Thursday, July 31, 2008

News and Notes - July 31, 2008

Featured Article

Interactive Biodiesel Producer Map
http://www.biodieselmagazine.com/plantmap/?roi=echo7-1490689202-3486895-d08474c2e290813d8bc00f5a96e8ca36&

Biodiesel Magazine has produced an interactive map that allows users to see where in the US biodiesel manufacturers are located, some basic company and volume information. It also provides links to a Google map of each location and the company’s website. This is a nice tool to locate these producers. Hopefully, Ethanol Producer Magazine will come out with something similar since the magazines are produced at the same company.

US News

Assistant Secretary of Energy Alexander Karsner to Resign in August
http://www.biofuelsjournal.com/articles/Assistant_Secretary_of_Energy_Alexander_Karsner_to_Resign_in_August-61114.html

National Conservation, Environment and Energy Independence Act introduced in US House: oil drilling, coal-to-liquid, Renewable Energy Reserve Fund planned
http://www.theintelligencer.net/page/content.detail/id/512366.html?nav=515

Ethanol's toll
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/editorial/bal-ed.ethanol31jul31,0,4693606.story

Ethanol Related Links – List of links from DOE
http://www.eere.energy.gov/afdc/ethanol/related_links.html

Senate Ag Committee on Ethanol to Be Held in Omaha
http://www.istockanalyst.com/article/viewiStockNews+articleid_2455730&title=Senate_Ag_Committee_on.html

Wisconsin Rapids Area Has High Hopes for Ethanol Plant (former New Page mill)
http://www.wisconsinagconnection.com/story-state.php?Id=919&yr=2008

U.S. ethanol production rises 10 pct in May – EIA
http://in.reuters.com/article/oilRpt/idINN2940448920080729

Sorghum taking root as a source for ethanol
http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/energy/environment/2008-07-30-ethanol-sorghum-florida_N.htm

In the tall grass, researchers find energy alternative
http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-10002885-54.html?hhTest=1

John Stephen Releases Plan For American Energy Independence (NJ Rep)
http://www.politickernh.com/brianlawson/2696/john-stephen-releases-plan-american-energy-independence

Ethanol plant action sought (NY companies sue one another)
http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=707701&category=BUSINESS

U.S. Grains Council and Hawkeye Gold LLC Send Sample Shipment of DDGS to Australia for Feeding Trials
http://www.biofuelsjournal.com/articles/U_S__Grains_Council_and_Hawkeye_Gold_LLC_Send_Sample_Shipment_of_DDGS_to_Australia_for_Feeding_Trials-61154.html

Money Available To Switch Alabama School Buses To Biodiesel
http://www.nbc13.com/vtm/news/local/article/money_available_to_switch_alabama_school_buses_to_biodiesel/29527/

Ethanol plants receive big subsidy checks
https://secure.forumcomm.com/grandforks/articles/index.cfm?page=purchase&id=82332&CFID=62898447&CFTOKEN=18387366&jsessionid=88302fc29340354a783e

International News

Peugeot-Citroen (and Ford) approves Harvest B30 biodiesel for UK cars with HDi engines
http://www.automotive-business-review.com/article_news.asp?guid=20D41234-979F-4180-ACF9-AE694FDC015D

Sava joint venture opens biggest wood biomass plant in Balkans
http://bois.fordaq.com/fordaq/news/Sava_Wood_Biomass_Plant_Balkans_17495.html

Tax hike would force German biodiesel closures
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/feedarticle/7689596

DJ Bunge To Invest BRL1 Bln In 3 Brazil Ethanol Mills
http://www.tradingmarkets.com/.site/news/Stock%20News/1793711/

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

News and Notes - July 30, 2008

Feature Article

Brazil presses US, EU to include ethanol in any WTO trade pact
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/07/28/business/EU-WTO-Ethanol.php

You will notice that the International News section of today’s email is loaded with articles about Brazil, WTO talks, and ethanol tariffs. This article provides an overview of the entire situation. The EU has given ground, reducing tariffs on certain quantities of Brazillian ethanol (450 million gallons). However, the US has been reluctant to reduce its 54 cents per gallon tariff. Even the EU tariff excemption was met with negativity by the Brazilian sugarcane industry in that it was not enough! The US is the world’s largest producer of ethanol and Brazil is second. The article briefly mentions that Brazil has had issues getting its ethanol seen as an environmentally friendly alternative to gasoline. With concerns about industry practices there, the country may find it difficult to find any support in the US for tariff reductions, among environmentalists, agriculturalists, and industrialists alike.


US News

POET signs cooperative agreement with DOE for first phase of commercial cellulosic ethanol project
http://www.poet.com/news/showRelease.asp?id=96&year=2007&categoryid=8

Corn ethanol stirs passion in Michigan's alternative energy debate
http://blog.mlive.com/businessinnovation/2008/07/corn_ethanol_stirs_passion_in.html

Senators introduce bill to create ethanol pipelines
http://www.ethanolproducer.com/article.jsp?article_id=4528

Research drives improvements in efficient biofuel processing (Colorado)
http://www.engineerlive.com/international-oil-and-gas-engineer/environment-solution/20490/research-drives-improvements-in-efficient-biofuel-processing.thtml

National Corn Growers Association speaker tells Lake Land audience ethanol is part of energy solution, not the entire answer
http://www.herald-review.com/articles/2008/07/30/money/1034445.txt

Interstate Transmission Superhighways: Paving the Way to a Low-carbon Future
http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/story?id=53193

Cobb County (GA) Considers Own Biofuel Plant
http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=7041284&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.2.1

Building Better Biofuels
http://www.biomassmagazine.com/article.jsp?article_id=1833

Microbial Tricks for the Cellulosic Ethanol Trade
http://www.ethanolproducer.com/article.jsp?article_id=4450

International News

Brazil Seeks New Options To Fight Ethanol Tariffs
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/Content.asp?ContentID=240680

Brazil wants market on both sides of the pond
http://www.ethanolproducer.com/takingstalk/post.jsp?blogPostID=17

Less dependency on biofuels in EU climate plan
http://www.reuters.com/article/gc08/idUSL563326120080729

Brazil defends biofuel's merits
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7528323.stm

Marathon WTO talks collapse in U.S.-India farm row
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080729/ts_nm/trade_wto_dc_77

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

News and Notes - July 29, 2008

Feature Article

(UGA Researchers) New Biomass Technology Dramatically Increases Ethanol Yield From Grasses And Yard Waste
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080728192938.htm

The University of Georgia has a technology available to reduce biomass pretreatment problems and issues. Their research as found a better method of pretreatment that is acid-free and releases at least ten times more simple sugars than other pretreatment methods. It is a relatively quick process as well. It is also considered more environmentally friendly than alternative chemicals.

