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Lightfast Polyurethane; YPF Adds Biofuels; Mars, BH Improve Cacao, Chocolate; 20 New Food Waste Start-Ups; Fossil-Free Ocean Freight: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of October 24th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of October 24th. … #2 Oil

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

Concept to Construction and Exports are Crucial

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In the U.S. ethanol industry, three plants are under construction, while a fourth makes its way through the permitting process. — In an industry with

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Innovations in Biomass-Based Diesel

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Two ethanol producers are adopting quite different innovative technologies to add value to their corn oil—one making biodiesel with supercritical methods, the other making

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Pushes Back on Urban Air Challenge of Faulty Emissions Model

(Urban Air Initiative)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has refused to acknowledge it used faulty science and blending practices to paint an inaccurate picture of ethanol emissions in a

September 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Making America Great Again Starts with the States

by David Vander Griend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Urban Air Initiative)  Dave VanderGriend, president of Urban Air Initiative, doesn’t mince words in his column this month, calling out EPA for what he says

September 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels Plant Proposal Raising Concerns for Residents in Sumner County

by Tiffany Lane (KSNW)  Residents expressed concern Wednesday night over a proposal to build a biofuel plant in Sumner County. A Michigan company is hoping to build a plant near Belle Plaine that

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

How the Global Heatwave Is Harming Agriculture Today and Creating Problems for the Bio-Economy Tomorrow.

by Tom Joslin (Bio-Based World News)  … Few of you will have escaped the heatwave that seems to have enveloped most of the northern hemisphere. Soaring temperatures exceeding 46°C have been recorded

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Proposed Biofuel Plant Worrying Neighbors

by Morgan Downing (KAKE) … VNA Corporation wants to build a biofuel plant north of Wellington.  The company plans on harvesting natural gas from wheat stalk. It says it will be new source

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

“There’s No Place Like Home” Grown Sorghum

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Sorghum sights are set high with EPA approval and recent genetic improvements  — … U.S. EPA opened up pathways for sorghum oil to become renewable fuels. 

July 30, 2018 Read Full Article

NPPD Part of DOE Study to Develop Integrated CO2 Collection, Transportation, and Storage Infrastructure

(Nebraska Public Power District) Nebraska Public Power District is taking another step forward in the carbon world with a second Department of Energy (DOE) study. This most recent initiative has

July 20, 2018 Read Full Article

An FAQ on 45Q: What Federal Carbon Storage Tax Credit Means for Midwest

by Frank Jossi (Energy News)  A federal tax credit passed earlier this year could increase the amount of carbon being stored underground. The revamped “45Q” tax credit boosts the amount of

July 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Custom RFA E85 Motorcycle Hits the Road

by Kelsey Quargnenti (Renewable Fuels Association)  Last month, the Renewable Fuels Association custom E85 motorcycle from Paul Jr. Designs made its debut on “American Chopper.” It seems that most companies that

July 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Pruitt Heads out on Ethanol Visit

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to travel to Kansas this morning, where he’ll stop by East Kansas Agri-Energy’s ethanol plant in Garnett. The trip

June 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Carbon Utilization Bill Could Create Value for CO2 Emissions

by Tim Albrecht (Biomass Magazine)  Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., introduced three bills this week to boost rural economic opportunities by expanding USDA funding eligibility for clean energy projects. This funding would

June 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Summit of The Asia Pacific Showcases Global Ethanol Opportunities

(GrainNet)  Industry and government officials from 17 countries in Asia and Oceania are meeting with members of the U.S. ethanol industry and U.S. officials in Minneapolis this week at the Ethanol

May 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Hatching Higher Protein

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Technologies for feed coproducts are evolving, pumping out high-protein ingredient alternatives. Experts assure the market is ripe.  —  The pile of distillers grains at nearly

April 26, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Driving Profit in Biofuels Production through Innovation: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to ICM

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ICM’s equipment and processes are already used in the majority of U.S. ethanol plants, and continues to develop processes to make ethanol production more efficient for

April 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Ag Policy Blog: Senators Detail Farm Bill Goals

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee are getting ready to move ahead on drafting a farm bill, ideally in April, and will seek to

