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May 9, 2013
USDA Awards Grants For Biobased Initiatives
On May 1, 2013, USDA announced that it was awarding 110 Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG), including eleven for renewable chemicals and biobased products. The USDA press release states that these eleven awards "include grants to convert: corn stover to anhydrous ammonia; miscanthus fiber, wood and goat manure into biochar and enhanced compost; and sorghum to electricity and fertilizer." The press release is available online and the complete list of the awardees is available ... read more >
May 9, 2013
Tax Reform Efforts Continue
The Chairs of the House and Senate tax writing committees have both stated that comprehensive tax reform in this Congress is a top priority. To this end, both have been working to assess current incentives and have been seeking feedback from key stakeholders whose views are important to include as they consider wholesale reform of the U.S. Tax Code. House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp (R-MI) formed eleven working groups to work with the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) to assess the current tax code and outline options for reform. As a result of this work, on Monday, May 6, ... read more >
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 >
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