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Taming the Tasmanian Devil of Polymers: Lignin, the Orneriest, Roughest, Toughest, Most Un-cooperative and Abundant Natural Polymer Ever
July 13, 2018 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Lignin has developed into a sustainable and very satisfactory alternative to fossil fuels.
But applications have been needed. Firstly, applications that work, then applications that pay, then applications at scale. Let’s …

A First-of-a-Kind Algal-based College Certificate Program Sends Off Its First Graduates
June 27, 2018 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO)-funded Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC) is proud to announce its first graduates from the algal certificate program at Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, …

Gevo and Avfuel Enter into Renewable Jet Fuel Supply Agreement
June 22, 2018 – 10:52 am | No Comment

(GEVO/Globe Newswire)  First Long-Term Commercial Contract for Renewable Jet Fuel  —  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) announced today (June 21, 2018) that it has entered into a long-term agreement to supply its renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to Avfuel Corporation, …

Oxy Considering Carbon Capture Project
June 20, 2018 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle)  The Houston oil company Occidental Petroleum is studying a carbon capture project to deliver carbon dioxide to its oil fields in West Texas, the company announced Tuesday.
Engineers are expected to spend …

Fuel Delivery Services, a Specialty Carrier of Refined Petroleum Products in California, Switches to Neste MY Renewable Diesel
June 18, 2018 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

(Neste) Fuel Delivery Services, Inc. (FDS), a bulk transporter of refined petroleum products based in Stockton, CA, recently switched their Stockton based fleet of trucks to Neste MY Renewable Diesel™. FDS provides transportation services seven …

Ted Cruz Says Biofuel Policy Overhaul May Be Revived
June 12, 2018 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin Ag Connection)  A day after a tentative agreement to overhaul U.S. biofuel policy appeared to collapse amid farm-state concerns, EPA chief Scott Pruitt met to discuss the issue with the lead senator pushing for the …

Farm Bill Energy Programs Have Earned Bipartisan Support
May 24, 2018 – 9:46 pm | No Comment

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 efficiency. The programs are extremely …

E15 Year-Round: Mixed Messages from RFS, RINs Meeting
May 23, 2018 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Tom C. Doran (AgriNews Publications)  It was good news and bad news for corn growers and ethanol proponents after President Donald Trump met with legislators to discuss the Renewable Fuel Standard.
A White House meeting with Sens. …

Large U.S. Refiner Marathon Seeks Biofuel Hardship Waiver – Sources
May 23, 2018 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice  (Reuters/Daily Mail)  Marathon Petroleum Corp, the second-biggest refining company in the United States, has asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a hardship waiver exempting one of its facilities from …

EIA Data: E85 Usage by Federal Fleets More Than Doubled from 2010 to 2016
May 16, 2018 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)  A Renewable Fuels Association analysis of recently released Energy Information Administration (EIA) data shows that federally-regulated fleets more than doubled their usage of E85 (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline) and other flex …

Congressman Veasey Introduces Bipartisan Energy Research Legislation
May 15, 2018 – 9:07 pm | No Comment

(Office of Congressman Marc Veasey)  The Fossil Energy Research and Development Act would set the course for the next generation of climate change mitigation  —  Today, Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Science Committee’s Energy …

Parties to White House Biofuel Deal Disagree What’s Agreed
May 9, 2018 – 8:44 am | No Comment

by Jennifer A Dlouhy and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Tentative agreement struck during a White House negotiation; Refiners could benefit with biofuel exports allowed for quotas  —  A tentative deal on U.S. biofuel policy struck at the White House would allow year-round …

Update 2-White House Sets Meeting with Senators on Biofuels Next Week -Sources
May 3, 2018 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters/Successful Farming)  The Trump administration has invited a
group of U.S. senators to the White House early next week to discuss biofuels policy, the latest in a series of such meetings aimed at helping refiners cope …

Crappie Masters Tournament Stop in Texas Highlights Clean, Octane-Boosting Ethanol in Boats
April 11, 2018 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Greg Thompson (White Energy/Renewable Fuels Association)  This past weekend in Emory, Texas, about 75 miles from Dallas, fishermen and women from across the country descended upon Lake Fork for a stop on the Crappie Masters …

ASTM Sub-Committee Approves Additional Route to Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel and Increases Approved Blend Levels to 50%
April 3, 2018 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(GEVO/Globe Newswire) Next Step is for full ASTM Approval  —   Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO) announced today that late last week an ASTM International Sub-Committee voted in favor of revising specification D7566 (Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing …

Alchemy for Modern Times: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to CRI/GTI’s IH2 Process
March 30, 2018 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The IH2 process was developed by Gas Technology Institute (GTI) of Des Plaines, Illinois—a research, development, and training organization serving energy markets.  GTI experts invented, tested, and patented IH2 technology and are providing …

The MixAlco Process: Green Energy for the Future
March 20, 2018 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Matt McDowell (The Battalion)  Texas A&M professor’s green energy research is helping turn bio waste into useful chemicals and fuels.  — … The MixAlco process, a term originally coined by Mark Holtzapple, chemical engineering professor, …

