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New research may be paving the way to more efficiently converting biomass like cornstalks into biofuels.

Cutting the cost of ethanol

Researchers devise a way to reduce the amount of enzymes needed to convert biomass into biofuels

Biofuels like ethanol could get cheaper if new research from Rutgers and Michigan State universities holds up. Scientists there have demonstrated how to design and genetically engineer enzyme surfaces so they bind less to cornstalks and other cellulosic biomass, reducing enzyme costs in biofuels production, according to a study published in the journal ACS Sustainable

Editorial: Biofuels fight

[Updated March 2, 2017]: What would a world with another five billion bushels of corn on the market look like? I am willing to bet that the grain growers among our readership just felt a small blood pressure spike at the very thought, anticipating dramatically lower crop prices. That figure represents the portion of the


The U.S. renewable fuel standard is just one of many things on hold as the new U.S. administration takes power.

In Trump freeze, U.S. agencies delay rules affecting farms

The move creates an air of uncertainty surrounding key provisions, such as the U.S. renewable fuel standard

U.S. regulators under the new presidential administration have instituted a freeze on rules key to the country’s Farm Belt, agricultural groups said Jan. 26, heightening uncertainty for some of the regions that helped propel Donald Trump into office. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will delay implementation of this year’s biofuels requirements along with 29 other regulations

Ottawa needs to get serious about encouraging renewable fuels

Ottawa needs to get serious about encouraging renewable fuels

A constantly churning industry with various provincial standards 
isn’t a good foundation for growth, proponents say

If the federal government wants to see renewable fuels attracting investment and growing, it needs to set a national standard and provide stability. That’s according to Warren Mabee, public policy professor at Queen’s University, speaking at the Renewable Fuels Canada Forum, held recently in Ottawa. Sticking with the existing provincial standards means every province goes

Pressure is growing from gasoline refiners to rethink the structure of biofuel mandates.

U.S. refiners revamp operations as renewable fuel costs surge

Pressure is building to tweak renewable fuel standards as refiner profit margins are crushed

U.S. oil refiners, beset by the weakest profit margins in six years, have been laying off workers, revamping operations and ratcheting up pressure on regulators and lawmakers to tweak the renewable fuel program, whose costs have ballooned. The top 10 U.S. independent refiners look set to take a record hit on renewable fuel credits this


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Canadian biofuels are a success story

Well-designed renewable fuel policies can be good for the environment, the economy, and agricultural producers

In an opinion piece published in a recent edition of this paper (Biofuels are one of our greatest environmental blunders), Gwyn Morgan questions the benefits of biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel. Mr. Morgan would have it that biofuels are a “blunder.” In our opinion, biofuels are a home run for the environment and the rural

Biofuels are mankind’s greatest blunder

Biofuels are mankind’s greatest blunder

Proponents of biofuels are simply refusing to count their true environmental cost

Are biofuels really greener than the fossil fuels they displace? In a recent column I pointed out that electric cars are only as green as the fuel used to generate the electricity they consume. For internal-combustion-powered vehicles, much of the focus has been on trying to reduce carbon emissions by adding ethanol to gasoline and

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Report finds ethanol, bioenergy no threat to food security

New York | Reuters — Bioenergy produced from crops does not threaten food supplies, researchers funded by the U.S. government, World Bank and others said in a report Tuesday, dealing a potential blow to critics of the country’s biofuels program. There is no clear relationship between biofuels and higher prices that threaten access to food,


Andy Martin (l) of Providence College discusses cattail biomass with Dimple Roy (c) and Richard Grosshans (r) of the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

Manitoba college heats campus with cattails

Using cattails to provide heat makes wetlands more economically viable and therefore more likely to be retained

A local college says biomass pellets that include cattails harvested from wetlands in the province have heated their campus through the worst of the winter. Providence University Col­lege in Otterburn has been burning biomass since 2011 and in January of this year it used the first of the pellets made from a combination of wood

Hao Hao eats bamboo at the Pairi Daiza wildlife park in Brugelette, Belgium.

Scientists seek biofuel clues in panda poo

The scat could show how tough plants can be digested


Belgian researchers are examining the excrement of giant pandas to try to understand how they can digest tough bamboo, hoping for clues on how to develop new generations of biofuel. The genetic makeup of endangered pandas is that of a carnivore but the animals have adapted to a diet consisting almost exclusively of bamboo. While