US News

Fuel prices fall for 7th straight day (interesting look at cost comparison of ethanol and gasoline based on mileage)
http://money.cnn.com/2008/07/24/news/economy/gasoline/?postversion=2008072406

Pickens on his energy plan
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oew-tboone29-2008jul29,0,761206.story

Massachusetts: Biofuel Bill Is Signed (inc. cellulosic exemptions)
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/29/us/29brfs-BIOFUELBILLI_BRF.html?ref=us

N.H. farmers say ethanol bringing higher feed prices
http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080728/FRONTPAGE/807280326

Cardinal Ethanol still plans to open on time: But experts say hardly anyone can afford corn at these prices.
http://www.thestarpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080727/NEWS01/807270376/1002

Industrial Biotechnology Plans Ethanol-Based Chemical Production
http://www.tradingmarkets.com/.site/news/Stock%20News/1784657/

Estimating the impact of inceased ethanol production on US household spending
http://www.ethanolrfa.org/documents/EthanolandHouseholdSpending_000.pdf

NREL to analyze impact of WIREC pledges
http://www.biomassmagazine.com/article.jsp?article_id=1824

Hoover (AL) diverts 8 tons of wood waste from landfill to produce ethanol
http://www.al.com/news/birminghamnews/index.ssf?/base/news/1217232913254890.xml&coll=2

Drumming Up Demand for Diesels
http://biodieselmagazine.com/article.jsp?article_id=2556

Flexible Biomass Conveyance
http://www.biomassmagazine.com/article.jsp?article_id=1832

Biodiesel trailer closes days after grand opening
http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2008/jul/25/biodiesel-trailer-closes-days-after-grand/

International News

Man blows up garage trying to make biodiesel (Humor for the Day!)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/2463557/Man-blows-up-garage-trying-to-make-biodiesel.html

ADM to start ethanol production in Brazil – report
http://uk.reuters.com/article/rbssConsumerGoodsAndRetailNews/idUKN2846828920080728

Brazil presses US, EU to include ethanol in any WTO trade pact
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/07/28/business/EU-WTO-Ethanol.php

Monday, July 28, 2008

News and Notes - July 28, 2008

Feature Article

Termite Bellies and Biofuels
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/25770269.html

This article is a nice in-depth look at some research underway looking at termite stomachs and the enzymes they contain. These “walking bioreactors” as the researcher calls them contain extremely efficient enzymes that release sugars from the materials these insects eat. These enzymes hold lots of potential for commercial development of efficient cellulosic technologies. We have some research underway here at the University of Tennessee that is also looking at termite enzymes. Dr. Juan Jurat Fuentes is heading that effort through a Sun Grant funded research program.

UTBI-related News

Tennessee Biofuels project Boosts Knoxville's Innovation Valley
http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/markets/industries/industrials/tennessee-biofuels-project-boosts-knoxvilles-innovation-valley/

VW Execs Impressed By Switchgrass Into Biofuel Effort
http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_132128.asp

National News

US presses ahead with biofuel law, despite opposition from Texas: New legislation would make 80 per cent of vehicles capable of being run on biofuels
http://www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2222604/presses-ahead-biofuel-boom

Ethanol carries huge costs to the environment, people
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/5908297.html

Boosting Cellulosic Biofuels
http://www.technologyreview.com/Energy/21134/

Sprucing Up Wood Waste
http://www.biomassmagazine.com/article.jsp?article_id=1834

USDA Expert Warns Against Harvesting Wheat Residue
http://www.biofuelsjournal.com/articles/USDA_Expert_Warns_Against_Harvesting_Wheat_Residue-60774.html

How Free Trade Can Help Solve the Energy Crisis
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121702724001286291.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

GMO Crops May Help End Food-Versus-Fuel Debate, Monsanto Says
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601101&sid=azk_XuQTuJ2s&refer=japan

Renewable Chemicals Corporation Will Use Sugar Cane Ethanol to Manufacture Renewable Chemicals
http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/markets/industries/industrials/renewable-chemicals-corporation-use-sugar-cane-ethanol-manufacture-renewable/

WATER: Oil companies see opportunity in another precious commodity
http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/2008/07/28/1/

Postal Service Wants To Green 90% Of Fleet
http://www.environmentalleader.com/2008/07/24/postal-service-wants-to-green-90-of-fleet/

Neighbor campaigns for LYCO 1 ethanol plan (Public support for ethanol project!)
http://www.dailyitem.com/0100_news/local_story_210000030.html

Dalton (GA) Utilities to Start Producing Biodiesel From Algae
http://www.istockanalyst.com/article/viewiStockNews+articleid_2439195&title=BRIEF_Dalton_Utilities.html

Ethanol plant aims for October start-up (POET Ohio)
http://www.marionstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080727/NEWS01/807270330/1002/NEWS01

Liquid Maize halts ethanol plant construction, cites financing
http://biofuelsdigest.com/blog2/2008/07/28/liquid-maize-halts-ethanol-plant-construction-cites-financing/

Man uses canola seeds to produce biodiesel fuel (NC)
http://www.godanriver.com/gdr/news/local/danville_news/article/man_uses_canola_seeds_to_produce_biodiesel_fuel/5284/

International News

EU proposes annual import of 1.4 mln tons of ethanol from Brazil
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-07/28/content_8786249.htm

Petrobras Opens Biofuel Unit to Oversee $1.5 Billion Investment
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601086&sid=a9VdoR3lh0CM&refer=latin_america

India votes for national energy security
http://biofuelsdigest.com/blog2/2008/07/28/india-votes-for-national-energy-security-biofuels-digest-special-report/

Sunday, July 27, 2008

News and Notes - July 25, 2008

Feature Article

With this week’s announcement of the partnership between UT/Genera Energy, I have received several questions regarding the partnership, biorefinery details, and about Mascoma. I would like to refer everyone to the Genera Energy website (www.generaenergy.net) where they have posted a list of FAQs that will address many of these details.

UTBI-related News

As you can imagine, this is a big week for the UTBI with the announcement of the partnership with Dupont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol. Here is a sampling of news articles related to the event. I’ll just list links as most of the titles are similar.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/governmentFilingsNews/idUKN2344239220080723

http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2008/07/23/ap5246862.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/innovationNews/idUSN1447001120080514

http://ethanolproducer.com/article.jsp?article_id=4512

http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080724/BUSINESS01/807240340/1003/NEWS01

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/jul/24/new-partner-for-ut-refinery/

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/jul/23/dupont-danisco-partner-ut-project/

http://www.utk.edu/tntoday/article.php?pk=937

http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/djf500/200807240128DOWJONESDJONLINE000242_FORTUNE5.htm

http://www.wate.com/global/story.asp?s=8726297

http://www.wate.com/global/story.asp?s=8723131

http://timesfreepress.com/news/2008/jul/23/ut-dupont-form-joint-biorefineryethanol-project/

http://www.volunteertv.com/home/headlines/25814214.html

http://www.foodproductiondaily.com/news/ng.asp?id=85272-dupont-danisco-ethanol-biofuels-food-prices

http://www.tradingmarkets.com/.site/news/Stock%20News/1777573/

http://thedailytimes.com/article/20080724/NEWS/15274057

http://advocateanddemocrat.com/story/14962

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/story?id=53153

US News

Ethanol 'concerns' Big Oil
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080725/BUSINESS/807250357/1029

Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman and Secretary of Agriculture Ed Shaefer response letter to Senator Bingaman of New Mexico in regards to his questions about ethanol and food prices (interesting read)
http://www.ethanol.org/pdf/contentmgmt/USDA_DOE_biofuels_letter_61208.pdf

Restrictive language threatens cellulosic ethanol growth (Energy Bill)
http://www.brownfieldnetwork.com/gestalt/go.cfm?objectid=56F63A11-BDB2-E2C5-86B2634EC3AE46D5

