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Advanced Biofuels Companies Showcase Progress

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Wednesday at the National Press Club, several advanced biofuels companies joined BIO to showcase the progress the industry has made in recent years. U.S. companies have worked to rapidly scale up advanced biofuel technology – through pilot and demonstration projects – and a number are now constructing and commissioning commercial-scale biorefineries. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has been the industry’s bedrock policy behind this innovation. It provides the fundamental foundation driving private investment in America’s 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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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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National Academies Rehashes Controversies Over RFS

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The National Academies this week released a Congressionally mandated study estimating the potential economic and environmental effects of producing the 36 billion gallons of biofuels required under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The conclusions of the report are 1) that cellulosic biofuels are highly unlikely to meet their mandate of 16 billion gallons by 2022 and 2) biofuels overall are unlikely to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as required. Because the report stopped short Read More >

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BIO Pacific Rim Summit: Status of Cellulosic Ethanol Commercialization

Qteros, ZeaChem and Verenium presented updates on their efforts to bring three unique cellulosic ethanol processes to commercial status. Qteros CTO Kevin Gray described how the company’s Q Microbe™ (Clostridium phytofermentans) enables a single step (consolidated bioprocessing) conversion and fermentation process for fuels. This approach can save as much as 40 percent in production costs. Qteros is currently scaling its technology up for a 100 liter laboratory bioreactor. ZeaChem President and CEO Jim Imbler outlined Read More >

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