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Biofuel Partly Powers Cathay Pacific Flight from Airbus
June 18, 2018 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Grant Bradley (New Zealand Herald)  When a brand new Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-1000 flies from France to Hong Kong on Wednesday it will be partly powered by biofuel.
The 334-seat plane will have a 10 per …

New Algae Biofuel Production Method Could Someday Compete with Petroleum
June 18, 2018 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Philip T. Pienkos (R&D Magazine)  … This time, the leading force was not the DOE (U.S. Department of Energy), but the investment community acting in the belief that the power of modern biotechnology could be …

PNNL Technology Clears Way for Ethanol-Derived Jet Fuel
June 12, 2018 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/EurekAlert!)  ASTM International updates standard for alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene based on fuel produced by PNNL partner LanzaTech — ASTM International recently revised ASTM D7566 Annex A5 — the Standard Specification …

Growth Energy: RVP Period to Begin at Highest Fuel Cost to Consumers in Years
June 4, 2018 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Tomorrow (June 1, 2018) marks the beginning of the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) restriction on E15 sales across most of the country during the summer driving season – June 1 to September 15. The …

Back to the Future All Over Again: ExxonMobil Targets Algae Fuels at Scale by 2025, as Oil Prices Rise
May 25, 2018 – 9:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  So, ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics have announced a new phase in their joint algae biofuel research program that could lead to the technical ability to produce 10,000 barrels of algae biofuel …

High Oil Prices Aren’t Necessarily Bad
May 21, 2018 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Energy Today)  … As U.S. exports increase, high oil prices are turning into less of an economic negative for the country. If the current trends continue, high oil prices may turn into a …

Blue Ridge Biofuels Brings Its Closed-Loop Cooking Oil Initiative Closer to Home
May 21, 2018 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Gina Smith (Mountain Express)  In late 2013, Blue Ridge Biofuels took a bold leap toward developing a closed-loop biodiesel system for Western North Carolina when it produced its first batch of non-GMO, expeller-pressed canola cooking …

Rising Fuel Prices Bring into Question EPA Efforts to Reduce Fuel Economy Standards
May 17, 2018 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Tsvetana Paraskova (Oilprice.com/USA Today)  Crude oil and gasoline prices are on the rise after President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal. Now, many consumers are seeing their extra money go to rising gas …

The Scientist Still Fighting for the Clean Fuel the World Forgot
May 16, 2018 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by James Temple (MIT Technology Review)  In the closing weeks of 2008, the US Department of Energy invited politicians and press to a dedication ceremony for the Joint BioEnergy Institute in Emeryville, California. The state-of-the-art lab, …

Verdezyne, Ave Atque Vale
May 16, 2018 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Southern California the report has arrived that Verdezyne is winding down as a company, and today is the last day of operations. The low oil price environment has claimed another …

Debate over the RFS Is Playing out on the Political Stage: The Public Discussion Rarely Considers American Consumers.
May 7, 2018 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Donnell Rehagen (National Biodiesel Board/Biofuels Digest)  The biofuels industry found itself in an unusual position for much of the past 12 months. Typically confined to debates in the trade press, biofuels-related headlines are now splashed across …

How Trump Might Make SUVs Pricier in Seattle than Omaha
May 4, 2018 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Camille von Kaenel (E&E News)  … The Trump administration’s efforts to weaken vehicle pollution requirements could set up a split U.S. market, concentrating fuel-efficient cars in mostly Democratic states and gas guzzlers in the red …

Duckweed Redux: Are Duckweed’s Ducks Finally in a Row for Protein, Fuels and More?
May 3, 2018 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Greenbelt Resources Corporation and Duckweed DAYS commenced their inaugural Duckweed Project to commercialize the duckweed model developed by the Andrew J. Young Foundation. Tests conducted during a pilot program indicated that …

Drills and Pipelines May Pollute Our Climate but Words Will Break or Make Us
May 3, 2018 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Carbon is the backbone of the fossil-based economy and feedstock to a bio-based economy. However, how exactly this carbon is handled continues to divide people regarding what the development …

As Petroleum Prices, Demand Soars, US, EU Dither on Biofuels
April 26, 2018 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … US gasoline prices are at a three-year high, says CNBC.
This time, the response has been to dither on biofuels and to point to reasonably dismal sales of EVs as evidence that …

The New War Over Ethanol, And How It Might Affect You
April 23, 2018 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by F. Todd Davidson (Forbes)  A seemingly small action from the Environmental Protection Agency could spark a new war between Big Oil and Big Ag that could have far-reaching effects on the U.S. agricultural, energy, and transportation …

EPA Publishes CAFE Standards Mid-Term Evaluation Final Determination
April 2, 2018 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

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

Commentary: Biofuels Are Driving US Growth
April 2, 2018 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Talent (Tribune News Service/Madison.com/Americans for Energy Security and Innovation)  … Biofuels are a target because they supply a full 10 percent of America’s motor fuel, and every extra gallon increases competition at the …

As We Approach 10th Anniversary of $147 Oil, Could It Happen Again?
March 30, 2018 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

by Landon Hall (Fuel Freedom Foundation)  The price of oil reached a record high of $147 on July 11, 2008. Could such a sharp, unexpected spike occur again?  … Market forces alone aren’t likely to cause oil prices …