Harkin: Gas cheaper because of ethanol
http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/harkin-gas-cheaper-because-of-ethanol-2008-07-24.html

Agribusiness Group Forms To Protect Ethanol Subsidies (Dupont, John Deere, Monsanto, etc)
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121694492314783063.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Company makes, sells biodiesel at Va. truck stop
http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2008/07/24/ap5250951.html

Uprising Against the Ethanol Mandate
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/23/business/23ethanol.html?_r=1&em&ex=1216958400&en=6e824834a4b001dd&ei=5087%0A&oref=slogin

Los Angeles County approves commercial ethanol plant (BlueFire Ethanol)
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/07/24/business/NA-US-Ethanol-Plant.php

Primafuel to Install Industry-Leading SMAART™Oil Solution at Amaizing Energy Ethanol Facility
http://www.emediawire.com/releases/2008/7/prweb1136094.htm

Ethanol whining from Kansas
http://voices.kansascity.com/node/1724

What’s Driving Food Prices? A Farm Foundation Report
http://farmfoundation.org/news/articlefiles/404-ExecSum8.5x11.pdf

EESI releases new cellulosic factsheets
http://www.eesi.org/publications/Fact%20Sheets/factsheets.htm

The Ethanol Trap: Why Policies to Promote Ethanol as Fuel Need Rethinking (a CD Howe Institute Report)
http://www.cdhowe.org/pdf/commentary_268.pdf
And the Canadian Biofuels Association response to the report
http://www.greenfuels.org/files/CDHowe_OConnorResponse.pdf

Gassing up with garbage
http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/07/24/business/24fuel.php

Athenix raises $10M for biofuels and specialty chemicals
http://venturebeat.com/2008/07/23/athenix-raises-10m-for-biofuels/

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

News and Notes - July 23, 2008

** News and Notes will not be published on Thursday, July 24, 2008. Apologies for any inconveniences.” **

Featured Article

Due to editor travel status, the featured article section will not appear today.

US News

Big business concocts link of biofuels, food costs
http://www.sacbee.com/110/story/1093638.html

Guidance on Harvesting Woody Biomass for Energy in Pennsylvania
http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/PA_Biomass_guidance_final.pdf

Switchgrass May Mean Better Soil
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080720092205.htm

Global Warming, Jet-A Prices 'Fueling' Interest in Alternative Gas
http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_generic.jsp?channel=bca&id=news/bca0708p2.xml&headline=Global%20Warming,%20Jet-A%20Prices%20'Fueling'%20Interest%20in%20Alternative%20Gas

Quest for alternative fuels starts with an engine at Argonne National Laboratory
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-omnivore-21-jul21,0,2358184.story

EPA delays ruling on ethanol mandate waiver until August
http://biofuelsdigest.com/blog2/2008/07/22/epa-delays-ruling-on-ethanol-mandate-waiver-until-august/
And http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jDyeJXvXPlyzNgI9KKjsSwkkch3QD9235ACOD

VeraSun: North Dakota ethanol plant starting up
http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/apwire/cdc7064909affd3ec17e512525264cc6.htm

The Byproducts of Biodiesel Production Are Valuable Organic Acids, Researchers Say
http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/story?id=53116

Steelman aims for votes from ethanol-weary livestock farmers (MO)
http://www.columbiatribune.com/2008/Jul/20080722News019.asp

DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol LLC Names Joseph R. Skurla President: Brings Fuel and Refinery Expertise to the Joint Venture
http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/dupont-danisco-cellulosic-ethanol-llc/story.aspx?guid=%7BCEE6CF64-A6EA-471E-BEE1-4FA310E4B4E8%7D&dist=hppr

Beef Tallow to Fuel Nebraska Biodiesel Plant
http://domesticfuel.com/2008/07/21/beef-tallow-to-fuel-nebraska-biodiesel-plant/#comment-89724

Cow power could generate electricity for millions
http://www.alphagalileo.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=readrelease&releaseid=531092

International News

Biofuels industry grows in Latin America
http://uk.reuters.com/article/oilRpt/idUKN2145608720080721

Biofuels depriving world of 100 million tons of cereals: FAO chief
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/News/International_Business/Biofuels_depriving_world_of_100_million_tons_of_cereals_FAO_chief/articleshow/3261616.cms

For Caribbean, Rum More Interesting Than Ethanol
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/Content.asp?ContentID=238914

Regulatory Guidance - Ethanol Distillers' Grains for Livestock Feed (Canada)
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/anima/feebet/pol/distillerse.shtml

Brazilian ethanol plants to get $260m loan
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/2f6fd598-5811-11dd-b02f-000077b07658.html

Arroyo calls for acceleration of biodiesel production
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/regions/view/20080721-149835/Arroyo-calls-for-acceleration-of-biodiesel-production

News and Notes - July 22, 2008

US News

U.S. Sens. Harkin & Lugar: Introduce Bill That Would Help Create Ethanol Pipeline
http://www.iowapolitics.com/index.iml?Article=131623

Auto Industry Redesigns Engines While Ethanol Debate Rages
http://www.designnews.com/index.asp?layout=article&articleid=CA6579739&industryid=43655

Senators outraged over EPA meeting with Perry on RFS
http://www.brownfieldnetwork.com/gestalt/go.cfm?objectid=38321E2A-0A6E-86D8-994953FF143C28AA

Ethanol plant construction at a standstill, but plans remain
http://www.tdn.com/articles/2008/07/22/top_story/doc48852970a9600231971005.txt

Catawba Co, NC and Appalachian State University to open Biodiesel Research Center
http://www.hickoryrecord.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=HDR/MGArticle/HDR_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1173355929450

Biofuels Proof of Concept Study on Producing Cellulosic Ethanol from Pelleted Forage Crops Nets K-State Team
http://www.infozine.com/news/stories/op/storiesView/sid/29428/

Senator Visits Growers, Stresses Support for Corn Ethanol
http://www.ncga.com/news/notd/2008/July/071708.asp

Ethanol Could Use Some Friends Right Now
http://www.agweb.com/Blogs/BlogPost.aspx?src=AgEcon101&PID=a585369b-4615-42ce-bf7c-6ecaf7c1be6e

Milwaukee council considers resolution against ethanol
http://www.ethanolproducer.com/article.jsp?article_id=4497

SEC files complaint against Natchez biofuels company
http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080721/NEWS/80721017

Interview transcript with Ken Powell, chairman and chief executive officer, General Mills discussing food price inflation
http://www.startribune.com/business/25720834.html?page=3&c=y

International News

FAO debuts world soil database to identify carbon sink, biomass cultivation opportunities
http://biofuelsdigest.com/blog2/2008/07/22/fao-debuts-world-soil-database-to-identify-carbon-sink-biomass-cultivation-opportunities/

Samsung Group to develop biodiesel in Indonesia
http://old.thejakartapost.com/detailbusiness.asp?fileid=20080722.L02&irec=1

Monday, July 21, 2008

News and Notes - July 21, 2008

Feature Article

Heard the One About the Farmer’s Ethanol?
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/07/books/07book.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

This article is a review of the book “Gusher of Lies” which focuses on the myths of energy independence. It makes note of several of the author’s key arguments in refuting the ideas of energy independence. The one that caught my attention was how automakers, when calculating mileage for their flexfuel vehicles, “artificially” inflate gas mileage using ethanol. It related to gasoline being considered in absence of ethanol and without the amount of ethanol added into the equation. I don’t take these things at face value and will research this, but this is a line of thought I had not seen before.

