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Federal Funding Opportunities for Each of the Nine Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) Part 2: TRLs 4-9

by CJ Evans (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Biofuels Digest)  This the second installment of an article that breaks down all of the many federal funding opportunities that are available to promote innovation into

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Aemetis Reports Progress with Cellulosic Ethanol Project

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Aemetis Inc. released second quarter financial results on Aug. 9, reporting increased revenues and gross margins. The company also reported process being made with its

August 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program DEADLINES: October 1, 2018 and April 1, 2019

(U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business-Cooperative Service/Federal Register)  This Notice announces the solicitation of applications for funds available under the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (the Program)

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

More Support for Carbon Utilization in Congress

(Algae Biomass Organization)  This month the momentum for supporting technologies that put carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to good use got a boost in Congress with the introduction of the

August 2, 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 guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with some combination

July 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Up to $4.5 Billion in Loan Authority Available for Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects

by Elizabeth Ingram (HydroWorld.com)  The Loan Programs Office at the U.S. Department of Energy still has up to $4.5 billion in loan authority available for Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy (REEE)

June 25, 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

The Carbon Rescuers: 20 Top Waste Projects and Breakthroughs that Capture Used Carbon from the Waste Pile for New Uses

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In these top 20 projects, we usually say that we are using waste, but really we are converting something from a state of waste to a

June 5, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Farm Bill Energy Programs Have Earned Bipartisan Support

by Brent Erickson (The Hill/Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  Since 2002, the farm bill has contained an energy title, with cost-effective programs that support private investment in renewable energy, biobased manufacturing and energy

May 24, 2018 Read Full Article

From the Dump to the Pump: Fulcrum BioEnergy Breaks Ground on Landmark Trash-to-Jet Fuel Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Near Reno, Nevada, Fulcrum BioEnergy broke ground today for its 10 million gallon per year first commercial plant that makes jet fuel from municipal solid

May 17, 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 and incentives would be needed to roll out bioSNG (bio-substitute

May 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels Production and Consumption in the US: Status, Advances and Challenges

by Mahmood Ebadian and James D. McMillan (IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Newsletter)  … The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) was enacted in 2007 to enhance domestic production of fuels and spur

May 11, 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 to $6.7 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2016, a 56

May 1, 2018 Read Full Article

USDA Seeks Applicants for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects under the Rural Energy for America Program DEADLINE: April 30, 2018

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today invited applications for loan guarantees and grants for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects. 

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA and Its Programs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) “The bioeconomy is a catalyst for economic development in rural America, creating new jobs and providing new markets for farmers and ranchers. Investing in the businesses

March 12, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Commercial Time: Aemetis Embarks on $158 Million Cellulosic Ethanol Project in California

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   … I’d start with the news from Aemetis that they are embarking now on a $158 million cellulosic ethanol plant — to be built in Riverbank,

March 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Aemetis Completes Operation of Cellulosic Ethanol Integrated Demonstration Unit, Produced Record Yields

by Kelly Shaver (Aemetis)  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today that the company successfully built and operated an integrated demonstration unit for more than 120 days of continuous operations with 94% uptime,

March 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Energy Programs Should Be Fully Funded and Enhanced in the 2018 Farm Bill

by Jeremy Gilpin, Jordan Blanchard, and Cindy Thyfault (National Rural Lenders Association/Biofuels Digest)  There has been a keen focus the last few weeks for President Trump and the USDA with the release

February 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Getting a Loan Guarantee: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA 9003 Loan Guarantee program

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The 2014 Farm Bill provides for support of Advanced Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, and Biobased Product Manufacturing by providing loan guarantees for up to $250 million. USDA

January 18, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

The Sun Also Ryzes: Ryze Renewable Secures Financing, Heads for Commercial-Scale Advanced Biofuels in Nevada

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today, we’d like to share news that a new biorefinery for diesel and jet fuel has finalized $112.6 million loan, backed by a USDA loan guarantee.