Opinion: Putin Has Finally Gone Too Far
March 16, 2018 – 10:05 am | No Comment

by David Ignatius (The Washington Post) … So how can the United States and its closest allies alter (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s behavior, if they’re truly serious about holding Russia to account? The answer, say …

Rennovia’s Demise, the Triple Rule, and the Pursuit of Sustainable Nylon in a World of Low Oil Prices
March 9, 2018 – 9:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Rennovia has ceased operations, after the company failed to raise sufficient financing from investors and/or strategic partners to advance its pilot-scale technology to first commercial production.  The bulk of …

Growth Energy Calls on US Government to Support Biofuels Sector
February 22, 2018 – 8:16 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Growth Energy calls on US government to support biofuels sector — Biofuels are crucial to improving the US energy outlook, according to an expert from ethanol trade association Growth Energy.
Chris Bliley, Growth Energy’s vice-president of …

Growth Energy Calls on US Government to Support Biofuels Sector
February 16, 2018 – 9:38 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Biofuels are crucial to improving the US energy outlook, according to an expert from ethanol trade association Growth Energy.
Chris Bliley, Growth Energy’s vice-president of regulatory affairs, says that the forecasts in the recently released …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
February 16, 2018 – 9:47 am | No Comment

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

Let’s Regulate CO2 Emissions, and Forget the 55.4 MPG 2025 Corporate Annual Fuel Economy Standard: The Inexpensive Way to Quickly Reduce Green House Gases
February 15, 2018 – 8:50 pm | No Comment

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

Oman Perfect to Collect Algae for Biofuel Synthesis: Experts
February 15, 2018 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Maqsood Maniyar (Times of Oman)  Oman has a great potential to provide algae for synthesis of biofuel, observers in the field of biology have stated. The Sultanate, with its wadis and seas, is an excellent source …

Grassley: RFS Has Minimal Impact on Success of Refineries
February 6, 2018 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has released a memo produced by his energy policy staff that finds that Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements and the cost of renewable identification numbers (RINs) …

10 Years After: Advanced Biofuels’ Status, Opportunities and Challenges
February 6, 2018 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)   In 2007 the US government established a national strategy for the development of advanced biofuels made using non-edible biomass. After 10 years we are still short of achieving …

Bankrupt Refiner Made Missteps
February 5, 2018 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Washington Times)  The oil industry’s campaign to undermine the growth of domestically produced renewable fuels such as ethanol has certainly been ramped up lately. Today they’re callously capitalizing on the financial …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the 10-Year OECD-FAO Outlook for Ag, Biofuels
February 5, 2018 – 11:00 am | No Comment

The latest joint OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook spawned this fascinating 10 year outlook of global biofuel markets and agricultural feedstocks. This model based projection, validated through global expert consensus, includes major food commodities and biofuels driven by the …

What’s the Real Story behind Philadelphia Energy Solutions’ Bankruptcy, Crude Oil, and the Renewable Fuel Standard?
February 2, 2018 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Joelle Simonpietri (Biofuels Digest)  On Jan 21st 2018, Carlyle-backed Philadelphia Energy Solutions(PES), the largest refinery complex on the U.S. east coast at 335,000 barrels per day, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, blaming Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compliance costs. In the week …

Ohio Science Could Spawn a New Sustainable Oil Boom
January 25, 2018 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

(Agragen)  Agragen, LLC, a Cincinnati-based plant sciences company, predicts that the recent surge in oil prices will soon permit biofuels derived camelina oil to be on parity with petroleum derived fuels in costs.
Sam Huttenbauer Jr., CEO …

C-Stores Meeting New Fuel Demands
January 19, 2018 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

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 insist the internal combustion engine …

Ethanol To The Rescue of Higher Gas Prices
January 17, 2018 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (Urban Air Initiative/ICM/Biofuels Digest)  …   A lot of people might forget that it was only three years ago when the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline cost $3.34 and at times …

The Long, Long, Long Journey to Green: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioeconomy Investing
January 15, 2018 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) What are the true drivers of Innovation and what are the returns for investors — what’s up and what works? There is just not a more authentic authority on the subject …

The Next Big Thing In Ethanol Yet To Reap Profits, Solve Technical Problems
January 3, 2018 – 8:55 pm | No Comment

by Amy Mayer (Harvest Public Media/NetNebraska)  Advanced biofuels have been touted as the next step beyond the corn-based ethanol that’s the bulk of the country’s renewable fuel for cars and trucks. But cellulosic ethanol is harder …

Rick Santorum: Refiners Attack President Trump at Their Peril
January 3, 2018 – 8:39 pm | No Comment

by Rick Santorum (Washington Examiner/Americans for Energy Security and Innovation)  … But some petroleum companies seem to be taking their influence for granted, and that could prove their undoing with a White House that is known …

Editorial: Keep Biofuel Benefits Flowing
December 27, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin State Journal)  … A study conducted for the U.S. Agriculture Department found corn ethanol’s life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions, by 2022, will be 43 percent lower than gasoline baseline emissions if ethanol plants continue as usual. If ethanol …