March 22, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

John Abraham, in an article in The Guardian, notes, “Biofuels can help solve climate change, especially with a carbon tax  —  We’re not yet optimizing biofuel production for both economic and

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels Can Help Solve Climate Change, Especially with a Carbon Tax

by John Abraham (The Guardian)  Biofuels can help solve climate change, especially with a carbon tax  —  We’re not yet optimizing biofuel production for both economic and environmental factors …  These are great

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

NBB Highlights 5 Individuals’ Stories for National Biodiesel Day

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  … In the U.S., nearly 3 billion gallons of clean, renewable fuel replacing its petroleum counterpart. A thriving and growing diesel vehicle market. And 64,000 jobs supported

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

$1.5 Billion Settlement Reached in Syngenta GMO Class Action Suit

by Susan Reidy (World-Grain.com) A $1.5 billion settlement has been reached in the nationwide class action suit over Syngenta’s genetically modified corn seed. It is believed to be one of the

March 14, 2018 Read Full Article

How Biofuels from Plant Fibers Could Combat Global Warming

by Mary Guiden (Colorado State University) … A study from Colorado State University finds new promise for biofuels produced from switchgrass, a non-edible native grass that grows in many parts of

March 12, 2018 Read Full Article

March Madness: These Colleges are Mad for Biodiesel

(National Biodiesel Board) National Biodiesel Board releases field of “Elite Eight”  —  March Madness kicks off next week, showcasing the very best of college basketball. In that spirit, the National Biodiesel Board

March 8, 2018 Read Full Article

ICM, The Andersons to Develop 70 MMgy Ethanol Plant in Kansas

(ICM/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  ICM Inc., a global leading biofuels process technology provider, and The Andersons Inc., a publicly-traded company with diverse interests encompassing a variety of agribusinesses, announced today that they

March 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Study Says CRP Mixes Don’t Live up to Biofuel Potential

by Julie Harker (Brownfield Ag News)  Mixed prairie grasses that are used in Conservation Reserve Program lands did not live up to their potential as biomass crops for cellulosic biofuel production,

February 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Against the Odds

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Continued investment and expansion took place in the U.S. biodiesel sector throughout 2017, despite rising political uncertainty and a lapsed tax credit. Here is an overview

January 24, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

C-Stores Meeting New Fuel Demands

by David Bennett   (Convenience Store Decisions)  Whether it’s teaming with Tesla to install charging stations or integrating alternative fuel solutions, retailers are part of a changing transportation marketplace.  —  … Some analysts

January 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Moran Gets Pratt Energy Ethanol Plant Tour

by Gale Rose (Pratt Tribune)  Sen. Jerry Moran got a personal tour of the Pratt Energy Ethanol Plant Dec. 29. He visited with several plant workers that explained each step of

January 8, 2018 Read Full Article

EKAE, Pearson Fuels Announce Exclusive Marketing Agreement

(Pearson Fuels/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  East Kansas Agri-Energy of Garnett, Kansas, and Pearson Fuels of San Diego, California, announce the signing of an exclusive West Coast marketing agreement for the distribution of

December 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Researchers Using Math to Boost Wheat Straw Use for Ethanol

(Associated Press/U.S. News and World Report)  Researchers in Kansas and China are using mathematical modeling to improve the process of converting wheat straw into pellets for the production of ethanol.  Wheat straw,

November 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Charting a Cellulosic Path — Enzyme Advances Hold Promise in Corn Ethanol

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Cellulosic technology companies have invested time and millions of dollars to explore ways to convert biomass into cellulosic ethanol for the better part of

November 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Republican Governors Express Concern to President Trump Over EPA Actions on RFS

(National Biodiesel Board)  “We Were Drawn to Your Explicit Promises to Our Farmers… But Now We Are Concerned”  —  Today four Republican Governors sent a letter to President Trump with concerns on

October 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Vacation Powered by E85

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association)  … We decided on visiting some national parks and monuments in Colorado and Utah. Naturally, this adventure had to be done in a Flex Fuel

September 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Guest column: ​Ethanol Saves You Money

by Dave VanderGriend (ICM Inc./Wichita Business Journal)  I was driving home last week and was surprised to see the price differences on the gas station sign. Regular 87 octane gas was

