Louisiana sugarcane producers may one day have a stake in the U.S. plastics industry, with the help of LSU AgCenter researchers. LSU AgCenter personnel at the Audubon Sugar Institute are studying how to make plastic from a byproduct of sugar production. Aconitic acid, an organic acid found in significant levels in energycane, sugarcane and sweet sorghum juices, is a potential source of biodegradable plastics. Learn more about this research here.
RTI International has just released a new study commissioned by the NC Sustainable Energy Association. The study, the The Economic Impact Analysis of Clean Energy Development in North Carolina, provides a series of key findings that reveal sizeable contributions to jobs, investment and savings in North Carolina from clean energy development. Of note, from 2007-2013, biomass made up 6% of total renewable energy investments while producing 72% of the 6.8 million MWh generated.
Concerns over the future of biofuels in a future national energy strategy were aired before some pretty influential parties this week, as stakeholders ratchet up their defense of a federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that has promoted the development of clean alternative fuels and the benefits that come with them. A team of 25x’25 value chain partners recently met with Janet McCabe, Acting EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation, to outline their concerns over the agency’s proposal to reduce biofuel blending requirements this year under the RFS. And leaders of the advanced biofuels industry testified before the Senate Agriculture Committee, reminding lawmakers of the jobs that are being created and the savings coming to consumers at the gas pump as the market for cellulosic ethanol sets to take off. Read more…
The April 2014 edition of the Southern Bioenergy Network News has been posted. Please take a moment to review this month’s SBN News for information on upcoming webinars, project announcements, events, and new reports that analyze various aspects of the bioenergy industry. Save the dates for the April 30 webinar on the Utilization of Short Rotation Woody Crops for Phytoremediation and Bioenergy and the May 13 webinar on Biomass Market Access Standards. More info on the webinars and other issues can be found in the SBN News and on the SAFER Events page.
In the UK, the Overseas Development Institute has released a new study showing that existing evidence does not point to increased food insecurity in developing countries as a result of biofuels. Instead, the food security impacts from biofuels production may not be markedly different than for other agri-based projects. Other factors appear to provide a larger impact on food security such as production models, project design and land acquisition. (Biofuels Digest)