Bioeconomy Curves and Slides, Snakes and Ladders
December 27, 2017 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Over the years we’ve all seen a lot of curveballs in the advanced bioeconomy. You see companies like Valero, which lobby the United States Congress with unbridled intensity to get rid …

Top 17 for 2017
December 26, 2017 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  2017 was a roller coaster year. There was a paradigm shift in biofuels, technology advancements, innovations abounded, politics chaotic. Some companies shut down and disappeared like the Hobo vanishing in …

The 12: The Advanced Bioeconomy’s 12 Biggest Talking, Fretting, Praying and Action Points Right Now
December 13, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … What are the top trends? Here are the 11 we see dominating the debate on the stage and on the floor.
Jet fuel deployment – how much, how soon, by whom? …

The Washington Swamp Is Filled with Ethanol
December 8, 2017 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Peter Z. Grossman (Washington Examiner)  … People forget how we wound up with an ethanol mandate worth over $20 billion per year (and that doesn’t include various subsidies). EISA was passed because Americans besieged members of Congress, …

OPEC’s Next Move Is Being Closely Watched by Sugar Traders
November 30, 2017 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Agnieszka De Sousa (Bloomberg)  Any oil price move could have knock-on effect in sugar market; That’s because biofuel made from cane competes with gasoline  —  As energy minsters meet in Vienna this week to discuss oil-supply cuts, the sugar …

OPEC Will Extend The Cut
November 27, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Zainab Calcuttawala (OilPrice.com)  There will be an OPEC deal extension—no matter the public tussling between opposing forces in the industry cartel—if the world’s largest oil producers are really determined to end the supply glut.
A failure …

One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure: Enabling Europe’s Bioeconomy
November 1, 2017 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) From October 10th -11th the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy (EFIB) celebrated 10 years in Brussels, Belgium, as it plays a crucial role in providing a …

If You Build It, They Will Come: Biofuels Industry Sees Renewable Chemicals as New Strategy
October 30, 2017 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Jesse Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  To create additional value in the biobased economy, companies and investors are turning toward the production of renewable chemicals and products. They argue that in prioritizing higher-value chemicals …

Will the Lemonade Stand Era End in Renewable Fuels, Sooner, Later, Ever?
October 26, 2017 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … No, Virginia, there isn’t any green premium in renewable fuels, chemicals or materials. Actually, there isn’t any premium available for any product, anywhere, at any time, green or not, if it is distributed as a commodity and …

Brazil’s Biofuel Push Is Threatened by Too Much Cheap Oil
October 24, 2017 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Vanessa Dezem and Fabiana Batista (Bloomberg Technology)  Brazil leading international effort to expand industry; Biofuel investments worldwide are down 25% this year  …  Brazil is positioning itself as a global biofuels ambassador, fighting climate change by spurring demand …

Marketing Sustainability: How Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) Are Planning to Take Flight
October 19, 2017 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

By Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Flying in Formation: Since the first test flight almost 10 years ago, there have been over 40,000 commercial flights supported by four international airports supplying SAFs. Michael Gill, Executive …

New Statistical Analysis: No Relationship Between RIN Credits and Retail Gasoline Prices
October 16, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association) Despite continued claims by opponents of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), prices of the Renewable Identification Number (RINs) credits used for RFS compliance have not caused changes in retail gasoline …

Crossing the Valley of NLACM with Alcohol-to-Hydrocarbon Technology
September 26, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There’s one crossing worse than the Valley of Death and that is the Valley of NLACM.
Although it sounds more like a goose trying to say “You’ll like him” — it’s …

The Next Oil Price Spike May Cripple The Industry
August 24, 2017 – 9:39 am | No Comment

by Andreas de Vries & Salman Ghouri (OilPrice.com)  Two diametrically opposed views dominate the current debate about where the oil price is heading. On the one hand, there is the view that the price of …

Alternative Jet Fuel Slow to Launch
August 22, 2017 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Gerald Butt (Petroleum Economist)  The global aviation industry is committed to long-term carbon emission cuts, but low oil prices are slowing the development of alternative types of jet fuel  —  …  Then comes the …

Major Study Says “Cut Cellulosic Ethanol out”, RFA Says “No Way Jose”
August 21, 2017 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Iowa, a new tractable multi-market model study finds that the RFS has substantially benefited the U.S. economy by lowering gasoline, crude oil prices, and crude oil imports, while increasing …

Molasses Would Be the Preferred Raw Material for Ethanol Production in Guyana
August 14, 2017 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Audreyanna Thomas (Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc./Stabroek News)  The Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc (GuySuCo) would like to provide some information which it is hoped would add to the current debate on ethanol production as a viable …

Queensland Mandate Key to Biofuels Boost
August 3, 2017 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(My Sunshine Coast)  The Australia biodiesel industry is still trying to negotiate deals with oil companies to ramp up production, despite the introduction of a second State mandate, Chief Executive Officer of the Biofuels Association …

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Moves A Step Closer To Funding Aviation Biofuels
July 19, 2017 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(SkyNRG/PR Web)  Carbon reduction leaders Carbon War Room (CWR) and SkyNRG join with the Port of Seattle to announce recommendations for long-term funding mechanisms that could supply all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) with …