June 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Study Evaluates Camelina’s Varied Response to Location

(American Society of Agronomy/Biomass Magazine)  A new study, led by Augustine Obour at Kansas State University, looks at how three varieties of camelina perform when grown in two different regions

June 5, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

SkyNRG and AEG Fuels Complete Delivery of Sustainable Aviation Biofuels for Bombardier Business Aircraft Demo Fleet’s Flights to EBACE

(Bombardier)  First delivery of biofuels completed by AEG Fuels; Flights demonstrate companies’ shared commitment to sustainability  —  SkyNRG and AEG Fuels completed the delivery of sustainable aviation biofuels for the Bombardier

May 23, 2017 Read Full Article

More Iowa Stations Offering Higher Ethanol Blends

by Ron Swoboda (Wallaces Farmer)  E15 provides motorists better value in addition to higher performance and reduced emissions.  —  In early May, the Kwik Trip convenience store chain announced it

May 12, 2017 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide to ICM Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ICM is a company on the leading edge of an exciting industry—one dedicated to realizing every benefit of biofuels technology. Our equipment and processes are

May 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Casey’s General Stores to Offer Higher Ethanol Blends

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Midwest convenience store chain Casey’s General Stores will begin offering higher ethanol blends of E15 and E85 at 17 sites in Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas. The

April 28, 2017 Read Full Article

BP and DuPont’s Bio-Isobutanol Joint Venture, Butamax, Acquires Ethanol Facility in Kansas

(Biofuels International)  Butamax Advanced Biofuels, a 50/50 joint venture between BP and DuPont, has announced the acquisition of Nesika Energy and its ethanol facility in Scandia, Kansas. Butamax will now

April 3, 2017 Read Full Article

NBB Highlights 5 Individuals’ Stories for National Biodiesel Day

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  … (Rudolf) Diesel, who invented the engine that bears his name, ran early models on peanut oil, and was an ardent believer in vegetable oil-based fuel.

March 22, 2017 Read Full Article

ICM to Build Showcase Biorefinery Next to Its Kansas Headquarters

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  ICM Inc. will build a new state-of-the-art biorefinery—dubbed ICM Element—next to its headquarters in Colwich, Kansas. The facility will showcase the company’s cutting-edge technologies. … Elements are

March 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Letter: Need Clear Picture of Fuel Standards

by Paul Winters (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/The Wichita Eagle)  Kansans deserve a clear picture of the Renewable Fuel Standard’s future, and a recent letter did the RFS a disservice (“Winners, losers

March 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Fueling Comeback of Agriculture: Commitment to Biofuels Can Help Reinvigorate Farm Economy

by Jeff Broin (POET/Journal Gazette)  … Plummeting farm income, falling land values and depressed commodity prices over the last few years threaten to undo the prosperity of the previous decade. All

February 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Report: Six States Propose New Electric Vehicle Fees

by Robert Walton (Utility Dive)  The Sierra Club says six states have proposed legislation this year that would add to the cost of owning an electric vehicle, worrying clean energy

February 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Provides Critical CO2 Supply

by Steffen Mueller (University of Illinois at Chicago/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Strategically located ethanol sources cannot be economically replaced.  —  Carbon dioxide sourced from corn-ethanol plants is not a waste-recovery product

February 20, 2017 Read Full Article

My Voice: Renewable Fuel Standard Problems after 2022?

by Merle Pochop (Argus Leader)  …  Currently, stakeholders have a say in how the current RFS is operated through their congressional delegates since the program is overseen by federal lawmakers. However, in

February 16, 2017 Read Full Article

Urban Air Initiative Calls on EPA to Withdraw Erroneous Vehicle Emissions Model

(Urban Air Initiative)  Stakeholders including the states of Kansas and Nebraska joined the Urban Air Initiative (UAI) and the Energy Future Coalition as they petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

February 2, 2017 Read Full Article

In America’s Heartland, Discussing Climate Change Without Saying ‘Climate Change’

by Hiroko Tabuchi (The New York Times)  … Here in north-central Kansas, America’s breadbasket and conservative heartland, the economic realities of agriculture make climate change a critical business issue. At the