December 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Creative Financing Mechanisms: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Structures for Bioeconomy and Power Projects

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

December 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Case Studies in Renewable Finance: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide to Funding Bioeconomy Projects in the US vs Internationally

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

December 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Alberta Launches Giant C$1.4 Billion “Clean Energy” Push Aimed at Oilsands with Pennies for Bioenergy

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

December 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Aemetis Provides Update of Cellulosic Ethanol Initiatives

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) … During an earnings call, McAfee provided an overview of advanced biofuel projects under development by Aemetis, including the LanzaTech cellulosic upgrade to the company’s

November 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Chicago! Fulcrum BioEnergy Picks the Midwest Hub for Its Next MSW-to-Jet Fuel Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From California we received the news that Chicagoland has been selected as the site of Fulcrum BioEnergy’s second commercial-scale waste-to-fuels biorefinery. We reported last month that the

November 7, 2017 Read Full Article

A Spirit of Kuleana: Renewable Fuels Ventures Strive for New Geographies, Feedstock, Products

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Nothing rang clearer as an industry imperative at ABLC Next last week than the theme of diversification in a Year of Living Dangerously, and we saw

October 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Heard on the Floor at ABLC Next 2017: Fulcrum Prices Bonds, GOP Governors’ Pro-Biofuels March on DC

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the biggest news sweeping the floor at ABLC Next 2017 and perhaps the biggest industrial biotechnology update of 2017, the long-awaited financing is approaching

October 19, 2017 Read Full Article

Breaking New Ground

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A Georgia-based joint venture is combining enzymatic and resin technologies with advanced distillation to convert brown grease to low-sulfur biodiesel. The plan is to prove

August 17, 2017 Read Full Article

The Valley of Fog: As Sundrop Moves on from Louisiana, What’s up and What’s Wrong with Loan Guarantee Programs?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Louisiana, reports surfaced in Alexandria’s TownTalk online paper that Sundrop Fuels has struck an agreement to sell the 1200-acre site where it once planned to build

August 16, 2017 Read Full Article

Anatomy of a Renewable Fuels Project: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Ryze Renewables’ Proposed Nevada Plants

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Ryze Renewables is developing two renewable fuels projects in the state of Nevada.  These documents published are available online via the state of Nevada as public

August 4, 2017 Read Full Article

House Agriculture Appropriations Bill Axes BCAP, Slashes Loan Guarantees and REAP

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the draft House Appropriations Committee’s FY2018 Agriculture Appropriations bill was released, and cut the Rural Energy for America Program from $50 million to $9

June 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Georgia Biodiesel Project Moves Closer to USDA Loan Guarantee

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Smisson-Mathis Energy LLC, a joint venture between The Smisson Group of Macon, Georgia, and Tactical Fabrication LLC, has been selected by USDA to initiate Phase

June 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Ethanol’s Opportunity in the Chemical Market

by Luke Geiver (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A Nebraska-focused tech startup and a Latin American chemical supplier highlight two options for using ethanol as the building block for intermediate chemicals.  —

April 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Could Biofuel Save Maine’s Timber Industry?

by Darren Fishell (Bangor Daily News)  The company EMEP LLC wants to buy the shuttered East Millinocket paper mill to build a biorefinery that it said would be a centerpiece

March 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Canadian Company Envisions Maine as Site for Biorefinery

by Tex Turkel (Portland Press Herald)  Ensyn Corp., which makes heating oil from wood waste, already supplies Bates College and needs more customers before it can build a plant here.