Research Progressing on How to Spur Wide Use of Aviation Biofuels
June 30, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

(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, according to a researcher in …

9 Years Upon The Anvil: The Baptism of Renewable Chemicals and the Purification of Its Strategy
June 30, 2017 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  By now, Tom Boussie of Rennovia has been 20 years in the forge of the chemicals business, and 9 of those years being pounded on the anvil of renewable …

Emphasis on Oil Has Made Ethanol Unprofitable
June 26, 2017 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Gerald Kosmicki (Grand Island Independent) … Why not just say farmers need a higher price for their corn, rather than the posturing concern for the environment? We had $7 corn during the Obama years, but …

Don’t Spill That Ethanol! Those Cellulosic Fuels Are Worth $4.33 a Gallon.
June 14, 2017 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The value of cellulosic fuels has reached $4.33 per gallon in the California market. That’s real-world, today, including the energy and the low-carbon attributes, and not based on speculation. The …

Biofuels Work for Oregon
June 7, 2017 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Talent (Capital Ag Press/Americans for Energy Security and Innovation)  Unfortunately, even as fracking reached new heights, America’s total domestic crude oil production declined in 2016. According to new data from the U.S. Energy …

GRFA: Ethanol Production Does Not Drive Food Prices
June 1, 2017 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance recently released a new chart showing opposite trends in the UN Food and Agriculture Organization Food Price Index and world fuel ethanol production since …

Hope Glimmers in the Garbage for Advanced Biofuels
May 23, 2017 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by John Fialka (E&E News/Climatewire)  In May 2016, investigators from the Government Accountability Office assembled a panel of 19 experts in Washington to explore what had happened to a program to develop a commercial market …

Mexican Biodiesel Producer Growing Thanks to Higher Fossil Prices but Margins Thin
May 23, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Mexico, Smart Recycling has boosted its UCO biodiesel production 150% since January to more than 400 gallons per day thanks to the national oil company Pemex boosting fuel prices …

Ethanol and Biodiesel: Dropping Below the Production Cost of Fossil Fuels?
May 19, 2017 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … As you can see from the hard data, the production cost for ethanol today is $1.22 per gallon, which translates to $51.24 per barrel. Now, on an energy basis — …

$20 Oil? $200 Oil? Does It Matter? Part 1 of the 3-Part Digest series: Carbon 2017
May 10, 2017 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) For the world of renewable fuels — the only significant carbon legislation on the books, it really doesn’t matter what the oil price is. The RFS creates a separate market for …

IEA Bioenergy Task 39, (Liquid Biofuels) Updated Report, “State of Technology Review -Algae Bioenergy”
May 9, 2017 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(IEA Bioenergy Task 39)  As described in the report and covered in the associated webinar, some of the
reports key conclusions were:
• Algae exhibit high photosynthetic efficiency and high yields (~55 tonnes ha-1yr-1), at least twice that …

The Digest’s Complete March Madness Webinars Available Online
May 5, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest’s Complete March Madness webinars – 700+ slides available for your on-demand review.  —  The Digest’s March Madness series – 20 webinars covering the hottest topics as selected by …

Old Town Mill Eyed for Full-Scale Plant to Turn Wood Pulp into Ingredient for Diesel, Jet Fuel
May 4, 2017 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

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 the site.  —  The former …

Skybound: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuels
April 28, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we hosted a webinar what is universally agreed to be the single largest new application of advanced industrial biotechnology — this is the Big Kahuna, or sustainable aviation fuel. Sustainability …

Crude Volatility: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Oil and Gas Price Outlook
April 26, 2017 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In our March Madness series, we’ve been covering emerging markets and technological pathways and market access – what about market pricing? Specifically, the price of the incumbent that’s oil and …

With Air Traffic on the Upswing, Global – and Indian – Interest Picks up in Aviation Biofuels
April 25, 2017 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Sapna Gopal (The Wire)  Bio-jet fuel is generally two- to seven-times more expensive than conventional fossil-derived jet fuels but can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 60-70%.  —  People in this industry are looking for ways …

Production of Biofuels in Mozambique Is No Longer Viable Following Drop in Oil Prices
April 25, 2017 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

(Macau Hub)  The production of biofuel from Jatropha mollissima “is something to forget,” said Almirante Dima, the deputy national director of Hydrocarbons and Energy at the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy of Mozambique.
Dima explained …

Intersecting Trends of Oil and Ethanol
April 24, 2017 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Patrick C. Miller (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Is the growth in shale oil production a potential boost for ethanol? The theory goes that because the light crude produced from fracked shale produces lower-octane gasoline, greater oil …

Researchers Outline 23 Barriers to Advanced Biofuels’ Success
April 12, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Virginia, researchers from Virginia Tech University have determined that 52% of advanced biofuels facilities were already closed in 2015 and have determined a list of 23 barriers that could …

Managing Margin, Risk, Financial Transparency in the Ethanol Industry
April 5, 2017 – 10:15 am | No Comment

by Steve Rosvold (KRM Business Solutions/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  When it comes to margin and risk management, ethanol producers have difficult and unique choices. In most commodity processing industries, the output price is highly correlated to input price.

