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Washington State Voters Reject Carbon Tax

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  Voters in Washington state on Tuesday rejected a proposed carbon tax that would have been the first such levy in the nation. The policy would have been an

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Seed Yield, Oil Content: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Yield10 Bioscience

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yield10 Bioscience is an agricultural bioscience company focusing on the development of disruptive technologies to produce step-change improvements in crop yield for food and feed crops to enhance global

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

World Energy to Complete Conversion of California Petroleum Refinery to Renewable Fuels

(World Energy/Globe Newswire)  $350 million investment will result in 306 million gallons of annual production   —  World Energy, a global leader in low-carbon transportation fuels production, announced today a $350 million

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Announces New Prime the Pump Partnership with Cumberland Farms to Sell E15

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy and Prime the Pump announced Cumberland Farms as the newest E15 retail partner to join the Prime the Pump program. Massachusetts-based Cumberland Farms will begin offering E15

October 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Researchers to Develop Renewable Fuel Additives from Sawdust

by Edwin L. Aguirre (University of Massachusetts Lowell)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a three-year, $1 million grant to a team of researchers from UMass Lowell, the University of Maine

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee at Home and Actress, Activist, and Filmmaker Olivia Wilde, Partner to Introduce the Home That Runs on Dunkin’

(Dunkin’ Donuts)  Actress and Coffee Enthusiast, Olivia Wilde, Incorporates Her Personal Style into the Home That Runs on Dunkin’  —  For years America has run on Dunkin’, and today Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee at Home is

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Biorefinery to Break Ground in North Dakota

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) A biorefinery that will produce 16 MMgy of cellulosic ethanol and 120,000 of lignin pellets is set to break ground in Spiritwood, North Dakota, in

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Research Brief: Researchers Discover How Caged Molecules ‘Rattle and Sing’

(University of Minnesota)  A team of energy researchers from the University of Minnesota and University of Massachusetts Amherst has discovered that molecular motion can be predicted with high accuracy when confining

September 17, 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

RNG Energy Solutions and Philadelphia Energy Solutions Partner to Form Point Breeze Renewable Energy

(Philadelphia Energy Solutions)  RNG Energy Solutions (RNG Energy) and Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining and Marketing LLC (PES) announced today that they have completed and executed several contracts including a long-term renewable

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

GLTS Receives $160,000 Grant from Baker-Polito Administration for Clean Energy Program

(Greater Lawrence Technical School)  Superintendent John Lavoie is pleased to announce that Greater Lawrence Technical School received a $160,000 grant from the Baker-Polito Administration to implement a clean energy program as

August 3, 2018 Read Full Article

The Yosemite Sam of the Microbial World, Hot Rodded Lichen, BYO Nitrogen, The Microbial Marx Brother, Sexy Hexy and More: The DOE Delves into New Orgamsism for Fuels & Chems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The meanest, nastiest, ornierest, heat-seeking organism ever found that munches biomass and other microbes that got a booster via the DOE’s $40M grants for advanced microbes

June 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Can Climate Change Be Stopped by Turning Air into Gasoline?

by David Fridley and Richard Heinberg  (Renewable Energy World)  The headline of this article was composed simply by rephrasing the title of a popular recent piece in The Atlantic — “Climate Change Can Be

June 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Maximizing Crop Yield: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Yield10 Bioscience

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yield10 Bioscience is an agricultural bioscience company focusing on the development of disruptive technologies to produce step-change improvements in crop yield for food and feed crops to enhance global

June 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Troubling Link Found between Pollution Exposure in Pregnancy, High Blood Pressure in Children

by Ariana Eunjung Cha (Washington Post)  … In a paper published Monday in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension, researchers reported that children of mothers who were exposed in their third trimester

May 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Kelp Farming Sees a Rise In Interest On the Cape

by Sarah Tan (WCAI)  Kelp farming is on the rise around the Cape and Islands, as more growers are finding reasons to love this ocean crop. From researchers like Scott Lindell at the

May 14, 2018 Read Full Article

California And 16 Other States Are Suing Trump To Stop Him Destroying Emissions Standards

by Raphael Orlove (Jalopnik)  Our emissions standards are probably the biggest booster to automotive performance in the past half century, making our cars not only more eco-friendly but more powerful, too. Trump has

May 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Braskem Begins Operation in Boston to Strengthen Its Renewable Chemicals Strategy

