USDA to Fund Rural Renewable Energy Studies

John Davis

The USDA is providing funding to look at the feasibility of renewable energy systems for agriculture producers and rural small businesses. Grants of up to $50,000 each for a total of $3 million will be made available under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP): “Renewable energy production represents a promising revenue source for America’s producers while meeting the nation’s …

Government, USDA

Blue Dog Dem Unhappy with Obama’s Ethanol, Biodiesel Efforts

John Davis

The leader of the Blue-Dog Democrats, the bloc of House Democratic centrists, says President Obama’s efforts on ethanol and biodiesel are dragging his overall grade for his first year and a half in office down to just average. The Hill reports that while Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (D-S.D.), believes the President has done a good job on some economic issues, she’s …

Biodiesel, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, News

Ethanol Industry Urges DOE to Fix Loan Program

Cindy Zimmerman

Ethanol and other renewable energy industry groups are urging the Secretary of Energy to fix the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Loan Guarantee Program (LGP) and keep Congress from raiding it for other projects. Growth Energy, along with the Renewable Fuels Association and six other organizations, sent a letter to DOE Secretary Steven Chu urging him to restore billions in …

Energy, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, Growth Energy, RFA, Solar, Wind

Federal Ag & Energy Depts. Team Up for Bioenergy

John Davis

The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy have teamed up to hand out some research awards to designed to improve and accelerate genetics in plants for bioenergy production. This USDA release says the announcement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Energy Secretary Steven Chu will make $8.9 million available: “Cost-effective, sustainable biofuels are crucial to building a clean energy economy,” …

bioenergy, biofuels, Government, USDA

$11 Mil in Grants for Propel Biodiesel, Ethanol Stations

John Davis

Propel Fuels, a west coast retailer of ethanol and biodiesel, has received $11 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission to build and operate 75 self-serve alternative fuel stations across the state over the next two years. This article in the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal says the effort will reduce the amount …

Biodiesel, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, News

Advanced Biofuel Payments to Foreign Owners, Non-Rural Plants

John Davis

It might be green and renewable, but it won’t necessarily be DOMESTIC fuel. This article from Biofuels Digest says the Obama Administration will allow advanced biofuels plants owned by foreign companies and those plants in non-rural areas Advanced Biofuels Payments: In Washington, the (USDA’s) Rural Business-Cooperative Service Agency announced that it is amending the rules for the Advanced Biofuel Payment …

biofuels, Government

Biodiesel Company Lands California Energy Grant

John Davis

A California-based biodiesel company has won a nearly $900 thousand grant from that state’s Energy Commission. Biodiesel Industries “ARIES© Bioenergy Project” is a multi-year project using algae to produce biodiesel in an integrated energy system monitored by the ARIES platform. ARIES, which stands for Automated Real-time, Remote, Integrated Energy System, was developed with Aerojet to incorporate advanced automation control capabilities: …

Biodiesel, Government

Lack of Biodiesel Incentive Closes Another Plant

John Davis

Just in case you forgot (fat chance of that!), the federal $1-a-gallon biodiesel tax incentive has not been renewed after expiring at the end of 2009. And an estimated 23,000 biodiesel workers (and counting) have been laid off nationwide. The latest victims are workers at a biodiesel plant once touted as the largest in New England. This Times Argus article …

Biodiesel, Government, Legislation

Sapphire VP: Feds Inadequate in Algae-Biofuels Funding

John Davis

While there’s been lots of talk lately about some of the private investment in algae-biofuels operations, one company official says the feds aren’t doing their part to support the green fuels. Just recently, Sapphire Energy benefited from $105 million in Department of Energy and Agriculture grants … the largest federal government award for algae ever given. But the Voice of …

algae, biofuels, Government

Utah Field Holds Promise for US Army’s Biodiesel Efforts

John Davis

A small patch of safflower near the Salt Lake City International Airport has caught the attention of the U.S. Army as part of the military’s efforts to implement more biodiesel into its operations. The Salt Lake Tribune says about 20 acres of the prickly leafed crop, planted as part of Salt Lake County’s urban-farming initiative, could be a feedstock for …

Biodiesel, Government, NBB