The …

Big Oil Could Be Ready for a Big Comeback
March 31, 2017 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Paul R. La Monica (CNN Money)  Oil prices are down so far this year — and so are energy stocks. But some experts think that won’t last for long. President Trump is clearly a fan of …

State of Technology Review – Algae Bioenergy
March 29, 2017 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  This IEA Bioenergy report provides an international update on the status and prospects for using microalgae and macroalgae as feedstocks for producing biofuels and bioenergy products. The report’s scope covers algae-based options for …

Oil Instability Giving New Life to Biofuels?
March 7, 2017 – 8:04 pm | No Comment

by Douglas L. Faulkner (Biofuels Digest)  Robert McNally, the author of the new, critically-acclaimed book, “Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices”, believes that global oil markets are entering an epic, structural …

Could Biofuel Save Maine’s Timber Industry?
March 6, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

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 of a larger $240 million …

Letter to Editor: Protect Illinois Farmers from Crude Manipulation
February 8, 2017 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Talent (Americans for Energy Security and Innovation/Belleville News-Democrat)  When Illinois farmers sell wheat, rye or oats on the open market, they can rightly expect that supply and demand will set the price, with …

The Oil War Is Only Just Getting Started
February 3, 2017 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Tsvetana Paraskova (OilPrice.com) … Although this view that low-cost producers would try to seize more market share comes from an oil major with significant interests in Russia and Iraq, for example, BP may not be …

Zimbabwe: Zim Fuel Prices Up
January 19, 2017 – 7:59 pm | No Comment

by Phillimon Mhlanga (All Africa)  Zimbabwe’s major fuel retailers have raised fuel prices by at least US$0,04 a litre due to a serious shortage of anhydrous ethanol in the country and a surge in international petroleum …

Birth of Mideast Renewables?
December 13, 2016 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Squeezed budgets from low oil prices since mid-2014, combined with rising energy demand, will boost demand for renewable energy and efficiency technologies across the Middle East, according to a …

Not So Prolific: U.S. Shale Faces A Reality Check
December 13, 2016 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by Nick Cunningham (OilPrice.com)  …  Speaking at the National Oil-equipment Manufacturers and Delegates Society (NOMADS) in Houston a few months ago, IHS Markit’s associate direct for Plays and Basins, Reed Olmstead, poked holes in the notion …

GAO RFS Reports Paint Incomplete Picture of Advanced Biofuels
December 1, 2016 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Government Accountability Office issued two reports Nov. 28 suggesting that the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program is unlikely to meet its targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and expanding …

Renewable Fuel Standard: Low Expected Production Volumes Make It Unlikely That Advanced Biofuels Can Meet Increasing Targets
November 30, 2016 – 10:59 am | No Comment

(U.S. Government Accountability Office)  The Renewable Fuel Standard program calls for greater use of advanced biofuels—fuel made from waste fats and oils or crop residues, for example—in the transportation fuel supply through 2022.
Yet, there is …

Oil Demand Won’t Peak before 2040, Despite Paris Deal: IEA
November 18, 2016 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Cooper (Reuters)  The International Energy Agency expects global oil consumption to peak no sooner than 2040, leaving its long-term forecasts for supply and demand unchanged despite the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement entering into …

The Facts Show We Don’t Have to Choose between ‘Food versus Fuel’
November 17, 2016 – 8:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Talent (The Hill/Americans for Energy Security and Innovation)  According to the Wall Street Journal, the “U.S. is on track this year to post the longest stretch of falling food prices in more than …

Trump Can Make the U.S. Energy-Independent—If He Goes Green
November 17, 2016 – 7:54 pm | No Comment

by Geoffrey Smith (Fortune)  The U.S. can realize President-elect Donald Trump’s dream of independence from foreign oil “foes” and “cartels”–but he likely won’t live to see it unless he embraces the kinds of policies he’s …

New Report Knocks the Stuffing Out of ‘Food vs. Fuel’ Turkeys
November 17, 2016 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Millions of Americans preparing for Thanksgiving next week are undoubtedly noticing that dinner will cost less than it did a year ago. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, overall grocery prices …

Not Energy Independent, Yet
November 15, 2016 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Rick Uldricks and Hudson Councilman Casey Weinstein (Twinsburg Patch) In truth, when it comes to energy security, there is good news to be found, but not at the bottom of a well.  —  Fossil fuel boosters …

Letter to Editor: Ethanol’s Got Right Stuff
November 15, 2016 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Boston Herald)   …  But relying upon fracking for our energy future is dangerous on two fronts. For one, reasonable oil supplies are finite and expensive. And lower oil prices …

Derisking: A Strategy for Growing the Biobased Economy
October 28, 2016 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Neil A. Belson (LeafPro Bioproducts/Biofuels Digest)  … Despite its potential benefits and some very real achievements, the biobased economy has overall progressed more slowly than many had hoped.  There are several reasons for this slow progress. …

Opinion: Why ICAO’s Emissions Deal Will Not Make A Difference
October 24, 2016 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Jens Flottau (Aviation Week)  When the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced in early October that its general assembly had reached agreement on the Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (Corsia), the …

