Higher Octane Gas Needed to Optimize ICE Efficiency

by Lindsay Brooke  (SAE International)  Raising the octane level of pump gasoline in the U.S. is integral to optimizing advanced

August 7, 2016 Read Full Article

Energy Department Announces $7 Million to Accelerate Fuel and Engine Co-Optimization Technologies

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) announced today up to $7 million in project funding to

August 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Statement of the Diesel Technology Forum Regarding the Mitigation Aspects of the Volkswagen Settlement Announcement

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, issued the following statement today regarding the

June 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Modernizing the Electric Grid and Its Integration with the Transportation Sector

by Bill Brandon (Biofuels Digest/)  … Some, like Mark Z. Jacobson, assert battery electric vehicles (BEV) are “the key transportation solution”.

June 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Helping Tell Ethanol’s Real Story

by Dave VanderGriend (ICM, Inc./Urban Air Institute/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In the world of ethanol, we need to get people smarter

June 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Designing Tomorrow’s Fuels for Tomorrow’s Engines: DOE’s Co-Optima

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Between June 6 and 10, the Department of Energy (DOE) held its Annual Merit Review

June 10, 2016 Read Full Article

Point/Counterpoint: Is It Time for Greens To Reassess Their Opposition to Ethanol?

by Senator Timothy Wirth and C. Boyden Gray (Yale Environment 360)  The criticism of ethanol by environmentalists is misguided and

May 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Co-Optimized Fuel-Engine Systems to Transform Our Nation’s Vehicles

by Jonathan Male (U.S. Department of Energy)  The critical need to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil and cut

May 12, 2016 Read Full Article

Volkswagen to Promote Biofuel-Powered Cars ahead of Electric Ones to Tackle Carbon Emissions, New Report Suggests

(Biofuels International)  Car giant Volkswagen (VW) has published a new study and called for the promotion of biofuel-powered cars over

May 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Do Environmental Groups Really Want Solutions?

by  Timothy J. Rudnicki, Esq (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  … Consider, for example, that approximately a third of annual GHG emissions emanate

April 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Co-Optima Stakeholder Listening Day Summary Report

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Bioenergy Technologies Office, in partnership with the Vehicle Technologies Office and DOE national laboratories, hosted a

April 28, 2016 Read Full Article

OEMs Continue Push for High-Octane Gas

by Tom Murphy (Wards Auto)  2016 SAE World Congress  —  … “These speakers are responsible for powertrains delivered to 28 million

April 27, 2016 Read Full Article

Engine Design Trends Lead to Increased Demand for Higher-Octane Gasoline

(US Energy Information Administration) Since 2013, the share of premium gasoline in total motor gasoline sales has steadily increased, reaching 11.3%,

April 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Growth Energy: More than 150 Million Miles Driven on E15

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  An important milestone for higher ethanol fuel blends was reached recently. Major gasoline retailers working with

April 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Fact Sheet: A Brief History of Octane in Gasoline: From Lead to Ethanol

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  A cornerstone of U.S. environmental policy has been the reduction of harmful

April 7, 2016 Read Full Article

Fuel Option that Reduces Emissions Already Exists

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  … A proposal introduced last week by Representative Pat Garofalo would provide rebates of up to

April 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Electric Car Bill Will Do Little to Reduce Emissions

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Today’s Star Tribune reported of a proposal in the Minnesota legislature that calls for a financial incentive

March 31, 2016 Read Full Article

GS Caltex to Build Plant for Biobutanol in H1

by Lee Seo-young (Korea Herald)  GS Caltex will begin the construction of a plant for mass-production of biobutanol, a renewable

March 25, 2016 Read Full Article

Life As We Might Have Known It: What If Ethanol Was Our Primary Engine Fuel

by  Marc J. Rauch  (The Auto Channel)  … Our exchange began with his comments that government should not decide which fuel

March 16, 2016 Read Full Article

It’s All about RON

by Ron Lamberty (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Ethanol’s high octane value is important and valuable, and it’s a part of most

March 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Are You Ready for the E30 Challenge?

by Dave VanderGriend (ICM/Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Watertown is challenging conventional wisdom in order for biofuels like ethanol to finally

March 10, 2016 Read Full Article

New Vehicle Initiative Aims to Make Fuel and Engines Work Together More Efficiently

by Reuben Sarkar (Department of Energy)  Recently I had the pleasure of briefing members of Congress on EERE’s groundbreaking fuel-engine co-optimization

February 27, 2016 Read Full Article

Don’t Save Energy, Save Exergy! The Enemy of Progress a/k/a Waste Heat

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  One of the most important efforts to reduce waste heat is in transportation engines.

February 26, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Blog: More Details on the High Octane Story

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  I really enjoyed learning about research into midlevel ethanol blends from Timothy Theiss and

February 9, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

E25, E40 for the Masses

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Widely introducing consumers to ‘super premium’ ethanol blends could offer substantial benefits, but the

February 8, 2016 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to NREL’s High-Octane Mid-Level Ethanol Blend Market Assessment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This past month, NREL published a critical assessment on the viability of High-Octane Mid-Level Ethanol

January 26, 2016 Read Full Article

Octane’s Liquid Diamonds: The Secret Value of Ethanol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Is ethanol really worth $3.81 for the octane but costs only $1.39 on the market? How

January 26, 2016 Read Full Article

RFA Comments on DOE’s Innovative “Optima” Program

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com) The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) had a call for information on Co-Optimization of

