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Mar 04, 2015

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Beta Renewables CEO Guido Ghisolfi dies in apparent suicide

Mar 4, 2015: The charismatic Beta Renewables CEO is gone, builder of the world’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant. Guido Ghisolfi, 58, the CEO of Beta Renewables, is dead. News reports from Italy indicate a suicide, after the charismatic business leader was found in his dark-color, late model Lexus, on a road side near Carbona Scrivia, less than three […]…

Rotterdam seeing an increase in internal biodiesel trade rather than imports

Mar 4, 2015: In the Netherlands, Europe’s most important port for the handling, storage and production of biofuels—Rotterdam—saw the throughput of these products down 15% in 2014 compared to 2013, representing a decrease to 3.8 million tons. This is primarily due to a decrease in imports of biodiesel from Indonesia and Argentina as a result of extra import duties […]…

Global Bioenergies produces second generation isobutene

Mar 4, 2015: In France, Global Bioenergies announced having produced “second generation” isobutene, in a push to diversify accessible feedstock towards cheaper resources. As a first step in its pioneering journey to manufacture bio-sourced isobutene, Global Bioenergies has been using first generation feedstock, such as wheat-derived glucose, to set-up and optimize its bio-isobutene process. However, the process was […]…

Lygos achieves pilot scale production of malonic acid from sugar

Mar 4, 2015: In California, Lygos announced that it has successfully achieved pilot scale production of malonic acid from sugar. Lygos’ novel manufacturing technology decreases CO2 emissions, eliminates toxic inputs and could replace the existing petroleum production process for malonic acid at lower cost and less energy.

India seen boosting palm oil imports to 13 million tons if prices stay low

Mar 4, 2015: In India, palm oil imports are seen increasing as the country takes advantage of low prices resulting from poor biodiesel demand to boost domestic stocks of cooking oil. Imports could reach a record 13 million metric tons in the year to October, up from 11.6 million tons last year.  Imports are extremely price sensitive, however, […]…

Sri Lanka confiscates another 16,000 liters of smuggled ethanol

Mar 4, 2015: In Sri Lanka, 16,000 liters of ethanol were confiscated at port after being illegally imported from Thailand as Calcium Hypochlorite Granules. The ethanol was shipped in 80 barrels and valued at more than $12,000.

Amyris and Genome Compiler enter deal to allow users to design and order DNA

Mar 4, 2015: In California, Amyris and Genome Compiler Corp., a synthetic biology platform company, have entered into a collaboration agreement to integrate Amyris’s automated lab services with Genome Compiler’s online design tools and e-commerce platform to enable users to design and order DNA or other biological products seamlessly. This integration will provide a comprehensive solution from design […]…

University of Saskatchewan gets grant to develop glycerin-based patents

Mar 4, 2015: In Canada, biofuel producers in Western Canada will soon be able to purify and convert raw glycerol more cost-effectively thanks to an investment of $538,542, announced by the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. With this funding, researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), led by Canada Research Chair […]…

Indonesia sets CPO as benchmark for biodiesel supply tenders from March 1

Mar 4, 2015: In Indonesia, the country’s energy and minerals ministry has altered the pricing benchmark used in tenders to supply biodiesel to the state-owned oil company Pertamina to crude palm oil prices rather than diesel prices in an attempt to further boost biodiesel consumption. The new benchmark is in effect for tenders as of March 1.

4 minutes with… Gary Weihs, Managing Director, Kincannon & Reed, Executive Recruiting

Mar 4, 2015: Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. We recruit leaders for organizations that feed our world and keep it healthy. We are thrilled to work exclusively in the bioeconomy/lifesciences value chain. For 33 years, organizations around the globe have trusted us, former industry executives, to deliver superior executives that help […]…

San Fran No 1 Electric Vehicle City

Mar 3, 2015: ChargePoint has released a list of the top 10 friendliest metropolitan areas for EV drivers. The San Francisco Bay Area (including San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose) led the nation, followed by Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego and Honolulu. The … Continue reading →…

FPL to Power Miami ePrix

Mar 3, 2015: Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) will be powering the electric vehicles (EVs) racing for first place with solar power. The inaugural event will take place in downtown Miami on March 14, 2015. Formula E is a new FIA single-seater … Continue reading →…

Solar Plant Opens in Northern Cape Province

Mar 3, 2015: Abengoa and state-owned financier, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), together with KaXu Community Trust have launched a 100 MW solar plant – KaXu Solar One – near the town of Pofadder (Northern Cape Province). The new solar facility will power … Continue reading →…

Ten Clean Energy Stocks For 2015: A Fine February

Mar 3, 2015: After a rough start to the year, My Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2015 posted a strong recovery in February.