Hillary Clinton Said America Is Energy Independent. It Is Not
October 11, 2016 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Tom DiChristopher (CNBC)  Hillary Clinton said during the second presidential debate on Sunday that the United States has achieved energy independence, but the country still imports millions of barrels a day of oil and petroleum …

Biobased Industry Growing, but Needs More Federal Help, Report Says
October 4, 2016 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Philip Brasher  (Agri-Pulse)  Production of biofuels and biobased products such as plant-derived plastics already support 4.2 million jobs, but the industry’s future growth rate depends in part on oil prices and the availability of new …

White Biotechnology Market to Reach $487.08 Billion By 2024: Grand View Research, Inc.
October 3, 2016 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(Grand View Research/PR Newswire)  The global white biotechnology market is expected to reach USD 487.08 billion by 2024, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. Rising awareness and emphasis for the adoption of greener …

Do We Still Need a Renewable Fuel Standard?
September 23, 2016 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Anne Steckel (National Biodiesel Board/The Hill)  Headlines tell us the world is awash with oil. Gas costs less than bottled water in many places, and petroleum markets are in a prolonged slump that’s wreaking …

Global Biofuels Market Will Grow Steadily At A CAGR Of 5.87% During The Period 2016-2020: ResearchMoz
September 22, 2016 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/ResearchMoz)  Across the world, there has been an unprecedented interest in biofuels over the past decade. The main reason for this is the volatility in crude oil prices, which is affecting the economic condition …

Petrobras Mulls Lowering Brazil Fuel Prices in 2016
September 22, 2016 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Shoaib-ur-Rehman Siddiqui (Business Recorder)   State-controlled Brazilian oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA is considering lowering wholesale gasoline and diesel prices by year-end, which would be the first time since September 2015, O Globo newspaper …

Vietnam Fuel Giant Asks for Tax Support to Keep Unpopular Biofuel in Business
September 22, 2016 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

(VN Express International)  The government continues to miss its targets for the cleaner, cassava-based fuel. State-owned fuel giant PetroVietnam has asked the government for tax support to save its new biofuel business from going bankrupt due …

Answers to Your Questions about Renewables and the Advanced Bioeconomy
September 22, 2016 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

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 here.
During the webinar, we received …

Russia Ethanol Production Set to Grow
September 19, 2016 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

by Eugene Gerden (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Impending tax abolishment to provide the impetus for the development of Russian ethanol industry.  —  Plans to lift a hefty excise tax on fuel ethanol by the Russian government are …

Gates Backs Renmatix; Total Inks 1 Million Ton/Year Cellulosic Sugar License
September 15, 2016 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Pennsylvania, Bill Gates is leading the latest investment round into the pioneering cellulosic sugars producer Renmatix as energy giant Total joins in with second investment and a 1 million …

Oil Bankruptcies Leave Lenders With ‘Catastrophic’ Recovery Rate
September 14, 2016 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Penty (Bloomberg)  Rate of 21% in 2015 compares to average of 59% previously; Bankruptcies so far this year are double last year’s total  —  U.S. oil bankruptcies haven’t been this “catastrophic” for lenders in …

Oil Glut Forecasted into 2017 as Demand in Asia Is ‘Wobbly’
September 14, 2016 – 10:25 am | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  The much-anticipated rebalancing of oil markets appears to be a bit further away after the International Energy Agency revised its forecast, trimming its expectations for the growth in oil …

White Dog Labs Looks to Build Delaware’s Next Chemical Giant
September 5, 2016 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Scott Goss (The News Journal)  … Now the rather smelly, colorless liquid is poised to become the cornerstone of a Delaware startup that is seeking to revolutionize the biochemical industry and even possibly — maybe someday — upend …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to DSM in the Advanced Bioeconomy
September 2, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.
In this slide deck, we looked at …

Renewable Fuels Deserve a Place at the Pump
August 23, 2016 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Talent (The American Spectator)  The case for alternative energy done right.  —  … No other policy has so effectively undermined the international oil cartel that seeks to profit from our dependence on oil.
Today, ethanol …

The RINferno, as It Burns up America’s Venture into Advanced Biofuels
August 19, 2016 – 7:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … There’s a separate category of RINs for advanced biofuels. These are fuels that have at least a 50% reduction in fossil fuels compared to 2005 baseline gasoline. Overall, to qualify …

World Bank Sees Biofuels Losing out Due to Cheaper Oil
August 17, 2016 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the World Bank’s most recent Commodities Markets Outlook says lower energy prices have also eased pressures to produce biofuels as an alternative energy source. Biofuels production has been …

Fuelling the Debate – Letters to the ROB Editor
August 15, 2016 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Andrea Kent (Globe and Mail/Renewable Industries Canada)  Re Zero emissions bio-fuel myth ignores environmental costs of production(July 31): Gwyn Morgan says biofuels aren’t greener than fossil fuels and affect food supplies and prices. Really?
Mr. …

