The biofuels industry expands its global footprint, the aviation industry gets closer to commercial flights with alcohol to jet fuel and the U.S. government develops comprehensive jobs report in the energy sector. Check out these must-read stories you may have missed from last week:

Giant step for new biofuels industry in Queensland

Southern Oil Refining Company, an Australian oil recycling company, has secured a contract to build an AUS $16 million advanced biofuels pilot plant in Gladstone, Queensland. Northern Oil Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant will be Australia’s first commercial-scale advanced biofuels production facility. Operation is expected to start in 2016 and if successful, will be expanded to a large commercial-scale refinery costing $150 million and producing 200 million liters of advanced biofuel annually. Read the full article on Biomass Magazine.

Gevo’s Alcohol to Jet Fuel clears key ASTM hurdle

Following the passage of a concurrent ballot approving the revision of ASTM D7566 (Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons) to include alcohol to jet (ATJ) synthetic paraffinic kerosene derived from renewable isobutanol, Alaska Airlines is on the verge of the first-ever commercial test flight using Gevo’s renewable ATJ fuel. Once the revision is published by ASTM, Gevo’s ATJ fuel will be eligible to be used for up to a 30% blend in conventional jet fuel for commercial flights. Read the full article on Biofuels Digest.

DOE releases first annual energy employment report

The U.S. Department of Energy released its first annual energy employment, analyzing how changes in America’s energy profile are affecting national employment in multiple energy sectors. According to the Report, 92,571 Americans work in the renewable fuels sub-sector. Read the full article on Ethanol Producer Magazine.

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Courtney Beck

Courtney's career has spanned all areas of production agriculture, and she loves advocating for an industry with the potential to change the world. Outside of work, Courtney enjoys riding her horses, Josie and Vinci, and turning the music all the way up.