Synthetic Genomics, ExxonMobil renew algae biofuels research agreement

LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Synthetic Genomics, Inc. and ExxonMobil announced that they have extended their agreement to conduct joint research into advanced algae biofuels after making significant progress in understanding algae genetics, growth characteristics and increasing oil production.

Trump EPA pick says backs biofuels program, but open to tweaks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump's choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, said on Wednesday he would honor the intent of the US biofuels program, but remained open to tweaking it.

US EPA denies petition to waive advanced biofuels requirements

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- US environmental regulators have denied a request from oil refiners to waive some of their advanced biofuels use requirements from 2016, in what is likely to be one of the Obama administration's final decisions on the controversial program.

Novozymes cuts jobs, says US policy, Monsanto deal pose risks

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) -- Enzymes maker Novozymes will cut 198 jobs and invest more in emerging markets, it said on Wednesday, adding it could time take to recapture past growth rates amid uncertainty over US renewable energy policy and the takeover of a key partner.

Neste, Bioenergy La Tuque to start R&D on utilizing forest residues in biofuel

Neste and Bioenergy La Tuque have started R&D cooperation with the objective of studying the potential of using forest residues as a raw material in biofuel production in La Tuque, Canada.

IEA: France’s energy transition is vital for energy security

In its latest country review of energy policies, the International Energy Agency (IEA) praised France for setting in motion significant reforms towards more secure, affordable and sustainable energy supplies and the green growth of its economy.

China cancels ethanol imports as tax hike threatens trade

BEIJING (Reuters) -- Chinese buyers have cancelled up to seven cargoes of ethanol due to arrive by the end of March, sources said, the first sign that a likely hike in import duties is threatening to stall demand from the world's fastest-growing market.

Oberon Fuels, Mack Trucks begin demonstration of a Dimethyl Ether-powered truck

NEW YORK -- Oberon Fuels, a producer of clean-burning Dimethyl Ether (DME) transportation fuel, announced the commencement of the first-ever customer demonstration of a DME-powered Mack truck, a Mack Pinnacle. Oberon and Mack are working with the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) to run the vehicle at the Fresh Kills Landfill and evaluate performance and overall drivability.

US EPA seeks to ban Genscape from verifying biofuel credits

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- The US Environmental Protection Agency wants to revoke Genscape's ability to verify biofuels compliance credits after regulators say it failed to detect a massive fraud perpetrated by companies it was monitoring.

LanzaTech awarded $4 MM from DOE for low carbon facility

CHICAGO, IL -- Carbon recycling company, LanzaTech has been selected by the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) to receive a $4 million award to design and plan a demonstration-scale facility using industrial off gases to produce 3 MMgpy of low carbon jet and diesel fuels.