In Denmark, Novozymes announced a deal to supply enzyme technology to a new biorefinery that will be built by St1 Biofuels in Kajaani, Finland. The facility will be co-located at a sawmill site, and will be the first facility in the world to use sawdust from softwood as feedstock to produce cellulosic ethanol at commercial […]
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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 […]
In Washington state, state lawmakers passed a $15B transportation package by a 27-22 vote that includes a provision that “effectively prohibits a Clean Fuel Standard for Washington state,” according to the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition. The bill now proceeds to the Governor for his signature, which is expected. The “poison pill” provision in the bill […]
I want to spend a moment looking at the badness in our energy policy, with a look back in history. Our first bad moment was after 9/11, we were united and the President could have said “we need a policy to reduce our reliance on these energies and the relationships and conditions that they have […]
In Washington, nearly 120 biodiesel producers and other industry leaders are visiting Washington this week calling on lawmakers to push for a strong Renewable Fuel Standard as the EPA finalizes a long-awaited rule. The industry leaders represent businesses in some 30 states supporting thousands of jobs from California to Iowa to Florida. “We want to […]
In Nebraska, Green Plains Partners LP announced that it has commenced its initial public offering of 10,000,000 common units representing limited partner interests pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-1 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Green Plains Partners will also grant the underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional […]