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Biofuels Digest/BIO Business Outlook Survey Shows Steady Confidence

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Biofuels Digest this week reported results from a quarterly Bioenergy Business Outlook Survey, an index of the biofuels industry’s confidence. The survey showed an ongoing trend of increased responses from new and overseas companies. The industry’s confidence remains high, with 78 percent of bioenergy executives reporting they feel more optimistic about their organization’s prospects for growth than they remember feeling 12 months earlier. A similarly high percentage, 72 percent, report feeling more optimistic about the Read More >

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Biofuels Digest Measures Bioenergy Business Outlook

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Biofuels Digest and BIO launched the 2012 Q1 Bioenergy Business Outlook Survey. In the last survey, Biofuels Digest reported that 79 percent of bioenergy executives are more optimistic both about their organization’s prospects for growth and industry growth, than 12 months prior. Bioenergy, biofuel and biotech executives are invited to participate in the survey. Overall, the survey painted a picture of an industry that is expecting to grow at nearly triple the growth rate of Read More >

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Petroleum Refiners Express Contempt for RFS

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At the National Biodiesel Conference earlier this week, AFPM President Charles Drevna called the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) an “anachronism” and claimed that “it’s not working as intended.” Should he be believed? Congress established the RFS with steadily increasing volume mandates for cellulosic biofuels in order to open the petroleum-dominated market to alternatives and spur growth in the industry. Despite the resistance to innovation from the petroleum refiners, that purpose in not an anachronism. Moreover, Read More >

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ARPA-E Helps Early Stage Companies Commercialize Energy Innovations

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Q&A with ARPA-E Deputy Director for Commercialization Cheryl Martin Q: What is the mission of ARPA-E, and how do you work to further that mission? ARPA-E’s mission is to develop advanced energy technologies that can reduce U.S. energy consumption, emissions, and our reliance on foreign energy sources.  At the core, we are a technology funding agency, with a focus on next-generation, game-changing energy advances.  We award funding for research and development, with the goal of Read More >

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EPA Maintains Consistent Implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard

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The EPA on January 9 issued the final rule for the 2012 Renewable Fuel Standard, calling for production and use of 15.2 billion gallons of renewable fuel, representing just over 9 percent of the total fuel market. The renewable fuel total includes 2 billion gallons of advanced biofuel, with at least 8.65 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel. Importantly, EPA’s 2012 rule maintains a course –consistent with the 2010 and 2011 rules – that continues to Read More >

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