February 21, 2017 Read Full Article

The USDA Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (9003 Program) Is currently Accepting Applications

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  This program assists in the development, construction, and retrofitting of new and emerging technologies for the development of Advanced Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, and Biobased Product Manufacturing

February 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Getting a Loan Guarantee: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA 9003 Loan Guarantee Program

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last week, we held a webinar aimed at helping you get your board of directors, senior management team, investors and partners focused on the right

February 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Investigation: INEOS Failed Despite $129 Million in Taxpayer Subsidies

by Lucas Daprile (TC Palm)  TCPalm examined thousands of government documents, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and Florida public records requests, to determine what taxpayers got in return

January 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Taking the Financial Step to Scale: The Digest’s 2017 8-Slide Guide to 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 guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with Stern

January 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Canada’s “Chemical Valley” Lobbying to Lure New Biofuel Plant

(AgriMarketing/Reuters)  Sarnia, Ontario, home to dozens of Canada’s refineries and chemical plants, is lobbying hard to lure a biotech plant to the city as the local petrochemical-powered economy braces for

November 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Danish Bioethanol Project Halted Due to Lack of Political Support and Financing Issues

Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Plans to build Denmark’s first biorefinery near Holstebro, which was due to produce bioethanol and biogas, have come to a halt as a result of lack

October 13, 2016 Read Full Article

USDA Results: Powering America with a More Sustainable Energy Future

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  … The Obama Administration has pursued a carefully balanced approach, deploying technologies that improve the very best of our existing energy sources, while rigorously implementing policies that

October 3, 2016 Read Full Article

Answers to Your Questions about Renewables and the Advanced Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane and Ron Cascone (Biofuels Digest/NEXANT)  Recently, we held a popular webinar on Renewables and the Advanced Bioeconomy with NEXANT principal Ron Cascone, for which you can see the slides

September 22, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels at End of Obama Administration

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  For advanced biofuels under the Obama administration, what started out with a boom in 2008 ended with a whimper in 2016. … As the

September 11, 2016 Read Full Article

Landmark Report from BIO Charts $770B Renewable Chemicals and Materials Market by 2020

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization released a landmark report “Advancing the Biobased Economy: Renewable Chemical Biorefinery Commercialization, Progress, and Market Opportunities, 2016 and Beyond,” documenting

September 9, 2016 Read Full Article

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong. Part 3, “You’ve Cooked the Books”

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The company was beginning to hurtle towards an IPO. But the fuel yields were low; the fuel was not usable by their initial chosen downstream

August 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program

(U.S. Department of Agriculture/Federal Register)  This Notice announces the solicitation of applications for funds available under the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (the Program) to provide

August 1, 2016 Read Full Article

USDA Backs Small Rural Firms with $55M in Grants, Loan Guarantees

by  Stephen Davies (Agri-Pulse)  USDA is providing nearly $55 million in grants and loan guarantees to help 821 small businesses in rural areas save on energy costs. The latest round

July 15, 2016 Read Full Article

DOE Issues Update to Its Loan Guarantee Programs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Loan Program Office of the U.S. Department of Energy recently introduced a number of important updates to the Loan Guarantee Solicitation for Applications for

July 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Sweet Smell of Success: Greenyug, ADM Taking Biobased Chemicals to Scale

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  In California, Greenyug said it will build an industrial-scale ethyl acetate manufacturing facility adjacent to Archer Daniels Midland Company’s wet mill corn processing facilities

June 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Supporting the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA Biomass Programs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This month, we held a well-attended webinar on USDA Biomass programs. Here below is a slide deck presented on the day, by the USDA’s Mark Brodziski.

April 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Boom Times: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Diesel’s Explosive Growth

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we held a well-attended webinar on “Boom times in Renewable Diesel” Here below is the first slide deck presented on the day, from The

April 7, 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 successes – through its Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Omnibus spending

April 6, 2016 Read Full Article

House Hearing Focuses on DOE Loan Guarantee Program

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On March 3, two subcommittees associated with the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology held an oversight hearing on the U.S. Department of

March 14, 2016 Read Full Article

A Conversation with US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

(Industrial Biotechnology)  … My current assessment is that there exists an unlimited sense of opportunity in the biobased products and bioenergy sector. I look at the work being done at the

March 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Boardman Biorefinery Gets $11 Million USDA Backing

by George Plaven (East Oregonian)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture is stepping up with an $11 million loan to build a new biorefinery in Boardman.   —  With financing in

