BioEnergy Bytes

Joanna Schroeder

Gevo has announced that Ruth Dreessen, a Director since 2012, has been named Chairman of the Board, and that Shai Weiss, Director and Chairman, has stepped down from the Board of Directors. These changes will take effect immediately. In addition, Gary Mize, Director since 2011, will assume the role of Audit Committee Chairman. DuPont recently completed a five-year field study …

Bioenergy Bytes

Grid Guru Debunks Clean Power Plan Blackouts

Joanna Schroeder

According to a new white paper, implementation of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) will not cause blackouts and opposers to the plan claim. Lauren Azar, former Commissioner at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin and senior advisor to former Energy Secretary Steven Chu, conducted a detailed review of the recent history of the power industry and found that utilities will …

Clean Power Plan, Electricity, Solar, Wind

GMP & Yeloha Offer Unique Solar Sharing Program

Joanna Schroeder

Green Mountain Power (GMP) and Yeloha, a peer-to-peer Solar Sharing Network, have launched a unique solar sharing program, the first by a utility. The platform enables customers to generate their own solar energy and share it with other residents online whose roofs are not suited for solar panels. Customers will be offered to host the panels free of charge in …

Clean Energy, Electricity, Solar

Biofuels Capacity to Grow to 61B Gallons by 2018

Joanna Schroeder

According to new research, global biofuels capacity will grow to 61 billion gallons per year (BGY0 by 2018. Ethanol and biodiesel will continue to dominate with 96 percent of the capacity in 2018, but novel fuels and novel feedstocks will be major drivers of capacity growth, according to Lux Research. The study finds that novel fuels and novel feedstocks will …

advance biofuels, Biodiesel, biomass, Ethanol, Research, Waste-to-Energy

Senate Democrats Propose New Energy Package

Joanna Schroeder

A group of Senate Democrats have proposed a new energy bill to promote clean energy. If passed, the legislation would end some subsidies for fossil fuels and close some oil and gas tax loopholes; incentivize clean energy such as solar and wind through grant programs and tax incentives; and encourage carbon capture and sequestration along with continued development of nuclear …

biofuels, Clean Energy, Legislation, Solar, Wind

BioEnergy Bytes

Joanna Schroeder

Amyris has announced a multi-year, Technology Investment Agreement (TIA) worth up to $35 million with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Biological Technologies Office to create new research and development tools and technologies that will significantly reduce the time and cost of bringing new molecules to market. Amyris has chosen five specialized subcontractors to assist in achieving these innovations. …

Bioenergy Bytes

Novozymes Launches Liquozyme LpH for Ethanol

Joanna Schroeder

Novozymes has launched a new enzyme for ethanol producers who want to reduce their use of chemicals without sacrificing yield. Liquozyme LpH is an alpha-amylase effective at low pH that thins the mash by breaking down starch into shorter dextrin chains. A more fluid mash ensures more efficient operational performance for ethanol producers running their production at low pH. According …

enzymes, Ethanol, Novozymes

New Forest Waste-to-Energy Tech Debuts

Joanna Schroeder

G4 Insights has debuted a new technology to convert forest waste into renewable natural gas in Auburn, California. The process converts scraps and small trees from forest thinning projects into biomethane.  In it first demonstration, G4 used gas produced onsite to fuel an unmodified Placer County truck. “G4 is pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Placer County, California …

Natural Gas, Renewable Energy, Waste-to-Energy

BioEnergy Bytes

Joanna Schroeder

Lumenpulse Inc., a leading manufacturer of high performance, specification-grade LED lighting solutions, announced today that S&P Dow Jones Canadian Index Services has added Lumenpulse to the S&P/TSX Renewable Energy and Clean Technology Index. The Index measures the performance of companies listed on the TSX whose core business is the development of green technologies and sustainable infrastructure solutions. TerraForm Global, a …

Bioenergy Bytes

Companies Support Cali’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard

Joanna Schroeder

A group of major companies have come out in support of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). Thirty-six companies sent a letter to California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chairman Mary Nichols expressing their support for the re-adoption of the program. They cited the standard’s positive influence on the development of cleaner transportation fuels. “BICEP companies support a strong LCFS because …

Biodiesel, biofuels, biogas, Clean Energy, Ethanol, Low Carbon Fuel Standard