California Here I Come: World Energy’s Audacious $72M Acquisition of AltAir and the Paramount Oil Refinery
March 20, 2018 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

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 and diesel producer AltAir Paramount, …

The Pentagon Is Quietly Moving forward on Biofuel Deals. Republicans Want to Stop It
March 13, 2018 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by Travis J. Tritten (Washington Examiner)  … (Former Navy Secretary Ray) Mabus’ vision is, however, quietly moving forward under the Trump administration. The Pentagon has authorized $140 million to help build two biofuel refineries in …

Pruitt Looks to Stamp out RIN “Hoarding,” Raises Possibility of Limits on Wall Street
March 13, 2018 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle)   EPA chief Scott Pruitt raised the idea Monday of limiting Wall Street’s ability to trade the government-issued credits for ethanol and other biofuels in an effort to aid oil refineries.

In a meeting …

Ethanol Plant Operators Say No to RIN Price Cap — Comments from Renewable Fuels Association Member Companies
March 9, 2018 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Another White House meeting has been scheduled for Monday, March 12, to continue discussions between oil refinery and biofuels interests over the price of Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs, which were created under …

DOE Doles out Millions for Natural Gas Engine Research
March 8, 2018 – 9:11 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $4 million to support three new cost-shared research projects focused on medium- and heavy-duty, on-road natural gas engines, as well as $3 million to support …

Letter: Don’t Be Misinformed about Renewable Fuel Standard by ‘Big Oil’
March 7, 2018 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Anngie Steinbarger (The Republic)  I was dismayed to read the Feb. 16 letter from Mark Brown and Travis DeFries, managers at Valero, who want U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., to help oil companies gut the market …

UPDATE 1-U.S. Refinery Workers Head to Washington to Urge Biofuels Reform
March 7, 2018 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  A delegation of workers from U.S. oil refining companies that oppose the nation’s biofuels policy will converge on Washington on Wednesday to lobby lawmakers to find a way to lessen the regulation’s …

Exxon Thinks It Can Create Biofuel From Algae At Massive Scale
March 7, 2018 – 9:48 am | No Comment

by Adele Peters (Fast Company)  The oil and gas giant says it could be making 10,000 barrels a day within a few years–a small drop in the amount of oil it produces, but a huge boost …

Ag Policy Blog: Government Confusion Over Ethanol Might Demand Growing Locally
March 6, 2018 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … So you have USDA saying ethanol demand has basically peaked. The Department of Energy is saying ethanol is really the only fuel that can provide the energy and …

Gevo Grants Musket Corporation Exclusive Right to Supply Isobutanol Gasoline Blends in Greater Houston Region
March 6, 2018 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

(Gevo/Globe Newswire)  Musket to Focus on Growing Customer and Retail Network  —  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO), announced today that it has strengthened its existing relationship with Musket Corporation, a national fuel distributor under the umbrella of the Love’s …

2018 Is the Year of Scientists Running for Congress
March 5, 2018 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Ben Guarino and Laurie McGinley (The Washington Post)  … “I absolutely feel that science is under attack,” (Joseph) Kopser said. “It’s the opposite of when John F. Kennedy said he wanted to get us to the …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
March 5, 2018 – 9:45 am | No Comment

As reported in a National Public Radio article, Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) about the 2018 mid-term elections: “He recently warned Houston-area Republicans, ‘The left is going to show up. They will crawl over broken glass …

White House Pushes for More Talks after ‘No Deal’ on Biofuels
February 27, 2018 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)   U.S. President Donald Trump has asked for more talks between representatives of the oil and corn industries after a meeting on Tuesday failed to yield an agreement on how to help …

Somethin’ from Just about Nothin’: The Digest 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Upgrading Biorefinery Waste Lignin into Bioplastics
February 23, 2018 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  You know what they say, “you can make anything you want from lignin except money.”  It’s the most challenging issues in biofuel production: upgrading the lignin-containing biorefineryresidues to fungible bioproducts, in an …

Icahn’s Biofuel Fight Lives On
February 23, 2018 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Bloomberg)  Ethanol industry and oil refiners both feel threatened; Biofuel mandate divides two states that voted for Trump  —  Top Trump administration officials are planning two summits to discuss possible changes to …

Ethanol Industry Speaks out against PES Anti-RFS Rally
February 21, 2018 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Feb. 21, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spoke at a rally against the Renewable Fuel Standard hosted by Philadelphia Energy Solutions Inc., a refiner that recently blamed the RFS and …

Refiner Goes Belly-up after Big Payouts to Carlyle Group
February 20, 2018 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw  (Reuters)  Throughout 2016 and 2017, a rail terminal built to accept crude oil for the largest East Coast refinery often sat idle, with few trains showing up to unload.
Although little oil flowed, plenty of …

U.S. Senator’s Biofuel Overhaul Faces Resistance
February 17, 2018 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  Texas Senator John Cornyn’s plan to overhaul U.S. biofuels policy faces resistance from the oil and ethanol sectors, reducing chances of a reboot to the controversial regulations, sources familiar with the matter said.
The …

