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DOE Biomass 2014 Conference Highlights Renewable Chemicals

Brent Erickson

This week, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted its seventh annual conference—Biomass 2014: Growing the Future Bioeconomy, focusing on innovative technologies, financing strategies, and public policies needed to grow the bioeconomy. Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial and Environmental Section, spoke at a Plenary Session titled Policy Challenges and Opportunities for Growing the Bioeconomy, at which the head’s of several Washington trade groups discussed meeting the challenges and leveraging opportunities that Read More >

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RFS: Shifting Focus on to Climate Change

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Dueling studies highlight focus on climate impacts of renewable fuel standard. In a recent ClimateWire piece, Environment & Energy reporters Tiffany Stecker and Julia Pyper, highlighted two opposing stances on whether or not biofuels contribute to the increase of greenhouse gas emissions. The Environmental Working Group released a study late June that found U.S. EPA’s proposed cut in the amount of ethanol would “prevent 3 million tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere — the Read More >

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BIO CEO Lays out Vision for Future of Industrial Biotech

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During the opening plenary lunch at BIO’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO, laid out a comprehensive state of the industry to a packed room of entrepreneurs, scientists, investors and business leaders from more than 35 countries. In his remarks, Greenwood talked about the important strides the industry has made. “Cellulosic and advanced biofuel companies are at a pivotal point in commercial development,” Greenwood said.  “In addition, we are Read More >

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Philadelphia Proclaims Energy Independence During BIO’s World Congress

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The BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology began in Philadelphia, with an expected 1,100 attendees from 35 countries coming to the city. The city provided a warm welcome to the attendees, declaring Monday May 12, 2014 “Energy Independence Day.” The official proclamation, signed by the Hon. Michael Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia, “urge[s] all citizens to be aware of the importance of sustainable energy,” and recognizes Novozymes, who, “with the help of biotechnology, has enabled the Read More >

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Big Oil Asks Congress to Do What the Courts Denied

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“This contention is meritless.” Doesn’t “withstand scrutiny.” “Ignores salient facts.” That was the judgment of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Monroe Energy and PBF Energy’s challenge to the 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard. The companies asked the Court to vacate the entire RFS for 2013, claiming the blendwall makes it impossible for them to comply with the RFS and EPA did not use its waiver authority to reduce biofuel use. “Neither Read More >

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