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May 9, 2013
Virent delivers jet fuel to Air Force for testing
Virent, a Madison, Wisconsin, based biofuels company, has announced that the Company has delivered 100 gallons of its demonstration drop-in jet fuel to the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory for testing to determine whether the fuel meets the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specifications for jet fuel. Early in 2011, President Obama announced an initiative to help encourage and facilitate the development and commercialization of U.S. advanced drop-in biofuels for military and commercial use. Virent used funding awarded to the Company in 2011 by the Federal Aviation ... read more >
May 9, 2013
DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products Company LLC
Earlier this week, DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products Company LLC announced that it has partnered with RML, Inc. to develop a new line of alternative preservatives for use in the cosmetics and personal care market. The new line is called PolyGuard. According to the press release, which is available online, PolyGuard features the proprietary ingredient Zemea® propanediol, a "natural, 100 percent bio-based ingredient made from corn sugar through fermentation and developed for use in the cosmetics and personal care ... read more >
May 9, 2013
Senate Committee Postpones Vote On McCarthy Nomination
Washington political grandstanding was center stage on May 9, 2013, as Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) was forced to postpone the Committee's vote on President Obama's nominee for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Gina McCarthy. All Republican members of the Committee boycotted the May 9 meeting, prompting Senator Boxer to delay the vote while criticizing the Committee's GOP members as being "obstructionists," adding that Ms. McCarthy is the "most qualified EPA nominee" ever to come before ... read more >
May 2, 2013
Leaders Announce Plans To Consider Farm Bill
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) stated publicly that he would like the full Senate to consider a Farm Bill this month after the Senate Agriculture Committee marks up and passes its version of the legislation. Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has reportedly stated that she plans to schedule a mark-up of her Committee's version of the next Farm Bill sometime this month. Biofuel and renewable chemical supporters are working hard to ensure that this year's version of the next five-year Farm Bill will include a strong energy title that helps ... read more >
May 2, 2013
Rennovia Demonstrates 100% Biobased Nylon
Renewable chemical company, Rennovia, has announced that it has successfully demonstrated production of renewable hexamethylenediamine (HMD). This renewable HMD, combined with the company's renewable adipic acid, has allowed Renovia to make for the first time a 100% renewable nylon, Nylon-6,6. Nylon-6,6 is used to make consumer goods, including shoes, carpeting, tires, and certain car ... read more >
May 2, 2013
Toray Announces Demonstration Of Biobased PBT
Tokyo-based chemicals and plastics company, Toray Industries, has announced that it has successfully demonstrated a partially biobased polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) using Genomatica Inc.'s biobased 1,4-butanediol (BDO). The company reports that testing shows that the partial biobased PBT has properties equivalent to PBT made from petroleum-based BDO. PBT is used to make electrical connectors and plugs, car parts, and keyboard caps, among other ... read more >
May 2, 2013
Canergy To Build Cellulosic Plant In California
Advanced biofuels company Canergy recently announced that it will use Chemtex and Beta Renewables to develop a new cellulosic biofuels facility in California. Construction is set to begin in the first quarter of 2014 and come online in 2016. The facility is expected to produce 25 million gallons per ... read more >
May 2, 2013
Biofuels Investments Down In 2012
The Pew Charitable Trusts released a report in April, "Who's Winning the Clean Energy Race?," announcing that investments in biofuels projects declined by 47% from 2011 to ... read more >
May 2, 2013
Tax Reform
Last week, the Senate Finance Committee released its latest position paper as part of its ongoing effort to outline and propose ways to accomplish broad based tax reform. The position paper (available online) includes potential ways to reform energy tax incentives. An idea presented in the paper is to consider whether the various existing biofuel incentives should be eliminated and replaced with biofuel incentives based on technology ... read more >
May 2, 2013
McCarthy’s Nomination Hits Roadblocks
Senate Republicans are increasing their opposition to President Obama's pick to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Gina McCarthy. Last month, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee member Jeff Sessions (R-LA) stated publicly that he expected the nomination to pass the Committee and the full Senate. Since that time, eight Republican members of the Committee have requested that Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) delay a Committee vote on the nomination scheduled for May 8 until McCarthy responds to their requests for new EPA transparency measures. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) ... read more >
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