API Urges EPA Not to Exempt Small Refiners from US Biofuel Mandate
February 15, 2018 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Gordon (Platts) The American Petroleum Institute has come out against a campaign by small refineries to avoid their obligations under the US biofuel mandate, according to a letter released Tuesday. 
More than two dozen refineries …

Jefferson Energy Terminal Makes Immediate Impact in the PADD 3 Ethanol Market
February 7, 2018 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Venhoff (Genscape)  The Jefferson Energy Terminal has hit the ground running since completing four large storage tanks in late 2017, capable of handling a total 550,000 barrels (bbls) of ethanol. The tanker “Bow Kiso” (IMO: …

Over 30 States Broke Blend Wall in 2016
February 5, 2018 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The latest data from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) shows that gasoline consumed in 30 states and the District of Columbia in 2016 contained more than 10 percent ethanol on average, breaking …

Refiner Bankruptcy Adds to Pressure to Overhaul Biofuel Program
February 1, 2018 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A Dlouhy and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Biofuel mandate overhaul mulled by Congress after bankruptcy; Unions and Pennsylvania politicians seek immediate action  —  The bankruptcy of Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC, the biggest refiner on the U.S. East Coast, has invigorated efforts …

Against the Odds
January 24, 2018 – 9:10 pm | No Comment

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

Cornyn’s Biofuels Bid
January 19, 2018 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Texas Republican John Cornyn is drawing up ideas for new legislation to overhaul the Renewable Fuel Standard, in a bid to end the stalemate between corn-state lawmakers and oily ones. “Cornyn’s office …

Top 20 Advanced Bioeconomy Projects underway in North America
January 19, 2018 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To date, North America is the most active of all regions in terms of deploying advanced technology — whether it is cellulosic ethanol, isobutanol for fuels and chemicals, or renewable chemical …

Study Suggests Biochar Could Significantly Improve Anaerobic Digester Performance
January 12, 2018 – 11:32 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  In a paper by Texas A&M scientists, biochar shows potential for increasing efficiency of the anaerobic digestion of animal manure.
Biochar is a charcoal material composed of agricultural by-products, including manure, crop residues and grasses. The substance …

Make Haste Slowly: The Story of Anellotech’s Journey towards a Bio-BTX Breakthrough
January 5, 2018 – 9:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In it, we are reminded that innovation is a never-ending war between two brothers named Urgency and Diligence — and the conflict comes roaring back to life when we consider the news that occasionally …

Affordable, Low-Capex GTL Is Here: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys
January 4, 2018 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels.
After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, Velocys …

Cruz Taps Texas Mistrust of Ethanol
January 3, 2018 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle)  Attack on federal biofuels mandate provides chance to appeal to base  —  … But for the junior senator, facing re-election this year as Democrats show new swagger in the age of Trump, ethanol …

Cruz Proposal Could Harm Corn Ethanol, Analysis Finds
December 26, 2017 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN/KTIC)  Capping the price of biofuel credits at 10 cents would essentially eliminate the Renewable Fuel Standard mandate for biodiesel and possibly hurt corn-based ethanol, according to an analysis by farmdoc at the …

U.S. Midwest Lawmakers Will Consider Biofuel Changes to Help Refiners
December 14, 2017 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw  (Reuters) U.S. lawmakers from states that produce corn for ethanol plants said on Wednesday they would consider proposals from Senator Ted Cruz of Texas to help the oil refining industry cope with the nation’s …

Renewable Fuel Standards Have Some ‘Leaks’ We Need to Fill
December 5, 2017 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Andrew F. Quinlan ( Center for Freedom and Prosperity/The Hill)  … A refiner must earn RIN credits to meet its annual obligation by selling enough gallons of biofuel or by purchasing them — the credits, not the …

RFA Slams Texas Governor for Requesting RFS Waiver
December 5, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, in a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) asked the agency to waive Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for …

Take a Pass?
December 4, 2017 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) Ahead of a Thursday meeting between Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz and other senior officials about biofuels policy, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott formally asked for a Renewable Fuel Standard waiver from …

Algae Foundation Gears up Coursework
December 4, 2017 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Mark R. Edwards (Algae Industry Magazine)  t the recent Algae Biomass Summit in Salt Lake City Algae Foundation President Ira Levine shared this year’s advancements in algal-based education for K-14 and beyond. The past year …

A New Study Offers Further Proof That North Texas Earthquakes Are Drilling- and Fracking-Related
December 1, 2017 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Dan Solomon (Texas Monthly)  In January 2015, there were a dozen little earthquakes in the Dallas–Fort Worth area in less than 48 hours. They weren’t the first, or the last, that would strike the region, …

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Pioneer in Biomethane Fleet
November 30, 2017 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal)  Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport awarded Clean Energy a renewable natural gas fueling contract for the airport’s vehicle fleet. The contract calls for Clean Energy to provide the airport with its Redeem™ brand …

Renewable Diesel Maker Neste Lines Up Four Calif. Distributors
November 28, 2017 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Joseph Bebon (NGT News)  Houston-based Neste US Inc. has announced exclusive partnerships with four fuel distributors in California to provide public and private fleets access to Neste MY Renewable Diesel.
The distribution partners include IPC (USA) Inc., Ramos Oil …