Investors Have $100 Billion to Spend on Oil Assets No One Else Wants
August 12, 2016 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by David Carey, Laura J Keller, Meenal Vamburkar (Bloomberg)  Buyout firms target soured loans with eye on taking ownership; Drillers unload assets to stay afloat as cash crunch deepens —  … Deals are picking up for a few key reasons. …

Organic Acids: Key Facilitators of the Bio-economy
August 11, 2016 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer (Lee-Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)   Recent declines in oil prices and the failure of start-up biofuel processes to meet production cost targets have increased the interest in producing value added chemicals from biomass as coproducts. …

Globalization of Ethanol Impacts US Industry
August 5, 2016 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Strickland (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Eco-Energy)  It’s a big world out there and ethanol is primed to explore it—finding new markets through competitive pricing, high octane and low-carbon advantages that no other fuel on the …

Oil and Natural Gas Production Jobs in May Were 26% Lower than in October 2014
August 5, 2016 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Energy Information Administration)  Despite increases in crude oil prices since the start of the year, employment in oil and natural gas extraction and support activities continued declining from levels reached in the fall of …

Aviation Fuel Market – Biofuels, America, Air BP, Shell, Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Gazprom Lead Growth to 2020
August 4, 2016 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

(ReportsnReports.com/PR Newswire)  The global aviation fuel market 2016-2020 research report says impact of falling crude oil prices on aviation turbine fuel is leading to the growth of this market with the last one and half …

World Bank: Biofuels Production Key Factor behind Food Commodity Demand over Past Decade
August 4, 2016 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  … The World Bank report also stated: “Given the energy intensive nature of agriculture, lower energy prices will help reduce the cost of producing food commodities.
“They will also ease policy pressures to encourage production …

World Bank: Next Victim of Cheap Oil Is Renewable Fuel
August 3, 2016 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano  (Washington Times)  The World Bank said Tuesday (July 26, 2016) that low oil prices have hurt demand for renewable fuel.
Even while the bank’s latest commodity outlook is raising its oil price projections …

Sustainable and Low-Cost: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Competing with Sub-$50 oil
August 2, 2016 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As Irshad Ahmed observed recently in The Digest, “until such time that we internalize the true life-cycle costs of extracting and using fossil fuels, and distinguishing fossil-BTUs from bio-BUTs, we will …

Oil Majors Lost One Engine; Now the Second One Is Sputtering
July 27, 2016 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Javier Blas (Bloomberg)  BP says second-quarter refining margins drop to 6-year low; Downstream business was key last year in cushioning cheap oil  —  If Big Oil was a two-engine airplane, you could say it’s been flying …

The Unintended Consequences of First Generation Biofuels
July 22, 2016 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Morteza Soleymannezhad (Forbes)  Biofuel analysts usually tend to focus more on the gasoline-corn price relationship and less on the oil-corn price relationship. In this article I illuminate one of the unintended implications of the …

“Tough Couple of Years, but Survivors Scaling”: DOE’s Bioenergy 2016 Looks Optimistically at Biofuels Future
July 18, 2016 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Ed Dodge (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, a commercialization panel said that “the biofuels industry has been through a tough couple of years, but the survivors are scaling up and bringing product to market. The …

What’s Changing in Biofuels? The Top 10 Trends for 2016
July 15, 2016 – 8:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A Digest reader writes: I’m looking to summarize the changes over the last 2-3 years in the biofuels market. Are you aware of any articles or summaries on this topic? It’s a …

Renewable Biofuels Are Vital to an All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy
July 1, 2016 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by William Feehery (The Hill/DuPont Industrial Biosciences)   … One of the most vital and immediate tools at our disposal in the campaign for energy independence is renewable fuel. It is the only technology that can …

Cheating Fuel Retailers Come under Scrutiny
July 1, 2016 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Yuthana Priawan  (Bangkok Post)  More adulterated fuel sold as oil gets cheaper.  —  A substantial rise in fuel consumption as the oil price collapsed has coincided with a rise in the sale of adulterated …

Power Plants Are No Longer America’s Biggest Climate Problem. Transportation Is.
June 15, 2016 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Brad Plumer (Vox)  A new energy era is upon us: For the first time since 1979, America’s cars, trucks, and airplanes emit more carbon dioxide than its power plants do. … The story here is that …

New CEO of Petrobras Has Good News for Brazil’s Ethanol Makers
June 14, 2016 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by  Fabiana Batista (Bloomberg)  Parente signals end of government-subsidized gasoline prices; Higher gasoline costs likely to spark demand for biofuel  — … Pedro Parente, who was sworn in as the head of Brazil’s state-owned oil producer this month, …

Can Saudi Arabia Pivot Away from Oil? A Powerful Prince Brings His Pitch to America.
June 14, 2016 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Brian Murphy (The Washington Post)  …  When Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman, begins meetings this week in Washington and New York, he will be pitching an audacious idea: How the kingdom …

Oil Prices Are Rising. But All Those Jobs Aren’t Coming Back.
June 9, 2016 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Lydia DePillis (Houston Chronicle)  Rigs can run with fewer people now, so they won’t need to be re-hired. — … A “full recovery” would do wonders for the economy of Houston and Texas as a whole.
As …