February 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Switchgrass May Be a Good Option for Farmers Who Have Lost Fertile Topsoil

(University of Missouri)  Switchgrass Can Improve Soil Quality on Eroded Farms, Study Finds  —  The loss of fertile topsoil from agricultural fields is an economic problem for modern farmers. When

December 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Sinatra Bio: Ol’ Brew Eyes is Back

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Bottom line, Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas closed the sale of its cellulosic ethanol plant located in Hugoton, Kansas under the US Bankruptcy Code. Ocean

December 12, 2016 Read Full Article

Soybean Farmers, Clean Cities Encourage More Kansans to Try Biodiesel

(KRVN/Kansas Soybean Commission)  Kansas fleets and individual motorists driving diesel vehicles now can get up to $2,000 of their annual fuel bills paid, just by using biodiesel blends. Biodiesel is

December 7, 2016 Read Full Article

Court Accepts $48.5M Bid for Abengoa Hugoton from Synata Bio

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Kansas district bankruptcy court approved the top bid for Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas in an order signed Nov. 29 by Judge

December 2, 2016 Read Full Article

ICM Explores Reopening Colwich Ethanol Plant

by Dan Voorhis (Wichita Eagle)  Colwich-based ICM is exploring whether to renovate and expand the recently purchased Abengoa Bioenergy plant in Colwich into a state-of-the-art energy-efficient biorefinery. Such a plant

November 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Garnett Fuel Retailer to Celebrate New Ethanol Fuel Choices at Event Thursday

by KS Corn (Rural Radio Network)  Sandra’s Quick Stop will celebrate new fuel choices for drivers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m Thursday, Nov. 10 in Garnett. The Quick Stop,

November 7, 2016 Read Full Article

Shell Oil Company Agrees to Buy Kansas Cellulosic Ethanol Plant

(DTN/Progressive Farmer/KOOL)  Shell Oil Company has agreed to buy Abengoa Bioenergy’s cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas, for what could be a significantly discounted price of $26 million, according to

October 14, 2016 Read Full Article

New Form of Ethanol Based Gasoline Comes to Wichita

by By Rachel Skytta  (KWCH)  A higher grade of ethanol blended gasoline will soon make its way to Wichita, giving consumers more options when they fill up. … “Ethanol is alcohol,

October 3, 2016 Read Full Article

Consumers Ability to Choose #E15 Back at the Pumps

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Consumers will have the choice to purchase E15 at the pump again tomorrow, September 15, 2016. For drivers owning a 2001 or newer vehicle, E15 sales

September 14, 2016 Read Full Article

7 Governors Ask EPA to Remove RVP Limit on E15

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Sept. 13, the governors of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and

September 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Kansas Cellulosic Plant to Sell

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Abengoa Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Draws Wide Interest — … Mark Fisler, managing director of

August 25, 2016 Read Full Article

Letter to Editor: Good Policy

by Mike Chisam (The Hays Daily News)  A recent article in the Hays Daily News, titled “Subsidized madness,” makes erroneous claims

August 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Clean Fuels Law Brings Ethanol to Oregon — But Mostly from the Midwest

by Hillary Borrud (The Oregonian)  Supporters of Oregon’s controversial low-carbon fuels mandate, newly approved last year, hailed it as a

August 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Mexican #Ethanol Producers Consider Sorghum as Feedstock

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  A contingency of ethanol producers from Mexico recently visited the U.S. to look at the option

August 2, 2016 Read Full Article

Abengoa’s Hugoton Cellulosic Ethanol Project Goes on the Block

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Missouri, Ocean Park Advisors has been retained by Abengoa Bioenergy to find a strategic

July 19, 2016 Read Full Article

A Q&A with Biodiesel Beauty Queen Sydney Jaeger, Miss Dodge City

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  …  So it comes as little surprise that Sydney (Jaeger) has developed a love for biodiesel,

June 22, 2016 Read Full Article

ICM Has Short List for Its Gen 1.5 Cellulosic Ethanol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Kansas, ICM said it is is currently in discussion with a short list of

June 20, 2016 Read Full Article

ADM, Biofuel Supporters Say EPA Underestimates Use of Higher-Ethanol Fuels

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Archer Daniels Midland Co and other supporters of biofuels on Thursday said U.S. regulators grossly underestimated