$2.25 Per Gallon Biohydrocarbon Fuels, Unsubsidized? Biozin Licenses IH2 Technology — Heads for Commercial-Scale in Norway
November 16, 2017 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Texas, CRI/Criterion Catalyst Company has awarded an FEL-2 license agreement for the IH2 technology which converts biomass to liquid transportation fuels, to Biozin Holding.
The Front End Loading (FEL-2) package will be completed …

DFW Airport Signs Up for Renewable Natural Gas
November 16, 2017 – 10:31 am | No Comment

by Joseph Bebon (NGT News)  During the Airports Going Green 2017 conference, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced that event host Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport awarded Clean Energy a renewable natural gas (RNG) fueling contract for the …

Discovery Channel Documentary Spotlights Biodiesel
November 10, 2017 – 10:55 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  HOT GREASE Debuts On-Air Next Week  —  They’ve been following us around for almost two years. Now, finally, the story of biodiesel will be shared with a large, national audience as Discovery’s HOT GREASE makes its …

Report from EUBCE 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden
November 9, 2017 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Maija Sihvonen* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Participants from over 70 countries gathered at Stockholm’s Älvsjömässan for the annual European Biomass Conference, EUBCE 2017 in June 12-15. In the field of advanced biofuels two years is …

Tire Trash-to-Cash in the Aussie Outback
November 9, 2017 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … There are no tires in Nevertire because Green Distillation Technologies, some 20 clicks up the road in Warren, is operating its Destructive Distillation technology at pilot scale and is recycling used tires into …

Beta Renewables in Cellulosic Ethanol Crisis, as Grupo M&G Parent Files for Restructuring
October 31, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “Italian newspapers reported over the weekend that cellulosic ethanol developer Mossi & Ghisolfi shuts down this week,” reported a source from Europe. “227 people of whom 121 from the Crescentino ethanol …

U.S. Department of Energy Awards University of New England $1,321,039 to Develop New Technologies for Seaweed Production
October 18, 2017 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(University of New England)  The United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the University of New England was awarded a three-year, nationally competitive research grant for $1,321,039 from DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). …

Ethanol Has Replaced Oil Trains as Hidden Safety Risk in N.J.
October 17, 2017 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Curtis Tate (NorthJersey.com)  … The flammable biofuel is transported in trains that look virtually identical to the oil trains that have attracted so much attention, and controversy, in the country’s energy boom of the past decade.
But …

Houston Companies Join High-Octane Battle over Fuel in Mexico
October 13, 2017 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle)  At a Rice University forum last year, Mexican Energy Secretary Pedro Joaquin Coldwell was asked whether his government would allow refiners to increase the concentrations of ethanol in gasoline beyond the …

Bioreactors on a Chip Renew Promises for Algal Biofuels
October 4, 2017 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Alexa M. Schmitz (Cornell University/Biomass Magazine)  … This week, researchers from the Cornell-affiliated Boyce Thompson Institute and Texas A&M University report in Plant Direct exciting new technology that may revolutionize the search for the perfect algal strain: algal droplet …

Ethanol Industry Ideal Carbon Source for Advanced Oil Recovery
October 3, 2017 – 9:39 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Occidental Petroleum Corp. injects about 1 billion cubic feet per day of carbon dioxide into oil reservoirs for enhanced oil recovery (EOR), said Daniel Keiser, the company’s manager of commercial …

Virgin Australia Is Going to Experiment with Biofuels on Flights out of Brisbane
October 3, 2017 – 9:25 pm | No Comment

by Simon Thomsen (Business Insider)  Virgin Australia will run a two-year trial mixing biojet fuels with regular avgas on flights out of Brisbane in a move the challenger airline is claiming as a world first.
US-based renewable …

Yelp! 18 Kelp Wheps Get $22M in ARPA-E Help
September 21, 2017 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

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 that comprise ARPA-E’s Macroalgae Research Inspiring …

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces Integrated Biorefinery Optimization Projects
September 21, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today (September 20, 2017), U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) has selected eight projects to negotiate for up to $15 million in total DOE funding to …

Energy Department Announces $13.4 Million Investment in Community-based Advanced Transportation Projects
August 23, 2017 – 10:22 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today (August 22, 2017), the Energy Department (DOE) announced $13.4 million in support of five new cost-shared, community-based projects focused on energy efficient mobility systems including connected and autonomous vehicles and …

Solar Plants Take Root on Farms
August 22, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jeremy Deaton (Nexus Media) … Many are leasing their fields to solar developers in need of flat land clear of trees and other obstructions. This practice has become so popular that the Solar Energy Industries Association published …

NATO-Funded Serbian-Led Project Developing Biofuel from Algae
August 18, 2017 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress/ NATO)  Eight Serbian scientists are leading a research project to develop the commercial production of biofuel from algae. The project is supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme …

Special Report: How Engineers Are Preparing for Sea-Level Rise
August 11, 2017 – 11:53 am | No Comment

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 editors and reporters look at …

