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The latest alternative fuel news from our biodiesel, biofuel, and ethanol fuel news sources.

Apr 02, 2015

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More Gevolution

Apr 2, 2015: The results from Gevo’s 4th quarter are in, and a worth a look-see, not only for fans of isobutanol and its prospects. Also for a look at how this member of the 2010-12 IPO group of companies is crossing the multiple Valleys of Death that have arrayed before it. In the fourth quarter of 2014, […]…

Inbicon: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Apr 2, 2015: Inbicon’s technology produces cellulosic ethanol or renewable chemicals from wheat straw via enzymatic hydrolysis, with co-products including renewable power. In a typical Inbicon project, 1200 metric tons per day will be converted into 20 million gallons a year of The New Ethanol; 180,000 MT/year of clean lignin, used to produce green electricity; and 185,500 MT/year […]…

UK study shows UCO biodiesel has well-to-wheel GHG savings of 84%

Apr 1, 2015: In the UK, a study commissioned by Convert2Green (C2G), an energy-from-waste group funded by the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles and Innovate UK, says that used cooking oil-based biodiesel can account for tank to wheel GHG savings of 86%, well-to-wheel GHG savings of 84% and a substitution rate of 85%, with no efficiency loss.

Maple Energy still trying to sort out ethanol debt refinancing

Apr 1, 2015: In Peru, Maple Energy is still trying work with its senior lenders to repay the debt belonging to its ethanol companies. All of the fixed assets held by the ethanol companies has been transferred by the trustee acting on behalf of the senior lenders to subsidiaries of Grupo Gloria for about $108 million before taxes. […]…

China New Energy making progress on Hungarian and Thai ethanol projects

Apr 1, 2015: In the UK, China New Energy reports that its projects in Hungary and Thailand are proceeding well. Visontai Bioetanol Fejlesztő Korlátolt Felelősségű Társaság has informed CNE that the 30 million Euro project finance has been agreed with local banks and that CNE should expect to commence the construction of the 150 million liter per year […]…

Falling hydrous ethanol prices cut SE Brazil gasoline parity to 65.7%

Apr 1, 2015: In Brazil, hydrous ethanol’s parity with gasoline in the country’s southeast reached 65.7% last week, the lowest in four months. Ample supplies ahead of the new sugarcane crush have weighed on prices since November, though they began recovering last week. Demand is expected to increase while hydrous remains below the 70% parity mark with gasoline.

EIA says January biodiesel production down 1 million gallons on year

Apr 1, 2015: In Washington, the Energy Information Agency says that January biodiesel production fell by 1 million gallons on the year to 72 million gallons. December’s production was significantly higher at 123 million gallons. Mostly soybean accounted for the 545 million pounds of feedstock used to produce the biodiesel.

Marquis Energy investing $180 million in ethanol plant expansion

Apr 1, 2015: In Illinois, Marquis Energy is investing $180 million to expand its ethanol plant, with extra capacity coming online in about nine months. The expansion project has been delayed but still went forward anyway following a civil suit over property tax abatements. Illinois Valley Community College felt it was getting the short end of the proverbial […]…

NSF awards University of Toledo almost $200,000 for algae research

Apr 1, 2015: In Ohio, the National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Toledo $199,997 for improving and demonstrating the recovery of algal biomass from dilute growth cultures with minimal cost and energy input. This project has the potential to lead to economical use of alternative fuels derived from algal biomass. The lack of low-cost technologies for […]…

RFA slams misleading statements on ethanol availability made by oil industry

Apr 1, 2015: In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) sent a letter to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to set the record straight and counter misleading and inaccurate statements about ethanol availability and infrastructure made by the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) in a March 16 letter to the Committee. Bob Dinneen, president and […]…

Editorial from Orrie Swayze

Apr 1, 2015: Pioneer ethanol advocate Orrie Swayze of South Dakota had the following op-ed published last week in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader: Like with lead, petroleum’s web of lies continues gaining permission from the masses to poison their children. Author Dresden … Continue reading →…

Happy April Fuels’ Day!