June 10, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Blasts EPA ‘Hogwash’

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  The ethanol industry will lay into the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday for proposing a

June 9, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

American Ethanol Shines at Kansas Speedway NASCAR Races

(Kansas Corn)  Kyle Bush won Go Bowling 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at the Kansas Speedway Saturday running on E15,

June 2, 2016 Read Full Article

UAI Calls Court Decision on MOVES Model a Temporary Setback

(Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The effort to stop the U.S. EPA from implementing a model that unfairly blames ethanol

May 11, 2016 Read Full Article

A Cellulosic Ethanol Milestone

by Robert Rapier (Forbes) Last week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that during the first quarter of 2016, just

April 27, 2016 Read Full Article

Duel Fuel–Colocating Ethanol, Biodiesel

by Keith Loria (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Biodiesel tanks are popping up in the tank farms at some ethanol plants these

April 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Farm Bill Energy Programs Enable New Feedstock Production To Help Fuel the Biobased Economy

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  … Congress changed mandatory funding for two key bioenergy programs – despite their tangible

April 6, 2016 Read Full Article

What’s up with Cellulosic Fuels: The Digest’s 2016 March Madness Guide

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we conducted a webinar on the state of cellulosic fuels as part of

March 24, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

First Midwest Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Is Producing Tank-Car Loads of Fuel

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  Poet Inc. is shipping fuel from Iowa facility, which could hit full output by year’s

March 23, 2016 Read Full Article

Ethanol Bust Adds to U.S. Fuel Glut and Losses Across Corn Belt

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg Business) … Back in 2007, when crude oil was headed toward a record $147.27 a barrel, ethanol

March 23, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Cellulosic Ethanol Will Get Back Up

(RPA News)  Our top story this month is a blunt reminder of how deeply U.S. policy uncertainty cut down and yanked

March 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Study Says Ethanol Harms Corn Counties

by Ann Purvis (Heartland Institute)  … (A) new study from researchers at Strata Policy (SP) and the Institute of Political Economy

March 21, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Bringing up the Throttle on Cellulosic Ethanol

by Holly Jessen and Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Although there are challenges facing the second generation ethanol industry, progress

March 18, 2016 Read Full Article

“Lack of Collateral” Damage: Abengoa’s Descent into Fiscal Hell, and Its Hopes for Redemption

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Last week, we reported that potential buyers of Abengoa Bioenergy’s six first generation ethanol facilities

March 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Abengoa Bioenergy Files for Chapter 11 for Parent and 5 Subsidiaries

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Missouri, Abengoa Bioenergy US Holding, LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy relief in the US Bankruptcy

February 25, 2016 Read Full Article

Raizen Has Lowest Price as Cellulosic Ethanol Hinges on Feedstock Cost

(Lux Research/MarketWired)  Of the Six Existing Commercial Cellulosic Ethanol Facilities, Raizen’s Projected Price of $2.17 per Gallon Is Lowest, as

February 24, 2016 Read Full Article

Meeting the California Low Carbon Challenge

by Susanna Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Eighty-nine ethanol producers west of the Mississippi River prepare for the revised LCFS.

February 22, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Analyst: Biofuels Consolidation Will Continue in 2016

(Ocean Park Advisors/Ag Professionals)  … “Our experience leads us to believe there will be an increased number of owners and boards

February 22, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Let’s Give Credit Where It’s Due

by Kenneth Riffle (Salina Journal) Opinion:  … Ethanol utilized as an oxygenate in blended gasoline helps control carbon monoxide emissions. As an

January 25, 2016 Read Full Article

University of Georgia Scientists Using $5 Million Grant to Combat Invasive Weed Johnsongrass

by James Hataway  (University of Georgia)  A team of researchers led by faculty at the University of Georgia have received a

January 20, 2016 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Biofuels Outlook: Abengoa Doubts May Not Affect Biofuels Industry

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) Although the cellulosic ethanol industry has had some challenges, there is hope for the year

January 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Dirt Work Begins on Ringneck Energy as Project Details Finalized

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … “Most investors are from South Dakota by far,” he reported, but the project

January 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Ethanol Holds Promise, But Can We Get It Right?