Wednesday Letters: Biofuels, Abortion–Fair markets
August 9, 2017 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Houston Chronicle)  Regarding “Reporter’s notebook: Do we still need advanced biofuels?” (chron.com, Monday), the article misunderstands the iterative nature of innovation and technology development.
Disruptive, game-changing technologies don’t simply appear overnight …

Published Study Identifies When Hundreds of Coastal Communities Will Face Inundation, Possible Retreat
July 12, 2017 – 11:03 pm | No Comment

(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 climate change, and the number …

Trump’s Pitch for U.S. ‘Energy Dominance’ Is Dominated by Misleading Claims
June 29, 2017 – 8:20 pm | No Comment

by  Steven Mufson and Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  The White House has branded this week “energy week,” rolling out a buzzword, “dominance,” and replaying lines from last year’s Trump campaign in an effort to …

Tasty Energy Treats You Can Make From Brownies
June 28, 2017 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Terpenes may be the most unloved class of energy molecule of all time, if you compare R&D spending to potential. Even ARPA-E, the home of high-risk, high-reward government research into energy, …

California LCFS Guides Advanced Biofuels Industry
June 27, 2017 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Heather Zhang (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Carbon credit prices recover and multiple new pathways are certified as the state’s program gets back on track.  —  California’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions from the transport sector …

Taking Stock of Texas Shale
June 19, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas is today releasing a report examining the environmental and community impacts of shale production in that state. Key findings: Texas …

Ethanol By-Product Can Be Used as Dietary Supplement for Cattle
June 15, 2017 – 11:36 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  … The new research found that as the seasons progress, cattle find it increasingly difficult to digest a type of Bermuda grass – Tifton 85. However, the scientists also found that by supplementing the …

DTE Biomass Acquires RNG Facilities to Fuel Texas Transit Buses
June 5, 2017 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  DTE Biomass Energy, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based subsidiary of DTE Energy, says it has acquired two landfill gas-to-energy projects in Texas, which will generate enough renewable natural gas (RNG) to fuel more …

Responding to Trump: The New Economies of Pittsburgh…and Paris and Paris and Paris
June 5, 2017 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Where Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto joined the mayors of more than 175 cities in a rebel yell that has been heard nationwide since President Trump pulled out of the Paris …

Anellotech Confidential: Pilot Running, New Mystery Investor as Catpyro Begins to Scale
May 31, 2017 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  Anellotech’s Bio-TCat process is designed to produce cost-competitive renewable aromatic (BTX) chemicals (benzene, toluene and xylenes) from non-food biomass for use in making plastics such as polyester, nylon, polycarbonate, …

Algae at Scale: Qualitas Health Triples Algae Farm Acreage for Omega-3 Now, Protein Soon
May 30, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Think beyond nanotechnology. It’s Nanno Technology, as Qualitas’ nannochloropsis strain gets deployed in New Mexico at the old Green Crude Farm (now Green Stream Farms), as well as in Texas.
In …

U.S. Researchers Find Better Way to Split Hydrogen from Water
May 25, 2017 – 11:12 am | No Comment

(CleanTech Canada)  In a discovery that could help jump-start the hydrogen economy, a team of physicists at the University of Houston have found a catalyst that can divide water using low-cost materials  —  Hydrogen gas …

Mountains of Waste Could Lead to New U.S. Manufacturing, Jobs
May 18, 2017 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Kathleen Phillips (AgriLife Today)  Waste material from the paper and pulp industry soon could be made into anything from tennis rackets to cars.
“We have overcome one of the industry’s most challenging issues by discovering how …

Houston Firm Proposes $500 Million Biofuel Refinery in Longview
May 10, 2017 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Marissa Luck (The Daily News)  A Houston-based group of investors is once again looking to develop a biofuel refinery in Cowlitz County, more than a year after their plans for oil, propane and biofuel …

Genome Sequence of Fuel-Producing Alga Announced
April 28, 2017 – 7:40 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  The genome of the fuel-producing green microalga Botryococcus braunii has been sequenced by a team of researchers led by a group at Texas A&M AgriLife Research.
The report, in Genome Announcements, comes after almost seven …

Ethanol and Earth Day
April 24, 2017 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Ethanol has a seat on the ground at one of the largest Earth Day events in the country this weekend – Earth Day Texas, which last year hosted over 130,000 attendees, …

The Imports Cometh
April 5, 2017 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

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 seek counteracting measures to protect …

QuikTrip to Begin Selling E15 Fuel
April 3, 2017 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(Convenience Store News)  Blend coming to 44 Dallas-Fort Worth area c-stores.  —  QuikTrip Corp. will begin offering E15 fuel at 44 of its convenience stores in the Dallas-Forth Worth Metro area.
E15 was approved by the …

8 Biodiesel, 4 Renewable Diesel LCFS Pathways Certified in March
March 29, 2017 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  California Air Resources Board recently released a set of carbon intensity (CI) pathways for fuels certified under the readopted low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) using the CA-GREET 2.0 model. Eighteen …

Vopak Americas Awards Matrix Service EPC of Brownfield Expansion Project at Deer Park, Texas Terminal
March 23, 2017 – 11:22 am | No Comment

