Nearly two dozen top executives from the advanced and cellulosic biofuels industry sent a letter to President Obama regarding the U.S. EPA’s renewable fuel standard (RFS) volume requirement proposal. The letter emphasizes that EPA’s May 29th RFS proposal represents a broken promise that is negatively impacting investments and partnerships in advanced biofuels, is sending projects and jobs overseas, and is at odds with the president’s initiatives to combat climate change.
The Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework (KDF) is continually adding new publications, data sets, map layers, and models to aid researchers in the bioenergy community. New research papers include: Bioenergy and Sustainability: Bridging the Gaps, April 2015; Risks to Global Biodiversity from Fossil-Fuel Production Exceed Those From Biofuel Production, April 2015.
While you’re at the Bioenergy KDF, search the Bioenergy Library, visualize data on the Bioenergy KDF Map and explore biomass public policy scenarios with Biomass Scenario Model Tool.
The Biomass Power Association, U.S. Forest Service and partners have finished this year’s NBD video and it has been posted to www.bioenergyday.com and YouTube. The video focuses on the role of bioenergy in Maine’s forestry sector. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 21, 2015 (which also coincides with Forest Products Week). BPA and the US Forest Service have provided a “how to host a National Bioenergy Day event” planning guide to help you brainstorm ways to showcase your involvement in bioenergy to your community, and offers some planning ideas and template materials for outreach. Check www.bioenergyday.org for more information or contact Carrie Annand at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems project held its annual partners meeting at Auburn University recently. The meeting presentations and posters are now available for viewing. Learn more about issues related the bioeconomy, including bioenergy crop development and production, feedstock transport logistics, crop conversion into higher value products, system sustainability, and stakeholder outreach and education. Also, see the project’s latest newsletter for more information about the project, its partners and latest research findings.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that 21 states will receive grants through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to install nearly 5,000 pumps offering higher blends of ethanol (E15 and E85) to supply more renewable fuel to America’s drivers. This will be made possible by matching the $100 million federal investment with private and state resources at a more than one-to-one ratio. Those southeast states potentially set to receive grants and the number of pumps expected to be installed include: Florida – 892; Louisiana – 110; Missouri – 171; North Carolina – 190; Texas – 763; Virginia-Maryland 191; West Virginia – 107. The competitive grants program was announced in May 2015 and the deadline for states to submit proposals was July 15, 2015.