Apr 1, 2015: In honor of April Fuels’ Day, National Corn Growers Association CEO Chris Novak and Renewable Fuels Association CEO Bob Dinneen penned the following letter to Congress about the dangers of America’s growing dependence on renewable fuels from the troubled Midwest … Continue reading →…

GROWMARK Acquires MO Refined Fuels Terminal

Apr 1, 2015: Illinois-based cooperative GROWMARK, Inc. is acquiring the refined fuels terminal near St. Joseph, Missouri from Magellan Pipeline Company with an intent to offer ethanol blends in the future in addition to diesel. Kevin Carroll, Vice President of GROWMARK’s Energy Division, … Continue reading →…

Farmers Union Concerned Over RFS Omission

Apr 1, 2015: The National Farmers Union (NFU) is concerned that Pres. Obama has left the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) out of his plan to cut greenhouse gases. This news release from the group says NFU President Roger Johnson isn’t pleased about the … Continue reading →…

Republican Texas Bows to California and Backs Energy Finance Plan

Apr 1, 2015: Jim Keffer is Republican state lawmaker in Texas with a permit to carry a concealed weapon and doubts about whether human activity is causing global warming.

Mobile Grease-to-Biodiesel Company Raises $1 Mil

Apr 1, 2015: A company that uses a mobile truck to go on location and turn waste grease into biodiesel has raised nearly $1 million in funding. This article from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal says Revolution Fuels, a startup that mounts equipment … Continue reading →…

Ethanol-Gas Price Difference Back to Normal

Mar 31, 2015: Ethanol and gas have settled back into a more normal price differential after three months of being nearly the same after gas prices started to plummet late last year. Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen notes that “wholesale … Continue reading →…

Investors Spent a Record $2 Trillion on Renewables, Report Says

Mar 31, 2015: Investors have spent more than $2 trillion on clean-energy plants in the past decade and last year added more renewable capacity than ever before.

RFA Corrects PMAA’s Overblown Assertions in Letter to House Committee

Mar 31, 2015: WASHINGTON — The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) sent a letter to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce today to set the record straight and counter misleading and inaccurate statements about ethanol availability and infrastructure made by the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) in a March 16 letter to the Committee. Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the RFA, refuted PMAA statements that ethanol was hurting from the decreased price of gasoline. While noting that “it is true that wholesale ethanol prices traded near parity with—or even above—gasoline prices intermittently in November, December, and January,” the RFA writes that PMAA “curiously ignores the fact that ethanol prices have…

Biodiesel Group Files Petition over Argentina Imports

Mar 31, 2015: The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) wants a recent decision to streamline Argentinian biodiesel imports to the U.S. put on hold pending public review and comment. In a petition filed Monday with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, NBB cited the … Continue reading →…

U.S. Continues Support for Hydropower

Mar 31, 2015: Three federal U.S. agencies have renewed their support of hydropower in America. The Department of Interior and the Department of Energy (DOE) in conjunction with the Civil Works division of the U.S. Army of Corps of Engineers, have extended their … Continue reading →…

Burundi Moving Towards Solar

Mar 31, 2015: Burundi is moving towards solar. Via the Power Africa and Power Africa’s Beyond the Grid sub-initiative, Gigawatt Global has been awarded two grants to bring solar to the country, where only four percent of the population has access to residential … Continue reading →…

BioEnergy Bytes

Mar 31, 2015: NV Energy has announced that it is seeking proposals to procure an additional 54 megawatts of company-owned planning capacity in Nevada. This solicitation is related to the company’s Emissions Reduction and Capacity Replacement plan that is retiring 812 megawatts of … Continue reading →…

Renewables Are Customizing PPAs for Mining Industry, But More Dialogue Necessary

Mar 31, 2015: Goldcorp’s Chilean operations has dedicated time and effort to exploring renewable energy for its 200 MW El Morro project, which has encountered delays because the company’s environmental permit was challenged before the Supreme Court and the company lost.  Energy Manager Rodrigo Diaz has conducted several studies to explore the feasibility of rene…

Fix the EU Emissions Trading System, And Carbon Markets Can Be Serious Business

Mar 31, 2015: What do the following have in common: New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Quebec, Alberta, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, California, Beijing, Guangdong, Hubei, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Tianjin, Tokyo, Kyoto, Saitama and 28 countries in Europe?