(Vopak Americas/Globe Newswire)  Matrix Service Company (Nasdaq:MTRX) announced today that its subsidiary, Matrix Service Inc. has been awarded the engineering, fabrication, procurement, and construction of 10 new tanks and associated balance of plant work by …

Battle Brewing over Ethanol Program Post 2022
March 7, 2017 – 8:53 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan H. Harsch (Agri-Pulse)  Ethanol already supplies over 10 percent of the U.S. gasoline market and the fuel’s share is growing. Yet Congressman Bill Flores, who wants to see ethanol capped at 9.7 percent of the …

AY-YI YI-YA AAAY, Gevo Just Can’t Stop Dancin’
February 16, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But there’s something so cool in that technology that we can’t take our eyes off the company and its progress, even though looking at the balance sheet can feel like watching …

The United States of Oil and Gas
February 15, 2017 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Tim Meko and Laris Karklis (The Washington Post)  There are more than 900,000 active oil and gas wells in the United States, and more than 130,000 have been drilled since 2010, according to Drillinginfo, a …

Waste to Fuels Viability: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys Economics
February 8, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels.
After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, …

A 20-Year-Old Startup
January 23, 2017 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

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 breakthrough year for the biodiesel industry, and …

BIOX Announces Commissioning of 90 Million USG Biodiesel Production Facility in Houston
January 18, 2017 – 11:06 am | No Comment

(BIOX/NewsWire Canada)  BIOX Corporation (“BIOX” or the “Company”) (TSX: BX), a renewable energy company that owns and operates biodiesel production facilities, today announced that World Energy BIOX Biofuels LLC (WEBB), a 50/50 joint venture between …

Replacing Diesel: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels
January 2, 2017 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oberon Fuels is facilitating the growth of the DME transportation industry by converting biogas and other hydrocarbon rich waste streams to higher valued commodities such as DME. Using its proprietary …

Iowa State to Manage Biorefinery Projects for New Manufacturing USA Institute
December 27, 2016 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(Iowa State University)  Iowa State University will bring its expertise in biorenewable technologies and pilot plant operations to the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute.
The recently announced advanced manufacturing institute is dedicated to improving the productivity …

BioJet Fuel, Water and Food – Turf Feeding Systems Is Changing the Yucatan with a New Project
December 14, 2016 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

(Turf Feeding Systems/PR Web)  Turf Feeding Systems, a Houston company, is starting a new project and is contracted to design, build and manage the agriculture for a special BioJet fuel project in the Yucatan region …

Switchgrass May Be a Good Option for Farmers Who Have Lost Fertile Topsoil
December 14, 2016 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

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

Trump Taps Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to Head Energy Department He Once Vowed to Abolish
December 13, 2016 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  President-elect Donald Trump has picked Rick Perry to head the Energy Department, said two people familiar with the decision, seeking to put the former Texas governor in …

We Really Do Mean “Drop-in”: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo
December 12, 2016 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon alcohol which serves as a hydrocarbon platform molecule. …

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong. Part 5, The Collapse
November 25, 2016 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In 2011, KiOR raised $150 million in its June IPO, claiming that it was generating yields of 67 gallons per ton in its Demo unit operations. But it was miles …

Gevo Enters On-Road Automobile Gasoline Market in Houston
November 14, 2016 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(GEVO)  Expands on Previously Announced Partnership with Musket Corporation  —  Gevo, Inc.(NASDAQ:GEVO), announced today that gasoline blended with its isobutanol and marketed for use in automobiles has begun to be sold in the Houston area. …

RaceTrac Stores Begin Offering E15 Fuel
October 13, 2016 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Convenience Store News)  More than 100 Southern stores to add the renewable product soon. — RaceTrac will expand its fuel offering this year with the debut of E15 fuel at its convenience stores throughout the …

Gevo Produces First Cellulosic Renewable Jet Fuel Specified for Use on Commercial Airline Flights–Alaska Airlines to Fly First Commercial Flight with Cellulosic Renewable Jet Fuel in ‘Next Few Months’
October 12, 2016 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

(Gevo/Globe Newswire)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO), announced today that it has completed production of the world’s first cellulosic renewable jet fuel that is specified for commercial flights.  Gevo successfully adapted its patented technologies to convert cellulosic …

American Airlines Hires Ocean Park to Assist With Renewable Jet Fuel Evaluation
October 3, 2016 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

(American Airlines)  American Airlines announced today that it has retained Ocean Park, a boutique investment bank with expertise in the renewable fuels industry, to assist with evaluating alternative jet fuels and identifying the most promising …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Valero, Volvo
September 30, 2016 – 5:51 pm | 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, …

SEC Charges Alternative Fuels Company and Former Executive for Key Omissions Regarding Technology
September 29, 2016 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission)  On September 26, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Texas-based Mard, Inc., formerly known as KiOR, Inc., (“KiOR”), and its former CEO and President Fred Cannon for failing to …

Gas Station Owner Says Don’t Confuse Non-Ethanol Fuel for Price Gouging
September 22, 2016 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Patrick Thomas (ABC33/40)   …   ABC 33/40 followed up on a complaint from an ABC 33/40 viewer about price gouging in Odenville in St. Clair County.