(Braskem/WebWire)  Braskem expands strategy for the future of renewable chemicals  —  Braskem (B3: BRKM3, BRKM5 and BRKM6; NYSE: BAK; LATIBEX: XBRK), the largest thermoplastics resins producer in the Americas and the worldwide leader

April 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Carbon Taxes Can Be Both Fair and Effective, Study Shows

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology/EurekAlert!)  Several different carbon-pricing approaches would help reduce emissions, and some would be fair as well, researchers report  —  Putting a price on carbon, in the form of a

April 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Cars Threaten Climate Goals in Blue States

by Benjamin Storrow (E&E News) … Transportation emissions threaten to undercut blue states’ climate goals, raising questions about their ability to lead U.S. climate efforts at a time when the

April 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Raimondo Backs Biodiesel Increase in Visit to Newport Company

by Sean Flynn (Newport Daily News) Newport Biodiesel LLC saw a big jump in demand for its product at the beginning of the year when a Massachusetts regulation took effect

April 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Researchers Improve Method to Convert Food Waste into Biofuels

by Sharon Gaudin (Worcester Polytechnic Institute/Biomass Magazine)  Funded by a U.S. Department of Energy grant, a team of researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is creating a better way to convert waste

April 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Researchers Engineer Yeast to Grow on Xylose

(Ethanol Producer Magazine/Tufts University)  Researchers at Tufts University have created a genetically modified yeast that can more efficiently consume a novel nutrient, xylose, enabling the yeast to grow faster and to

April 4, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations, 3.28.18 Release

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  According to BIO, the global economic value today of the biobased economy – including industrial biotechnology, renewable chemicals and polymers, biofuels, enzymes and biobased materials – is

March 30, 2018 Read Full Article

California Here I Come: World Energy’s Audacious $72M Acquisition of AltAir and the Paramount Oil Refinery

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Paramount Deal: World Energy takes off with audacious $72M acquisition of AltAir and the Paramount oil refinery  —  In Massachusetts, World Energy has acquired renewable jet

March 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Cow Power: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Ag-Grid Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ag-Grid Energy has a vision to convert agricultural and organic waste into renewable energy, compost and support local area practices that lead us towards a sustainable

March 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Second Front in the Yeast Wars: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Engineering Cellulosic Tolerance in Yeast

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We’ve been covering some important movements in the design and performance of yeast in recent weeks, including the arrival of Novozymes’ Innova drive strains. Most of

February 20, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog Harvard Professor: Year-Round E15 Sales Would Reduce Biofuel Credits Costs

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  As debate rages on about whether the price of biofuels credits in the Renewable Fuel Standard are putting small refiners out of business, a

February 6, 2018 Read Full Article

9 States Buck the Trump Administration and Move Forward with a Price on Carbon Pollution

by Natasha Geiling (ThinkProgress)  Currently only one state in the country has an economy-wide cap on carbon. These states want to change that  —  Lawmakers from nine states announced on Wednesday that they

February 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Impact of Biofuels on Contrail Warming

by Fabio Caiazzo, Akshat Agarwal, Raymond L Speth and Steven R H Barrett (Environmental Research Letters)  Contrails and contrail-cirrus may be the largest source of radiative forcing (RF) attributable to aviation. Biomass-derived

January 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Calculating the CO2 Emissions of Biofuels Is Not Enough

(Science Daily/Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL))  A new EU regulation aims to shrink the environmental footprint of biofuels starting in 2021. But a scientist thinks we should go one step

January 24, 2018 Read Full Article

2017 — It Was a Seaweed Year for Algae

(Algae Industry Magazine)  … In September, the US Department of Energy (DOE) awarded $22 million in grants to fund projects for marine biomass farming for production of commercial products, including feedstock

January 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Northeast States Tap the Gas Pump for Carbon Emissions Cuts

by Gerald B. Silverman (Bloomberg)  Motor fuel could be the next target for controlling greenhouse gas emissions in the Northeast, as seven states that have already clamped down on power plants

January 2, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Nature Demonstrates How Bacteria Degrade Lignin and Provides Better Understanding to Make Biofuels

(Phys.Org/Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory)  The production of biofuels from plant biomass is a highly promising source of energy, but researchers are trying to find microbes that readily degrade recalcitrant lignin found

