Merry Christmas From DomesticFuel!

Joanna Schroeder

The DomesticFuel Team is thankful to all of you for tuning in through a busy 2015 as we worked to provide the latest alternative energy news. We’ll be bringing you some news throughout the end of the year and resume full coverage on January 2, 2016.  We hope you have a Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.


College Works on Bio-Inspired Fuel Cell

John Davis

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology are working on developing fuel cells made from natural, biological sources. This article from the school says Dr. Umit Koylu, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has received a six-month $50,000 Innovation Corps Teams (I Corps) Program grant from the National Science Foundation to accelerate tech-transfer and explore commercialization of a …

bioenergy, Miscellaneous

Proterra EV Buses Travel Million Miles

Joanna Schroeder

Proterra battery-electric(EV) buses have been driven one million miles. The company recently congratulated its customers on achieving the EV industry milestone and held a celebratory event at its plant in Greenville, S.C. where they honored their transit agency partners for their leadership as EV pioneers. Each transit agency was honored with award commemorating their early adoption of EV bus technology …

Alternative Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, Miscellaneous

Bennet Files Amendment for Bridge to Tax Reform

Joanna Schroeder

Trade groups are calling for national support of the Bennet Amendment for Bridge to Tax Reform. U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) has filed an amendment to the annual budget resolution being considered this week by the Senate that would make room for renewable and efficiency tax credits. The amendment specifies “a fund for “creating clean energy jobs, including extending over …

Clean Energy, Electricity, Geothermal, Hydro, Miscellaneous, Renewable Energy, Solar, Wind

NEC Scholarship Award Winner Announced

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association and Renewable Fuels Foundation are proud to announce the student scholarship award winner for the 20th annual National Ethanol Conference: Going Global next month in Grapevine, Texas. This year’s scholarship winner is Laís Thomaz of Brazil, who received her master’s degree in international relations in 2012 from San Tiago Dantas, a graduate program supported by three …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Miscellaneous, National Ethanol Conference, RFA

Amyris Renewable Jet Fuel Gets Approval in Brazil

John Davis

Airline regulators in Brazil have approved the use of Amyris’ renewable jet fuel. The company says the sugarcane-derived fuel helps cut greenhouse gases and can now be used in up to 10 percent blends. “Building on the revised ASTM International standard for aviation turbine fuel approved in June, Brazil’s ANP last week removed the last regulatory hurdle for the use …


Oil-Rich Texas is Nearly Renewable Energy Leader

John Davis

Looks like Texas is taking an all-of-the-above approach when it comes to energy sources. The oil-rich state added nearly 800 clean energy jobs during the first three months of this year, and according to this story in, that puts Texas second only to Idaho and California. But the article also warns those the 5,600 new clean energy and clean …


Forest Service Seeks Wood Energy Applications

John Davis

In honor of Earth Day today, the U.S. Forest Service is seeking proposals that expand wood energy use and support responsible forest management. This news release says the service is also offering a Wood Energy Financial App to help business leaders see a positive bottom line for these efforts. “USDA through the Forest Service is supporting development of wood energy …

Government, Miscellaneous, USDA

Where Your Marketing Dollars are Going

Jamie Johansen

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What’s the largest percentage of your 2014 marketing budget?” It looks like the old faithful form of print marketing tops this week’s ZimmPoll. But what is interesting is that rest of the choices were almost evenly spread across the board, with the newer trends of social media and digital marketing right up there with …

Miscellaneous, ZimmPoll

NASA to Study Renewable Fuels in Space

Joanna Schroeder

Renewable Fuels are getting one stop closer to heading out to space. NASA has signed agreements with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to conduct a series of joint flight tests to study the atmospheric effects of emissions from jet engines burning alternative fuels. The Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions …