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  • University Of Michigan Researcher Publishes Controversial Study That Finds Gasoline Produces Fewer CO2 Emissions Than Biofuels

    University Of Michigan Researcher Publishes Controversial Study That Finds Gasoline Produces Fewer CO2 Emissions Than Biofuels

    On August 25, 2016, researchers at the University of Michigan, led by research professor John M. DeCicco, Ph.D., published "Carbon balance effects of U.S. biofuel production and use," a study examining the impact of biofuel production on carbon ...

    Kathleen M. Roberts

  • USDA Reports On Increasing Ethanol Production Capacity In The Philippines

    USDA Reports On Increasing Ethanol Production Capacity In The Philippines

    On August, 24, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service released an annual report on the Philippines` biofuel industry and ethanol imports. In January 2007, The Biofuels Act or Republic Act (RA 9367) was signed, ...

    Kathleen M. Roberts

  • Non-Profits Release Report On Improvements To The European Commission’s Bioenergy Policy

    Non-Profits Release Report On Improvements To The European Commission’s Bioenergy Policy

    On September 5, 2016, a group of non-profits, including Oxfam International, Fern, and Greenpeace, published a report outlining policy measures that should be taken by the European Commission (EC) to ensure that bioenergy is as low-carbon and ...

    Kathleen M. Roberts

  • BIO Writes Open Letter To Congress Encouraging Multi-Year Extension Of Biofuel Incentives

    BIO Writes Open Letter To Congress Encouraging Multi-Year Extension Of Biofuel Incentives

    On October 18, 2016, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) sent a letter to Congressional Leadership, the Senate Finance Committee Chairs, and the House Ways and Means Committee Chairs calling for the extension of expiring renewable energy ...

    Kathleen M. Roberts

  • EPA Publishes Final 2017 RFS Requirements

    EPA Publishes Final 2017 RFS Requirements

    On December 12, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final rule, Renewable Fuel Standard Program:  Standards for 2017 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2018, in the Federal Register.  This final rule sets the ...

    Lauren M. Graham

  • China To Double Ethanol Production by 2020

    China To Double Ethanol Production by 2020

    On December 5, 2016, China`s National Energy Administration (NEA) published a five-year plan that aims to increase ethanol production to four million tons by 2020 despite the government maintaining strict control over the use of food grains. The ...

    Kathleen M. Roberts

  • India Launches Biofuel-Run Bus Service

    India Launches Biofuel-Run Bus Service

    On December 5, 2016, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) launched the Aapli bus service, India’s first green bus service, in Nagpur, which includes five buses that will run on ethanol biofuel. Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road ...

    Lauren M. Graham

  • Petition for Waiver of 2016 cellulosic biofuel volumetric requirements

    Petition for Waiver of 2016 cellulosic biofuel volumetric requirements

    On December 28, 2016, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) submitted a petition requesting that EPA waive the cellulosic biofuel volumetric requirements for the 2016 compliance year citing an inadequate domestic supply of the ...

    Kathleen M. Roberts

  • DOE Announces $22.7 million funding opportunity for integrated biorefinery optimization

    DOE Announces $22.7 million funding opportunity for integrated biorefinery optimization

    On January 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and USDA announced a $22.7 million funding opportunity to support integrated biorefinery (IBR) optimization, with DOE providing up to $19.8 million and USDA’s National Institute of Food ...

    Richard E. Engler

  • Extension of New York’s Clean Heating Fuel Tax Credit

    Extension of New York’s Clean Heating Fuel Tax Credit

    The New York State Clean Heating Fuel Tax Credit has been extended through 2020.  The personal income tax credit, which was initially authorized in 2006, is provided to eligible taxpayers for biodiesel purchases used for residential space and ...

    Lauren M. Graham

  • BRAG Biofuels Industry Outlook for 2017

    BRAG Biofuels Industry Outlook for 2017

    The biofuels industry is likely to face increasingly challenging times during the tenures of the new 115 th Congress -- which began on January 3 -- and the Trump Administration, scheduled to begin this Friday, January 20. Throughout his campaign ...

    Lynn L. Bergeson

  • Energy information administration issues short-term energy outlook report

    Energy information administration issues short-term energy outlook report

    On January 10, 2017, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released the Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) report, which includes forecasts for 2018.  The report outlines expectations for regular gasoline to average a retail price of ...

    Lauren M. Graham

  • DOE Bioenergy Technologies office to request applications for Biomass Research and Development Initiative

    DOE Bioenergy Technologies office to request applications for Biomass Research and Development Initiative

    On January 13, 2017, the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), together with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), announced the intent to issue a request for applications (RFA) titled ...

    Richard E. Engler

  • DOE Awards $40 Million in Funding for Bioenergy Research Centers

    DOE Awards $40 Million in Funding for Bioenergy Research Centers

    On July 17, 2017, the U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that $40 million in Department of Energy (DOE) awards will be used to establish four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRC) to be led by a DOE National Laboratory or top university. ...

    Lauren M. Graham

  • DOE Announces Up to $8 Million in Funding for Algae Biofuels Projects

    DOE Announces Up to $8 Million in Funding for Algae Biofuels Projects

    On July 11, 2017, DOE announced the selection of three projects focused on reducing the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts that will receive up to $8 million in funding.    The projects aim to generate high-impact tools ...

    Lauren M. Graham

  • RICanada welcomes Quebec Renewable Fuel Volume Requirements

    RICanada welcomes Quebec Renewable Fuel Volume Requirements

    Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada), a principal stakeholder representing Canadian producers of clean-burning renewable fuels, announced that the Quebec Government’s 2017-2020 Action Plan under the 2030 Energy Policy included, for the first ...

    Lauren M. Graham

  • EIA Issues Short-Term Energy Outlook Report

    EIA Issues Short-Term Energy Outlook Report

    On July 11, 2017, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) issued its June Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO).  EIA considered EPA’s recent rulemakings on the 2017 RFS volume requirements and proposed 2018 RFS volume requirements when ...

    Lauren M. Graham

  • DOE Publishes ADO Workshop Presentations

    DOE Publishes ADO Workshop Presentations

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the availability of presentations from its Advanced Development and Optimization (ADO) Workshop.  As previously reported in the Biobased and ...

    Lauren M. Graham

  • WTO Rules on EU AD Measures On Biodiesel from Indonesia

    WTO Rules on EU AD Measures On Biodiesel from Indonesia

    On January 25, 2018, the World Trade Organization (WTO) issued a ruling on anti-dumping (AD) measures on biodiesel from Indonesia, following Indonesia’s request for consultations with the European Union (EU) in June 2014. The ruling is the ...

    Lauren M. Graham

  • NBB Announces New Report On Biodiesel Benefits

    NBB Announces New Report On Biodiesel Benefits

    On January 22, 2018, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) announced that a new study on lifecycle energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission effects of biodiesel updates and reaffirms the benefits of using the renewable fuel.  The report was ...

    Lauren M. Graham