December 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Governors Announce New Collaboration to Reduce Transportation Emissions

(Union of Concerned Scientistst)  Statement by Ken Kimmell, Union of Concerned Scientists  —  Leading environmental, health, scientific and business organizations today applauded the announcement by seven states and Washington, D.C. of plans

November 14, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

New England Power Generators Association/Environmental NGO Letter on Regional Transportation Emissions

(New England Power Generators Association)  NEPGA letter – with the Acadia Center, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and Union of Concerned Scientists – calling for a regional approach to lowering

November 7, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Marine Biological Lab Developing New Seaweed Harvest Methods

(CapeCod.com)  The Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods hole has received a grant to develop innovative cultivation and harvesting technologies for year round production of seaweeds in tropical and subtropical U.S. Waters.

November 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Fueling the Future: WHOI Awarded $5.7M to Advance Seaweed Energy Production

(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)  In the future, our homes and vehicles could be powered by fuel made from seaweed grown at large-scale offshore farms. Researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

October 9, 2017 Read Full Article

Yelp! 18 Kelp Wheps Get $22M in ARPA-E Help

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yes, ARPA-E has unveiled its latest moonshot and is investing $22M in Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources — also known as MARINER. The projects

September 21, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Massachusetts Finalizes Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan

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

August 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Acton Couple Arrested for Defrauding the Treasury Department of Over $50 Million in Tax Free Energy Grants

(U.S. Department of Justice)  An Acton couple was arrested today and charged with defrauding the U.S. Treasury Department of more than $50 million in tax free energy grants as part

August 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Special Report: How Engineers Are Preparing for Sea-Level Rise

by Pam Radtke Russell (Engineering News Record)  From Seattle to Cape Cod, see what’s being done at 18 different locations  —  … In this special report, Engineering News-Record’s team of

August 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Massachusetts May Overlook Climate Impacts of Biofuels

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

August 9, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

In Search of Next-Gen Bioproducts and Fuels, DOE Invests $40M in 4 Bioenergy Research Centers

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today (July 17, 2017) announced $40 million in Department of Energy awards for the establishment of four DOE

July 19, 2017 Read Full Article

Heat Death: Joule Unlimited Collapses as Oil Prices Flag, Time Passes, Pressure Mounts

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of the more striking outcomes from the DOE Bioeconomy 2017 conference in Washington DC was confirmation of the demise of Joule Unlimited. “We had

July 19, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Published Study Identifies When Hundreds of Coastal Communities Will Face Inundation, Possible Retreat

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  Meeting Paris Agreement Goals Could Spare Many Communities from This Fate  —  More than 90 U.S. communities already face chronic inundation from rising seas caused by

July 12, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Research Progressing on How to Spur Wide Use of Aviation Biofuels

(Penn State News)  Slowed as much by extremely low oil prices as supply-chain and technological challenges, the effort to integrate biofuels into the nation’s aviation fuel supply is nonetheless progressing,

June 30, 2017 Read Full Article

KnipBio’s Microbe Technology Creates Better Fish Feed

by Debbie Sniderman (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  KnipBio, a Massachusetts-based biotechnology company, has developed a series of microbes that converts low-cost feedstocks into premium, nutritious, single-cell proteins that are an alternative to

June 2, 2017 Read Full Article

LCFS vs RFS: As Two Contend for the Renewables Heavyweight Championship, Who Is the Greatest? Carbon 2017 Part 2 of 3

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What is different about a Low Carbon Fuel Standard — as compared to a Renewable Fuel Standard? There are 4 primary differences. 1. An RFS

May 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Old Town Mill Eyed for Full-Scale Plant to Turn Wood Pulp into Ingredient for Diesel, Jet Fuel

by Tux Turkel (Portland Press Herald)  ‘The biggest obstacle now is financing,’ says Stephen Fitzpatrick, president of Biofine Technology LLC, which is partnering with UMaine on a pilot plant at

May 4, 2017 Read Full Article

The Imports Cometh

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel hit extreme heights in 2016, fulfilling a third of the consumption market, driving the domestic biodiesel industry to more actively

April 5, 2017 Read Full Article

CARB Finds Vehicle Standards Are Achievable and Cost-Effective

(California Air Resources Board)  CARB votes to move forward with greenhouse gas reductions and zero emission programs through 2025; action sets the table for accelerating programs post-2025  —  Today (March