by Loni Kemp (NRDC/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)   The next ethanol boom is most likely to come from cellulose feedstocks, yet US policy

December 15, 2015 Read Full Article

Kansas Ethanol: Closing of Abengoa Plant at Hugoton Shouldn’t Dash Hopes for Cellulosic Ethanol

by John Montgomery (The Hutchinson News)  …  Abengoa shut down the plant last month – eliminating about 50 jobs –

December 14, 2015 Read Full Article

SDFU Delegates Vote to Take Pro-E30 Challenge

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek)  The South Dakota Farmers Union celebrated its 100th annual meeting by taking another step forward in

December 11, 2015 Read Full Article

Abengoa Contagion Spreads to U.S. Biofuel Plants, Causing Layoffs and Shutdowns

by Rob Nikolewski (Kansas Watchdog.org)  … “I think we have to see how this thing plays out. In the short run,

December 7, 2015 Read Full Article

Candidates Are Skipping Traditionally Mighty Farm Issues in Iowa

by Scott Canon (Kansas City Star)  … The discussion of ethanol policy puts conservatives in an awkward spot —  …Yet even

December 7, 2015 Read Full Article

Rep. Pompeo Investigates Failing Obama-Backed Green Energy Company

(The Daily Caller News Foundation)  Rep. Mike Pompeo is demanding information on Abengoa, a Spanish green energy firm on the

December 4, 2015 Read Full Article

Abengoa Shuts Down Hugoton, Colwich, St Louis HQ

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Kansas, Abengoa has decided to suspend production at its new cellulosic ethanol plant in

December 4, 2015 Read Full Article

LanzaTech, INVISTA Find Direct Pathway to Bio-Based Butadiene

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Kansas, INVISTA and LanzaTech have developed a metabolic ‘toolkit’ that has been successfully applied

December 2, 2015 Read Full Article

Biogas Integration for Cellulosic Ethanol Production

by Amanda Bilek (Biomass Magazine)  As cellulosic ethanol production facilities have come online, anaerobic digesters have been colocated at the

November 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Ethanol Has Finally Arrived

by WIlliam Tucker (Fuel Freedom Foundation)  … Cellulosic ethanol, capable of recycling crop wastes into fuel, may be here.  On the

November 18, 2015 Read Full Article

New Biobased Projects Around the World

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s building what, where, now. 29 projects in construction or in commissioning in Africa, Europe,

November 18, 2015 Read Full Article

Pacific Ag’s National Wheat Straw Harvest Brings Quality, Sustainable and Cost Effective Bio-Material for New Markets

(Pacific Ag)  For industries like mushroom composting to erosion technology as well as dairy and cattle feed, Pacific Ag is

November 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Preparing For Duonix Biodiesel Plant Start-Up

by  Doug Kennedy (KWBE)  A biodiesel plant at the northwest edge of Beatrice is getting ready for the start of

November 13, 2015 Read Full Article

Strong RFS Support Offers Low-Risk Opportunity for Democrats to Connect with Voters They Need to Retake Majority

by Ryan Fitzpatrick (Third Way)  Although relatively obscure by Washington standards, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) carries a unique level

November 9, 2015 Read Full Article

Will the Renewable Fuel Standard Impact the 2016 Elections?

by Jonathan H Harsch (Agri-Pulse)  The escalating battle over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) added another front Thursday. National Farmers Union

November 9, 2015 Read Full Article

Kansas to Receive $1.3M in Federal Matching Funds to Add More Ethanol Pumps for Motorists

(Associated Press/The Republic)  The U.S. Agriculture Department has awarded Kansas $1.3 million in matching funds for a program to increase

October 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Energy Department Harvesting Technology Goes Commercial

by Alison Goss Eng and Daniel Adams (U.S. Department of Energy)  … Earlier this year, we highlighted five cost-saving harvesting technologies

October 29, 2015 Read Full Article

New BETO Fact Sheets Profile the Emerging Bioeconomy by State

(U.S. Department of Energy)  How is funding from BETO a part of the emerging bioeconomy in some states? Find out

