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Jul 04, 2020

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ACE Disappointed With EPA Lack of Action

Jul 3, 2020: American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings says he is disappointed in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to issue an interim final rule by July 1 to increase the Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) for 2020 to ensure that the full 20.09 billion gallons required by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) are used due to the unanticipated drop ... Read More…

House Members Oppose “Gap Year” Waivers

Jul 3, 2020: The Congressional Biofuels Caucus has added its voice to the many calling for EPA to deny the 52 so-called “gap year” Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Small Refinery Exemption (SRE) petitions received last month. Co-Chairmen Rodney Davis (R-IL), Collin Peterson (D-MN), Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS), and more than two dozen other members of the bipartisan Caucus sent ... Read More…

Colonial Terminals to buy three product terminals from Lincoln Terminal

Jul 2, 2020: In Georgia, Colonial Terminals Operating Company LLC – a subsidiary of Colonial Enterprises, Inc. (Colonial) and an affiliate of Colonial Pipeline Company – has entered into an agreement to purchase three refined product terminals from Lincoln Terminal Company, Inc. (Lincoln), a Southeast products and biofuels marketing and logistics company. Two of the terminals, located in Charlotte, NC […]…

DOE awards $1.94M for R&D to accelerate advanced biofuel blendstocks

Jul 2, 2020: In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of seven projects totaling $1.94 million to conduct research and development to accelerate the adoption of performance-advantaged biofuel blendstocks. These fuels are derived from renewable feedstocks, and can deliver exceptional efficiency with low emissions. The seven projects will leverage National Laboratory capabilities as part […]…

Construction of two hybrid LNG / LBG-powered biofuel tankers begins

Jul 2, 2020: In China, the first steel cut for Terntank two LNG / LBG-powered biofuel tankers with hybrid battery systems took place at the China Merchants Jinling shipyard on June 30. This is a further development of Terntank AVIC series. The two vessels on 15,000 dwt have been ordered from CMJL, formerly AVIC Dingheng Shipbuilding, under the […]…

ACE expresses disappointment for EPA’s failure to issue final 2020 RVO rule

Jul 2, 2020: In South Dakota, American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO expressed his disappointment in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for taking no action to follow through on ACE’s request to issue an interim final rule by July 1 to increase the Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) for 2020 to the percentage necessary to ensure that the full […]…

Global Partners wants to swap out ethanol transport for renewable diesel

Jul 2, 2020: In Oregon, local press reports Global Partners told a recent Port of Columbia County meeting it wants to switch its lease to transporting renewable diesel from its current contract that allows it to transport ethanol. The switch to renewable diesel would see shorter trains, meaning more train trips to bring in and out the same […]…

New RFA video focuses on ethanol byproducts

Jul 2, 2020: In Kansas, a new video from the Renewable Fuels Association and Kansas Corn provides a clear introduction to other important products that come from ethanol production, primarily distillers grains used in livestock production, distillers oil used to make biodiesel, and captured carbon dioxide for the food and beverage industries. With fuel ethanol demand experiencing a […]…

Karlsruhe researchers discover how cyanobacteria can be modified to produce fuels

Jul 2, 2020: In Germany, a group of researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has discovered that the multicellular species Phormidium lacuna can be genetically modified by natural transformation and could thus produce substances such as ethanol or hydrogen. The technique established by the researchers to modify multicellular cyanobacteria by introducing genetic information opens up a […]…

EPA puts 2021 RVO proposal on hold indefinitely

Jul 2, 2020: In Washington, sources told Reuters the Environmental Protection Agency has put on hold indefinitely the release of its biofuel blending mandate proposal for 2021, which the agency declined to comment about when requested. The proposal was already expected for release by late June or early July, but no reason was given for the delay. The […]…

Competitive Edge: REN Energy International

Jul 2, 2020: Q: What was the reason for founding your organization – what was the open niche you saw that could be addressed with a new product or service? What was the problem, or gap, or opportunity? Objective is to sustainably meet the legislated demand in British Columbia for renewable fuels.  We will utilize the waste wood […]…

Gingko Bioworks Case Study: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Digital Transformation of Chemicals & Materials

Jul 2, 2020: “Making money in chemicals and materials isn’t as easy as it once was,” – according to the latest report from Lux Research, partially because consumer expectations are changing and sustainability of the materials developed is key. That means Digital tools in product development is becoming more important than ever and using Gingko Bioworks and their […]…

RFA Thanks House Members for Opposing Gap-Year Refinery Waivers

Jul 2, 2020: The Renewable Fuels Association today thanked a bipartisan group of 32 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives for calling on President Trump to reject so-called “gap-year” refinery exemptions under The post RFA Thanks House Members for Opposing Gap-Year Refinery Waivers appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Global Sales of U.S. Ethanol and DDGS Contract in May

Jul 2, 2020: July 2, 2020 — U.S. ethanol exports were 67.5 million gallons (mg) in May, a decline of 31.9 mg, or 32%. This is the smallest monthly volume in four years, The post Global Sales of U.S. Ethanol and DDGS Contract in May appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