January 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Defour Group and Transportation Fuel Consulting Post Responses to DOE Request Regarding Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines

(Defour Group/Transportation Fuels Consulting)  Dean Drake of the Defour Group LLC (D4) and Gary Herwick of Transportation Fuels Consulting (TFC) have

January 12, 2016 Read Full Article

The Looming Octane Shortage?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In a time of rising gasoline demand and targets for higher engine efficiencies, the world

December 29, 2015 Read Full Article

14 More Answers for your Burning Questions about Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, the New Agriculture, and Biobased Products

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Q. How have the US elections and the regulatory situation in the US impacted development

December 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Protecting Public Health Through Cleaner Fuels and Lower Emissions

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing examining the health impacts of

December 18, 2015 Read Full Article

India to Allow Ethanol-Only Vehicles; Response to Be Muted

by Mayank Bhardwaj (Reuters)  India will soon allow automakers to manufacture vehicles that can run entirely on ethanol, but adoption

December 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Electric Cars and the Coal that Runs Them

by Michael Birnbaum (The Washington Post)  Cheap electricity, a changing climate This is part of a series exploring how the

November 24, 2015 Read Full Article

DOE Report : Ethanol Is Key for Increased Engine Efficiency and Reducing Emissions

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  … According to the DOE’s 2015 Quadrennial Technology Review, the internal combustion engine is one of the most

October 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Bioenergy 2015 Posts Presentations

(Department of Energy)  … We know many of you are interested in some of the presentations from our great lineup of

July 31, 2015 Read Full Article

Court Dismisses E30 Test Fuel Case, But Decision Could Help Open Door for Mid-Level Blends

by  Laura Small (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On July 14, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a petition

July 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Ethanol Chronicles Launches Blog to Answer Fuel Critics

By Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Auto Channel recently launched the Ethanol Chronicles to aggregate questions and information on ethanol.

July 14, 2015 Read Full Article

The Need For A New Fuel Paradigm: Transitioning From Legacy Fuels to Modern Efficient Fuels

by Bill Brandon (Leaders in Energy)  … This two-part White Paper presents the proposition that we need to transition away from

June 25, 2015 Read Full Article

Up with Octane and Down with Aromatics: Continuing Health Risks with Petroleum Fuels and the Need for Engine Efficiency

by Bill Brandon (Leaders in Energy)  Our country has seen many transitions in travel technologies and fuels. In the first

June 25, 2015 Read Full Article

U.S. Researchers See Auto Fuel Standards Driving Technology

by David Morgan (Planet Ark)  U.S. cars and light trucks will become more fuel efficient and safer — but also more

June 19, 2015 Read Full Article

Future Fuels: Can Biofuels Make Gasoline Cleaner, Cheaper?

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition held a briefing

June 12, 2015 Read Full Article

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

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Have low gas prices changed the equation for drivers looking to reduce pain at the

February 10, 2015 Read Full Article

Conventional Gasoline Models are Expected to Represent Less Than Half of Vehicles Sold Worldwide by 2017

(Navigant Research)  Stop-start capability anticipated to be the most important innovation in improving fuel efficiency, report concludes A new report

December 23, 2014 Read Full Article

Clariant Announces Results of Cellulosic E20 Fleet Test

(Clariant/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Clariant, Haltermann and Mercedes-Benz have tested a fuel of the future in a fleet test since January.

September 26, 2014 Read Full Article

ACE Informs Motorists that Many Vehicles Are Eligible to Use E15

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   The summer driving season is now hitting the United States, and the Senior Vice

June 2, 2014 Read Full Article

Transportation Forecast: Light Duty Vehicles

(Navigant) Light Duty Stop-Start, Hybrid Electric, Plug-In Hybrid Electric, Battery Electric, Natural Gas, Fuel Cell, and Conventional Vehicles: Global Market Forecasts,

May 27, 2014 Read Full Article

Yamaha XTZ150S Crosser BlueFlex (Ethanol) Launched in Brazil

by Sam Sims (Ultimate MotorCycling)  …One of the biggest problems with Ethanol is it leans out a motorcycle’s air-fuel mixture,

February 13, 2014 Read Full Article

Study Suggests E30 Biofuel Offers Huge Efficiency Improvement

(The Green Car Website)  How much of an impact could a mid-level biofuel blend have on the efficiency of the

January 20, 2014 Read Full Article

Most Automakers on Board with E15

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Overcoming the E10 blend wall is priority No. 1 for the ethanol industry, and

December 31, 2013 Read Full Article

Ethanol and Air Quality: Influence of Fuel Ethanol Content on Emissions and Fuel Economy of Flexible Fuel Vehicles

by Carolyn P. Hubbard , James E. Anderson , and Timothy J. Wallington  (Environmental Science and Technology)  Engine-out and tailpipe

December 26, 2013 Read Full Article

Auto, Oil Company Coalition Urges EU Advanced Biofuel Roadmap to 2030

(Platts)  A report released Tuesday calling for a well defined advanced biofuel policy framework in the EU up to 2030

November 27, 2013 Read Full Article

Re-engineering Internal Combustion Engine Could Deliver Big MPG Boost at Lower Cost with Fewer Emissions

by Jim Pierobon (The Energy Collective)  For all the advances with hybrid and pure electric vehicles and the attention they

October 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Ford to Debut New EcoBoost Race Engine

(American Le Mans Series/Ford Racing)  As part of its continuing strategy to introduce product-relevant technology into racing, Ford announced today

October 4, 2013 Read Full Article

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