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Renewable biomass, burden of proof, and the grandfather clause
Posted May 27, 2009



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PerkinElmer expands its biofuels solutions portfolio

PerkinElmer Inc., a global leader focused on the health and safety of people and the environment, announced a major expansion of its EcoAnalytix biofuels analytical solutions portfolio. The Company has expanded its biodiesel and bioethanol portfolio to include nine analyzers and systems, crossing six technologies: ICP-optical emission spectroscopy, gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, infrared, differential scanning calorimetry, and liquid scintillation counters.READ MORE

Neste Oil starts construction on Europe's largest renewable fuels plant

Finland's Neste Oil held the official groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday for a $940 million renewable diesel plant in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. This facility, with a production capacity of approximately 240 MMgy, will be dedicated to producing the company's proprietary NExBTL fuel. It is slated to be the largest renewable fuels plant in Europe. "We expect mechanical completion to take place sometime in early 2011," said Hanna Maula, director of corporate communications for Neste. "It will take additional time after this to ramp up production to full capacity."READ MORE Bioenergy Canada

Small business biofuel producers endangered by proposed EPA rule

A proposed rule by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could undercut already struggling small business biofuel producers, lawmakers argued today during a Congressional hearing. Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA), the Chairwoman of the House Committee on Small Business' Subcommittee on Regulations and Healthcare, said that the EPA's proposal to include international land use changes in the calculation of the greenhouse gas emissions from biofuels could undermine the fledgling industry, just as it is beginning to take root.READ MORE

Fire damages Minnesota Soybean Processors plant

A fire Saturday night, May 23, damaged the soybean oil and biodiesel loading area at Minnesota Soybean Processor's facility in Brewster, Minn. At 9:55, alert employees saw smoke in the area and called the Brewster Fire Department, which, in turn, was assisted by a number of area fire departments in responding to the fire. The fire was contained to the area involved with the storage and loading of finished soybean oil and soy biodiesel. No explosion occurred and no injuries resulted.READ MORE

Global scientific society forms to inform policy debate

The Global Biorenewables Research Society was launched May 20 by scientists from eight countries, aiming to become the independent standard for science-based knowledge for sustainable biorenewables. "This effort will be of great value to policy-makers who will be facing a world transitioning from non-sustainable technologies to bio-based economies," said the chair of the new society Luuk van der Wielen from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Manuel Heitor, Portugal's Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education, stressed that governments as well as the international debate, would greatly benefit from the input of sound scientific knowledge provided by the GBR Society.READ MORE

ASA testifies federal policy undermining investor confidence in biodiesel

The American Soybean Association (ASA) testified today before the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Subcommittee on Regulations, Healthcare and Trade on the impacts of outstanding regulatory policy on small biofuels producers and family farmers. Uncertainty over federal policy, such as the extension of the biodiesel tax credit, implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2), and implementation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Bioenergy Program is undermining investor confidence in the biodiesel industry.READ MORE
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