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Renewable Energy Around the Web: January 4, 2010

Welcome to our first “around the web” summary for the new year. Renewable Energy Around the Web is a weekly compilation of renewable energy news and information. Please write to us with idea or suggestions for topics at “editor at renewableenergymemo.com”. Top Ten Biofuels...

Renewable Energy Law Developments – American Bar Association Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law – Renewable Energy Committee

This report from the Renewable Energy Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law looks at recent renewable energy law developments. The report begins by noting that “The past few years have seen a shift in public attention, public...

U.S. Endowment for Forestry Seeks Proposals for Woody Biomass Energy Demonstration Projects

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities is seeking pre-proposals for grants of up to $250,000 to develop demonstration projects for the conversion of woody biomass to energy. The Endowment will award grants of up to $250,000 (but not more than $750,000 in total) for proposals that can convert...

Administration Announces New Program to Promote Biofuels and Renewable Energy (RFS2; Carbon Sequestration; Biomass Crop Assistance Program)

President Obama today announced a series of steps as part of a comprehensive strategy to enhance American energy independence and build a foundation for a new clean energy economy. The administration believes that the strategy will create new industries and millions of jobs. ( Reuters ; Reaction from...

Senate Expected to Vote on Biodiesel and Alternative Fuel Tax Credit Extensions this Week

On Friday, March 5, 2010, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D. NV) filed a motion for cloture on H.R. 4213 , the House tax extenders bill, which includes an extension of the biodiesel tax credit and alternative fuel mixture tax credit programs through December 31, 2010. The Senate is expected to vote...

Alternative Fuel Producers Push for 30% Investment Tax Credit

Blue Fire Ethanol and a consortium of 31 other alternative fuel producers have sent a letter to Congress asking for a 30% investment tax credit for biofuels. While alternative fuel producers were encouraged by last week's passage of extenders legislation to extend the alternative fuel mixture and...

Extension of Liquid Fuel Tax Credits Still Not Resolved

Both the Senate and the House have passed bills that would extend for one year the $1-per-gallon tax credit for alternative biofuels and biodiesel but the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Representative Sander Levin (D-MI), said recently that it may be Memorial Day before differences in...

House Passes Tax Extenders Bill: Biodiesel and Fuel Mixture Credit Extensions Included

The House on Friday by a narrow margin passed H.R. 4213, extending various unemployment benefits and stimulus programs along with a basket of tax credits that included the biodiesel tax credit and the alternative fuel mixture credit . (House Committee bill summary ). Although both liquid fuel credits...

A Smaller, Quieter, and Greener British Invasion

Eric L. Lane, Attorney, Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP International cooperation in clean tech innovation and diffusion is increasingly common. One of the trends in this regard is a country’s trade officials organizing an international tour of home grown clean tech companies, in many...

Green Patent Blog: Novozymes Ethanol Enzyme Patent (Barely) Survives Summary Judgment

In a previous post , I wrote about a patent infringement suit between Danish biopharm rivals Novozymes and Danisco , which are both active in developing enzymes used in production of biofuels. In the suit, Novozymes has accused Danisco of infringing U.S. Patent No. 7,713,723 ('723 Patent) by selling...

Marten Law: Renewable Energy Standards--California and Congress Moving in Different Directions

By Dustin Till, Associate, Marten Law Group PLLC “California and Congress seem to be headed in opposite directions on climate policy this year. California has expanded its renewable portfolio standard (RPS), meaning public and private utilities must now acquire up to a third of their energy...

Myriant Corporation Files for IPO

Myriant Corporation has filed an S1 registration statement with the SEC, seeking to become publicly-traded. According to the filing: We are an industrial biotechnology company focused on becoming a low-cost producer of high-value biochemicals that substitute for traditional petroleum-based industrial...

Green Patent Blog: Novozymes Wins $18 Million Jury Verdict in Biofuels Enzyme Patent Suit

In previous posts I discussed the patent infringement suit brought by Danish biotech Novozymes against its rival Danisco (recently acquired by DuPont). Specifically, Novozymes sued Danisco in May 2010 in the Western District of Wisconsin, alleging infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,713,723 ('723...

Green Patent Blog: Butamax Bellicose in Burgeoning Biobutanol Battle

A previous post included a discussion of the latest salvo in the growing green patent war between Colorado biofuels startup Gevo and Butamax , a BP-DuPont joint venture. The rivals both make biobutanol, an advanced biofuel which has some significant advantages over ethanol, including an energy content...

Green Patent Blog: Cofactor Key Factor as Gevo Dodges Injunction

Biobutanol maker Gevo dodged a bullet with a big win last week [June 19th] in its expanding patent war with Butamax Advanced Biofuels (Butamax) (see previous posts here , here , here , here , here , and the post on Butamax's opening shot ). While Butamax did have exactly one week of satisfaction...

Gevo Escapes Equivalents Infringement of Two Butamax Patents

We've been tracking the major biobutanol patent litigation between advanced biofuels company Gevo and BP-DuPont joint venture Butamax, e.g., here , here and here . In a signficant decision , a Delaware federal court judge recently ruled on several motions and cross-motions for summary judgment...

Delaware and Rhode Island Join Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact

ENVIRONMENT: DELAWARE Gov. Jack Markell (D) signs SB 117, legislation that makes the First State the 39th to join the "Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact," an agreement among member states to share information and access to records about individuals who have lost their hunting, fishing and...

Butamax Avoids Infringement of Two Gevo Patents on Summary Judgment

I’ve been covering the ongoing patent litigation between advanced biofuels company Gevo and BP-DuPont joint venture Butamax over a number of patents relating to methods of producing biobutanol. The lawsuit started in January 2011 with Butamax’s initial complaint filed in federal court...

Butamax Wins on Appeal as Federal Circuit Reverses Enzyme Claim Construction

There’s been another big twist in the biobutanol battle between BP-DuPont joint venture Butamax and Gevo, its arch rival in advanced biofuels. A previous post discussed the district court’s ruling granting Gevo’s motion for summary judgment of non-infringement under the doctrine...

More Greenwashing 2.0: Another Biofuels Credit Fraud Scheme Exposed

In previous posts (e.g., here and here ), I’ve discussed cases of fraudulent renewable energy credits and other environmental crimes and argued they ought to be considered greenwashing. A recent indictment is another case in point. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that...

GreenShift Loses Across the Board in Ethanol Patent Case

In a number of prior posts (e.g., here , here and here ), I discussed the series of patent infringement suits brought by GreenShift and its New York subsidiary, GS Cleantech (GS), against a host of ethanol producers across the midwestern United States. The lawsuits involve GS’s patented ethanol...

DLA Piper Asia-Pacific Energy Sector Update: Financing Renewable Energy Projects

Despite scepticism around climate change in certain countries in the region, we continue to see growing investment in renewable energy and carbon reduction technologies across the Asia Pacific. Our current mandates include renewable energy projects across the renewable spectrum - solar, wind, biofuels...

More RIN Fraud Greenwashers Head to Prison

It was just a few months ago that a blog post reported a criminal defendant pleaded guilty to selling fraudulent renewable identification numbers (RINs). It has happened again, with recent prison sentences for four individuals in Florida who also pleaded guilty to charges related to a scheme involving...