CBD Energy, Westinghouse Solar Announce Projects

John Davis

Australia-based CBD Energy Ltd. has announced it is getting into the renewable energy businesses in the U.S. The move comes after the company revealed its proposed merger with Westinghouse Solar, Inc., and its technologies and services will be debuted during the upcoming Solar Power International conference, Sept. 10-13, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. “CBD Energy’s pending merger with Westinghouse Solar offers …

International, Solar

Ethanol Land Use Debate Continues

Cindy Zimmerman

The debate over ethanol, greenhouse gases and land use continues – and that was the topic of a panel discussion at the recent 17th annual National Ethanol Conference. The panel, moderated by Renewable Fuels Association VP of Research and Analysis Geoff Cooper, consisted of Thomas Darlington with Air Improvement Resource, Inc.; Dr. David Zilberman with the University of California-Berkeley; and …

advanced biofuels, Audio, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, feedstocks, Indirect Land Use, National Ethanol Conference, RFA

Ethanol Conference Panel Includes Opposition

Cindy Zimmerman

Scott Faber has never been known for his love of ethanol. In fact, Faber could be called the “architect of the food versus fuel campaign,” as he engineered much of the opposition to ethanol as lobbyist for the Grocery Manufacturers Association. Now he has joined the Environmental Working Group, an organization which also tends to position itself on the opposite …

Audio, corn, Government, National Ethanol Conference, NCGA, Oil, RFA

Keynoters for National Ethanol Conference

Cindy Zimmerman

Keynote speakers at the 17th Annual National Ethanol Conference will offer “Insider Perspectives on Election 2012 – The Presidency and Congress.” Karl Rove will speak from the Republican perspective. Rove served as Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000–2007 and Deputy Chief of Staff from 2004–2007. He is known as “The Architect” of President Bush’s 2000 and 2004 …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, National Ethanol Conference, RFA

DOE Biomass Conference This Week

Cindy Zimmerman

Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will keynote the Department of Energy 4th annual Biomass Conference on Tuesday. This year’s conference, Biomass 2011, will focus on topics surrounding the use of biomass as a replacement for petroleum to supply the energy, products, and power markets. The Biomass 2011 theme will explore the new horizons of bioenergy technologies …

biomass, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, POET

Jobe, Dinneen to Speak at Biomass Conference

Joanna Schroeder

The International Biomass Conference is set to take place in St. Louis on May 2-5, 2011 an it looks like a powerhouse agenda is coming together. During the kick-off session, the biofuel industry will unite on the roundtable: Our Industry in a Changed Political Landscape. Both Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President & CEO Bob Dinneen, whose organization just concluded their …

advanced biofuels, conferences

New Holland Still Showing Strong Support For Biodiesel

Chuck Zimmerman

Why is there a New Holland Boomer 8N photo on here when talking about the National Biodiesel Conference? Because the company is once again a conference sponsor of the media room I’ve been working out of and the Biodiesel Conference Blog that ZimmComm New Media is helping manage for the 6th year! I want to say a big thanks to …

Audio, Biodiesel, Biodiesel Conference, NBB, New Holland

Deforestation Decline Debunks Land Use Change Theory

Cindy Zimmerman

Rainforest deforestation rates have reached new lows, which further challenges the theory of international land use change that has been used to penalize corn ethanol for its carbon footprint. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva announced today that deforestation rates in the Brazilian Amazon declined 14 percent from August 2009 to July 2010, reaching the lowest rates ever recorded …

Brazil, Environment, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Indirect Land Use, RFA

Freshwater Wind Summit Planned for Cleveland

John Davis

Looks like LeBron James left Cleveland just a little too early, because he could have gone to the Infocast’s Freshwater Wind 2010 Summit, July 19-21. Well, at least YOU won’t have to worry about him sitting in front of you at the Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square and blocking your view of the event for talking about how to best …


Indirect Land Use Uncertainty

Chuck Zimmerman

I conducted a number of interviews with presenters at the recent Corn Utilization and Technology Conference and many of them were about biofuels, especially ethanol. Here’s one I thought you’d be interested in. The Land Use Conundrum . . . Corn, An Advanced Biofuel? That was the title of one of the sessions that was moderated by Jamey Cline, NCGA. …

Audio, CUTC, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Indirect Land Use, NCGA