March 2, 2016 Read Full Article

Stimulating Investment To Grow the Biobased Economy

by Brent Erickson (Biofuels Digest/Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  … The challenge our industry faces right now is to continue building investment in the biobased economy. That can be accomplished with both policy

February 29, 2016 Read Full Article

2016 Time to Double-down on Renewable Chemicals

by Corinne Young and Michele Jalbert (Biofuels Digest/re:chem Alliance)  For all of 2015’s turbulence in the renewable chemical sector, in one area – US government policy – the industry saw

February 2, 2016 Read Full Article

Ensyn Nabs Chevron Exec as New CEO

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Jeffrey Jacobs, who served as Vice President of Chevron Technology Ventures until his recent retirement from Chevron, was appointed CEO of Ensyn Corporation and elected

January 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Avoiding Common Pitfalls: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to the USDA Section 9003 Loan Guarantee

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Department of Agriculture needs no introduction, but within USDA Rural Development is the Energy Division takes a leading role on biorefinery loan guarantees. How does

January 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Only Results Count: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Success with a Section 9003 Loan Guarantee App

  Only Results Count: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Success with a Section 9003 Loan Guarantee App

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What is the Purpose of the Feasibility Study? How can I know if my project is

January 11, 2016 Read Full Article

USDA Highlights 2015 Bioeconomy Achievements

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Several of the achievements listed by the USDA benefited the bioenergy and biofuels sectors.

January 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Successfully Financing Advanced Biobased Projects: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to the USDA Loan Guarantee Program

by John Kirkwood (Biofuels Digest/Faegre Baker Daniels)  Project financing is the financing of infrastructure and industrial projects and relies primarily on the

December 28, 2015 Read Full Article

WEBINAR: Successfully Financing Advanced Biobased Projects via the USDA 9003 Loan Guarantee Program — January 5, 2016

  WEBINAR:  Successfully Financing Advanced Biobased Projects via the USDA 9003 Loan Guarantee Program  —  January 5, 2016

The Digest will host a free webinar on January 5, 2016 at 12 ET titled “Successfully financing advanced biobased projects

December 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Findin’ the Benjamins: Stern Brothers’ 2015 8-Slide Guide to Renewable Fuels Project Finance

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

December 18, 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

USDA Provides Loan Guarantee Conditional Commitment to Build Georgia Biofuel Plant

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a conditional commitment for a $70 million loan guarantee to

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

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

Biorefinery Assistance Program Changes Now in Effect

by John Kirkwood (Faegre Baker Daniels LLP/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A few changes have been implemented in the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical

November 11, 2015 Read Full Article

USDA Provides Funding for More Than 1,100 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Nationwide

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today (October 26, 2015) announced that USDA is awarding loans and grants

October 28, 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

Open-Pond Algae at Scale: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Sapphire Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sapphire is a venture capital backed company founded in 2007 for the purpose of growing

October 19, 2015 Read Full Article

The US Energy Department Loan Programs Office: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

(Biofuels Digest) Slide 1: The Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office (LPO) issues loans and loan guarantees to finance deployment of innovative energy

August 13, 2015 Read Full Article

USDA Invests $63 Million to Support 264 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Nationwide

(US Department of Agriculture)  Funding supports solar and other renewable energy projects to create jobs and promote energy independence — Agriculture

August 10, 2015 Read Full Article

DOE Solicits Applications for Loan Guarantee Program

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In early July, the U.S. Department of Energy announced it is soliciting applications for

August 3, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Prioritizing the Bioeconomy: Observations on USDA’s 9003 Loan Guarantee Program

by Osaretin Omorodion* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Biobased products are a new innovation that are gradually contributing more to the U.S.

