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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 >
April 25, 2013
Senate EPW Committee Expected To Take Up EPA Nominee
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has stated that she expects the Committee to consider and vote on President Obama's pick for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Gina McCarthy, in the coming weeks. The nomination is expected to pass the Committee and the full Senate despite recent public statements by Committee Ranking Member Jim Inhofe (R-OK) that he will not support McCarthy. McCarthy has served as EPA's Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation since 2009. In this position, McCarthy has helped oversee among ... read more >
April 25, 2013
Renewable Energy Supporter Max Baucus To Retire From The U.S. Senate
Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-MT) has announced that he will not run for another term in the U.S. Senate in 2014. This announcement may present a challenge to the biofuels, renewable chemicals, and biobased products sectors, as Baucus has been a leading supporter of renewable energy ... read more >
April 25, 2013
Renewable Chemicals Eligible Under Reintroduced MLP Legislation
On April 24, 2013, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) reintroduced the "Master Limited Partnership Parity Act," legislation that would give certain renewable energy companies the ability to organize themselves as master limited partnerships (MLP). Currently, only energy companies in traditional fossil fuel sectors may organize as MLPs. Renewable energy advocates support this MLP legislation as a potential tool to help raise much needed capital, as MLPs are taxed as partnerships, but establish ownership shares that can be traded like traditional stock on an exchange. This year's ... read more >
April 25, 2013
Developments On Moniz Nomination For DOE Secretary
While Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has placed a hold on the nomination of Ernest Moniz for the next Secretary of Energy, the full Senate could soon consider and approve the nomination. Last week, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved the nomination by a vote of 21-1, with Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) dissenting because Moniz would not commit to continuing the Department of Energy's (DOE) plan to construct a facility to make mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel from surplus weapons-grade plutonium at the Savannah River site located near Aiken, South Carolina. It was reported that ... read more >
April 12, 2013
Renewable Fuel Standard Developments
The federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) continues to be challenged by opponents, mainly in the oil and gas industry, on legislative, regulatory, and legal fronts. Just after President Obama's reelection last year, the American Petroleum Institute (API) announced that it had changed its position on the RFS from reform to repeal. Many supporters of the RFS, including most leading biofuels trade associations, believe that the policy is working as intended to stimulate investment in the development and commercialization of the U.S. biofuels industry, and should therefore remain ... read more >
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