March 27, 2017 Read Full Article

A Global Synthesis of Jatropha Cultivation: Insights into Land Use Change and Management Practices

David C. Walmsley Rob Bailis, and Alexandra-Maria Klein (Environmental Science & Technology) Despite setbacks, interest in Jatropha cultivation remains high. This study addressed the question to what extent Jatropha cultivation

March 13, 2017 Read Full Article

A First-Hand Report: Competing in MIT’S THINK Science Competition

by Erika Tan* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Let me introduce myself – my name is Erika Tan, and I’m a current sophomore attending Freehold High School in New Jersey. If someone

February 27, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Potential LCFS for Massachusetts – – Comment Deadline is Tomorrow (Friday, February 24, 2017)

(Low Carbon Fuels Coalition)  Massachusetts is currently conducting a rulemaking that could provide the basis for a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) type program in Massachusetts.  The Low Carbon Fuels

February 23, 2017 Read Full Article

A Step toward Renewable Diesel: Chemical Engineers Program Yeast to Convert Plant Sugars into Oils.

by Anne Trafton (MIT News)  MIT engineers have genetically reprogrammed a strain of yeast so that it converts sugars to fats much more efficiently, an advance that could make possible

February 15, 2017 Read Full Article

What Blend Wall? Why Facts Trump Rhetoric Every Time

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  Half of U.S. states blended more than 10 percent ethanol, RFA’s president and CEO points out in his View from the Hill column —

January 25, 2017 Read Full Article

A 20-Year-Old Startup

by Gene Gebolys (World Energy/Biodiesel Magazine)  … Trying to make a living in biodiesel for two decades now, the hard way is about the only way it happens. … 2016 was a

January 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Gigabase Is the New Megabase: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Gen9

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The company manufactures custom, high-quality, synthetic DNA used by scientists to construct genes, pathways, genomes and organisms that will enable the next generation of breakthroughs

January 23, 2017 Read Full Article

MIT Engineers Program Yeast to Convert Plant Sugars into Oils

by  Anne Trafton (MIT/Biomass Magazine)  MIT engineers have genetically reprogrammed a strain of yeast so that it converts sugars to fats much more efficiently, an advance that could make possible

January 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Energy Beet Display and Children’s Carbon Cycle Handout Big Hits at Keystone Farm Show

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Highlighting Advanced Biofuels USA’s work on a feasibility study of the University of Maryland

January 16, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Switchcraft: Metabolix Bioconverts Itself into Yield10, Focuses on Crop Yields

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts we have had more signs of the pivoting underway in the advanced bioeconomy

January 9, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Decentralized Organics to Energy with Containerized Anaerobic Digestion

by John D. Forcier (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Biofuels Digest)  Most trash and recycled waste materials are being processed on a

January 3, 2017 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

Study Finds People Are Willing to Pay More for New Biofuels

by Scott Weybright (Washington State University)  When it comes to second generation biofuels, Washington State University research shows that consumers

December 8, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

The Emerging Synthetic Biology Ecosystem: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Gingko BioWorks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Recently, Ginkgo BioWorks announced the launch of their next generation foundry, Bioworks2. With 125,000 square feet

December 8, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Forecasts of Algae Food Products Demonstrate Significant Reductions in Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Water Use

(Bentley University/PR Newswire)  Bentley University research fellow Michael J. Walsh leads study finding algae food to have potential to mitigate

December 5, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

$150,000 Grant to Help Yarmouth’s Biofuel Efforts

(CapeCod.com)  The town will receive $150,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Sustainable Materials Recovery Program/Organics Capacity Project.  …

November 23, 2016 Read Full Article

Yeast Evolution Offers Hope for Cellulosic Biofuel

by Kari Lydersen (Midwest Energy News)  …  The prospects for cellulosic ethanol becoming a commercially available clean transportation fuel could

November 15, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

With Canada and Mexico on Board, Carbon Pricing Could Become a Reality Across North America with Expanded U.S. Action

(Center for American Progress)  Carbon taxes and emissions trading systems, once considered political moonshots in the battle to combat carbon

November 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Massachusetts Heating Oil Delivery Firm Offers B5 UltraClean

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  South Hadley, Massachusetts-based heating oil and propane delivery company Fuel Services Inc. has begun to