July 29, 2015 Read Full Article

“The Time Is Ripe” for a Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit

by Corinne Young and Michele Jalbert (Biofuels Digest/Renewable Chemicals and Advanced Materials Alliance (re:chem))  … Buoyed in wake of our successful

July 27, 2015 Read Full Article

USDA Overhauls Its Section 9003 Biorefinery Loan Guarantee Program: What’s In It for You?

by Mark J. Riedy and Ben Snowden (Kilpatrick Townsend/Biofuels Digest)   The USDA has completely overhauled what used to be known as

July 20, 2015 Read Full Article

Energy Department Announces New Initiatives as Part of Administration’s Clean Energy Investment Summit

(US Department of Energy)  The Department of Energy announced several new and expanding initiatives as part of the Administration’s Clean

July 7, 2015 Read Full Article

USDA Publishes Rule for Revamped Biorefinery Assistance Program

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The USDA’s Rural Business Cooperative Service and Rural Utilities Service has published an interim

June 30, 2015 Read Full Article

The US Bioeconomy: $369B and 4 Million Jobs Strong, says USDA; Changes to the BioPreferred program

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the release of a new report that shows the U.S.

June 19, 2015 Read Full Article

Top 10 “Things to Do” While Waiting on the USDA 9003 Solicitation

by Cynthia Thyfault (Westar Trade Resources/Biofuels Digest) The biobased products and fuels industry has been anxiously waiting for the new USDA Biorefinery,

June 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Finally, Finally…USDA Loan Guarantees Open to Renewable Chemicals

by Corrine Young and Michele Jalbert (Renewable Chemicals and Advanced Materials Alliance (re:chem)/Biofuels Digest) … Program changes garnered in the most recent

May 19, 2015 Read Full Article

Global Bioenergies Heads for Demo Scale: A Magic Path to Isobutane in Sight

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In France, Global Bioenergies announced that it has completed the financing of its demo plant,

April 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Biofuels Digest’s Advanced Bioeconomy Awards for 2015

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Project of the Year, Deal of the Year, Partnership of the Year, Chemical of the Year,

February 17, 2015 Read Full Article

The Cellulosoic Biofuels Odyssey: Crossing the Finish Line

by Greg Breining (Bioenergy Connection) When Bioenergy Connection first covered the progress to commercial cellulosic ethanol in 2011, a dozen biofuel

February 15, 2015 Read Full Article

The Outlook for Renewable Fuels: The Top 10 issues for 2015

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …Here’s our most recent update, focusing on 10 key issues (though not ranked in order

February 13, 2015 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Aided by Controversial Federal Program

by Henry C. Jackson (Capital Press/Associated Press)  The refinery in Hugoton, Kan., built by Seville, Spain-based Abengoa, is the largest

December 30, 2014 Read Full Article

Farm Bill Clean Energy Programs Survive “Cromnibus”

(FarmEnergy.org)  The big news from our nation’s capital this past week has been the passage of the appropriations bill for

December 18, 2014 Read Full Article

Time for Teddy Talk

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There are times for TED Talks about wondrous advances in technology and the future that

December 15, 2014 Read Full Article

U.S. Department Of Energy Loan Program Breaks Even

by Nichola Groom (Reuters/Huffington Post)  The controversial government program that funded failed solar company Solyndra, and became a lighting rod

November 13, 2014 Read Full Article

Five Things to Know about Biorefinery Investments

by Alicia Moulton (U.S. Department of Energy)  … These cellulosic ethanol plants managed by Abengoa, POET-DSM, and INEOS are three of

October 30, 2014 Read Full Article

BlueFire Plays the China Card? Ex-Im Bank of China Issues $270M LOI for Mississippi Biofuels Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, BlueFire Renewables has received a Letter of Intent from The Export Import Bank

October 27, 2014 Read Full Article

Cool Planet Takes Big Steps toward Scale for Waste-to-Gasoline, Soil Amendment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) USDA issues $91M loan guarantee conditional commit to Cool Planet.  Obama Administration back building of

October 15, 2014 Read Full Article

Earth to Cellulosic Ethanol: Glad You’re Here, Buddy, What Took so Long? Parts 1 and 2

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Cellulosic ethanol arrives at scale — “The five years away forever” put to rest —

