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Biofuels Law Alert: IRS Addresses the Identity of the "Producer" in Contract Manufacturing Arrangements

Last week the IRS released an internal memorandum addressing which of the parties to a contract manufacturing arrangement for biodiesel is treated as the “producer” of the biodiesel for certain federal tax purposes....more

Senate Agriculture Committee Holds Hearing On Advanced Biofuels

On April 8, 2014, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry held a hearing on "Advanced Biofuels: Creating Jobs and Lower Prices at the Pump." The following witnesses testified at the hearing...more

EPA To Review And Improve RFS Fuel Pathways Process

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it will take approximately the next six months to evaluate and improve the petition process for new fuel pathways under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard...more

The Explicit Definition of a Claim Term Is Not Limiting Where It Excludes a Preferred Embodiment - ButamaxTM Advanced Biofuels,...

Relying in part on evidence that a district court’s claim construction excluded a preferred embodiment, which was the subject of a dependent claim, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit explained that the...more

Another Man's Treasure: Four Reasons To Consider Selling AG Waste For Energy

Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series looking at the opportunity of biofuels and new sources farmers can provide. The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts tremendous growth in the use of...more

Biofuels lead growth in U.S. biomass energy

The use of energy from biomass resources in the United States grew more than 60% over the decade between 2002 and 2013 -- primarily in the form of increased use of biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel that are produced from...more

What To Expect from the Environmental Commodity Markets in 2014

“In the US, there are two regulatory programs that require blenders and refiners to mix a certain percentage of biofuels into their traditional supply of crude oil,” said Brisson. “We’ve seen a number of issues in 2013 with...more

Infrastructure Alert - February 26, 2014

President Obama will announce his support for a four-year, $302 billion transportation funding bill to repair and rebuild bridges, tunnels, roads and transit. About $150 billion of the bill would be paid for through corporate...more

2014 Farm Bill Provides New and Expanded Funding for Section 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program

On February 7, 2014, President Barack Obama signed into law the Agriculture Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill). The 2014 Farm Bill is a $956 billion legislative package that includes $881 million in mandatory funding for energy...more

Legal Alert: EPA Issues Notice of Violation Alleging e-Biofuels, LLC Generated 33.5 Million Invalid RINs; EPA Plans to Seek Fines...

Today, December 18, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Notice of Violation (NOV) of the Clean Air Act’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to e-Biofuels, LLC and its parent company Imperial Petroleum,...more

Renewable Energy Update -- December 3, 2013

Renewable Energy Focus - Renewable energy to the rescue for California's Salton Sea: SustainableBusiness.com - Nov 27 - Geothermal energy is coming to the rescue of California's Salton Sea while also giving a huge boost...more

To Be a Real Party-In-Interest, One Must Control Actions of a Party to an Inter Partes Review

Meeting success on almost every asserted ground, Syntroleum was able to get 20 challenged claims of a Neste Oil patent into a trial for inter partes review in a case styled as Syntroleum Corp. v. Neste Oil Oyj...more

Renewable Energy Update -- November 22, 2013

Renewable Energy Focus: $6 million for electric vehicle infrastructure in California -- Green Car Congress - Nov 13: The California Energy Commission has issued a $6 million competitive grant solicitation to fund the...more

Energy And Environment Update -- November 13, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of Treasury; Environmental Protection Agency; International; States; and...more

USDA Announces $181 Million Loan Guarantee Authority Under the Section 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Loan Guarantee Program

On October 2, 2013, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a long-awaited Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Section 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Loan Guarantee Program (9003 Program). This...more

Renewable Energy Update -- October 18, 2013.

Renewable Energy Focus -- 3 models that could help utilities make money from solar power - Green Tech Solar News - Sep 30: Much like tech companies of the 1990s, utilities face an “unavoidable shift” and don’t have any...more

Converting Corn Stalks Into Biofuel

Using a fungus and E. coli bacteria, University of Michigan researchers have turned inedible waste plant material into isobutanol. The waste used in the initial work was corn stalks and leaves. Isobutanol has 82 percent of...more

Renewable Energy Update -- September 30, 2013.

Renewable Energy Focus - California renewables rise and the grid survives: Earth Techling - Sep 25 -- Forecasts of doom for the California power grid have been popping up since the state began its aggressive pursuit of...more

California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Upheld after Initial Defeat in Federal Court

California lawmakers passed the “California Global Warming Solutions Act,” AB32, which included regulations known as the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The standard required the oil industry to reduce the carbon intensity of...more

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - September 2013

In This Issue: - Still Getting Ready to Make Good Energy Decisions - Net Metering Participation Increases - Methane–to-Methanol Plant Operational - Adopt-A-Watt Helps Library - Restrictive Wind Zoning...more

Energy And Environment Update -- September 17, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress, Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy; Department of Transportation; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulation Commission; Nuclear...more

Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Loses Partner

Mascoma Corporation has lost a major funding source in its efforts to build a 20 million gallon ethanol plant in Kinross. Valero Energy Corp has pulled its $50 million investment in the project. An IPO for Mascoma that would...more

SFO Brings First Charges Under the Bribery Act 2010

On August 14, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) published a press release announcing that it has charged four men with offenses of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and conspiracy to furnish false information,...more

Energy And Environment Update -- August 19, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Defense; Department Of Energy; Department Of Interior; Department Of Justice; Department of State; Environmental Protection Agency;...more

SFO Brings First Bribery Act Charges in the UK - What Does This Mean for Your Company?

The Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) brought fraud related charges against three directors and one employee of Sustainable AgroEnergy plc (“SAE”), a subsidiary of Sustainable Growth Group (“SSG”) on 14 August 2013, as part of a...more

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