Methes Biodiesel Maker to Refine Corn OIl

Mar 31, 2015: A Canadian company has bought a Methes Energies International Ltd. biodiesel processor and will make the gaining plant the first facility in the world to use Methes’ pre-treatment system to process corn oil from a local ethanol plant. This Methes … Continue reading →…

Efforts to Cease Solar Net Metering Continue

Mar 30, 2015: The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASK) is pushing back on Turlock Irrigation District (TID) for wanting to cease solar net metering. The nonprofit explains that net metering is a fundamental policy that enables rooftop solar consumers to secure fair credit … Continue reading →…

Mexico Pledges to Cut Emissions 25 Percent in Climate Change Milestone

Mar 30, 2015: Mexico has become the first developing nation to formally promise to cut its global-warming pollution, a potential milestone in efforts to reach a worldwide agreement on tackling climate change.

US Vote-a-Rama Reveals Senators’ Environmental Agenda

Mar 30, 2015: It’s been a big news day in the U.S. Senate, with Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid announcing he won’t run for another term.

DOE Releases 2014 Geothermal Tech Report

Mar 30, 2015: “We’ve turned the corner … the potential growth curve for geothermal is extremely exciting,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, United States Department of Energy, Douglas Hollett. The U.S. Department of Energy … Continue reading →…

BioEnergy Bytes

Mar 30, 2015: According to, “World Wind Energy Market Update 2015,” worldwide wind power installations grew by 42 percent year-over-year in 2014. The report from Navigant Research covers developments in the wind energy sector during 2014, including an analysis of the important changes … Continue reading →…

Growth Energy Applauds E15 Bill

Mar 30, 2015: Growth Energy is applauding new legislation seen as favorable for E15 ethanol. This news release from the group says the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act sponsored by Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) contains a provision to extend … Continue reading →…

Texas Researchers Develop New Yeast for Biodiesel

Mar 30, 2015: Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have developed a new strain of yeast that will make biodiesel production more efficient. This news release from the school says the scientists used a combination of metabolic engineering and directed evolution … Continue reading →…

Economic Models are One Thing — Reality is Another

Mar 27, 2015: WASHINGTON — Science Magazine has published yet another study from environmental activist and attorney Timothy Searchinger today that re-packages his already disproven theory of food vs. fuel. His assertions about the impact of biofuels on food markets run counter to the facts on the ground and have been debunked time and time again. The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) once again exposes the holes in Searchinger’s theory as Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the RFA, released the following statement: “Economic models are one thing — reality is another. Data from the last decade clearly show that feed grains (like corn) used to produce meat have not been ‘diverted’ away from animal feed markets to make bi…

TUSK: NC Solar Bill Laced with Poison Pill

Mar 27, 2015: This may prove to be the ‘Spring of Discontent’ for the solar industry as it fights for the right to keep solar affordable for consumers across the USA. Tell Utilities Solar won’t be Killed (TUSK) has been amid the solar … Continue reading →…

BioEnergy Bytes

Mar 27, 2015: Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has announced the launch of its new, high-tech Power Delivery Diagnostic Center, which is designed to leverage advanced smart grid technology to better manage the electric system and deliver reliable service that ranks among … Continue reading →…

Another Successful ACE Fly-in

Mar 27, 2015: The seventh annual American Coalition for Ethanol Fly-in, which included an appearance by Sen. John Thune (R-SD), was another success for the organization, according to Executive Vice President Brian Jennings. “We do this because we know lawmakers and their staff … Continue reading →…

Focus on Digester Health for Efficient Biogas Operations

Mar 27, 2015: Turning organic waste, such as manure, food scraps or expired food products into biogas is a modern type of alchemy that uses process-based technologies including an anaerobic digester, the organic waste feedstock, bacteria and by maintaining the proper temperature and pressure levels.

