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On July 9, 2015, the DOE announced a public workshop to collect information about challenges that occur during coproduction of biobased chemicals, products, and biofuels. The Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Workshop was organized by the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and will cover the following topics:

  1. Identifying and evaluating economic drivers for producing bioproducts.
     
  2. Identifying and prioritizing targets for bioproducts produced from biofuel waste streams, coproduced with biofuels, or produced at standalone facilities.
     
  3. Identifying research and development challenges associated with bioproducts produced from biofuel waste streams, coproduced with biofuels, or produced at standalone facilities.
     
  4. Identifying environmental considerations (i.e., life-cycle analysis), carbon percentage dedicated to fuels vs. products (i.e., split stream), and ideal intermediates for bioproduct production to enable biofuels.

The workshop will be held on July 16, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (MDT) in Westminster, Colorado. Attendees must preregister online before July 15, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. (MDT) as space is limited.


 
United, "United Airlines Purchases Stake In Fulcrum BioEnergy With $30 Million Investment"
Microvi, "Innovative Microvi Bio-Ethanol Technology Validated At Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory"
Avantium, "Avantium's PEF Plastic At The EXPO 2015 In Milan"
The Swedish Knowledge Centre for Renewable Transportation Fuels, "New Research Programs For Cheaper And More Efficient Biofuels"
IOPScience: Environmental Research Letters, "Comparative Water Use By Maize, Perennial Crops, Restored Prairie, And Poplar Trees In The US Midwest"
International Renewable Energy Agency, "Renewable Energy Can Unlock Socio-Economic Benefits for Islands, IRENA Reports Find"
International Renewable Energy Agency, "New IRENA Platform Supports Renewable Energy Innovation, Quality and Collaboration"
UPM, "UPM Showcases The Biofore Concept Car At ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015"
Eco Composites, "Bio Focus At Composites Europe 2015"

The articles featured in "Other News" are drawn from a number of sources and reflect media coverage of biobased and renewable products and companies. An article's inclusion does not imply that BRAG endorses, supports, or verifies its contents or expressed opinions. Factual errors are the responsibility of the listed publication.


 
Uganda Media Centre, "Cabinet pproves The Biofuels Bill, 2014"
National Marine Manufacturers Association, "Recreational Boating Industry Turning to Biobutanol as Alternative Biofuel"
University of Manchester, "Mould Unlocks New Route to Biofuels"
KiwiNet, "KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards 2015 Winners Announced"
Phys.org, "Straw-Insulated Houses Beat Petroleum-Based Alternatives"

 

 

On June 4, 2015, EPA published a notice in the Federal Register for a Public Hearing on the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. As part of the hearing, EPA will consider amendments to the annual percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel, biodiesel, and advanced biofuels that are added to fuel produced in the U.S. or imported for 2014, 2015, and 2016, and will consider amendments to the proposed biodiesel volume for 2017. The hearing will be held on June 25, 2015, at 9:00 a.m., at the Jack Reardon Center, 520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas 66101.


 

 

 

On May 18, 2015, the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) issued a white paper arguing that "Co-location Requirements under the RFS Impede Advanced Biofuels Development." The paper was sent to EPA. It requests that EPA clarify its definition of feedstock material under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) so that biofuels producers that pre-process their feedstocks away from final refineries are no longer prohibited from generating renewable identification numbers (RIN) under the RFS, and therefore contributing to the volumetric goals of the statute. Senior staff from several such producers contributed to the white paper, including Algenol Biofuels, Cortus Energy, Fulcrum Bioenergy, LanzaTech, and Solena Fuels.


 
(BIO) released a new white paper on "Estimating Chilled Investment for Advanced Biofuels Due to RFS Uncertainty," along with an accompanying press release.

BIO examined the impact of EPA's recent inability in administering the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on investment in advanced and cellulosic biofuels. It has found that EPA's delay in issuing the final 2013 and 2014 RFS rules, among other delays in RFS administration, is responsible for most of the "$13.7 billion shortfall in necessary investments for capacity to meet the RFS goals." According to the white paper, the delays have "undercut the industry's ability to create new employment opportunities by more than 80,000 direct jobs."

This white paper is released as RFS stakeholders are eagerly awaiting EPA's expected release of the final 2014 RFS rule later this year. Biofuels stakeholders would like to see the Agency withdraw and re-issue EPA's proposed 2014 RFS rule with stronger volumetric requirements and a different methodology, while oil and gas industry stakeholders are pressing EPA to issue the final 2014 RFS in line with the volume requirements and methodology contained in the proposed rule.

Tags: RFS, biofuels, EPA

 

On April 28, 2015, the European Parliament approved a draft law restricting crop-based biofuels in order to encourage production of advanced biofuels with low-risk ILUC and cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The law, that was discussed in the April 23, 2015, Biobased and Renewable Products Update, applies to legislation requiring EU Member States ensure that at least 10 percent of energy used in transport by 2020 is renewable. Under the new law, no more than 7 percent of energy consumption by 2020 can be first-generation biofuels, resulting in at least 3 percent of energy consumption coming from advanced biofuel. The law also requires the reporting of GHG emissions caused by ILUC and the publication of data on ILUC-related emissions. Member States have until 2017 to enact the legislation.


 
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