October 29, 2015 Read Full Article

Priming the Pump for Higher Blends

by Ray Defenbaugh (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Prime the Pump/Growth Energy)  Prime the pump, an effort to grow the ethanol market to

October 27, 2015 Read Full Article

ICM Aims for Strong Legacy

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For two decades, ICM has adapted with the changing times, bringing technology solutions to

October 27, 2015 Read Full Article

Biofuels Maker Paid Back Its Federal Loan Without Selling Any Ethanol

by Michael Bastasch (Daily Caller)  Abengoa Bioenergy got nearly $230 million in federal loans and grants to build a massive cellulosic

October 22, 2015 Read Full Article

INSIGHT-Power Line Opponents Give Renewables Their Keystone Moment

by Nichola Groom (Reuters)  … The visitor represented Clean Line Energy Partners LLC, a Texas company established to build transmission lines

October 20, 2015 Read Full Article

Trust Iowa farmers, Not Big Oil

by T.J. Page (Des Moines Register/Iowa Renewable Fuels Association) Letter to the Editor– It’s disappointing, but not surprising to read a recent

October 5, 2015 Read Full Article

Sorghum Is Making a Big Splash

by Nicholas Bergin (Lincoln Journal Star)  Sorghum, a grass with a colorful seed about the size of a BB, was

October 5, 2015 Read Full Article

Twofold Renewable in Tulare County

by Keith Loria (Biomass Magazine)  California’s Calgren Renewable Fuels uses renewable energy generated onsite to power its renewable fuel production process.

September 23, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

PSU Automotive Students Get Training in Biodiesel

by Lisa Olliges (KOAM TV)  Today PSU automotive students are learning how bio-diesel works as the alternative fuel becomes more mainstream.

September 22, 2015 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Feedstocks of the Future

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Commercial-scale production and harvest of several annual and perennial biomass feedstocks is under way,

September 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Abengoa Advancing: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to the Hugoton Cellulosic Ethanol Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The goal of the Abengoa project in Hugoton, Kansas? To design, build and operate a

September 16, 2015 Read Full Article

USDA Invests $100M in Renewable Fuel Pumps: The Deep Dive into Who Got What, and How the Landscape Shifts

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  USDA announces state finalists for the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership. Will it move the needle? The

September 14, 2015 1 comment Read Full Article

USDA Announces State Finalists for the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that 21 states will receive grants through the Biofuel Infrastructure

September 10, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Is Cellulosic Biofuel Ready for Prime Time?

by Rob Nikolewski (Watchdog.org)  … Brooke Coleman, executive director at the Advanced Ethanol Council, counters by saying the industry is at

August 25, 2015 Read Full Article

EPA Cannot Quit on RFS

by Brian Jennings (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol)    I’d like to introduce you to some of the people

August 25, 2015 Read Full Article

USDA Announces Incentives to Establish Biomass Crops

(US Department of Agriculture)  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini announced that enrollment begins

August 21, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Energy Department Announces $9 Million to Improve Sustainability of Cellulosic Bioenergy Systems

(US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today announced up to $9 million for the design of sustainable bioenergy systems

August 21, 2015 Read Full Article

New Data Shows EPA’s Emissions Model Regarding Ethanol is Flawed

by Kim Trinchet (Urban Air Initiative)  New documents filed with the U.S Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. show

August 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Removing Ethanol from Gas Increases Toxic Emissions

by Kim Trinchet (Urban Air Initiative)  Many gas stations are promoting E0, or gasoline with zero percent ethanol. It not

August 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Ethanol Performance Tests Successful

by PJ Griekspoor  (Agri-View)  St. Joseph, Mo., pilot plant completes tests of making cellulosic ethanol that also yields value-added co-products — The

August 20, 2015 Read Full Article

From Blueprint to Baler

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  AGCO is well-equipped to aid the first U.S. cellulosic ethanol plants in devising efficient and

August 19, 2015 Read Full Article

EPA’s ‘MOVES’ Could Cripple Higher Ethanol Blends

by Dave VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ICM/Urban Air Initiative)  … The RFS is very important to our industry, but focusing on it alone,

August 17, 2015 Read Full Article

VIDEO: Sustainability in Bioenergy: A Nation Connected

(US Department of Energy)  “Sustainability in Bioenergy: A Nation Connected” is a short documentary highlighting personal stories and the efforts

August 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Biochemist Studies Oilseed Plants for Biofuel, Industrial Development

(Kansas State University)  A Kansas State University biochemistry professor has reached a milestone in building a better biofuel: producing high

August 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture–ARPA-E Grants

TERRA projects seek to accelerate the development of sustainable energy crops for the production of renewable transportation fuels from biomass.

