August 19, 2009

Massachusetts mandate bans algae

This recent mandate from the Massachusetts' state Department of Energy Resources (DOER) on biofuels might be music to the ears of waste fats and oils suppliers but definitely constricts the development of non-food based biofuel feedstock such as algae, switchgrass, camelina, jatropha and other non-food oils sources.

According to a report from Biofuels Digest, DOER's biofuels mandate would ban all biofuels not made using waste feedstocks from qualifying under the state’s Clean Energy Biofuels Act of 2008. Meaning biofuels made from plants (or organisms) that are harvested are not considered as a waste feedstock and that includes algae.

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