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In Massachusetts, a two-year attempt to transport ethanol by rail through Boston suburbs has come to an end after legislators and the public pushed Global Partners to withdraw its application for permission. Recent legislation passed by the two state houses would prohibit ethanol blending or storage of 5,000 gallons or more per day in an […]
Monsanto IP protection case. In Washington, in a unanimous ruling delivered today, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed its support for protecting U.S. innovations – in this case, ruling that an Indiana farmer had to pay a fee to Monsanto to use its genetically modified soybeans to make new seeds. Writing the unanimous decision, Justice Elena […]
In Wisconsin, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have streamlined the process used to produce chemicals and biofuels from cellulosic feedstock, eliminating costly pretreatment steps that can account for up to 30% of cellulosic ethanol production costs.
Chief of Naval Operations joins chorus of lawmakers, generals, admirals calling for US biofuels focus
In Washington, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jon Greenert, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA), and Lieutenant General John Castellaw (USMC, ret.) joined the chorus of voices calling on the US Senate to support the Department of Defense’s energy innovation programs. Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, writing Senator Mark Udall […]
In North Carolina, Rep. John Torbett, R-Stanley, responding to the increasing theft of yellow kitchen grease has proposed a bill that would make it a felony to steal $1,000 or more of yellow grease, and a misdemeanor if less were stolen. Additionally, Torbett is proposing that any yellow grease collectors must be licensed and inspected […]
The Big Ask Iogen EVP Jeff Passmore said at World Biofuels Markets that biofuels producers have to sharpen their guidance to policymakers, suggesting that 2010 offers a large, but singular opportunity to get biofuels policy support right. “We have to define the ask,” agreeing with comments made last week by Bluefire Ethanol CEO Arnie Klann […]
World Biofuels Markets has added Mark Lyra, Commercial Director – Ethanol from Cosan to the keynote session to address the $12 billion Shell-Cosan merger. In Massachusetts, Joule Biotechnologies was included in MIT Technology Review’s 2010 TR50 – an inaugural list of the 50 most innovative companies in the world. According to MIT’s Technology Review, “Companies […]
Here are 5 Tell-Tale Signs that you have the Boss from Hell. And when it comes to the US federal government and advanced biofuels, all five are kinda pointin’ right at ol’ Uncle Sam. Congress passed the Renewable Fuels Standard in 2007, as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act, and appointed EPA to take […]
In Washington, nearly 100 biodiesel producers, feedstock suppliers and other advocates traveled to Washington this week to voice concerns about the Obama Administration’s proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for biodiesel. The biodiesel supporters, who are visiting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill beginning Tuesday, arrive at a critical time for the industry, which has seen widespread […]
In Italy, the Ministry of Economic Development announced its intention to investigate the construction of three advanced biofuel plants in Southern Italy, using non-food feedstocks. Biochemtex, the engineering arm of Mossi & Ghisolfi — parent along with Texas Pacific Group and Novozymes in Beta Renewables, is slated to build the facilities, which would be located in […]