November 2009

Refiners Want 15 Liability Waiver

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to rule this week whether 15% ethanol-blended gasoline will now become the nation’s standard transportation fuel, but that doesn’t mean the higher E15 gas-ethanol blend will be found at the pump any time soon: even if the agency approves the switch—the agency has already asked for more time and […]

Bill to Combat Effects of Rocky Mountain Bark Beetle

Congress is looking at a bill to help those effected by the Rocky Mountain bark beetle, which has killed millions of lodgepole pine trees. The National Forest Insect and Disease Emergency Act would be aimed at companies that harvest the dead material for biofuel, offering tax and other incentives. This bill would help those trying […]

DOE, USDA To Invest $24M In Biomass Projects

The USDA and DOE have announced plans to invest more than $24 million in award grants for research and development of bioenergy, the production of biofuels, and biobased products. The projects chosen are required to match the awards by at least 20% for research and development products and by at least 50% for demonstration projects. […]

Oregon Pellet Project Gets Grant

A grant opportunity through the U.S. Forest Service and the federal stimulus bill from earlier this year has resulted in a $4.89 million economic recovery grant  to Ochoco Lumber Co. of John Day, Ore., where the company will build a two-machine wood fuel pellet manufacturing plant. The company is also partnering with Oregon-based Bear Mountain […]

EPA: More Time On E10 Request

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may not meet a December 1 deadline to decide whether to approve an industry request to boost the amount of ethanol that can be blended into gasoline, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said on November 9. The pro-ethanol trade group Growth Energy and 54 ethanol manufacturers petitioned the EPA last March […]


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