US News

Energy Information Administration Annual Energy Outlook 2008 Report
http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/aeo/pdf/overview.pdf

Biofuel for the flames: Are biofuels a core solution? (by Joe Romm, former Assistant Secretary for Energy)
http://gristmill.grist.org/story/2008/7/18/131530/338

Perry draws environmentalist support on ethanol stand
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/bus/stories/DN-perry_21bus.ART.State.Edition2.4d960c6.html

RFA: OECD Report on Biofuels Confirms Higher Oil Prices Largest Contributor to HIgh Grain Prices
http://www.biofuelsjournal.com/articles/RFA__OECD_Report_on_Biofuels_Confirms_Higher_Oil_Prices_Largest_Contributor_to_HIgh_Grain_Prices-60626.html

Time for ethanol to defend self, say officials
http://www.kearneyhub.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=19861478&BRD=268&PAG=461&dept_id=577571&rfi=6

$4 Gallon Gas: Burden or Emergency?
http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/postglobal/energywire/2008/07/is_4_gas_an_emergency.html#more

With Government and Industry Support, Hydrogen Vehicles Could Reduce U.S. Oil Use and Emissions
HTTP://NATIONAL-ACADEMIES.ORG/morenews/20080717.html

Municipal waste to produce ethanol by 2011 (AR)
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c7a155f0-56bb-11dd-8686-000077b07658.html

Willow biomass experiment, now in year two, looks promising
http://www.middlebury.edu/about/pubaff/news_releases/2008/pubaff_633516256288955812.htm

Poll shows support for ethanol
http://dailykenoshan.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6179&Itemid=1

Pellet stoves efficient, but becoming scarce
http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Pellet+stoves+efficient%2C+but+becoming+scarce&articleId=75ef466d-df2a-49af-8c03-889f47357242

Bio-Diesel Company Calls Nebraska Home (60 mgy)
http://www.ktiv.com/Global/story.asp?S=8698192

DRI and university work on biomass conversion process
http://www.unr.edu/nevadanews/templates/details.aspx?articleid=4430&zoneid=44

Industrial Biotechnology: Development and Adoption by the U.S. Chemical and Biofuel Industries (A Report)
http://hotdocs.usitc.gov/docs/pubs/332/pub4020.pdf

International News

New Biodiesel for UK cars (B30)
http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/AllCars/233984/

Rubbish idea that could make driving cheaper
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article4369355.ece?Submitted=true

Reliance’s new biofuel business model to provide fuel with food
http://www.livemint.com/2008/07/20232412/Reliance8217s-new-biofuel-b.html

Friday, July 18, 2008

News and Notes - July 17, 2008

Feature Article

Recent Study by ARS Researchers Suggest That Switchgrass May be Better for Your Soil
http://www.biofuelsjournal.com/articles/Recent_Study_by_ARS_Researchers_Suggest_That_Switchgrass_May_be_Better_for_Your_Soil-60541.html

This article takes an interesting look at an ARA study relating the amount of glomalin, a sugar-protein, in switchgrass to the potential erodibility of soils. The more glomalin a soil contains, the less likely that soil is to erode. The study found that as plants formed a symbiotic relationship with fungi in the soil, glomalin levels rose. This increase was most pronounced under native warm season grasses like switchgrass. Glomalin also stores carbon and adds to soil fertility. The article also links to the ARS study.

US News

Switchgrass as fuel touted for energy, cost benefits
http://www.madison.com/tct/top5/296280

Dow and NREL Partner to Convert Biomass to Ethanol and Other Chemical Building Blocks
http://news.dow.com/dow_news/corporate/2008/20080716a.htm

Biofuel Subsidies to More Than Double to $25 Billion, OECD Says
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=axhQZCggy1SA

Long energy crisis ahead, former policymakers warn
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/energy/5889608.html

Speculating About an Oil "Bubble"
http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/postglobal/energywire/2008/07/speculating_about_an_oil_bubbl.html#more

North Dakota ethanol industry having rough year
http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/080716/nd_ethanol_woes.html?.v=1

International Institute for Ecological Agriculture Finds Motorists Across the Country are Switching to Ethanol
http://www.biofuelsjournal.com/articles/International_Institute_for_Ecological_Agriculture_Finds_Motorists_Across_the_Country_are_Switching_to_Ethanol__-60501.html

EPA’s Answer to Governor Perry’s RFS Waiver Request Already on the Books
http://cleanfuelsclearinghouse.com/?p=31

More corn seen increasing 'dead zones'
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nation/bal-te.zones16jul16,0,7935679.story

Homegrown corn flows as ethanol at GPRE facility (Iowa)
http://www.esthervilledailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/501249.html?nav=5003

International News

World Biofuel Leaders to OPEC: Who Are You Trying to Kid?
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/7/prweb1115304.htm

World Bank biofuel report is part of a position paper
http://www.ethanolproducer.com/article.jsp?article_id=4494

FAO plans new Global Forest Resources Assessment; will monitor deforestation and forest growth with gateway to imagery and data
http://biofuelsdigest.com/blog2/2008/07/17/fao-plans-new-global-forest-resources-assessment-will-monitor-deforestation-and-forest-growth-with-gateway-to-imagery-and-data/

Brazilian Sugarcane Industry: OECD Report Confirms Overall Benefits of Brazilian Sugarcane Ethanol
http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/brazilian-sugarcane-industry-oecd-report/story.aspx?guid=%7B9624265E-4AE0-43DF-9B22-858D6EB02473%7D&dist=hppr

Mozambique gov't approves giant ethanol plant (planting 18,000 hectares of sugarcane)
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-07/17/content_8558182.htm

Canadian Green Fuels announces potential $20M deal (biodiesel)
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=be7f4be0-21de-4614-add0-ad66765f5f7b

Special Biofuels Digest Report on the new $2500 Tata car (India, Biodiesel ready)
http://biofuelsdigest.com/blog2/2008/07/16/special-biofuels-digest-report-on-the-new-2500-tata-car/

News and Notes - July 18, 2008

Feature Article

OPEC's sheiks must think Americans are stupid
http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Clifford+D.+May%3A+OPEC's+sheiks+must+think+Americans+are+stupid&articleId=99df355b-cedf-44eb-8bf1-66b277bd3262

This opinion piece takes OPEC and its comments of the last month to task. My favorite line in the article is “They say we live in an Information Age but where energy is concerned it's more like a Disinformation Age.” This is a sentiment that a lot of us have felt over the last year or so. The author notes the potential of science and new developments contributing to our future energy independence. The article is an obvious jab at OPEC and one that is likely well deserved.