BioEnergy Bytes

Mar 3, 2015: RBI Solar has supplied the racking for the 11.18MW-dc Kinsley Solar Farm in Deptford, New Jersey. The solar farm is part of Public Service Electric and Gas Company’s Solar 4 All program and covers 32 acres of the closed Kinsley … Continue reading →…

Researchers Get Grant to Purify Biodiesel By-Product

Mar 3, 2015: Canadian biodiesel producers might soon have a purer by-product from their refining operations. The University of Saskatchewan announced it has received a $500,000+ government grant to purify and convert raw glycerol more cost-effectively. With this funding, researchers at the University … Continue reading →…

Vilsack Stresses RFS Support at #Classic15

Mar 2, 2015: Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack spoke to over 7000 agricultural producers and industry members during his 6th appearance at Commodity Classic on Friday. Sec. Vilsack began by stating that he “was in the presence of greatness” and went on to … Continue reading →…

India to Quadruple Renewable Capacity to 175 Gigawatts by 2022

Mar 2, 2015: India plans to quadruple its renewable power capacity to 175 gigawatts by 2022 as part of the government’s plan to supply electricity to every household, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Saturday.

The Food Waste Debacle

Mar 2, 2015: Last week there was a Fast Food industry fly-in to DC — arguing for a repeal of the Renewable Fuel Standard on the grounds of food price impact. Politico reports:…

Growth Energy Holds 6th Leadership Conference

Mar 2, 2015: Growth Energy held its sixth annual Executive Leadership Conference last week in Phoenix, featuring appearances by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative Darci Vetter. Growth Energy Board of Directors co-chair Jeff Broin delivered … Continue reading →…

Propane Group Promotes Low Cost at Work Truck Show

Mar 2, 2015: The low cost to run work vehicles on propane will be on display at this week’s NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) will be there to show fleet managers why propane autogas … Continue reading →…

Syngenta Ups Ethanol Output, Growers’ Profits

Mar 2, 2015: Agribusiness company Syngenta is working with ethanol producers to have a variety of corn that produces more ethanol at the refinery and makes more profit for the feedstock growers. The company says that growers of its Enogen variety of corn, … Continue reading →…

BioEnergy Bytes

Feb 27, 2015: Vivint Solar has announced that its Solmetric team will be fully integrated into the Vivint Solar operating structure and be known as Vivint Solar Labs. The new research and development team will focus on proprietary photovoltaic installation instruments and software. … Continue reading →…

UK Low-Carbon Contract Winners Revealed: Wind Scores, Solar Disappoints

Feb 27, 2015: The first round of the Contracts for Difference (CfD) programme — the UK scheme that is designed to support low-carbon generation and a capacity margin in the energy sector — has concluded. Contracts were offered to 27 renewable electricity projects with a total value of some £315 million (US$500 million), which include two offshore wind farms with a total planned capacity of more than 1.1 GW, 15 onshore wind projects and five solar projects. In total, more 2 GW of new low-carbon capacity (including renewables, nuclear and carbon capture and storage) could be built under the CfD scheme.

Rwanda’s Prez Paul Kagame Calls for Clean Energy

Feb 27, 2015: The 140 MW Oklaria 1 geothermal plant was recently commissioned in Naivasha, Kenya and Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame was on hand for the event. He is advocating for more investment in renewable energy as Africa struggles with lack of electricity, … Continue reading →…

Scientific Research Crucial to Success of New Biofuels Plants

Feb 27, 2015: The U.S. Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) played crucial roles in the technology that has led companies DuPont, POET, and Abengoa to open commercial-scale facilities to turn biomass into clean transportation fuels.

Rail Issues Panel at #NEC15

Feb 27, 2015: The last but certainly not least panel at the 2015 National Ethanol Conference dealt with the timely issue of rail transportation and how safety and congestion are impacting the marketplace. Renewable Fuels Association Director of Regulatory Affairs Kelly Davis moderated … Continue reading →…

USDA Gives Biomass Energy Development $8.7 Mil Boost

Feb 27, 2015: Up to $8.7 million in federal funding is being made available for next-generation bioenergy development in biomass. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is funding the bioenergy research and education efforts and will be publishing the final rule for a … Continue reading →…

Biofuels and Ag Groups Protest Anti-RFS Bill

Feb 26, 2015: U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) today introduced legislation that would abolish the corn ethanol mandate in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) as a co-sponsor. The move was immediately criticized by both … Continue reading →…

Feinstein/Toomey Legislation Operating Under a Misguided Assumption

Feb 26, 2015: WASHINGTON — Today, Senators Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) and Pat Toomey (Pa.) once again introduced the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act in an attempt to undercut the Renewable Fuel Standard. Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, released the following statement: “Senators Feinstein and Toomey continue to operate under the misguided assumption that the RFS is driving food prices higher. It is not. Corn is less expensive today than when the RFS was passed! As the World Bank recently concluded, ‘most of the contribution to food price changes from 1997-2004 and 2005-2012 comes from the price of oil.’ “The RFS has been a tremendous success and the resulting production of ethanol has m…

Mycogen Seeds Joins Growth Energy

Feb 26, 2015: Mycogen Seeds, the national retail seed company of Dow AgroSciences, has joined Growth Energy as a premiere associate member. “We applaud Mycogen Seeds for recognizing the role ethanol plays in strengthening American agriculture and for supporting our nation’s homegrown food, … Continue reading →…

BioEnergy Bytes

Feb 26, 2015: A new report from Duke University, The Solar Economy: Widespread Benefits for North Carolina, found that public policies such as North Carolina’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard and Investment Tax Credit have made North Carolina first in the south and fourth … Continue reading →…

