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Alaska Air

First-Ever Test Flight Powered by Wood Waste

Gevo’s technology to make jet fuel from cellulosic wood waste will be used in demonstration flight sponsored by Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance and Alaska Airlines. The company’s fermentation technology allows it to produce isobutanol from cellulosic feedstocks such as wood waste, which can then be converted into alcohol-to-jet fuel. This … Read more »

Tool Helps Biofuel Developers Analyze Water Use

Tool Helps Biofuel Developers Analyze Water Use

A new version of an online tool created by the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory will help biofuel developers analyze water consumption of various types of feedstocks, aiding development of sustainable fuels that will reduce impact on limited water resources. The newest version of the Water Assessment for … Read more »

cellulosic biofuel

RFS in Limelight, but Cellulosics Hope to Steal the Show

As the Renewable Fuel Standard debate rages on in the halls of Congress, agencies are trying to stimulate the development of the fledgling advanced biofuels industry. Corn ethanol producers suffered a setback last month when the EPA cut its overall ethanol mandate for the first time since Congress instituted the … Read more »

Renewable Fuel Standard: Problems Keep Mounting

Skyrocketing ethanol credit prices are costing refineries hundreds of millions of dollars, and could raise prices at the gas pump – and Scott Mixon, acting chief economist of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, says his agency may take a closer look at controversial trading in the credits. Refiners use the credits – … Read more »

Biofuels ‘Will Meet RFS Mandates Through 2016’

Biofuels ‘Will Meet RFS Mandates Through 2016’

There will be sufficient supply of advanced biofuels to meet the US Renewable Fuel Standard through 2016, according to Environmental Entrepreneurs’ (E2) annual assessment of the advanced biofuel industry. The report comes amidst renewed scrutiny of the RFS from Congress this summer, as the oil industry seeks to roll back … Read more »

EPA biofuels

EPA Slashes Cellulosic Biofuels Mandate

The EPA has slashed the amount of cellulosic biofuels that refiners must blend into their gasoline and diesel, from its initial proposal for 14 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel to 6 million gallons in the final 2013 requirement. The rule, issued yesterday, sets percentage standards for four fuel categories that … Read more »

Biofuels Well Below US Targets, Government Says

Biofuels Well Below US Targets, Government Says

Cellulosic biofuels will likely remain well below targets set by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). That law set a target level of 500 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels for 2012 and 1 billion gallons for 2013, growing to 16 … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: BP Biofuel Plant, Gulf of Mexico Leases, EU Climate Talks

The Interior Department and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has published details on its oil and gas lease sale of more than 20 million acres offshore and all unleased areas in the Western Gulf of Mexico Planning Area. Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 229, on November 28 in New … Read more »