US News

Gore sets energy goal for 2018
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/07/18/gore_sets_energy_goal_for_2018/?page=2

McCain Says Ethanol Important, But Doesn't Support Subsidies
http://www.chadrad.com/newsstory.cfm?story=10526

Whirlwind Created By Biofuels Is Good Chaos
http://www.agweb.com/Blogs/BlogPost.aspx?src=AgWebGuestColumn&PID=d177fa68-72bd-4a0a-baea-4eea76be1dd0

Fuel cell cars still 15 years away at best-study
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/feedarticle/7659437

Governors talk of moving beyond corn-based ethanol
http://www.agweekly.com/articles/2008/07/17/news/ag_news/news11.txt

NGA receives DOE funds to enact energy policies
http://www.biodieselmagazine.com/article.jsp?article_id=2576

USDA to Hold Public Hearing July 22 on Biopreferred Labeling Program
http://www.biofuelsjournal.com/articles/USDA_to_Hold_Public_Hearing_July_22_on_Biopreferred_Labeling_Program-60556.html

New poll shows public supports ethanol
http://www.ethanolproducer.com/article.jsp?article_id=4503

Corn prices threaten ethanol
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/jul/17/corn-prices-threaten-ethanol/

Shaping Oklahoma’s Renewable Energy Future
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/Content.asp?ContentID=237722

BioFuel Begins Shipping Ethanol (NE and MN)
http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/biofuel-begins-shipping-ethanol/story.aspx?guid=%7BA859D4F4-FF86-468F-80DA-E16BC659FDFE%7D&dist=hppr

International News

China Hainan Yedao to Build Fuel Ethanol Plant
http://www.flex-news-food.com/pages/17865/Beverages/China/china-hainan-yedao-build-fuel-ethanol-plant.html

Biodiesel plant already in demand (Austrailia)
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/07/18/2308037.htm?section=business

Mozambique clears $280 mln cane-based ethanol plant
http://africa.reuters.com/business/news/usnBAN650044.html

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

News and Notes - July 16, 2008

Upcoming Event

Senator Lamar Alexander is hosting a renewable energy discussion at the University of Tennessee’s West Tennessee Research and Education Center on Friday, July 18 at 10:00 am (CDT). The Center is located in Jackson, TN. The event will be held in Meeting Room B.

Feature Article

T-Bone for Him, Slim Pickin’s for Us (A financial review of the T. Boone Pickens plan)
http://www.star-telegram.com/104/story/761664.html

This article takes a harder look at the plan put forth by T. Boone Pickens. It looks at the cost of infrastructure associated with natural gas refueling stations and also looks at the comparison between gasoline powered cars and natural gas powered cars. The cost of a natural gas car makes it difficult to pay off in the short term, even though natural gas is cheaper than gasoline. The article goes on to point out other weaknesses in the plan.

US News

EPA to delay Renewable Fuel Standard implementation to June 2009
http://biofuelsdigest.com/blog2/2008/07/16/epa-to-delay-renewable-fuel-standard-implementation-to-june-2009/

High Corn Prices Cast Shadow Over Ethanol Plants
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=92559699

We need to play the energy game with a full deck
http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/1444831.html

Shell, Iogen accelerate biofuel project
http://www.forbes.com/afxnewslimited/feeds/afx/2008/07/15/afx5215799.html

Price Of Oil: Hidden Oil Subsidies
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/07/03/price-of-oil-hidden-oil-s_n_110606.html

From Biofuels to BioFailure
http://blog.heritage.org/2008/07/15/from-biofuels-to-biofailure/

Tyson and Syntroleum Approve Dynamic Fuels (Biodiesel) Plant Construction
http://www.tyson.com/Corporate/PressRoom/ViewArticle.aspx?id=2995

Clean Air Taskforce and Other Environmental Groups Send Letter to Senate Environment and Public Work Committee Urging Biofuels Mandate Suspension
http://www.biofuelsjournal.com/articles/Clean_Air_Taskforce_and_Other_Environmental_Groups_Send_Letter_to_Senate_Environment_and_Public_Work_Committee_Urging_Biofuels_Mandate_Suspension-60454.html

Ethanol Industry Leaders Letter to President Bush: Don't Repeal Secondary Tariff
http://www.biofuelsjournal.com/articles/Ethanol_Industry_Leaders_Letter_to_President_Bush__Don_t_Repeal_Secondary_Tariff-60437.html

Turn region's wood waste into ethanol (AL)
http://www.bizjournals.com/birmingham/stories/2008/07/14/daily16.html

Federal grant approved for Park Falls (WI) biodiesel plant
http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/stories/2008/07/14/daily12.html

Department of Energy to Give $850,000 in Support National Governors Association Energy Initiatives
http://www.biofuelsjournal.com/articles/Department_of_Energy_to_Give__850_00_in_Support_National_Governors_Association_Energy_Initiatives-60447.html

Minn. firm plans Omaha ethanol plant (using food wastes)
http://www.nebraska.tv/Global/story.asp?S=8675519&nav=menu605_2

OECD says first-gen biofuels cost $1700 in public funds per tonne of CO2 reduced; calls for focus on advanced biofuels and conservation as alternative
http://biofuelsdigest.com/blog2/2008/07/16/oecd-says-first-gen-biofuels-cost-1700-in-public-funds-per-tonne-of-co2-reduced-calls-for-focus-on-advanced-biofuels-and-conservation-as-alternative/

CleanTech Partners Looks at Creating Woody Biomass Commodity Exchange
http://www.biofuelsjournal.com/articles/CleanTech_Partners_Looks_at_Creating_Woody_Biomass_Commodity_Exchange_-60453.html

Suboctane gas mixed with ethanol would save money for motorists
http://www.ky3.com/news/local/25485484.html

International News

Verenium, Marubeni commence production at cellulosic ethanol plant in Thailand
http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS216039+15-Jul-2008+PRN20080715

Airbus plans second-generation biofuel tests
http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2008/07/15/225579/farnborough-2008-airbus-plans-second-generation-biofuel.html

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

News and Notes - July 15, 2008

Feature Article

Biom├ęthodes, Virginia Tech sign agreement
http://www.ethanolproducer.com/article.jsp?article_id=4481

The research featured in this article, work by Dr. Percival Zhang, was conducted at Virginia Tech and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The Southeastern Sun Grant Center was able to provide funding for Dr. Zhang to travel and conduct research at ORNL. The work has led to processes to convert biomass into ethanol and biohydrogen.

UTBI-related News

TN Developing Alternative Energy Sources
http://www.wdef.com/news/tn_developing_alternative_energy_sources/07/2008

Good Crop, Bad Crop (Quotes Dr. Tiller)
http://www.slate.com/id/2195131/pagenum/all/#page_start

US News

Chattanooga: Study: Ethanol Reduces Eficiency
http://www.redorbit.com/news/business/1476800/chattanooga_study_ethanol_reduces_eficiency/

In Pictures: America's Best Places For Alternative Energy
http://www.forbes.com/2008/07/09/energy-solar-green-biz-energy-cx_bp_0709atlas_slide_20.html?thisSpeed=30000

Ethanol: The Battle Continues
http://blogs.wsj.com/environmentalcapital/2008/07/14/ethanol-the-battle-continues/

Higher food prices are here to stay
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/jul/14/food.energyefficiency

Ethanol, Corn and DDGS 2007 vs. 2008 Price Comparisons in Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/Content.asp?ContentID=236250

The Role of DDGS in the Food-Versus-Fuel Debate
http://www.ethanolproducer.com/article.jsp?article_id=4455

Ethanol Standard Important for Second Generation Fuels
http://domesticfuel.com/2008/07/10/ethanol-standard-important-for-second-generation-fuels/

