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July 23, 2014

DOT proposes new standards for ethanol, crude oil rail shipments

BY Erin VoegeleOn July 23, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration released proposed rulemaking that aims to improve the safety of rail transportation of flammable materials, particularly crude oil and ethanol. READ MORE

July 23, 2014

Montanans turn barley into high-value feed, ethanol

BY Susanne Retka SchillMontana Microbial and the USDA Agricultural Research Service are developing an enzymatic treatment for barley that produces a high-value protein concentrate, describing ethanol as the process coproduct. READ MORE

July 23, 2014

Aemetis announces $3 million CEC grant for sorghum project

BY Aemetis Inc. Aemetis Inc. has announced that the company received a $3 million matching grant award from the California Energy Commission Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program to support a sorghum ethanol project. READ MORE

July 22, 2014

Bill would benefit manufacturers of alternatively fueled vehicles

BY Erin VoegeleLegislation recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would provide automakers an option to reduce their corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards by warranting at least half the vehicles they manufacture for alternative fuels. READ MORE

July 22, 2014

Analysis shows U.S. ethanol is lowest cost fuel, octane source

BY Renewable Fuels Association Ethanol produced in the United States has been the most economically competitive motor fuel in the world over the past four years and has played an important role in reducing consumer fuel costs, according to a new analysis. READ MORE

July 22, 2014

DOE opens funding opportunity for alternative fuel vehicles

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will award up to $4.5 million in funding to expand the use of alternative fuels through the Clean Cities program, which works to decrease the use of petroleum in transportation. READ MORE

July 21, 2014

2014 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo agenda released

BY BBI International The agenda for the 2015 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo has been released. The Oct. 13-14 event, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, will focus on next-generation biofuels technology integration opportunities for existing biofuel plants. READ MORE

July 21, 2014

UCS report highlights bioenergy potential of agriculture residues

BY Erin VoegeleA Union of Concerned Scientists report estimates the U.S. agricultural industry could sustainably provide up to 155 million tons of crop residues and 60 million tons of manure annually by 2030 for use as feedstock to produce fuels and electricity. READ MORE

July 18, 2014

Legislation would require country-of-origin labeling for fuels

BY Erin VoegeleRep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, has introduced legislation that would require fuel suppliers to disclose country-of-origin information for transportation fuels. The bill, titled the "Country of Origin Labeling for Fuels Act," was introduced July 16. READ MORE

July 18, 2014

OECD-FAO outlook report predicts growth in ethanol production

BY Erin VoegeleThe Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations predict that global biofuel consumption and production will increase significantly through 2023. READ MORE

July 18, 2014

'Microbe sniffer' could point the way to advanced biorefining

BY University of British Columbia A biosensor invented at the University of British Columbia could help optimize biorefining processes that produce fuels and chemicals by sniffing out naturally occurring bacterial networks that are genetically wired to break down wood polymer. READ MORE

July 17, 2014

Cummins gets 50-85% GHG reduction with new E85 optimized engine

BY Susanne Retka SchillCummins Inc. announced the development of an E85 optimized engine and powertrain that reduces greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by as much as 50 to 80 percent when compared with a baseline gasoline-powered medium-duty truck. READ MORE

July 17, 2014

USDA, DOE funding supports bioenergy feedstock development

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA and U.S. Department of Energy have awarded $12.6 million in funding to 10 projects with the goal of accelerating genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of biofuels, biopower and biobased products. READ MORE

July 17, 2014

Bioenergy education program comes to SFSC this fall

BY South Florida State College Beginning this fall, South Florida State College will offer a Bioenergy Education Program to provide students with a foundation of environmental sciences and renewable energy. The program will focus on preparing students for technician positions. READ MORE

July 16, 2014

UNICA reports increased ethanol production, lower export sales

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released a new harvest update, reporting that the south-central region of Brazil produced 1.89 billion liters (499.29 million gallons) of ethanol during the second half of June. READ MORE

July 16, 2014

Edeniq, Global Bio-chem to develop industrial sugar technology

BY Edeniq Inc. Edeniq Inc. has signed a letter of intent with Global Bio-chem Technology Group Co. Ltd. to develop and commercialize processes to convert corn stover to industrial sugars for use in the production of chemicals, fuels, and other biobased products. READ MORE

