Energy secretary promotes infrastructure law at University of Illinois biofuel lab

URBANA – U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm stopped in Urbana on Thursday as part of her two-day tour of Illinois energy facilities. She listened carefully as researchers at the university’s Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory described how they turn sugar cane into fuel. “What today is about is seeing what the opportunities are and building […]

Peoria Ag Lab scientists using soybean oil to develop a better jet biofuel

PEORIA — Soybean oil offers a lot of potential in blending up a cleaner jet fuel. But to date, wide-scale adoption has presented problems. Unlike traditional biodiesel blending, a jet fuel blend requires breaking down the soybean oil molecules into their most basic structures through an entirely different chemical process, said Ken Doll, a research […]

Sen. Tammy Duckworth Asks Biden Administration To ‘Restore’ Renewable Fuel Standard

US Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)

A group of senators is pushing the incoming Biden-Harris administration to “restore” the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) — a program aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by requiring oil refineries to blend in a minimum volume of biofuels. Under the Trump administration, oil refineries were granted numerous waivers for meeting that requirement. Critics argue the […]