Verenium Awarded U.S. Department of Energy Grant to Fund Jennings, Louisiana Demonstration-Scale Plant
http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/verenium-awarded-us-department-energy/story.aspx?guid=%7B56D1CA36-6FD7-4347-BEDC-7CEA3A2C105B%7D&dist=hppr

Corn prices cutting into ethanol profits
http://news.tradingcharts.com/futures/3/0/111047603.html

USDA sees corn stocks easing
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080711/BUSINESS/80711025/1030/

Drumming up demand for diesels
http://biodieselmagazine.com/article.jsp?article_id=2556

Gulf Ethanol Opens R&D Facility
http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/gulf-ethanol-opens-rd-facility/story.aspx?guid=%7B5E68A740-EC0A-4E80-9213-548D21D6E286%7D&dist=hppr

Water, corn prices put ethanol plant on hold (ND)
http://www.in-forum.com/articles/index.cfm?id=208276&section=News&freebie_check&CFID=57004377&CFTOKEN=19172335&jsessionid=88308690f9054341501b

International News

European Commission green-lights DuPont, Danisco cellulosic ethanol joint venture
http://biofuelsdigest.com/blog2/2008/07/15/european-commission-green-lights-dupont-danisco-cellulosic-ethanol-joint-venture/

Miracle plant's monstrous potential (Jatropha)
http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=7908

Monday, July 14, 2008

News and Notes - July 14, 2008

Feature Article

The Man Who Dared to Question Ethanol
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/13/business/13feed.html?_r=1&ref=business&oref=slogin

This article looks at the recent Keith Collins report and his transformation from the USDA Chief Economist for the Bush Administration, to an industry analyst. It focuses on the results of his report and how USDA is now defending itself from his findings.

UTBI-related News

University of Tennessee to break ground on biorefinery this year
http://timesfreepress.com/news/2008/jul/12/university-tennessee-break-ground-biorefinery-year/?local

Dr. Tiller: State Well On Its Way To Developing "Grassahol"
http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_131308.asp

Dr. Kelly Tiller Speaks On Biofuels Initiative At Kiwanis, Engineers Clubs
http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_131240.asp

US News

ABF, Mascoma to develop cellulosic ethanol
http://www.biomassmagazine.com/article.jsp?article_id=1788

Project would produce ethanol at Boise mill (Mascoma)
http://www.ifallsdailyjournal.com/news/business-news/project-would-produce-ethanol-boise-mill-tom-laventure-staff-writer-9855
More....... Northern Minn. mill could help make ethanol, too
http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/apwire/7d4a32d9d044313a53384f2170703d0b.htm

My plan to escape the grip of foreign oil (T. Boone Pickens)
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121556087828237463.html?mod=hps_us_inside_today

Making Hay From Woody Waste
http://www.miller-mccune.com/article/472

The Man Who Dared to Question Ethanol
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/13/business/13feed.html?_r=1&ref=business&oref=slogin

GM, Governors Will Work to Expand Ethanol Distribution in U.S.
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=afFetHs1nhBY&refer=home

Governors Talk Of Moving Beyond Corn-based Ethanol
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/07/13/ap/national/main4256541.shtml

Time for Second Thoughts on the Ethanol Mandate
http://www.hawaiireporter.com/story.aspx?bd331d85-5712-4431-8701-133cf84dbd20

Aviation industry examines alternative fuels
http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/07/13/business/RAIRBIO.php

U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters Announces FAA Grant to the X PRIZE Foundation to Spur Renewable Aviation Fuels and Technologies
http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/X-Prize-Foundation-877636.html

Pennsylvania Governor Rendell Signs Biofuels Development and Incentives Acts to Strengthen National Security, Spur Economic Development
http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/pennsylvania-governor-rendell-signs-biofuels-development-incentives-acts/

SDG&E Adds Biomass Energy From Northern California
http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/marketwire/0413010.htm

Energy official frowns on cutting back ethanol
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iybC7Vg-hYUTo1JObqHB1KvS0ZpwD91R60C80

NBPA, Alabama company to produce biofuel
http://www.biomassmagazine.com/article.jsp?article_id=1781

Study: Biofuel production may affect climate
http://www.biomassmagazine.com/article.jsp?article_id=1789

Iowa researchers study ground cover, corn
http://www.biomassmagazine.com/article.jsp?article_id=1790

International News

Canada's Harper Says Biofuels Not Main Cause of Food Inflation
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601082&sid=aKJDKEPE5DVE&refer=canada

India gets serious about cellulosic ethanol: Special Biofuels Digest report
http://biofuelsdigest.com/blog2/2008/07/10/india-gets-serious-about-cellulosic-ethanol-special-biofuels-digest-report/

FAO to make “the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy” the focus of World Food Day activities
http://biofuelsdigest.com/blog2/2008/07/10/fao-to-make-the-challenges-of-climate-change-and-bioenergy-the-focus-of-world-food-day-activities/

Indonesia, Brazil say to cooperate on biofuel
http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSJAK162552

Greed and dogma fertilize food crisis
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Global_Economy/JG09Dj02.html

China gives go-ahead for three biodiesel plants
http://in.reuters.com/article/asiaCompanyAndMarkets/idINPEK14822220080714

Kenya court halts $370m sugar, biofuels project
http://africa.reuters.com/business/news/usnBAN340591.html

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

News and Notes - July 9, 2008

** BioNews will not be published Thursday and Friday, July 10-11, 2008**

Feature Article

All about the Pickens Plan
http://www.pickensplan.com/theplan/

Billionaire oil man T. Bone Pickens is putting his money where his mouth is and has launched an aggressive new campaign aimed at getting this country off oil. His plan focuses mostly on wind and natural gas, but includes other sources of biofuels and bioenergy as well. He promotes the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel and using wind to produce the necessary electricity for the country. By producing electricity from wind, we can shift the current natural gas used to produce electricity (22% of all US electricity) to vehicles. His plan also recognizes the investment and problems that the plan will need to face. Upgrading power grids, footing the multibillion dollar bills and other obstacles remain. In ten years, his plan projects that we could reduce our oil imports by 1/3, solely with natural gas and wind.

US News

Cleveland, Tennessee Based Kudzu Ethanol Preparing For Production
http://www.wdef.com/news/cleveland_tennessee_based_kudzu_ethanol_preparing_for_production/07/2008

South Carolina Bioenergy Research Collaborative plans to build pilot cellulosic facility in Aiken
http://www.aikenstandard.com/0708SRNLBiofuels

Poplar trees hold promise for fuel
http://www.columbian.com/news/localNews/2008/07/07072008_Poplar-trees-hold-promise-for-fuel.cfm

U.S. Joins G-8 Plan To Halve Emissions U.S. Joins G-8 Plan To Halve Emissions
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/08/AR2008070800285.html?nav=rss_print/asection

Florida entrepreneur launches plan for 120 million gallon sugarcane ethanol operation on former US Sugar land
http://www.pr-inside.com/melamed-would-use-land-to-harvest-r692213.htm

High energy prices bringing revolution to American agriculture
http://www.county29.net/cms2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=16030&Itemid=99999999

Green Solution To Biofuel Production: Enzymes From Plants
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080707100206.htm

No corn for oil
http://media.www.dailytexanonline.com/media/storage/paper410/news/2008/07/09/Opinion/No.Corn.For.Oil-3389242.shtml