October 10, 2014 Read Full Article

Marion Trash-Sorting Facility Delayed

by Rick Smith (The Gazette)  Fiberight opening pushed later into 2015 Maryland-based Fiberight LLC had expected to begin construction in

September 16, 2014 Read Full Article

4 Minutes With…John M. May, Managing Director, Stern Brothers & Co, Industry Financier

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Innovative finance? We think that’s John May’s middle name; it’s certainly his trademark. Stern Bothers

September 16, 2014 Read Full Article

USDA Announces Loan Guarantee to Help Innovative Company Turn Waste Into Renewable Jet Fuel

(US Department of Agriculture)  $105 Million loan guarantee provided through the Biorefinery Assistance Program Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced

September 8, 2014 Read Full Article

USDA REAP Sinks $3.4 Billion into Rural Economies

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine) Though the USDA Rural Energy for America Program has been hugely successful since it was first

August 28, 2014 Read Full Article

Gettin’ Yer Benjamins: DOE Finalizes $4B Loan Guarantee Program for Renewables

by Jim Lane and Mark Riedy (Biofuels Digest)  This week in Washington, the Department of Energy’s Loan Program Office announced

July 11, 2014 Read Full Article

City Trash-To-Biofuel Project Takes Step Ahead for Blairstown, Marion

by Rick Smith (The Gazette)”First-in-the-nation” plant to convert municipal solid waste and other trash into cellulosic biofuel No Martians are

May 13, 2014 Read Full Article

Biofuels and the Debt Offensive: Parts 1, 2 and 3

by Jim Lane  (Biofuels Digest)  Interested in transforming liquid fuels – and wondering “where are the gallons”?   The secret lies

May 7, 2014 Read Full Article

Alternative Financing Options Subject of Calif. Workshop

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The California Energy Commission Lead Commissioner on the 2014 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update

April 28, 2014 Read Full Article

DOE Announces Draft Solicitation for Section 1703 Loan Guarantees

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. DOE has announced its intent to offer up to $4 billion in

April 28, 2014 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Issues Draft Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Solicitation to Foster Clean Energy Innovation

(US Department of Energy)  In support of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Department of Energy issued a draft loan

April 17, 2014 Read Full Article

Benjamins for Biofuels in the 2015 Obama Budget: The Digest’s 7-Minute Guide

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Vitally interested in President Obama’s proposed 2015 budget and the 411 on grants, incentives, tax

March 6, 2014 Read Full Article

2014 Farm Bill Provides New and Expanded Funding for Section 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program

by Chris Groobey and Taite McDonald (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati) … Since the changes surrounding the Section 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program of Title

February 24, 2014 Read Full Article

The Digest's Bioeconomy Achievement Awards for 2013-14

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Beta Renewables, Abengoa, Enerkem, Proterro among the winners for Project of the Year — as

January 3, 2014 Read Full Article

USDA Announces Availability of Funding to Develop Advanced Biofuels Projects

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of $181 million to develop commercial-scale biorefineries or

October 22, 2013 Read Full Article

Hand Up vs. Hand Out: New Government Programs Target Biofuels for Support in US, Canada

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …As most know, the US Government in the past few days re-opened for business, and

October 21, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuels, Biomass Projects among Latest Round of REAP Funding

by Holly Jessen (Biodiesel Magazine)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced funding for projects in 22 states to help reduce

October 2, 2013 Read Full Article

Sen. Harkin Introduces Bill Encouraging Ethanol Pumps

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, introduced a bill Monday that would create a grant program for ethanol-pump installations,

October 2, 2013 Read Full Article

Follow-up Audit of the Department of Energy's Financial Assistance for Integrated Biorefinery Projects

(U.S. Department of Energy)  …Despite over 7 years of effort and the expenditure of about $603 million, the Department had

September 13, 2013 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Plant Reaches Capacity in US

