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April 26, 2013
Department Announces Support For Military Biofuels Projects
This week, DOE announced that it would provide up to $18 million to support four pilot-scale projects designed to produce drop-in biofuels that would meet military specifications for jet fuel and shipboard diesel, and could be for military or commercial use. Funding recipients are required to provide at least 50 percent in matching funds. Significantly, DOE stated publicly that this funding is not a part of the joint initiative among the Departments of Agriculture, Energy, and the Navy to help facilitate the development and commercialization of drop-in advanced biofuels for military and ... read more >
April 25, 2013
Anti-Dumping Measures Will Likely Affect U.S. Ethanol Imports
Europe is expected to increase its ethanol production after anti-dumping measures have been levied on ethanol imports from the U.S. This is also significant because it limits or reduces potential markets for U.S. ethanol at a time when the industry is looking for new opportunities in the face of the impending blend ... read more >
April 25, 2013
U.S. House Energy And Commerce Committee Releases Second RFS White Paper And Comment Request
On April 18, 2013, the House Energy and Commerce Committee issued the second in an expected series of white papers issued by the Committee to "[set] out a number of emerging issues with the RFS." The topic of the first white paper was the blend wall. This second white paper addresses the impacts of the RFS on the agriculture sector, and largely stems out of the "food versus fuel" debate. The paper asks several questions on which the Committee seeks comment by April 29, 2013. One question asks the impact of the RFS on corn prices. In response to the drought last year, ... read more >
April 25, 2013
Refiners Announce Limited Support For EPA’s RIN Fraud Proposal
Last week was the deadline to submit comments to the EPA on its proposal to prevent future instances of Renewable Identification Number (RIN) fraud. The proposal is intended to create a voluntary plan under which biofuels producers could have their RINs validated by a third party to help provide obligated parties (refiners) confidence in the validity of the RINs they may purchase to meet their renewable volume obligations under the RFS. In its comments, the American Petroleum Institute offered limited support to the proposal, while reiterating its intent to work to repeal the ... read more >
April 25, 2013
Cereplast
Bioplastics company Cereplast has reported that it has been receiving orders for the manufacture of single use bags as part of efforts by the Supreme Court and the Central Pollution Control Board in India to reduce the country's plastic ... read more >
April 25, 2013
Metabolix Announcement
Renewable energy company Metabolix announced that its researchers will present new data in Cincinnati this week at the ANTEC Conference "showing that its biobased PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate) copolymers significantly improve the mechanical, performance and environmental characteristics of the commercially significant polymers polylactide (PLA) and polyvinyl chloride ... read more >
April 25, 2013
GranBio Acquires Stake Of American Process
Brazilian biofuel and renewable chemical company, GranBio, recently announced that it has made a 25 percent equity investment in U.S. cleantech process development company, American Process Inc. Under the agreement, GranBio will have access to a proprietary biomass pretreatment platform that makes it possible to develop cost-effectively cellulosic sugars as a feedstock for conversion to a variety of biochemicals and ... read more >
April 25, 2013
Sweetwater And Naturally Scientific Enter Into 15-Year Renewable Chemical Project
Sweetwater Energy Inc., which specializes in producing low-cost sugars for biofuel and renewable chemical production, has entered into an agreement with Naturally Scientific to supply the company with customized industrial sugars over the course of 15 years in a transaction valued at $250 million. Sweetwater plans to convert locally available cellulosic material, including crop residues, purpose grown energy crops, and wood waste into sugar, which Naturally Scientific will use to produce high-value vegetable oils in the ... read more >
April 25, 2013
Carbios Strategic Partnership With French INRA
Renewable energy company Carbios has entered into a five-year strategic partnership with the French National Institute for Agricultural Research. The partnership will focus on the development of biobased industrial processes that add value to plastic waste and facilitate the development of economically competitive biosourced ... read more >
April 25, 2013
Industry Groups And Twelve States Ask Supreme Court To Limit EPA Authority Under Massachusetts v. EPA
On April 18, 2013, industry groups petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to uphold EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from stationary sources. On April 19, 2013, Texas and eleven other states petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to limit EPA's authority under Massachusetts v. EPA. Under that 2007 decision, the Court held that EPA could regulate GHGs as air pollutants under the Clean Air Act (CAA). In the April 19, 2013, petition, the twelve states argue that the Court should clarify ... read more >
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