He learned the gas station owner sells non-ethanol gas, …

Inexpensive Semiconducting Organic Polymers Can Harvest Sunlight to Split Carbon Dioxide into Alcohol Fuels
September 21, 2016 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Louisa Kellie  (Phys.Org)  Chemists at The University of Texas at Arlington have been the first to demonstrate that an organic semiconductor polymer called polyaniline is a promising photocathode material for the conversion of carbon …

Editorial: Ethanol Is Beneficial but Still Needs Oversight
September 19, 2016 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

(Beaumont Enterprise)  In a region that was built by oil refining, it’s a tough thing to wrap your mind around: Ethanol is cheaper than gasoline and boosts fuel octane, thus helping engines perform better. And …

Ominous Dead Zone Grows in Gulf of Mexico
September 19, 2016 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by David Sikes (Corpus Christie Caller-Times)  … Government and independent scientists believe the main cause is a chain reaction stemming from nutrient runoff from the watershed of the Mississippi River and its tributaries, which drains 31 …

The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Precision Hawk
September 19, 2016 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) for agricultural uses.  What can you use Aerial Data Analysis for? Says Precision Hawk’s Ally Ferguson, quite a lot. Crop health indices, Plant height, Canopy cover, …

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong. Part 4, the Year of Living Disingenuously
September 19, 2016 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But so far, the company and its celebrity investors and directors such as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and famed venture capitalist Vinod Khosla had escaped close scrutiny.

The methods …

Duonix Beatrice Begins Commercial-Scale Biodiesel Production Using Innovative ENSEL Technology
September 14, 2016 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

(Business Wire/Flint Hills Resources)  First-of-its-kind plant capable of producing high-quality, cost-competitive biodiesel from a multitude of advantaged, non-edible feedstocks  —  Flint Hills Resources and Benefuel® Inc. announced today the startup of the Duonix Beatrice biodiesel …

Commentary: Are Presidential Hopefuls Ignoring Real Issues of Renewable Fuels?
September 13, 2016 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Jacqueline Campos (Fuel Fix/Opportune)  … When it comes to this year’s election, renewable fuels continue to be well-supported, but policy mandating the use of those renewable fuels in gasoline remains to be seen.

The dilemma is that …

The High-Flown Fantasy of Aviation Biofuels
September 12, 2016 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Almuth Ernsting (Biofuelwatch/The Biomass Monitor)  …  As far as Branson and his airline, Virgin Atlantic, were concerned, the flight was indeed no more than a stunt: The “biofuel test flight” burned 95% ordinary kerosene and …

How to Sell E15 by Any Other Name
September 8, 2016 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by  Samantha Oller (CSP Daily News)  Have I got a fuel for you!  It is higher octane than E10, giving you greater bang for your buck. It features even more  environmentally friendly, domestically produced ethanol. …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to ExxonMobil in the Advanced Bioeconomy
September 6, 2016 – 4:46 pm | 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 …

As Sea Levels Rise, 1.9 Million U.S. Homes Could Be Underwater By 2100
September 5, 2016 – 10:57 pm | No Comment

by Brady Dennis (The Washington Post)  The real estate data firm Zillow recently published a research analysis that estimated rising sea levels could leave nearly 2 million U.S. homes inundated by 2100, a fate that …

Chicago Park District Touts Its Biodiesel-Powered Vehicle Program
September 1, 2016 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (Next Gen Transportation News)  The Chicago Park District says its environmentally friendly biodiesel program has continued to pay off, and consequently, will showcase the program at a Fleet Education Seminar hosted by …

Ethanol Credit Spike Divides Gas Stations
August 24, 2016 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by James Osborne (FuelFix)  Now gas station owners say they, too, are losing out after the price of RINs –  the credits which refineries must have to prove there is ethanol and other biofuels in …

Creating Value from Landfill Gas
August 22, 2016 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Terry Mazanec (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … The US EPA estimates that 250 million tons of municipal solid wastes are sent to landfills each year. These materials have a wide range of chemicals in them, including …

Gevo Heads out to Sea: A Clever Escape into Marine Biofuels, or a Watery Grave ahead?
August 11, 2016 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Gevo says: We’re staking our near-term prospects on marine biofuels.  Investors hear: We’re underwater.
Gevo says: Timing delay in our isobutanol gallonage, took longer to get the fixes implemented, we’ll make …

As Price of Biofuel Credits Spike, Refiners Suspect Market Manipulation
August 8, 2016 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle)  Earlier this year Jack Lipinski, chief executive of the Sugar Land refiner CVR Energy, flew to Washington to plead his case to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. His problem: the …

We Band of Brothers: Crisp, CRISPR, Crispin’s Day and the Democratization of Crop R&D
August 3, 2016 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  The nature of collaboration across the advanced bioeconomy is shifting dramatically – and we are seeing the democratization of R&D.  …   The CRISPR revolution
As Dan Watkins of DFJ’s Mercury …

