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Information about biofuels and bioenergy in Louisiana.

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Events

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News

  • Big Meat: Fueling Change or Greenwashing Fuel?, 3 June 2010 by Anna Lappé in The Atlantic: "On January 13, 2009, Tyson—one of the world's largest processors of chicken, beef, and pork—and the fuel company Syntroleum broke ground in Geismar, Louisiana, on a 'renewable' diesel plant. The fuel will be produced in part with Tyson factory farm byproducts, including animal fat and poultry litter."
    • "Tyson claims these facilities produce eco-friendly, cleaner-burning fuels from scraps that would otherwise be wasted. But critics beg to differ, arguing that the fuel doesn't actually burn any cleaner and, worse, that these plants incentivize intensive livestock production and processing methods that are decidedly bad for the environment and the climate. They charge that this fuel is renewable only in the narrowest sense, if you ignore the complete life cycle of its production. The fuels depend on energy-intensive, greenhouse-gas-emitting confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), which require feed raised with methods that deplete topsoil and overuse synthetic fertilizer, contributing to carbon dioxide emissions."[1]
  • The race for nonfood biofuel, 4 June 2008 by the Christian Science Monitor: "A big step [toward the production of cellulosic biofuels] came last week with the opening of the nation’s first ­demonstration-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Jennings, La. The facility, built by Cambridge, Mass.-based Verenium Corp., will use high-tech enzymes to make 1.4 million gallons per year of ethanol from the cellulose in sugar cane bagasse, a waste product."

Issues

  • Alternative renewable fuel usage mandate
    • According to Allegro Biodiesel, this mandate is to come into effect six months after "the month in which annualized production of alternative renewable fuels (e.g., biodiesel) in Louisiana equals or exceeds 10 million gallons."[3]
      • "The mandate requires that 2% of total diesel fuel sold in the state be an alternative renewable fuel. Fulfilling the 2% mandate will require approximately 15 million gallons of biodiesel or alternative diesel fuel annually, based on the state’s aggregate use of approximately 760 million gallons of diesel in 2005."[4]

Organizations

Governmental organizations

Nongovernmental organizations

Companies

  • Allegro Biodiesel The Alexandria based company is involved in the marketing of biodiesel and is exploring a program of verticle integration that will involve them in feedstock production and other activities.
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