Pique Oil: Big Ethanol, Sick of Criticism, Lashes Out at Big Oil
http://blogs.wsj.com/environmentalcapital/2008/07/08/pique-oil-big-ethanol-sick-of-criticism-lashes-out-at-big-oil/

Ethanol plant planned for Union County (South Carolina Barley-based Plant)
http://www.greenvilleonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080708/BUSINESS/80708046/1001/NEWS

Mascoma advances plans for Michigan plant
http://ethanol-producer.com/article.jsp?article_id=4385

Michael Pollan on What's Wrong with Environmentalism (discusses biofuels)
http://www.alternet.org/environment/90785/?ses=bfdf5cc1677a7462ec5db43d2c5bb8ef

Switchgrass sprouts as biofuel replacement
http://newsok.com/article/3259293/

UMass researchers find ultrasonic energy converts cellulose to sugar four times faster
http://biofuelsdigest.com/blog2/2008/07/09/umass-researchers-find-ultrasonic-energy-converts-cellulose-to-sugar-four-times-faster/

International News

Top (China) govt official defends nation's biofuel thrust
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2008-07/09/content_6831296.htm

High oil, food prices threaten global economy: G8
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/High_oil_food_prices_threaten_global_economy/rssarticleshow/3212042.cms

EU calls UK biofuel report 'one-sided'
http://www.forbes.com/afxnewslimited/feeds/afx/2008/07/08/afx5191313.html

GM (genetically modified crops) push will be hard to resist: Burke
http://news.smh.com.au/national/gm-push-will-be-hard-to-resist-burke-20080708-3914.html

UK blamed over Mumias Sugar’s Tana delta row
http://www.nationmedia.com/eastafrican/current/News/news0707200810.htm

Colombia finds biofuels bonanza in sugar cane
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/5872635.html

Govt’s subsidy-based biofuel programme set to take shape (India)
http://www.financialexpress.com/news/Govts-subsidybased-biofuel-programme-set-to-take-shape/332200/0

Ethiopia: Al Amoudi's Firm to Secure Large Plot for Bio-Fuel
http://allafrica.com/stories/200807080460.html

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

News and Notes - July 8, 2008

Feature Article

Who Ate My Tortillas? -- The Truth About Food vs. Fuel
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/josh-tickell/who-ate-my-tortillas----t_b_110827.html

This article presents a fairly balanced view of what is driving the price of food up, using the tortilla as an example. It drives home the point that corn and oil are dramatically linked in today’s society, thus affecting prices of a broad base of products. It also notes the impact corporations and speculators have on prices way before the product reaches the consumer. The article is drawn from a new documentary called “Fields of Fuel” to be released this fall.

US News

American Energy Policy, Asleep at the Spigot
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/06/business/06oil.html?_r=2&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&ref=business&adxnnlx=1215421579-JGS57z3GzLhVSc4ZRBZabw&oref=slogin

First Corn Based Ethanol Plant in Southeast Set To Open Soon (Georgia)
http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/24042874.html

Exxon and Chevron study new biofuels and shun food-based fuels
http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/07/03/business/03bio.php

GIS tool available for potential Illinois plants
http://www.biodieselmagazine.com/article.jsp?article_id=2504

SequesCO combines CO2 sequestration with biofuel production
http://www.thestandard.com/news/2008/07/07/sequesco-combines-co2-sequestration-biofuel-production

Corn prices reach into most supermarket aisles
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/55E080198236ED0486257464001109E3?OpenDocument

Legendary oilman Pickens promotes revamping U.S. power policy
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/bus/stories/070808dnbusPickens.3fb918a.html

Ethanol business' effect on food prices is overblown
http://www.ktka.com/news/2008/jul/07/kstate_ag_today_ethanol_business_effect_food_price/

Biodiesel producers receive $16M subsidy, mandates
http://www.centralpennbusiness.com/article.asp?aID=67088

Hulshof defends ethanol mandate; contends Steelman is aligned with Chavez (MO Governor’s race)
http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/political-fix/political-fix/2008/07/hulsho-defends-ethanol-mandate-contends-steelman-is-aligned-with-chavez/

Abandoned Farmlands Are Key to Sustainable Bioenergy
http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/story?id=52960

As soybean prices skyrocket, company finds new fuel sources (jatropha in Missouri)
http://www.farmandranchguide.com/articles/2008/07/03/ag_news/production_news/prods15.txt

Republican Buoyed By Calls For Energy Exploration
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/washington/politics-usa-energy-mcconnell.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=energy&st=nyt&oref=slogin

International News

$400 million UK wheat ethanol project on track despite British wobble on biofuels (BP and Dupont are involved)
http://biofuelsdigest.com/blog2/2008/07/08/400-million-uk-wheat-ethanol-project-on-track-despite-british-wobble-on-biofuels/

The Gallagher Review of the indirect effects of biofuels production now available (UK)
http://www.dft.gov.uk/rfa/_db/_documents/Report_of_the_Gallagher_review.pdf

Europeans Reconsider Biofuel Goal
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/08/business/worldbusiness/08fuel.html?_r=2&ref=business&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

Oil @200 is hot topic at G8 summit
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Oil_200_is_hot_topic_at_G-8_Summit/rssarticleshow/3208459.cms

Ethanol industry strikes back at C.D. Howe (Canada)
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fpposted/archive/2008/07/07/ethanol-industry-strikes-back-at-c-d-howe.aspx

Malaysia urges developing world to plant crops for food, not fuel
http://news.aol.com/story/_a/malaysia-urges-developing-world-to-plant/n20080708011109990005

Monday, July 7, 2008

News and Notes - July 7, 2008

Feature Article (Two today!)

In a comment that seems to deny all logic, the OPEC president blames ethanol for 40% of the crude-price rise. Khelil balmed the weak valuation of the dollar as the primary factor in prices (60%). A 1% decline in the value of the dollar adds $4 to the price of a barrel of crude. The low value of the dollar is widely accepted as one of the reasons the price of crude has skyrockted. However, is this same article, Khelil states that “bioenethanol alone” is responsible for the remainder of the price increase. No explanation for his theory was given. He also states that supply is sufficient and should not be changed “because the current rise in oil prices is in no one’s interest.” Seems like some of his statements defy logical thought processes everywhere.

http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/opec-president-blames-oil-prices/story.aspx?guid=%7BE003D4C9-0739-4868-8F69-D9C51BB53CB5%7D&dist=msr_1

In another article, an unpublished World Bank report blames biofuels for a 75% increase in the price of food worldwide. The report lists 3 ways that biofuels have affected the price of food. They are: “First, it has diverted grain away from food for fuel, with over a third of US corn now used to produce ethanol and about half of vegetable oils in the EU going towards the production of biodiesel. Second, farmers have been encouraged to set land aside for biofuel production. Third, it has sparked financial speculation in grains, driving prices up higher.” Speculation has also been pointed to as a reason for the increase in oil prices. Whether or not you agree with these impacts, some critics have pointed to flaws in the study. It fails to note environmental impacts, the price of petroleum in transporting good, and other items. Perhaps the World Bank will publish the report to allow for a full review.

