May 30, 2006

May 2006 Digest

As May closed this year, construction of the 100th American ethanol refinery was completed with many more on the way. But how soon will the next generation of refineries use cellulosic biomass as their primary feedstock in place of corn kernels or sugar cane? Proliferating stories about wood, bagasse, switchgrass, and citrus offered a cornucopia of feedstock options - each appropriate to different regions of the world.

May also saw the hyping of alternative fuels in mainstream media. 60 Minutes, Dateline, and Larry King Live all carried stories on ethanol citing the advantages of cellulosic feedstock over corn. Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth about global warming and greenhouse gases also hit select theaters in New York and Los Angeles to enthusiastic openings.

Here is a Digest of articles posted on the BioConversion Blog during the month of May, 2006.
General Topics--------------
BRI Energy - Converting Blended Feedstock into Ethanol
IRS Publishes Tax Credit for E85 Pumps
Debunking Switchgrass "Rural Legends"
Renewable Electricity Standards Compared by State
NY Times: "Miles per Cob" - Redefining CAFE Standards
World Bank Uses Brazil as Funding Benchmark
Professor Kammen - The Future of Cellulosic Ethanol
Renewable Energy Programs & Tariffs - Regulator's Handbook
Biofuels: Think Outside the Barrel
Creating a Decentralized Energy Network
Converting Landfills to Energy - Landfill Gas
Microbiologists Engineer Bacteria to Produce Ethanol

Vehicle Technology---------------
CALIFORNIA: Greenhouse Gas Legislation for Vehicles
PHEVs storm Capitol Hill

Mass Media Reviews--------------
CBS 60 Minutes: The Ethanol Solution
MSNBC Dateline: Vinod Khosla on Cellulosic Ethanol
CNN Larry King Live: "Kick the Oil Habit"
MOVIE: Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth"

Around the Nation--------------
Renewable Electricity Standards Compared by State

CALIFORNIA: CEC Addresses Clean Cities Congress
CALIFORNIA: Greenhouse Gas Legislation for Vehicles
Californians for Clean Energy Campaign

FLORIDA: Citrus as Feedstock - a Farm-to-Fuel Update
FLORIDA: Commission Issues Mandate Supporting Renewable Generating Facilities

LOUISIANA: Cellulosic Feedstock Conversion Deployments

OREGON: Cellulose Inventory Report

New York
NEW YORK: Bio-Fuels Production Tax Credit

IOWA: Governor Signs E85 Bill

Around the World--------------
CHINA: The Food vs. Energy Feedstock Conundrum
FRANCE: Converting Woody Biomass into Ethanol
World Bank Uses Brazil as Funding Benchmark

Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla made a splash with an exclusive interview on Dateline, a keynote address at MIT, and a co-authored article in the NY Times. Expect to hear more from him as the Californians for Clean Energy Campaign initiative heats up this summer.

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