News "Lessons from the Drought: EBI Magazine Looks at Biofuel Feedstocks and Water"


The connection between water and energy – reflected vividly in the Midwestern drought of summer 2012 – is a tenuous one. The Energy Biosciences Institute’s biannual magazine, Bioenergy Connection, in its latest edition looks at the extreme climate events of last year and the crucial role they play in the production of biofuels.

A package of articles entitled “Lessons from the Drought” explores the water-energy connection and features stories on feedstocks that grow in semi-arid conditions, algae’s water problem, the promise of solar fuels, and companies that are working to maximize water resources in responding to resource uncertainty.

Also included in this issue is a closer look at the controversial U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard, a feature profile on bioenergy researcher George Huber at the University of Wisconsin, and a discussion with European experts on Europe’s proposed bioenergy policies. A special pull-out section on Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) is this issue’s “briefing” document.

Bioenergy Connection is published by the EBI as a summary of contemporary research, emerging policies, and trends in the field of energy biosciences, to be used to expand and enrich the dialogue about solutions to the world’s energy challenges.

The link to the web-posted version of the latest issue is To receive a printed copy, send an e-mail with your name and postal address to

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Diana Hembree


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