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Renewable Fuels Association president makes ethanol case to environmentalists

Published: March 25, 2013

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Filed under: Ethanol , Legislation and Policy , USA Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has made its case against Big Oil getting its way, stopping E15 and fulfilling the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Now, Bob Dineen, president and CEO of RFA, is pleading with environmentalists to stay away from Big Oil and to support biofuels. With fossil fuel the major source of greenhouse gas emissions from powering vehicles, ethanol is the logical substitute, Dineen writes in a guest column for The Hill .


Novozymes, Shengquan commercializing cellulosic ethanol

Published: June 21, 2012

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Filed under: Emerging Technologies , Ethanol , Europe/EU , China China-based Shengquan Group and the Danish company Novozymes are partnering to make enough cellulosic ethanol for commercialization. Shengquen and Novozymes have reached an agreement in which Shengquen will invest $100 million and Novozymes will provide the “enabling enzyme technology” for production of cellulosic ethanol, a “second-generation” biofuel because it’s made from plant waste.


Oil companies pay $6.8 million in fines for not using cellulosic biofuels that don’t exist

Published: January 21, 2012

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Filed under: Ethanol , Legislation and Policy Oil companies will pay $6.8 million in fines for not meeting federal quotas for blending in cellulosic biofuels – those produced from grasses, wood and plants – even though there weren’t enough of those biofuels available for use, the New York Times reported. Those fines are likely to rise in 2012 because the cellulosic biofuel quotas that refiners have to meet will rise more than 30 percent to 8.65 million gallons. Charles Drevna, the president of the National Petrochemicals and Refiners Association, said the imposition of the fines “belies logic,” while Dennis McGinn, a retired vice admiral who serves on the American Council on Renewable Energy, said that the quota “is the right thing to do” even if the imposition of the fines “doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense,” the Times reported


EPA boosts production goal for advanced, cellulosic biofuels by more than a third

Published: December 30, 2011

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Filed under: Biodiesel The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) boosted its 2012 goals for production of non-corn-based biofuels by about 36 percent, reflecting the federal government’s efforts to both cut its dependency on foreign oil and find alternatives to corn- and alcohol-based fuels. The EPA boosted its production goal for advanced biofuels, whose feedstocks range from sugarcane ethanol to algae, by 48 percent, while increasing its goal for cellulosic biofuels, or biofuels produced from grasses, wood and plants, by 34 percent


Ethanol company Poet says cellulosic biofuel coming in 2012

Published: April 13, 2010

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Filed under: Ethanol Poet TV “How close is Cellulosic Ethanol?” – Click above to watch video after the jump Since 2007, Poet Energy has been pumping out corn ethanol at various locations around the U.S. Before that, the company was known as Broin and had a 20-year history making biofuel. Corn ethanol, though, isn’t anyone’s idea of an end game product.


German-engineered yeast makes for larger cellulosic ethanol yields

Published: April 1, 2010

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Filed under: Ethanol , Germany Scientists in Germany have engineered the common industrial yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae to ferment the sugars pentose (C5) and hexose (C6) from biomass feedstock to create ethanol and butanol. Translation: cellulosic ethanol may be one step closer to being more than the green automotive buzzword of 2008 or, worse, one of the biggest losers of 2009 .


EPA finalizes biofuel rules, says corn ethanol beats gasoline in GHG emissions

Published: February 5, 2010

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Filed under: Biodiesel , Ethanol , Legislation and Policy , USA Yesterday, the Obama Administration announced new biofuel rules for a Renewable Fuels Standard (aka RFS2) and there’s a lot for ethanol producers to love in there. One of the important items in the rules is how the EPA will calculate greenhouse gas emissions from biofuels


BP prepares output of new biofuels – algae diesel and butanol – starting in 2010

Published: November 5, 2009

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Filed under: Ethanol BP could become the first major energy company to start commercial scale production of cellulosic ethanol in 2010 if all goes according to plan.


Shell and Codexis expanding cellulosic ethanol development

Published: March 16, 2009

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Codexis and Shell are expanding their collaboration on developing non-food based biofuels.