November 2, 2016 Read Full Article

WikiLeaks Emails Show How Clinton’s Campaign Chief Once Opened Doors for Energy Firm

by Kevin G. Hall (McClatchyDC)  Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief once opened doors at home and abroad for an alternative energy

October 20, 2016 Read Full Article

The Rise of Organic Manufacturing: Ginkgo, Amyris, Genomatica’s Circle of Innovation Is a Trend to Watch

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The factories of old — a technological wave that swept in with the Industrial Revolution

September 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Letter to the Editor: Biofuels Defended

by Doug Berven (POET/Boston Herald)  Jonah Goldberg’s column parrots the tired talking points of the oil industry (“Research proves ethanol’s only

September 23, 2016 Read Full Article

Don’t Fall For Ethanol Spin

by Bill Delahunt (Coastal Angler)  … There is a lot to like about ethanol. It displaces cancer-causing chemicals in gasoline like benzene.

September 12, 2016 Read Full Article

As Sea Levels Rise, 1.9 Million U.S. Homes Could Be Underwater By 2100

by Brady Dennis (The Washington Post)  The real estate data firm Zillow recently published a research analysis that estimated rising

September 5, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

New Approach Could Lower Cost and Eliminate Need for Antibiotics During Biofuel Production

(Phys.Org)  The cost and environmental impact of producing liquid biofuels and biochemicals as alternatives to petroleum-based products could be significantly

August 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Three U.S. States Plan Lawsuits over Volkswagen Diesel Pollution

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  Three U.S. states plan to unveil new lawsuits against Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) on Tuesday tied to

July 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Examining the Latest Developments in Converting Organic Waste into Renewable Energy

by Megan Greenwalt (Waste 360) With municipalities increasingly collecting organic waste, finding ways to convert that waste into clean energy is a

June 2, 2016 Read Full Article

MIT Professor Discusses Pros and Cons of Using Biofuels

(AZO CleanTech)  MIT professor of chemical engineering and a biofuels expert, Kristala Prather has her own dimension about the concept

June 2, 2016 Read Full Article

Where Did Biofuels Technologies Come from?

by Gerald Kutney  (Lee Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … From the time of the caveman until the early Industrial Revolution, biofuels – namely wood

June 2, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

UMass Becomes First Major Public University to Divest from Direct Fossil Fuel Holdings

(University of Massachusetts Amherst)  The University of Massachusetts today became the first major public university to divest its endowment from

May 26, 2016 Read Full Article

Mass. Top Court Says State GHG Rules Not Good Enough

by Keith Goldberg (Law 360)  Massachusetts’ top court on Tuesday reversed a lower court’s decision backing the state’s approach to greenhouse

May 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Massachusetts Supermarket Chain Opens AD Facility

(Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC/Biomass Magazine)  The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC celebrated the opening of its green

May 13, 2016 Read Full Article

EPA Honors Two Biodiesel Champions

(National Biodiesel Board)  Harvard University & NJ’s Medford Township Public Schools Reduce Carbon Emissions with America’s Advanced Biofuel  —  The

May 13, 2016 Read Full Article

USDA, DOE Partner to Invest $10 Million in Green Energy Research

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Department

May 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Major Regulatory Milestones in First Quarter Set Joule Up for Commercial Success

(Joule/BusinessWire)  EPA Qualifies Joule Ethanol Under Clean Air Act  —  Joule, the pioneer of drop-in liquid fuels from recycled CO2,

April 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Investigation Broadens into whether Exxon Mobil Misled Public, Investors on Climate Change

by Brady Dennis (The Washington Post)  More than a dozen state attorneys general gathered in New York earlier this week,

March 31, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuels Company Given Permission To Carry On

by Tao Woolfe (The Sandwich Enterprise)  Cape Cod Biofuels, Inc. has been cleared by all local regulatory boards and agencies

March 31, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

The United States’ Shifting Approach to Ethanol and other Biofuels Is a Case Study in Short-Sighted Decision Making.

by Alexis Bateman and Yossi Sheffi (MIT Sloan Management Review)  How a Lack of Systemic Thinking Threatens a Sustainable U.S. Energy

March 23, 2016 Read Full Article

A Look at Six State Proposals to Tax Carbon

by Peter Vail and Dallas Burtraw (Resources for the Future)  As the political likelihood of passing comprehensive national climate policy has remained

