USDA Gives $70 Mil Loan Guarantee for Biofuel Plant

John Davis

A cellulosic biofuel plant in Georgia will get built, thanks in part to a $70 million U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan guarantee. This news release from USDA says the money is being made available through the agency’s Biorefinery Assistance Program. “There is a clear consumer demand for clean, American-made, renewable fuels, which our rural communities stand ready to meet,” …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Cellulosic, Government, USDA

Advanced Biofuels Industry Weighs in on #RFS

Joanna Schroeder

The advance biofuels industry is fairly positive about increased volumes in the final Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rules that were released yesterday but leaders are stressing that this isn’t enough to keep the advanced biofuels industry growing and get investor confidence back on track. In the past year, four commercial scale cellulosic ethanol biorefineries went online and when they are …

ABBC, advance biofuels, BIO, Cellulosic, RFS

Fuels America Launches RFS Climate Ad Campaign

Joanna Schroeder

Leading up to COP21 in Paris in a couple of weeks Fuels America has launched a climate campaign targeted at President Obama. The campaign encourages him to tout the success of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) during the climate talks. Fuels America is calling on the administration to get the RFS back on track. During the call biofuel industry representatives …

advance biofuels, Audio, Biodiesel, Cellulosic, Clean Power Plan, Climate Change, Ethanol, Fuels America, RFS

Where or Where Will Cellulosic Ethanol Go?

Joanna Schroeder

The world’s largest cellulosic ethanol biorefinery went online Friday, October 30, 2015 in Nevada, Iowa marked by a commissioning celebration featuring several Iowa dignitaries. The day was kicked off with a welcome reception where DuPont Industrial Biosciences President William Feehery spoke about how the company is committed to reforming how energy is produced. Yet despite the jovial mood, there was …

advance biofuels, Cellulosic, Ethanol, RFS

Cellulosic Biofuels Celebrated at DuPont Plant Opening

Joanna Schroeder

Nevada, Iowa is officially home to the world’s largest cellulosic ethanol biorefinery with the official plant commissioning. When the DuPont facility is at full production, in about a year, it will produce 30 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues such as corn stover. The celebration was kicked off with the National Anthem sung by music legend Simon Estes …

advance biofuels, Audio, biomass, Cellulosic, Ethanol, RFS

EPA Submits Final RFS Rules to OMB for Review

Joanna Schroeder

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has transmitted its Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review as one of the final steps before publishing the final 2014, 2015 and 2016 final RFS rules for renewable volume obligations (RVOs). While the details are not public, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is …

advance biofuels, BIO, Biodiesel, Cellulosic, EPA, Ethanol, RFS

Santorum Visits Quad County Cellulosic Ethanol Plant

Cindy Zimmerman

Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum visited the site of the first commercial cellulosic ethanol production in the state of Iowa at Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) Friday. “One of the things that’s helped rural small towns and farmers, particularly in Iowa, is the Renewable Fuel Standard,” said Santorum, who met with met with plant representatives, including …

Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News

DuPont Celebrates Opening of Cellulosic Ethanol Plant

Cindy Zimmerman

DuPont celebrated the opening of its cellulosic biofuel facility in Nevada, Iowa on Friday with a ceremony including industry representatives and many dignitaries. The biorefinery is now officially the world’s largest commercial cellulosic ethanol plant, with the capacity to produce 30 million gallons per year from corn stover – the stalks, leaves and cobs left in a field after harvest. …

biofuels, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News

Novozymes Ranked Best Science Employer

Joanna Schroeder

Science Magazine has ranked Novozymes at the top of its Top Employers list. The publication polled employees in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and related industries to determine the 20 best employers globally. The key characteristics the magazine was looking for in the ranking were ‘Innovative leader in the industry,’ ‘Treats employees with respect’ and ‘Is socially responsible’. “We are very proud …

advance biofuels, Cellulosic, enzymes, Ethanol, Novozymes

New Poll Shows Iowans Support RFS

Joanna Schroeder

“We wanted a poll to tell us the truth about where caucus voters stand. This isn’t a Republican thing or a Democrat thing. This is an American thing. This represents the future,” said Eric Branstad the Iowa State Director of America’s Renewable Future (ARF) during a press call to release the results of a new poll. The results find that …

advance biofuels, ARF, Audio, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Opinion, politics, RFS