Category: Columnists

Fostering the next generation of biofuels innovators

Fostering the next generation of biofuels innovators

August 3, 2011 |

By Mary Rosenthal Executive Director, Algal Biomass Organization In our country’s spirited debate over energy, innovation and the economy, perhaps no phrase has been uttered more often than “green jobs.” While the precise meaning of “green job” continues to be a topic of debate, I would submit that jobs in the algae industry are indeed […]

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US Energy Department Celebrates Loan Guarantee Successes as Stimulus-Supported 1705 Program Comes to Close

US Energy Department Celebrates Loan Guarantee Successes as Stimulus-Supported 1705 Program Comes to Close

July 20, 2011 |

By Jonathan Silver Executive Director, U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office Special to Biofuels Digest Since my last update six months ago, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office (LPO) has been extremely busy, committing or closing 19 additional financings of clean energy projects – including one of the country’s first commercial-scale cellulosic […]

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Bi-partisan agreement on ethanol deserves support

Bi-partisan agreement on ethanol deserves support

July 18, 2011 |

By Tom Buis, CEO, Growth Energy, Biofuels Digest Columnist During this time of political bickering and fierce partisan lines, it’s heartening to know that – when something crucial is on the line –there are senators who are willing to work toward a bipartisan compromise. Earlier this month, three influential Senators tackled one of the nation’s […]

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We Are In This Together, By Ourselves

We Are In This Together, By Ourselves

May 31, 2011 |

Stop moving the goal posts, and two more principles for an advanced ethanol policy that works By Brooke Coleman, Executive Director, Advanced Ethanol Council This is a critical time for the biofuels industry. We’re up against a precarious financial and business climate and face major legislative and regulatory obstacles. It is a common refrain these […]

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Leveling the playing field for algae-based fuels

Leveling the playing field for algae-based fuels

[ 0 ] March 31, 2011 |

By Biofuels Digest columnist Mary Rosenthal executive director, Algal Biomass Organization At a time of rising gas prices and all-too-high unemployment, policy makers in Washington should be focused on advancing policies that create jobs, expand our nation’s domestic supply of renewable fuels, and decrease our dependence on imported petroleum. Instead, some in Congress have chosen […]

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One dozen algal biofuels companies, three strategies, will reach commercial scale: Thurmond

One dozen algal biofuels companies, three strategies, will reach commercial scale: Thurmond

[ 0 ] February 23, 2011 |

In Texas, Digest columnist Will Thurmond released Algae 2020, Vol. 2  highlighting why some algae companies will be winners and some will be losers bringing their product from pilot to commercial scale from 2011-2020. The report concluded that less than one dozen algae production companies will graduate into pre-commercial, deployment-stage algae ventures using pond, photo-bioreactor […]

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Fate of the Union: 3-point plan for biofuels

Fate of the Union: 3-point plan for biofuels

[ 0 ] January 25, 2011 |

Note to readers: Tonight, President Obama gives the annual State of the Union address, and, following high-profile meetings with Chinese president Hu Jintao, is expected to propose a long-term strategy for federal investment in education, research and infrastructure to match Chinese investment and advances in these areas. Today, we are delighted to welcome Renewable Fuels […]

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Popping the Hood on California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Pt 3: The CA LCFS & Electricity, Fair or Foul?

Popping the Hood on California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Pt 3: The CA LCFS & Electricity, Fair or Foul?

[ 0 ] January 6, 2011 |

By Brooke Coleman Part III: The California LCFS & Electricity: Fair or Foul? The California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) is a potentially groundbreaking yet controversial policy. LCFS proponents say the policy is performance-based, and does not pick winners and losers. Critics say the LCFS uses inconsistent carbon accounting methodologies, which in turn advantages certain […]

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Future Shock: A New Paradigm In Advanced Biofuels Technologies

Future Shock: A New Paradigm In Advanced Biofuels Technologies

[ 1 ] April 22, 2010 |

By Will Thurmond, Biofuels Digest Columnist and CEO, Emerging Markets Online In 1973 the world experienced the first major supply shock from OPEC, leading to petrol shortages, and a sustained period of economic stagnation, and rampant inflation. As a response, US President Carter established the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in an endeavor to explore […]

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