March 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Hybrid Truck: How This Came About, How It’s Used, Experience with Performance

by Jennifer Horrillo (Diesel Direct/Special to Advanced Biofuels USA)  At Diesel Direct, we are proud to have the nation’s first

March 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Integrated Bioprocess for Conversion of Gaseous Substrates to Liquids

by Peng Hua, Sagar Chakraborty, Amit Kumar, Benjamin Woolston, Hongjuan Liu, David Emerson, and Gregory Stephanopoulos (Proceedings of the National

March 8, 2016 Read Full Article

A Strong, Sustainable Step in the Green Direction for On-Site Fuel Provider Diesel Direct

(Diesel Direct/PR Log)  Diesel Direct announced the acquisition of all assets of Pure Energy, Inc.  The strategic purchase includes all

February 26, 2016 Read Full Article

The Problem with Biofuels

by  Richard Martin and Michael Reilly (MIT Technology Review)  The U.S. Navy is touting its “Great Green Fleet,” but why

January 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Strong 2015 Places Joule as a Global Leader in Scalable Ultra-Low Carbon Fuel Technologies

(Joule/BusinessWire) Major milestones include acquisition of Red Rock Biofuels, expanded partner relationships, continued strong technology development backed by strong financing partners

January 22, 2016 Read Full Article

First Community-Owned MA Biodiesel Plant to Open Early 2016

(Public News Service)  Sometime next month a new plant in Greenfield should start cranking out clean biodiesel fuel that is

December 14, 2015 Read Full Article

UMass Amherst Chemist Receives NSF Grant to Enhance ‘Grass to Gas’ Biofuel Technology

(University of Massachusetts Amherst)  University of Massachusetts Amherst computational chemist Scott Auerbach has been awarded a three-year, $330,000 grant from

December 9, 2015 Read Full Article

Electric Cars Can’t Take the Cold

by Jeff Plungis (Bloomberg)  Batteries generate power less efficiently as temperatures drop.  —  … The trouble is, except for Oregon, none of

December 7, 2015 Read Full Article

Washington State Judge Rules that States Have a “Mandatory Duty” to “Preserve, Protect, and Enhance the Air Quality for the Current and Future Generations”

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, King County Superior Court Judge Hollis R. Hill issued a groundbreaking ruling

November 23, 2015 Read Full Article

Joule and Red Rock Biofuels Announce Intent to Merge, Creating an Industry-Leading Carbon-Neutral Fuel Production Platform

(Joule/Red Rock Biofuels/BusinessWire) Joule, the pioneer of liquid fuels from recycled CO2, and Red Rock Biofuels, a leading developer of

November 12, 2015 Read Full Article

Anti-Ethanol Group Expands National Ad Buy

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  A group opposing the federal ethanol mandate has extended its advertising campaign against the rule

November 11, 2015 Read Full Article

A High Price to Pay: The Hidden Costs of Corn-Ethanol Mandates on New England

(Center for Regulatory Solutions)  …   How have the RFS and federal corn consumption mandates impacted non-corn states, and the

November 10, 2015 Read Full Article

Boston-Area TV Ad Campaign Urges Federal Action on Corn Ethanol Mandate

by Shannon Young (MassLive)  A Washington D.C.-based group launched a television ad campaign in Boston this week that takes aim

November 9, 2015 Read Full Article

MIT Rejects Demands to Divest Fossil-Fuel Stocks, Joining Yale

by Michael McDonald  (Bloomberg Business)  The Massachusetts Institute of Technology rejected demands from a student-led group to divest its $13.5 billion

October 22, 2015 Read Full Article

Carbon Pricing Beats Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards

(Environmental Leader)  Currently planned fuel economy standards (extended to the year 2050) would cost 10 percent of the economy’s global

October 16, 2015 Read Full Article

MBTA Purchases Dozens of Diesel-Hybrid Buses

(NGT News)  The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) says its fiscal and management control board has unanimously approved the purchase

October 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Joule Achieves U.S. EPA Registration for CO2-Recycled Ethanol

(Joule/BusinessWire)  Joule, the pioneer of liquid fuels from recycled CO2, today announced that its fuel grade Sunflow®-E ethanol has been

October 2, 2015 Read Full Article

Making Money from CO2

by Jeremy Plester (The Guardian)  Imagine if waste carbon dioxide in the air could be turned into useful products such as

