The bioeconomy is driving a rapid pace in the bioenergy industry. From news to regulations to innovative technologies, one way to stay in-the-know is checking conversations online, especially Twitter. Based on a list of The Top 125 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2015, as nominated and voted by the readers and editorial board of Biofuels Digest, below are our picks of the 20 must-follow Twitter accounts covering bioenergy and the bioeconomy right now.

1. Ernest Moniz | @ErnestMoniz

The Energy Secretary has been a key proponent of finding technological breakthroughs and cost-effective solutions in the biofuels sector. “By partnering with industry and universities, we can help make clean, renewable biofuels cost-competitive with gasoline, give drivers more options at the pump and cut harmful carbon pollution,” said Moniz in 2013.

2. Governor Terry Branstad | @TerryBranstad

Long-time support of ethanol, renewable fuels and the like, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad takes pride in promoting the industry and keeping his state at the leading edge of bioenergy technology.

3. Growth Energy | @GrowthEnergy

Growth Energy represents the producers and supporters of ethanol who feed the world and fuel America in ways that achieve energy independence, improve economic well-being, and create a healthier environment for all Americans now.

4. Jay Inslee | @JayInslee

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee solidified the state’s renewable fuels industry with a number of steps in 2014, from authorizing a project to turn sewage into electricity, to bestowing financial grants for clean energy research.

5. John Kitzhaber | @GovKitz

Governor Kitzhaber of Oregon released a 10-year energy action plan in 2012 that sets out to improve energy efficiency and conservation in the state. “Energy is the issue of our time, both globally and here in Oregon. No single issue will have a greater impact on our state’s economy, environment and quality of life in the coming decade, and I am committed to pursuing the policy, programs and practices needed to ensure we shape a prosperous and sustainable future,” said Kitzhaber in a 2012 press release.

6. Mark Emalfarb | @Emalfarb

Emalfarb is the CEO of Dyadic International, an organization that uses its patented technologies to develop and manufacture enzymes from feedstocks being used. He is a passionate advocate of bioeconomy. Read a brief interview between Mark and Biofuels Digest here.

7. National Renewable Energy Laboratory | @NREL

NREL hosts brilliant minds that focus on coming up with solutions to the latest energy and technology challenges. The researchers at NREL have made several breakthroughs in bioenergy, and you can read more about their impressive work here.

8. NBB Comm Team | @Biodiesel_Media

The National Biodiesel Board represents America’s first biodiesel producers. The group works to create sustainable biodiesel industry growth through education, communication, governmental affairs, technical and quality assurance programs.

9. Neste | @Nestecorp

One of the world’s leading suppliers of renewable diesel made from renewable raw materials, Neste Corporation is a refining and marketing company specializing in premium-quality, lower-emission traffic fuels in 14 countries.

10. OriginClear (OOIL) | @OriginClear

OriginClear is a leading provider of water treatment solutions and water cleanup technologies. The group has been applauded for their groundbreaking work collecting highly-concentrated algae for soil enrichment that could greatly reduce conventional fertilizer costs.

11. POET | @EthanolbyPOET

From a single, humble refinery in Scotland, South Dakota, to one of the world’s largest producers of ethanol and other biorefined products in less than 30 years, POET aims to reduce the reliance of the United States on foreign energy, revitalize global agriculture, and provide a cleaner, affordable alternative to fossil fuels.

12. Renewable Fuels Association | @EthanolRFA

One of the leading trade associations for America’s ethanol industry, the RFA seeks to drive expanded production and use of American-made renewable fuels and bio-products worldwide.

13. Rep. Scott Peters | @RepScottPeters

Since coming to Congress, Rep. Scott Peters, Calif., has prioritized incentivizing and investing in solar, wind, hydroelectric, and bio-based clean energy, as well as increasing energy efficiency and conservation.

14. SECNAV Ray Mabus | @SECNAV

Ray Mabus is the 75th United States Secretary of the Navy. He has helped move toward a future of implementing biofuel technology in U.S. fleets. In 2009, he outlined five progressive energy goals for the Department of the Navy that would decrease reliance on foreign sources of fuel.

15. Senator Amy Klobuchar | @AmyKlobuchar

As of October of this year, Minnesota was one of 21 states to receive federal funding in increasing blender pumps at gas stations and expanding biofuel infrastructure. This was only possible with the help of Sen. Klobuchar. Read about how she helped earn the state $8 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

16. Senator Chuck Grassley | @ChuckGrassley

In July 2015, Sen. Chuck Grassley secured the inclusion of tax incentives for wind energy, biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol in the state of Iowa. Read the news release here.

17. Senator Debbie Stabenow | @Stabenow

Sen. Stabenow has shown her commitment to bioenergy and the bioeconomy time and again: in 2014, she was part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office annual conference, “Biomass 2014: Growing the Future Bioeconomy.”

18. Senator Patty Murray | @PattyMurray

Sen. Murray is a known ally to the biofuels industry in the United States, especially when it comes to the agricultural sector. “Agriculture is the backbone of the Washington state economy and this funding will go towards keeping it that way in a changing economic climate,” said Murray. “This funding will help a variety of Washington state agriculture-related industries by providing financial resources for scientific and technological advances.”

19. Solazyme | @Solazyme

Based in South San Francisco, Solarzyme’s mission is to improve our lives and our planet by producing sustainable, high-performance oils and ingredients derived from microalgae. Solarzyme regularly shares content about the many uses for algae from food to personal care to fuel.

20. Sustainable Energy For All | @SE4ALL

This initiative is comprised of leaders in every sector across the globe and is set out to transform the world’s energy systems on a massive scale. It is comprised of governments from 106 countries and the European Union and has already made great strides in building cleaner energy systems for future generations.

This list is missing two important (we think) accounts though: @Novozymes, and @NZ_Bioenergy. Follow us for the latest updates on the bioeconomy, bioenergy and much more. Who do you think has the most important bioenergy tweets? Let us know in the comments below.

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Evan V.

I'm a Social Media Specialist for Novozymes currently managing the Bioenergy team's social media presence. I like digital marketing, dark roast coffee, and disc golf.