July 16, 2014

Viaspace enters collaboration with University of California

BY Katie FletcherViaspace recently announced that the company has entered into a research collaboration with the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Division. The collaboration will further research on Giant King Grass. READ MORE

July 15, 2014

Ceres reports Q3 results, provides update on operations in Brazil

BY Erin VoegeleCeres Inc. has released its fiscal third quarter 2014 financial results, reporting revenue of $800,000 for the three months ended May 31. The company also announced progress with its sorghum evaluations in Brazil. READ MORE

July 15, 2014

Penn State offers graduate certificate in renewable energy

BY Susanne Retka SchillBioenergy professionals interested in getting certified or earning a master's degree might want to check out Penn State's program in renewable energy and sustainability systems. The university recently added a bioenergy graduate certificate program. READ MORE

July 15, 2014

RFA: Ethanol safety seminars coming to Oklahoma, Missouri

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association will host six free Ethanol Safety Seminars this month across Oklahoma and Missouri. Oklahoma seminars are scheduled for July 21, 22, 24 and 25, while Missouri seminars are scheduled for July 22 and 24. READ MORE

July 14, 2014

$5 million waste biomass processing plant planned in Michigan

BY Anna Simet BioCycle plans to make use of agricultural scrap and waste materials and other biomass sources as manufacturing precursors, via a $5 million bioprocessing facility that is currently in final financing stages. READ MORE

July 14, 2014

Mascoma confirms strategy shift, outlines plans for technology

BY Holly JessenAlthough a recent court ruling could allow Mascoma Corp.'s Frontier Renewable Resources LLC project to move forward, that project is unlikely to break ground. Rather, Mascoma is now focused on deploying its consolidated bioprocessing technology. READ MORE

July 11, 2014

Big corn crop expected, the question being how big?

BY Susanne Retka SchillGreat growing conditions have the industry speculating on just how big the corn crop will be. USDA's July 11 supply/demand report pegs the 2014 corn crop at 13.86 billion bushels, 65 million bushels below last year's record. READ MORE

July 11, 2014

USGC China DDGS situation update: Impacts in other markets

BY U.S. Grains Council China's new inspection and permit regime for U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) has created increased interest for DDGS in other markets around the world. Among the first to seize the opportunity was Taiwan. READ MORE

July 11, 2014

ITA accepting nominations for export advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleThe International Trade Administration recently published a notice in the Federal Register announcing it is reestablishing the renewable energy and energy efficiency advisory committee and accepting nominations for its membership. READ MORE

July 23, 2014

Opinion: Ethanol, A Global Commodity

BY Mike BryanWhile the oil industry works very effectively on an international level the ethanol industry could use improvement in this area, particularly in terms of trade, writes Mike Bryan of BBI International. READ MORE

July 21, 2014

Opinion: Leading the Way in Motorcycle Education

BY Bob DinneenThe Renewable Fuels Association will once again have a presence at Sturgis, writes Bob Dinneen of RFA. The rally, which includes ""Free Fuel Happy Hours," is a unique chance to reach out to half a million bikers. READ MORE

July 17, 2014

Opinion: Higher Blends Best For America’s Energy Future

BY Tom BuisBig Oil is living in an alternate reality, blaming the renewable fuels industry for damaging the environment and receiving federal tax subsidies, writes Tom Buis of Growth Energy. The real reason for the misinformation is the fight for market share. READ MORE

July 15, 2014

Opinion: What’s 1.67 Trillion Divided By 53?

BY Ron LambertyRon Lamberty of the American Coalition for Ethanol outlines some very large numbers from BP's Statistical Review of World Energy. The number 53, in particular, caught his attention because it's the number of years the oil on planet earth will last. READ MORE

July 11, 2014

Opinion: Champion Time

BY Robert VierhoutThe European biofuels industry is in need of a champion or champions to defend the industry, writes Robert Vierhout. As almost half of the elected members of parliament are new, it's a good time to reset the discussion on biofuels. READ MORE

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