September 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Vertimass, Technip to Work together to Scale up ORNL Technology

(Vertimass/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Vertimass LLC announced the company has chosen Technip to provide pilot testing, scale-up, and initial plant design

September 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Home Heating Oil Industry Using Biodiesel to Revive and Reinvent Itself

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  The heating oil market is well established along the East Coast with approximately 6.2

August 24, 2015 Read Full Article

Minnesota Biodiesel Demand Getting Warmer

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  Representatives of the East Coast home heating fuel market are begging for biodiesel produced in

August 20, 2015 Read Full Article

Meet the Companies Trying to Break our Plastic Addiction

by Phil McKenna (Green Biz)  The fate of the world’s oceans may rest inside a stainless steel tank not quite the

August 17, 2015 Read Full Article

MassCEC Awards $1.1 Million to Biogas Projects

(Massachusetts Clean Energy Center/Biomass Magazine)  Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) CEO Alicia Barton recently announced $1.1 million in funding for

August 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Boosting Biofuel Production: New MIT Research Finds Supplements Help Yeast Survive.

by Nancy Stauffer (MIT Energy Initiative)   Chemical engineers and biologists at MIT have found a simple way to make yeast produce

July 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Solar Fuels: Making Hydrocarbon Fuels Directly from CO2 and Sunlight

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Drop-in Hydrocarbon fuels made directly by plants? Here. we look at the science and risks

July 7, 2015 Read Full Article

Joule Wins Key Patent for Direct Conversion of CO2 to Hydrocarbon Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, Joule, the pioneer of liquid fuels from recycled CO2, announced the issuance of

June 17, 2015 Read Full Article

8 Hot Targets in Advanced Bioeconomy R&D

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Fuels, chemicals, pathways, and microbes that could shake it all up …  (H)ere are 8 Hot

May 30, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Massachusetts Senators Ask Administration to Put Moratorium on Bioenergy Until 2020

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  In a May 8 letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Senators Markey and Warren, both

May 15, 2015 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Factory Project Needs Final $850K

(The Recorder)  Co-op faces June 1 deadline on construction bids.  The member-owned co-op that’s trying to build a $4.2 million

May 12, 2015 Read Full Article

Joule, Audi Confirm Revolutionary Sunflow Fuel Meets US, EU Specs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, news arrives from Joule that the company’s CO2-recycled  ethanol meets US and European

May 11, 2015 Read Full Article

Quantifying the Emissions from a Large Ethanol Refinery

(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)  Refining ethanol may release more of some pollutants than burning it in vehicles.    After

May 8, 2015 Read Full Article

On Campuses, a Fossil-Fuel Divestment Movement

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post originally posted December 2013; includes 2015 updates)  A divestment movement is marching across U.S.

April 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Ocean Circulation Change: Sea level Spiked for Two Years along Northeastern North America

(Science Daily/University of Arizona)  Sea levels from New York to Newfoundland jumped up about four inches in 2009 and 2010

March 2, 2015 Read Full Article

“Bionic Leaf” Uses Bacteria to Convert Solar Energy into Liquid Fuel

by Elizabeth Cooney (Harvard Medical School/Wyss Institute)  Harvard scientists have created a system that could speed adoption of solar-generated fuels

February 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Biobatteries: Taking Battery Technology to the Next Level

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) There’s a good chance that the electric battery of the future will have biobased aspects to

February 6, 2015 Read Full Article

Researchers Produce Two Biofuels from a Single Algae

(Phys.Org/ Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)  A common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for

February 6, 2015 Read Full Article

Anellotech, IFP Energies Nouvelles and Axens to Develop Aromatics Technology from Non-Food Biomass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Pyromania! Anellotech lands key European partners to commercialize its pyrolysis-based pathway to high-value renewable BTX

January 20, 2015 Read Full Article

Imposing Carbon Price Would Spur Bioenergy, Slash Emissions — MIT Study

by Amanda Peterka  (E&E Publishing / Greenwire) Bioenergy production would boom and spur steep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions if

January 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Harvard Defies Divestment Campaigners and Invests Tens of Millions of Dollars in Fossil Fuels

by Suzanne Goldenberg (The Guardian)  Campaigners protest over ‘blood money’ investments that come ahead of a lawsuit brought by students

January 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Bridj Launched a New Mobile App & Evening Bus Service

by Nick DeLuca (Bostinno)  On Monday, January 5, pop-up bus service Bridj launched a new mobile app as part of

