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 the UK, MPs from the Parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee say they will pursue a ban on microplastics used in everyday household products from toothpaste to shower gels and cosmetics. “Trillions of tiny pieces of plastic are accumulating in the world’s oceans, lakes and estuaries,” said the committee’s chairwoman, Mary Creagh, adding that they harm […]
In Cyberspace, Fuel Marketer News and REG are hosting a webinar on September 22 at 1:30 p.m. CDT aimed at helping fuel marketers understand the number of alternative fuel options available. A firsthand account from Growmark on how they use biodiesel blended fuel to drive margin for their fuel business will be highlighted in the […]
In yesterday’s Digest, we covered the topic of RINferno, the controversy over rising RIN prices and the impact on parties in the Renewable Fuel Standard — refiners, and potentially fuel terminal operators. Today, let’s look at impact on producers — and specifically the catastrophic impact of current RIN prices on advanced biofuels. The advanced biofuels […]
In Washington, Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15) on Monday led five of his California colleagues in writing to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to urge that it live up to Congress’ intent in enforcing the Renewable Fuel Standard. The House members urged EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to get the program back on track. The letter was […]