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Mass. lawmakers block proposed ethanol rail transport through Boston suburbs

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 […]

July 2, 2013 More

Biofuels Short Takes: Bowman v. Monsanto ruling from SCOTUS

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 […]

May 13, 2013 More

UWM researchers develop key process for cellulosic ethanol production

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.

November 12, 2012 More

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 […]

May 23, 2012 More

NC lawmaker proposes to felonize grease theft

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 […]

June 6, 2011 More

Iogen warns that next policy "ask" to lawmakers must be "last to produce commercialization"

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 […]

March 18, 2010 | 0 Comments More

Biofuels Bits: WMB lines up Shell-Cosan speaker; Joule named to MIT top 50

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 […]

March 3, 2010 | 0 Comments More

Waste Management: Biofuels Digest’s 2014 5-Minute Guide

Waste Management is the largest environmental solutions provider in North America, serving more than 20 million customers in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. WM is committed to developing new waste solutions that can help communities and organizations achieve their green goals, including zero waste. With the largest network of recycling facilities, transfer stations and […]

April 6, 2014 More

Biobased investment triples, to $391M for Q1; Biofuels Digest’s 5-Minute Guide to the investment landscape

Biobased investing continues to rise, both direct and via strategics. The Digest has the data and the scoop in our 5-Minute Guide. In Florida, Biofuels Digest reports that 9 biobased ventures raised $391 million in new capital in Q1 2014, while 8 biobased ventures raised $128.6 million in Q4 2013. This compares to $363.8M million […]

April 2, 2014 More

Making Silk Purses from Sows Ears: Converting Waste Into Energy and Biofuels, Pt. II

by Tim Sklar Special to The Digest Part I of this story is available here. Major Claims Made for Using FastOx Gasifier Technology The following is a list of ten claims that are believed to be the most significant. These claims have either been directly expressed by Sierra Energy in materials used in this case […]

March 27, 2014 More