January 7, 2015 Read Full Article

UMass Amherst Lignin Research Sheds Light on How Plants Adapt to Environmental Stress

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, new research may advance our understanding of “how the relative proportions of biopolymers,”

January 5, 2015 Read Full Article

Harvard Researchers Report Bacteria Breakthrough in Mass-Chemical Production

by Jessica Bartlett (Boston Business Journal)  A Harvard geneticist may have unlocked the code to large-scale chemical and biofuel production,

December 30, 2014 Read Full Article

Water Environment Research Foundation Increases Research to Further Sustainability

(Water Environment Research Foundation/PR Web)  The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is expanding its research with three new projects that

December 17, 2014 Read Full Article

Crooked Brothers Sentenced over Huge Waste Cooking Oil for Biofuel Scam in Rhode Islanld

by  Ben Messenger (Waste Management World)    Two brothers in their 70s have been sentenced for conspiring to sell and

December 12, 2014 Read Full Article

4 Minutes with…Thomas Leue, President, Homestead Engineering

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Homestead Engineering has been a biodiesel producer and for the past 14 years has sold

December 11, 2014 Read Full Article

Biofuel Survivor Joule Lands New CEO, Plans Larger CO2-to-Fuel Plants

by Martin LaMonica  (Xconomy)  The list of advanced biofuel companies that failed to live up to their ambitions is long and

November 21, 2014 Read Full Article

Smokeless Biofuel Saves Lives in Africa

by Julie Fahnestock (Just Means)  … In fact, traditional cooking methods—open fires of wood and chemically based charcoals—have been deemed

November 18, 2014 Read Full Article

Researchers Discover New Digestive Strategy in Shipworms

by Greg St. Martin (News@Northeastern)  An inter­na­tional research team led by Dan Distel, director of the Ocean Genome Legacy Center

November 14, 2014 Read Full Article

Mascoma Catches Its Wascaly Wabbit, as Lallemand Acquires the Mascoma Yeast Business

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Massachusetts, Mascoma Corporation announced that it has completed the sale of its yeast business to

November 5, 2014 Read Full Article

EPA Announces Winning P3 Student Teams for Pioneering Projects to Solve Environmental Problems

(US Enviromental Protection Agency)  “Each year, the projects and designs created by the P3 teams surpass expectations,” said Lek Kadeli,

October 15, 2014 Read Full Article

New Approach to Boosting Biofuel Production

by Anne Trafton (MIT News Office)  Different environment helps yeast tolerate high levels of ethanol, making them more productive.   Yeast

October 3, 2014 Read Full Article

Joule’s Quest for Fuels from CO2, Sunlight and Water

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … From Massachusetts, word arrived from Joule this week that the EPA has favorably reviewed the

July 3, 2014 Read Full Article

Microbes Chow Down on Latest Fuel-Cell Tech

(MIT News)  Cullen Buie manipulates micro-scale phenomena to optimize energy conversion devices. … Buie’s work on microbial fuel cells is

June 6, 2014 Read Full Article

The Sugar Producers

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sweetwater Energy and Proterro, two companies using widely different approaches, aim for low-cost sugar

March 12, 2014 Read Full Article

E85 Fueling Station Availability Is Increasing

(US Department of Energy Energy Information Administration)  The number of retail fueling stations offering motor fuel that can be up

March 10, 2014 Read Full Article

New Catalyst Could Lead to Cleaner Energy

by Anne Trafton (MIT News)  MIT chemists have devised a way to trap carbon dioxide and transform it into useful

March 6, 2014 Read Full Article

Why the Promise of Cheap Fuel from Super Bugs Fell Short

by Martin LaMonica (MIT Technology Review)  The sell-off of synthetic biology pioneer LS9 goes to show that making biofuels from

February 6, 2014 Read Full Article

What Role for Short-Lived Climate Pollutants in Mitigation Policy?

by J. K. Shoemaker, D. P. Schrag, M. J. Molina, V. Ramanathan (Science Magazine)  Short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) include methane (CH4),

December 13, 2013 Read Full Article

This Is No Time to Cut Back on Ethanol Targets

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/The Boston Globe) letter to editor:  … But oil companies, as the Globe’s editorial acknowledges, “never

December 6, 2013 Read Full Article

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