Arkansas State University Biodiesel Lab Helps Power, Feed University Farm
June 8, 2016 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by David Bennett  (Delta Farm Press)  Surrounded by educational posters and a large dry board full of mathematical equations, Kevin Humphrey sits explaining how the biodiesel lab in adjacent rooms came to be.
“I’ve been here …

Fossil Fuels’ Unpopularity Leaves a Mark
June 2, 2016 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder and Erin Ailworth (The Wall Street Journal)   Many major fossil-fuel projects across the U.S., from pipelines to export terminals, have been shelved or significantly delayed because of a confluence of new regulations, …

Guest View: For the Farmers, the Biofuel Bubble Has Already Burst
May 19, 2016 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Isaac Orr (Quad City Times/The Heartland Institute)  …  Many of the agriculture-related policy discussions taking place in the nation’s capital focus on how corn farmers will be hurt by the biofuel mandate because RFS …

In North Dakota’s Oil Patch, a Humbling Comedown
May 19, 2016 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Ernest Scheyder (Reuters)  The fracking party is over, and a quiet desperation has descended on the state’s once-booming communities and the thousands of people who were drawn to them.  —  …  But the price …

Ethanol Blending Pressures Already Shrinking Refiner Margins
May 16, 2016 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Laura Blewitt  (Bloomberg)  Federally mandated ethanol blending is adding extra pressure to the faltering profits of U.S. refiners.
The worst crude oil downturn in a generation, which at first helped refiners’ profits, has now passed through …

Can the U.S. Military Afford to Run on Biofuels?
May 16, 2016 – 10:04 am | No Comment

by Rich Smith (The Motley Fool)  …  The beef tallow being used today, however, costs just $2.05 per gallon, making it cheaper than the $2.76 per gallon that the Defense Logistics Agency pays for F-76. A …

Oil Market Manipulation Is Alive and Well
May 13, 2016 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Talent (Americans for Energy Security and Innovation/The Hill)  Opponents of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) claim that the free hand of an unrestricted marketplace will guide biofuels into our fuel supply, driving economic …

Oil Firms Have 10 Years to Change Strategy or Face ‘Short, Brutish End’
May 11, 2016 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Terry Macalister (The Guardian)  Business models employed by multinationals such as Shell and BP are no longer fit for purpose, warns energy expert — … Paul Stephens, a fellow at Chatham House thinktank, said in a …

Can We Save the Algae Biofuel Industry?
May 10, 2016 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Christian Ridley (The Epoch Times) Algal biofuels are in trouble. This alternative fuel source could help reduce overall carbon emissions without taking land from food production, like many crop-based biofuels do. But several major companies including …

The Unloved Business That’s Saved Big Oil From Low Energy Prices
May 6, 2016 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Javier Blas  (Bloomberg) Petrochemical earnings accounted for 75% of Exxon’s net income; Oil executives see future for chemicals beyond crude rout  —  Big Oil is suddenly Big Chemical.  For years, the business of turning gas and crude …

Oil Majors Worth More Adopting 2˚C Pathway, Independent Stress Test Finds
May 6, 2016 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(Carbon Tracker)  The upstream assets of the world’s seven largest privately owned listed oil and gas companies could collectively be worth $100 billion more if they aligned their investment plans with the 2˚C target, a …

Roiling the markets: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Oil Price Volatility and Prospects
May 4, 2016 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  With oil prices continued to roil markets, this deck on the oil price environment for 2016, presented by Raymond James senior vice-president Pavel Molchanov at the 2016 ABLC meeting, is …

$30 Oil Is Changing the World and Washington
April 27, 2016 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama, Julian Hattem and Devin Henry (The Hill)   …  The oil industry and its supporters in Congress still have a long wish list. The federal ethanol blending mandate continues to anger oil refiners, …

Ethanol Industry – Challenging Near-Term Conditions
April 11, 2016 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

(Seeking Alpha)  Ethanol producers are battling with narrowing margins and excess supply. The industry faces uncertain regulatory support and relatively mild near-term gasoline demand growth amid increasing supply. This suggests a challenging near-term outlook for the industry.

Despite …

$85 Crude Oil By Christmas – An Interview With Mike Rothman
April 11, 2016 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

by Nick Cunningham (OilPrice.com)  Global supply still exceeds demand, but there are solid signs that the overhang is finally starting to ease. Storage levels are high, but are expected to come down.
Where does that leave …

Exports Give U.S. Ethanol Producers an Outlet for Surplus
April 11, 2016 – 10:59 am | No Comment

(Omah.com/Bloomberg)  At the Plymouth Energy plant in the heart of the U.S. Corn Belt — where homegrown fuel from grain was supposed to ease American dependence on foreign oil — every drop of ethanol goes …

Oil and Gas Companies Stiff 29,000 Workers Out of $40 Million
April 11, 2016 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by  Alan Neuhauser (US News and World Report)  America’s fracking boom promised big paychecks, but thousands of workers were exploited, the Labor Department says. —  … Despite booming industry profits and record oil and gas output …

Grease Is the Word
April 7, 2016 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  In short, renewable fuels has reached a crisis of growth in the United States — years of expansion have halted, and everyone is entitled to ask why.  … Let’s look …