(Biofuels International)  Diamond Green Biodiesel, a joint venture between Valero Energy and Darling International, has reached capacity during its start-up

August 29, 2013 Read Full Article

Marion Approves Deal for Garbage-to-Ethanol Facility

by Rick Smith  (The Gazette)  Solid waste recycling facility could divert waste from landfills in the region … The Marion

August 26, 2013 Read Full Article

Rip up the Mortgage: Sapphire Energy Pays off USDA Loan Guarantee in Full

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sapphire raises new round of equity, pays off USDA Loan Guarantee: “Sapphire Energy is very

July 30, 2013 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels Come of Age

by Dan Seif (Mother Earth News/Rocky Mountain Institute)  Advanced, non-food biofuels are gaining momentum in 2013 as several new plants

May 27, 2013 Read Full Article

Biorefinery 2015 – Transformations in Biofuels Costs, Financing

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The first wave of cellulosic biofuels projects are now reaching completion.  But what does the

March 25, 2013 Read Full Article

ZeaChem Begins Production of Cellulosic Chemicals and Ethanol, Advances Toward Commercialization

(PR NewsWire/ZeaChem)  Facility will prove biorefining process for commercial-scale production ZeaChem Inc., developer of highly-efficient biorefineries, today announced that it

March 12, 2013 Read Full Article

The Electric Car Mistake

by Charles Lane (The Washington Post)  The Obama administration’s electric-car fantasy finally may have died on the road between Newark,

February 12, 2013 Read Full Article

Milestones Reached: Cellulosic Ethanol Is Arriving, with Commissioning under Way and More Than 100 MMgy under Construction.

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The next five years—the often scoffed mantra of cellulosic ethanol developers—is getting whittled down

October 14, 2012 Read Full Article

In Race to Algae Fuel, Sapphire Scores Point for Open Ponds

Martin Lamonica  (MIT Technology Review)  Sapphire Energy has started operation of its demonstration-scale algae farm, a project which perhaps brings

September 7, 2012 Read Full Article

Warnings Ignored in Range Fuels Debacle

by Dan Chapman  (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)   … In a blistering critique obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, (Hosein) Shapouri (a

September 5, 2012 Read Full Article

Sapphire Energy's Commercial Demonstration Algae-to-Energy Facility Now Operational

(PR NewsWire/Sapphire Energy)   Initial Phase of World’s First Green Crude Farm Completed On Time and On Budget Sapphire Energy, Inc.,

August 27, 2012 Read Full Article

Chemtex Lands $99M USDA Loan Guarantee for North Carolina Cellulosic Biofuels Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In North Carolina, Chemtex announced that it has received a $99 million conditional loan guarantee

August 23, 2012 Read Full Article

Fulcrum Receives Conditional USDA Loan Guarantee for Nev. Plant

by Sue Retka Schill (Biomass Magazine) Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. received a $105 million condition loan guarantee from the USDA, putting its

August 8, 2012 Read Full Article

North Carolina on Mission to Build Biofuel Industry, Company Sees Ethanol Coming from Grassy Fields

by Emery P. Dalesio  (The Republic/AP)  An Italian company’s Wilmington-based subsidiary is geared up to build a factory that can

June 11, 2012 Read Full Article

Consultant Suggests Changes to Energy Department’s Loan Reviews in the Wake of Solyndra

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  A White House consultant’s report said Friday that the Energy Department should bolster its

February 13, 2012 Read Full Article

Why a Government-Based Business Strategy is Tricky

by Luke Geiver (Biorefining Magazine)  Experts say it’s counterproductive, but biorefining firms continue on with government The government is a

January 27, 2012 Read Full Article

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Support for a New Advanced Biofuel Production Facility in Oregon: Project will Create Jobs, Expand Production of Biofuels

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has approved a conditional commitment in the amount

January 26, 2012 Read Full Article

POET, DSM Form Landmark Cellulosic Ethanol Joint Venture

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Two titans form a monster JV, starting out with a $250M investment. …In Iowa, Poet