Country Star Launches College Tour on Biodiesel

Mar 27, 2015: Country music star Lee Brice is launching an environmentally friendly tour of college campuses, fueled by biodiesel. This article from The Boot says the tour is in partnership with REVERB, a non-profit organization that unites artists and colleges to bring … Continue reading →…

Ethanol Supporters Counter Funding Request

Mar 27, 2015: Ethanol and agriculture industry groups sent their own letter to House Appropriations leadership in response to a group of lawmakers calling for the elimination of funding for blender pumps or corn ethanol export promotion. The letter signed by the Renewable … Continue reading →…

New York Launches Innovation Lab To Study Renewable Energy and the Advanced Grid

Mar 27, 2015: This week New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the signing of an agreement between the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Polytechnic) that aims “to create a world-class facility devoted to energy technology innovation and the rapid deployment of smart-grid technology to modernize New York's electric grid.”…

California Firm Buys Connecticut Biomass Plant

Mar 27, 2015: A California firm has bought a biomass plant in Connecticut. This article from the Sacramento Business Journal says Greenleaf Power has agreed to buy the 37.5-megawatt Plainfield Renewable Energy plant. Greenleaf did not disclose a value for the transaction, which … Continue reading →…

Ethanol and Agriculture Groups Challenge Anti-Biofuels Effort

Mar 26, 2015: WASHINGTON — Ethanol and agriculture industry groups came together today to advocate for continued funding of U.S. blender pump initiatives and U.S. export promotion efforts in a letter to the House Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Programs Committee on Appropriations. Today’s letter countered a request led by Representatives Bob Goodlatte, Peter Welch, and Jim Costa to eliminate funding for these types of forward-looking programs and calls on the subcommittee to “vehemently oppose and reject any efforts to include such limiting language in the FY 2016 Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA and Related Programs.” The letter is signed by the Renewable Fuels Association, American Coalition…

Presidential Hopefuls and Agriculture

Mar 26, 2015: Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Which potential presidential candidate would be best for ag?” Of the 12 potential presidential candidates included in our poll, only one has officially declared. But two hopefuls have risen to the top of our … Continue reading →…

NASDAQ Trading SolarEdge Technologies Shares

Mar 26, 2015: SolarEdge Technologies is now trading on NASDAQ. The solar company announced its pricing for its initial public offering of 7 million shares of common stock at a public price of $18 per share. All shares are being sold by SolarEdge. … Continue reading →…

Retailer Takes Ethanol Story to Hill

Mar 26, 2015: Fuel retailers who have had to fight battles with big oil companies to offer higher ethanol blends were among those joining the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Fly-in on Capitol Hill this week. Charlie Good has been in the fuel … Continue reading →…

Motor Club Rep: No Ethanol-Related Claims

Mar 26, 2015: While AAA may be an outspoken critic of ethanol blended gasoline and E15 in particular, some other motor clubs think differently, and one of them was on Capitol Hill this week with the American Coalition for Ethanol to tell his … Continue reading →…

Monopoly Utilities Expose Solarcism

Mar 26, 2015: State-sponsored monopoly utilities, as coined by the Gulf States Renewable Energy Industry Association (GSREIA) have exposed their ‘solarcism’ in recent weeks. GSREIA has accused them of being “ignorant” and “misleading” when it comes to solar energy. The nonprofit wants to … Continue reading →…

BioEnergy Bytes

Mar 26, 2015: Ceres, Inc. has announced that its biotech sugarcane traits have been advanced to the next stage of testing ahead of schedule due to positive data from initial field evaluations under tropical conditions in Latin America. Leading product candidates are currently … Continue reading →…

Clean Energy Makes Up Record Share of UK Power with Coal-to-Biomass Conversions

Mar 26, 2015: U.K. electricity from low-carbon sources accounted for almost a quarter of the country’s generation in the fourth quarter as Drax Group Plc converted a second coal-power plant to burn wood.