Secret report: biofuel caused food crisis (World Bank Report blames biofuels for a 75% food price increase worldwide)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/jul/03/biofuels.renewableenergy


UTBI-related News

Plant plans fuel anxiety
http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/jul/06/plant-plans-fuel-anxiety/

US News

Nation needs relief from ethanol fiasco
http://www.al.com/opinion/press-register/index.ssf?/base/opinion/1215422165161530.xml&coll=3#continue

Brazilian sugar growers launch US print, radio, TV campaign for repeal of ethanol tariff
http://biofuelsdigest.com/blog2/2008/07/04/brazilian-sugar-growers-launch-us-print-radio-tv-campaign-for-repeal-of-ethanol-tariff/

Trade Coalition Urges Prez to Suspend Imported Ethanol Tariff
http://www.progressivegrocer.com/progressivegrocer/content_display/supermarket-industry-news/e3i62631bcd5430ac2bc5c924845823003e

Novozymes To Build US Ethanol Enzyme Facility
http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/story?id=52978

Ethanol Blends May Increase Auto Emissions; Other Industries May Pay a Price for De Facto Federal Fuel Mandate
http://www.redorbit.com/news/business/1458872/ethanol_blends_may_increase_auto_emissions_other_industries_may_pay/

Corn board: Nebraska’s corn acreage to meet ethanol demand
http://www.theindependent.com/news/x1470898866/Corn-board-Nebraska-s-corn-acreage-to-meet-ethanol-demand

U.S. and Europe Face Pressure on Biofuels
http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/07/03/us-and-europe-face-pressure-on-biofuels/?hp

Pro Eco Energy halts its ethanol plan, closes doors (South Dakota)
http://www.bhpioneer.com/articles/2008/07/03/news/northern_hills/doc486d56808700d736097689.txt

S. Idaho ethanol plant faces possible fines (for odors)
http://www.montanasnewsstation.com/Global/story.asp?S=8617076

The power of corncobs
http://www.startribune.com/business/22942999.html?location_refer=Homepage:highlightModules:6

Governor Crist announces E85 Ethanol now on sale to the public along Florida Turnpike
http://www.flgov.com/release/10089

Kansas University team to test biodiesel
http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2008/jul/06/ku_team_test_biodiesel/

International News

Secret report: biofuel caused food crisis (World Bank Report blames biofuels for a 75% food price increase worldwide)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/jul/03/biofuels.renewableenergy

OPEC president blames ethanol for crude-price rise
http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/opec-president-blames-oil-prices/story.aspx?guid=%7BE003D4C9-0739-4868-8F69-D9C51BB53CB5%7D&dist=msr_1

Special report on India: Lalu backs jatropha
http://biofuelsdigest.com/blog2/2008/07/04/biofuels-digest-special-report-on-india-lalu-backs-jatropha/

Ethanol from food? Forget it. From wood waste, maybe
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/columnists/story.html?id=b0859493-28c0-4b54-8b43-c83097333799

2nd generation biofuels ranked eighth out of 18 climate change strategies by 1350 experts; 1st generation biofuels ranks last
http://www.globescan.com/news_archives/climate_panel2/detail.html

Petrobras, Conoco in ethanol cooperation deal
http://uk.reuters.com/article/rbssEnergyNews/idUKN0339213220080703

Brazil Petrobras, Mitsui To Invest In Ethanol Project
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/Content.asp?ContentID=233959

New website highlights Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation biofuels activities
http://www.biofuels.apec.org/

News and Notes - July 3, 2008

*BioNews will not be published, Friday, July 4, 2008 in recognition of Independence Day*


Feature Article

Each day, I plan to feature an article that is interesting, pertinent, or otherwise important. I’ll give the title and link as well as a brief synopsis of the article. Since today is the last working day before the holiday, I thought I would feature a more humorous article.

Prince of Wales converts to waste oil biodiesel, wine ethanol
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Earth/Charles_runs_car_on_wine/articleshow/3187679.cms

What would James Bond think? Fueling an Aston Martin on wine? I believe he would have some concern about the wine being improperly used! Seriously, Prince Charles is taking the green movement to heart and is using both ethanol and biodiesel in his personal vehicles.

US News

ConocoPhillips Signs Research Agreement With Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels
http://www.conocophillips.com/newsroom/news_releases/2008news/07-01-2008.htm

Stop requiring ethanol production
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-ethanol3-2008jul03,0,537121.story

Ill-conceived rush to ethanol
http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/451291

Poverty: 260m driven into hunger by push for biofuel – ActionAid
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/jul/03/biofuels.food

EPA considers requests on easing ethanol rules
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/5868938.html

Perry-led group got $100,000 before waiver request (Donation related to Texas RFS Waiver request?)
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/5868748.html

Brazil launches campaign to remove ethanol tariff
http://www.ethanolproducer.com/article.jsp?article_id=4389

U.S. urged to import, not make, ethanol
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080703/BUSINESS01/807030365/1030/BUSINESS01

UDSA Report: Corn Acreage Down 7%, Soybean Acreage up 17%
http://www.biofuelsjournal.com/articles/UDSA_Report__Corn_Acreage_Down_7___Soybean_Acreage_up_17_-59880.html

Emerging Cellulosic Ethanol Industry Could Prove to Be Boon for Forestry
http://www.palletenterprise.com/articledatabase/view.asp?articleID=2644

Biofuel Backtalk
http://www.agweb.com/get_article.aspx?pageid=144013

Energy policy is key issue in Minn. Senate race
http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/senate/22814554.html?location_refer=TV/DVD/Gaming

From Wood Waste to Renewable Energy: Western Report Shows Success and Obstacles
http://www.wflccenter.org/pressrelease_files/51_pdf_file.pdf

Power Plays: The latest on alternative-energy deals from Dow Jones Clean Technology Investor
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121432273275100205.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Pricey Chemicals Gleaned From Biodiesel Waste (Rice University research)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080630165704.htm

Valcent says lab results show up to 33,000 gallons per acre in algae production; harvesting, extraction, algae strain optimization research still ahead
http://www.valcent.net/s/NewsReleases.asp?ReportID=290918&_Type=News-Releases&_Title=Valcents-Releases-Profitable-Initial-Production-Estimates-For-its-Vertical-...

Demonstration of Mechanized Harvesting & Bundling of Invasive Juniper
http://timberbuysell.com/Community/DisplayNews.asp?id=2830

Gas Stations Reject Ethanol Blends
http://www.koco.com/news/16774386/detail.html?rss=okl&psp=news

Promoting Ethanol Fuel Misguided; Environmental Benefits Uncertain and Costs High: C.D. Howe Institute
http://biz.yahoo.com/cnw/080703/ethanol_fuel_costs.html?.v=1

Volney (NY) plant says it's close to making ethanol
http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf?/base/news-12/1215075570167270.xml&coll=1

Legislation to implement biodiesel standard dies in Missouri
http://www.landlinemag.com/todays_news/Daily/2008/Jul08/063008/070208-07.htm

International News

Hydrated ethanol gasoline makes debut in southwestern Kunming City
http://www.interfax.cn/news/3578/

Latin American leaders agree to analyze biofuels issues
http://www.energycurrent.com/index.php?id=3&storyid=11591

Brazil's Dedini sells four ethanol plants to PDVSA (Venezuela)
http://www.reuters.com/article/oilRpt/idUKN0241104820080702

EU biofuel change could cut investment-French firm
http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssIndustryMaterialsUtilitiesNews/idUSL0268072820080702?sp=true