January 24, 2012 Read Full Article

USDA Approves Conditional Commitment for $25M Guaranteed Loan for New Fiberight Biorefinery

(Green Car Congress)  The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved a conditional commitment for a $25 million guaranteed loan to build

January 20, 2012 Read Full Article

LanzaTech to Convert Acquired Ethanol Plant for Biochemicals

(Bloomberg)  LanzaTech NZ Ltd., a closely held biofuels company backed by billionaire Vinod Khosla, will convert a U.S. cellulosic ethanol plant

January 6, 2012 Read Full Article

Range Fuels Sells Government-Backed Biofuel Plant to LanzaTech

(Bloomberg)  Range Fuels, Inc.,…, a closely held U.S. cellulosic ethanol company that was offered $156 million in federal government backing,

January 6, 2012 Read Full Article

Coskata’s $100 million IPO: The 10-Minute Version

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The first gas fermentation technology to come to the public markets: Coskata files its $100

December 27, 2011 Read Full Article

The Death of Range Fuels Shouldn’t Doom All Biofuels

by Kevin Bullis (MIT Technology Review)  This month, Range Fuels, one of the first companies in a wave of startups

December 15, 2011 Read Full Article

The 10 Top Unanswered Biofuels Questions for 2011

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Your calls and emails are always the highlight of our days. Most questions can be

December 14, 2011 Read Full Article

Why Biorefining Loan Guarantees Give Back: Think Money, Jobs and Military Might

by Luke Geiver (Biorefining Magazine)  …In the letter, the group pointed out the need for programs like the 9003 Biorefinery

December 10, 2011 Read Full Article

For Obama’s Green-Car Revolution, Fits and Starts

by Carol D. Leonnig and Joe Stephens (The WashingtonPost) The Obama administration has poured roughly $5 billion in taxpayer funds into the

December 8, 2011 Read Full Article

The Range Fuels Failure

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Let’s talk about Range Fuels, the good and the bad. In Georgia, the AgSouth Farm

December 5, 2011 Read Full Article

Xconomist of the Week: 5 Questions with Sapphire Energy CEO Jason Pyle

by Bruce V. Bigelow (Xconomy)  …Jason Pyle:  …So soon, we will see the U.S. military as the leading customer for

December 5, 2011 Read Full Article

Waste Management Invests in Fulcrum, Provides $70M Debt for First Commercial Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Texas, Waste Management announced that it has closed an equity investment in Fulcrum BioEnergy.  In

November 21, 2011 Read Full Article

Out from Solyndra’s Shadow

by Brent Erickson (Biofuels Digest/BIO)  Federal loan guarantees may be scuttled after the Solyndra affair – but should the baby

November 17, 2011 Read Full Article

S-Day: US Must Keep Its Eyes on the Clean Energy Prize, Despite Setbacks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Here the Digest’s take: for bioenergy, S-Day is about Solyndra and Secretary Chu, but it

November 17, 2011 Read Full Article

The 10 Biofuels Priorities for 2012

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, more than 350 delegates gathered at Advanced Biofuesl Markets to set industry priorities

November 10, 2011 Read Full Article

USDA Funds Project To Encourage Renewable Fuel Production, Job Creation In New Mexico

(Sapphire Energy)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA has issued a loan guarantee that will allow a biofuels

November 8, 2011 Read Full Article

Energy Secretary: Loan Programs Can Be Improved Upon

by Ben Geman and Ariel Katz (The Hill E2Wire)  Energy Secretary Steven Chu warned Thursday that a retreat from federal

November 4, 2011 Read Full Article

Trick and Treat: Energy Loans under Review, as Hallowe’en Looms

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The fact that the US government doubled-down, by allegedly subordinating the loan to investments by a

October 31, 2011 Read Full Article

Biofuels Losing Government Loan Option

by Philip Brasher (Gannett/Des Moines Register)   Developers of biofuels already have been struggling to attract private investment. Now they’ll

October 3, 2011 Read Full Article

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