#NEC15 Travels Road Ahead for Higher Blends

Feb 26, 2015: The National Ethanol Conference featured a panel addressing the road ahead for higher blends. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) vice president for industry relations Robert White moderated the panel, which included Kristi Moriarty, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; John Eichberger, National Association … Continue reading →…

Cross-Country Chicken Fat Biodiesel Trip Back On

Feb 26, 2015: A cross-country trip to prove that chicken fat-based biodiesel is a viable fuel is back on after being derailed in November due to a busted drivetrain… but no issue with the fuel. According to this article from The Tennessean, Middle … Continue reading →…

European Commission Unveils Draft Energy Strategy

Feb 25, 2015: The European Commission has unveiled “A Framework Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy,” which is a key plank in the development of its plans for Europe’s energy sector through 2030.

Brazilian Ethanol Outlook at #NEC15

Feb 25, 2015: At the 2015 National Ethanol Conference last week, the senior economist with a leading global agribusiness consultancy gave his competitive outlook of the Brazilian ethanol sector relative to the United States. Owen Wagner with LMC International told the group gathered … Continue reading →…

RFA Acquires E85Prices.com

Feb 25, 2015: The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has acquired E85prices.com, which is a crowdsourced website that offers updated prices for E85 and other ethanol flex-fuels – including E15 – from thousands of stations across the country. In addition to E85prices.com, RFA acquired … Continue reading →…

RFA Acquires E85prices.com

Feb 25, 2015: WASHINGTON — The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) announced today that it has acquired E85prices.com, which is a crowdsourced website that offers updated prices for E85 and other ethanol flex-fuels — including E15 — from thousands of stations across the country. In addition to E85prices.com, RFA acquired 11 new websites and a new mobile app to strengthen its online presence and its ability to provide up-to-the-minute information on the availability and pricing of E85 and other ethanol flex-fuels. E85prices.com and E85vehicles.com are the most visited of the 12 new sites now owned by RFA, with E85prices.com receiving approximately 4 million hits last year. E85prices.com has been a go-to source for consumers seeking E8…

Partnership Accelerates Cellulosic Ethanol

Feb 25, 2015: At the National Ethanol Conference last week, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) presented Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) with the RFA 2015 Industry Award for the development of a process that led to the plant producing the very first gallons … Continue reading →…

Clean Energy Is Just Smart Business for Leaders like Apple and Google

Feb 25, 2015: Apple and Google have changed our lives forever, both because of their technological innovations and sheer size as global corporations. Now, they’re aiming to reshape the energy landscape.

Electric Vehicle Charging Standards Needed

Feb 25, 2015: With the increase of electric vehicles (EVs) on the road, aka the burgeoning of the “Electric Highway,” unified standards for public EV charging are needed. In many states, this will fall on the weights and measures officials. As more plug-in … Continue reading →…

BioEnergy Bytes

Feb 25, 2015: Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, is a featured speaker at the March 13th Business Breakfast hosted by EcoEngineers. The event is taking place Friday March 13, 2015 from 7:30 am to 9:30 am CDT in Des … Continue reading →…

KenGen Commissions Geothermal Plant in Kenya

Feb 25, 2015: Kenya continues to rise as one of the leading countries tapping into geothermal energy. The Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has inaugurated the 140 MW Oklaria 1 power plant, the last phase of the 280 MW geothermal facility. KenGen believes … Continue reading →…

IRFA: Iowa ‘Gas Tax’ to Boost Biodiesel

Feb 25, 2015: The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) has joined the Iowa Biodiesel Board in welcoming a state gas tax that is awaiting the governor’s signature that will create a 3-cent per gallon differential tax rate for 11 percent biodiesel and higher … Continue reading →…

Global Energy Market Outlook at #NEC15

Feb 25, 2015: Fluctuations in the world oil market do impact ethanol energy demand and, in turn, production. During the National Ethanol Conference, John Kingston with McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute broke down how the petroleum markets have reacted and what that has … Continue reading →…

New Treatment to Cut Biofuel Costs by 30% or More

Feb 25, 2015: A new pretreatment could cut the costs of biofuels by 30 percent or more. This news release from the University of California, Riverside says researchers at the school have invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut those production costs … Continue reading →…

W. Virginia Gov – Don’t Put Solar in the Dark

Feb 24, 2015: Solar supporters from across the country are calling on West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to veto House Bill 2201 – a bill that could jeopardize the future of rooftop solar in the state by rewriting net metering policies. Solar … Continue reading →…

Advanced Ethanol Progress and Concerns

Feb 24, 2015: While it’s making progress, there are still plenty of questions and concerns regarding advanced ethanol production. During the the 20th National Ethanol Conference, a panel of advanced ethanol producers talked about the challenges and opportunities facing their industry. Advanced Ethanol … Continue reading →…

Japan Panel Considers 16 Percent Cut for Solar Feed-in Tariff

Feb 24, 2015: Japan is considering reducing the incentives for developers of solar power projects by as much as 16 percent to reflect lower operating and maintenance costs.