August 5, 2015 Read Full Article

UAI: Removing Ethanol from Gasoline Increases Toxic Emissions

(Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Many gas stations are promoting E0, or gasoline with zero percent ethanol. It not only

August 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Abengoa: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Abengoa is active in three areas in biofuels: a. Traditional fermentation of cereal grains and

July 31, 2015 Read Full Article

200,000 Comments on the Renewable Fuel Standard Delivered to EPA: “Stand by Me” Says Rural US to Washington

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, representatives from Fuels America and other advocates for “clean, secure, American energy” delivered

July 28, 2015 Read Full Article

RFA: Boat Racers Return to Kansas for ‘Shootout’ on the Water

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The National Boat Racing Association recently held its annual Garnett Ethanol Hydroplane Shootout in Garnett,

July 27, 2015 Read Full Article

Biogas! The Big Cellulosic Fuel Breakthrough?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Already, biogas as a renewable fuel is accounting for 90% of all cellulosic RIN production

July 27, 2015 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuel Standards Continue to Work

by Dave Eckhardt (Colorado Corn Growers Association/Pueblo Chieftan) … Perhaps the EPA has forgotten the RFS is working.  It’s helped reduce

July 20, 2015 Read Full Article

Blog: Research Projects Look into Low-Lignin Plants

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  You may have heard the old joke, “you can make anything out of lignin,

July 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuel Policy Lagging

by Ken McCauley (Garden City Telegram)  … American farmers stepped up when called upon, increasing production levels of corn ethanol to

July 7, 2015 Read Full Article

EPA Officials Observe Innovation, Ingenuity at EKAE Plant

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Renewable Fuels Association member company East Kansas Agri-Energy recently hosted key officials from the U.S.

July 6, 2015 Read Full Article

Crews Harvest Crop Residue for Biomass

by Amy Bickel (Kansas Agland/The Garden City Telegram)  The wheat field here is shaved down to a schoolboy’s haircut, but Courtney

July 6, 2015 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Ethanol: Where Are the Gallons? Answers for Your Questions.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Seen a number of high-profile cellulosic projects open in recent years, and not much ethanol

July 2, 2015 Read Full Article

Fueling the Sorghum Ethanol Coproducts Engine

by Kelli Fulkerson (Ethanol Producer Magazine/National Sorghum Producers)  Producers work to expand markets for sorghum distillers and oil. While exports

June 29, 2015 Read Full Article

Renewable-Fuel Advocates Turn out at KCK Hearing, Give the EPA an Earful on Reducing Ethanol Targets

by Greg Hack and Kasia Kovacs   (Kansas City Star)  When the Environmental Protection Agency proposed lowering the country’s ethanol-use

June 29, 2015 Read Full Article

Danforth Plant Science Center Receives $8M for Big Data Research Program to Advance Development of Key Bioenergy Crop

(Danforth Plant Science Center)  Understanding key phenotype-to-genotype associations will enhance efforts to bring products to market  —  The Donald Danforth

June 25, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Ethanol Report from Washington DC

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  … Regarding the June 25 public hearing on EPA’s proposed volume obligations under the RFS, Dinneen says

June 19, 2015 Read Full Article

Public Hearing for the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard Program

(US Environmental Protection Agency/Federal Register)   The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a public hearing to be held in

June 19, 2015 Read Full Article

ARPA-E Awards $30M in High-Risk, High-Reward Moonshot Program to Transform Energy Crops

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Six projects land major multi-year awards for Project TERRA, Tramsportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture

June 19, 2015 Read Full Article

Terry Anderson: ‘American Ethanol’ to the Rescue in New Campaign

by Terry Anderson (Midwest Producer News) … The “American Ethanol” campaign is to make it personal for the public, that the

May 14, 2015 Read Full Article

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