Tag: BIO

BIO says EPA’s RFS methodology chilling advanced biofuel investment

BIO says EPA’s RFS methodology chilling advanced biofuel investment

June 22, 2016 |

In Washington, EPA’s new methodology for setting annual Renewable Fuel Standards continues to chill investment in advanced biofuels, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) finds in a new analysis released Wednesday. Investment patterns clearly demonstrate that EPA is sending a sustained market signal that disincentivizes advanced biofuels, causing a $22.4 billion shortfall in necessary investment. Brent […]

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EPA Is Trying to Get Out of Its Own Way on the RFS

EPA Is Trying to Get Out of Its Own Way on the RFS

May 22, 2016 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive Vice-President, Biotechnology Innovation Organization Special to The Digest In setting the 2014-2016 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cited “practical and legal constraints” on the oil industry’s ability to meet the volumes established by Congress. The agency’s methodology in that rule – which it has now proposed […]

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BIO World Congress awards go to Venter, Rath, and Kishore

BIO World Congress awards go to Venter, Rath, and Kishore

April 25, 2016 |

In California, Dr. J. Craig Venter has been announced as the next recipient of the 2016 George Washington Carver Award for innovation in industrial biotechnology; Anna Rath, President and CEO or NexSteppe, as recipient of the 2016 BIO Rosalind Franklin Award honoring an outstanding woman in the field of industrial biotechnology; Dr. Ganesh Kishore, CEO, […]

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What’s the Buzz? Heard on the floor at the BIO World Congress

What’s the Buzz? Heard on the floor at the BIO World Congress

April 20, 2016 |

Overall, the BIO mood differed by BIO sector. For foods and proteins, it feels like boom times as companies are raising substantial amounts of money and we see companies like Calysta moving ahead fast with its protein product, FeedKind — while TerraVia (the former Solazyme) has brought in a whole group of name-brand food investors […]

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Farm Bill Energy Programs Enable New Feedstock Production To Help Fuel the Biobased Economy

Farm Bill Energy Programs Enable New Feedstock Production To Help Fuel the Biobased Economy

April 5, 2016 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive VP, Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Special to The Digest Congress has made it a priority to try and return the annual appropriations process to regular order, following multiple years of passing late omnibus funding bills. Omnibus funding bills rob many successful programs of the individual evaluation they merit; the Farm Bill Energy […]

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Section 9003’s Success Helps Insure More Capital for Biorefineries

Section 9003’s Success Helps Insure More Capital for Biorefineries

February 10, 2016 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President, Biotechnology Industry Organization USDA’s Section 9003 Program created by the comprehensive Farm Bill has successfully helped fund construction of biofuel biorefineries over the past six years and it is now expanding to launch renewable chemical facilities as well. Like other USDA programs, this loan guarantee enables manufacturers to access […]

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Will EPA Undercut the RFS at the Start of the Paris Climate Change Conference?

Will EPA Undercut the RFS at the Start of the Paris Climate Change Conference?

November 22, 2015 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive VP, Biotechnology Industry Organization, special to The Digest With his planned visit to the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference in the coming weeks, President Obama seeks a leading role for the United States in addressing global climate change. Unfortunately, that leading role could be forfeited before the conference even gets under […]

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Does EPA’s Left Hand Know What Its Right Hand Is Doing on Octane and CO2?

Does EPA’s Left Hand Know What Its Right Hand Is Doing on Octane and CO2?

September 7, 2015 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President, BIO The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun to examine boosting gasoline octane ratings to achieve greater greenhouse gas emission control standards for passenger vehicles after 2025. Higher octane ratings would enable increased fuel efficiency in cars that have high-compression engines, giving American drivers better performance at the lowest […]

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BIO report says RFS has displaced 1.9 billion barrels of foreign oil in its 10 years

BIO report says RFS has displaced 1.9 billion barrels of foreign oil in its 10 years

August 24, 2015 |

In Washington, over its 10-year lifespan, the Renewable Fuel Standard s (RFS) requirement to substitute biofuels for fossil fuels has displaced nearly 1.9 billion barrels of foreign oil and reduced U.S. transportation-related carbon emissions by 589.33 million metric tons, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) finds in an analysis released Monday. The major findings of the […]

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A Reality Check For Setting Goals For Advanced Renewable Fuels Use And Advanced Renewable Fuels Plant Capacity 

A Reality Check For Setting Goals For Advanced Renewable Fuels Use And Advanced Renewable Fuels Plant Capacity 

August 13, 2015 |

By Tim Sklar, special to The Digest A series of articles that recently appeared in last month in Biofuels Digest addressing the continued struggle to increase renewable fuels plant capacity to support anticipated advanced renewable fuels requirements. Also appearing in The Digest in late July were excerpts from a speech given by a CEO of […]

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