Mexican #Ethanol Producers Consider Sorghum as Feedstock
August 2, 2016 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  A contingency of ethanol producers from Mexico recently visited the U.S. to look at the option of sorghum as an ethanol feedstock as the country’s industry continues to grow following the …

Valero Says RFS Compliance Costs Are Soaring; Renewable Industry Snaps Back “Poor Capacity Planning”
August 1, 2016 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Texas, Reuters is reporting that “Valero Energy expects to get hit with a half-billion-dollar bill in the second half of the year” and the news agency attributed the costs …

Energy Department Grants $2.5M for Biorefinery Waste Use, Renewable Bioproduct Study
July 21, 2016 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

by Kathleen Phillips (AgriLife Today) The U.S. Department of Energy has granted $2.5 million for a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study to find ways to use biorefinery waste to make new, marketable products.
“In the biorefinery field, …

Algae Production, Efficient and Consistent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Algae Innovations
July 19, 2016 – 9:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Global Algae Innovations designs innovative technology to make algae production more efficient and consistent.  This week, the DOE made a major award to a group led by GAI, including the University of …

Energy Department Announces $15 Million to Advance Algae-based Biofuels and Bioproducts
July 19, 2016 – 9:13 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today announced up to $15 million for three projects aimed at reducing the production costs of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts through improvements in algal biomass yields. These projects …

Magellan Midstream to Build $335M Marine Terminal in Houston Ship Channel
July 18, 2016 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Sibyl Layag (SNL)  Magellan Midstream Partners LP said it plans to build a marine terminal for refined petroleum products along the Houston Ship Channel in Pasadena, Texas.  …   The project, supported by long-term contracts, would …

Convert Fermentation Waste to Advanced Ethanol: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Ebio’s Alcoli Process
July 8, 2016 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s a major opportunity with thin stillage? Ebio says it can deliver “20% Increased Efficiency, 20% Advanced Ethanol, Payback in 5 months, based on any feedstock, and offering D5 Advanced biofuels” — all …

Advance Australia Air: Byogy Steps up in Australia in Drive for Low-Carbon Jet Fuels
July 5, 2016 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Australia comes the news that the country’s former Federal Resources and Energy Minister, Martin Ferguson, is now the chairman of the advisory board for Byogy Renewables, the California-based alcohol-to-jet …

Green Plains Plans Ethanol Export Terminal as Expansion Continues
June 15, 2016 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Green Plains Inc said on Tuesday it plans to build and operate its first export-import fuels terminal in Beaumont, Texas, the latest in a string of expansion moves by the country’s …

EPA Honors CB&I with Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award
June 14, 2016 – 11:20 am | No Comment

(CB&I/PR Newswire)   CB&I (NYSE: CBI) today announced it has been awarded the 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its AlkyClean® process technology, a solid acid catalyst alkylation technology …

Homegrown: A Closer Look into the Life of America’s Farmers and Ranchers
June 13, 2016 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(U.S. House Committee on Agriculture)  … (T)he House Agriculture Committee debuted a new blog, Homegrown, to chronicle daily life of American farmers and ranchers from the perspective of producers. The gap between urban and rural …

Methane Emissions Are Extremely Harmful, and the Government Might Not Know How Much There Is.
June 13, 2016 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Darryl Fears (The Washington Post)  Now, after the growth of a natural gas production operation commonly known as fracking, the United States is producing more methane emissions than any country in the world. And …

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 …

Alaska Airlines Pioneers Use of Corn-Based Biofuel on Two Jet Flights
June 8, 2016 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

(Q13Fox.com)  Alaska airlines made aviation history today, when it flew two planes partially fueled by “biofuel” made from fermented corn. The airline fueled up two jets at Sea-Tac Airport. One headed south, to San Francisco, the other …

Renewable Jet Fuel, Competitive Cost, at Scale: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to AltAir
May 20, 2016 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In March, United Airlines made history by becoming the first U.S. airline to begin use of commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation biofuel for regularly scheduled flights with the departure of United Flight …

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong– Parts 1 and 2
May 18, 2016 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels DIgest)  … Old KiOR was exciting, dramatic, and fast, and the headlines it produced between 2008 and 2011 were candy for a renewables-hungry world.
A Breakthrough in Catalytic Pyrolysis to make cost-competitive, drop-in …

Baseball, the Trade Deadline, and the Industrial Bioeconomy
May 17, 2016 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Some teams are sellers. They reduce costs, go lean, and hunker down in a case of “wait’ll next year”.
In industrial biotechnology, the calendar tells us it’s May but it might …

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 …

This Mystery Was Solved: Scientists Say Chemicals from Fracking Wastewater Can Taint Fresh Water Nearby
May 12, 2016 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Darryl Fears (The Washington Post)  But a study by the U.S. Geological Survey appears to have answered a critical question about the millions of gallons of chemical-laced water that are injected into the wells to …

DOE-Funded Bioenergy Research Centers File 500th Invention Disclosure
May 11, 2016 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Krista Eastman (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center) Three U.S. Department of Energy-funded research centers – the BioEnergy Science Center (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (University of Wisconsin–Madison and Michigan State …