New Video Spotlights Ethanol’s Important Co-Products

Jul 2, 2020: A new video from the Renewable Fuels Association and Kansas Corn provides a clear introduction to other important products that come from ethanol production, primarily distillers grains used in livestock The post New Video Spotlights Ethanol’s Important Co-Products appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

EPA Administrator Gives Update on Retroactive SREs

Jul 1, 2020: EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said Wednesday that the agency will not be making an announcement on proposed 2021 Renewable Volume Obligations this week. “There’s nothing coming out tomorrow on that,” Wheeler said during a press call to talk about environmental provisions under the USMCA. Since Friday is a federal holiday, that would mean it would be at least next week ... Read More…

California Company Gets Early Start on Hand Sanitizer Production

Jul 1, 2020: When news of a potential pandemic arrived in January, the management team at Aemetis knew that the domestic capacity of high-grade alcohol for hand sanitizer would not suffice in meeting The post California Company Gets Early Start on Hand Sanitizer Production appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Optimus Helps DC Public Works Expand Biodiesel Fleet

Jul 1, 2020: The D.C. Department of Public Works (DPW) has been able to increase the number of heavy-duty fleet vehicles capable of running on renewable pure biodiesel (B100) by installing Optimus Technologies’ Vector System onto 17 new refuse trucks. The advanced fuel system allows the trucks to operate on B100 and reduces up to 86% of the vehicles’ greenhouse gas emissions. The ... Read More…

House Committee Climate Crisis Plan Includes LCFS

Jun 30, 2020: The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis today released a comprehensive plan titled “Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America.” The Climate Crisis Action Plan, released as a majority staff report, has received the early support of agricultural organizations and biofuels groups pleased to see the ... Read More…

RFA Welcomes Inclusion of Low Carbon Fuel Standard in Select Committee Recommendations

Jun 30, 2020: Today, Democrats on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis unveiled a comprehensive action plan to promote a clean energy economy and combat climate change. The report, which lays The post RFA Welcomes Inclusion of Low Carbon Fuel Standard in Select Committee Recommendations appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

SIRE Donates Hand Sanitizer for RFA Promotional Events

Jun 30, 2020: Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy (SIRE) has donated 1,000 bottles of its proprietary SIREtizer hand sanitizer to the Renewable Fuels Association to distribute at summer ethanol promotional events upcoming events, including the Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota, where RFA has had a presence for more than a decade. “Like so many others in our industry, SIRE was able to step-up ... Read More…

Governors Ask EPA to Reject Retroactive Refinery Exemptions

Jun 30, 2020: South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler this week asking that he reject 52 applications for retroactive small refinery exemptions (SREs) from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for past compliance years. Governor Noem and Governor Walz are the chair and vice chair of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition. Iowa Governor ... Read More…

Sanitizer Donated for Distribution at RFA Special Events

Jun 30, 2020: Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy (SIRE), an ethanol plant in Council Bluffs, Iowa, has donated 1,000 bottles of its proprietary SIREtizer hand sanitizer to the Renewable Fuels Association, for free distribution The post Sanitizer Donated for Distribution at RFA Special Events appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Ethanol Co-Products

Jun 29, 2020: The post Ethanol Co-Products appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Governors to EPA: Drop the Gap-Year Waivers

Jun 29, 2020: Members of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition today urged U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler to drop the 52 retroactive “gap-year” RFS waivers requested recently by oil refiners. The Renewable The post Governors to EPA: Drop the Gap-Year Waivers appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA’s Robert White Featured on Kansas Corn Update

Jun 27, 2020: The post RFA’s Robert White Featured on Kansas Corn Update appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Senators Urge EPA to Reject Retroactive Waivers

Jun 26, 2020: A bipartisan group of 16 senators sent a letter this week urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reject any petitions for Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for past compliance years. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and a dozen others said in the letter to EPA Administrator ... Read More…

Senators Call on EPA to Reject Gap-Year Refinery Waivers ‘Outright’

Jun 25, 2020: Echoing the grave concern expressed by the Renewable Fuels Association and others, a bipartisan group of 16 Senators today called on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler to outright The post Senators Call on EPA to Reject Gap-Year Refinery Waivers ‘Outright’ appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Ethanol Report 6-25-20

Jun 25, 2020: Ethanol production is slowly coming back now after reaching record lows due to coronavirus restrictions that took a toll on transportation fuel consumption. But recovery is still a long way off and the uncertainty posed by the threat of EPA granting more small refinery exemptions is making it even more difficult. The Congressional Biofuels Caucus is doing all it can ... Read More…

Renewable Energy Group Revises Second Quarter Outlook

Jun 24, 2020: Leading biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. has revised its second quarter 2020 outlook, which is now expected to be between negative $12 million and negative $2 million. Previously, on April 30, REG estimated a range of $20 million to $35 million. Several factors contribute to the Company’s revised outlook, including inadvertent calculation errors and volatile markets during the second ... Read More…

Diverse group calls for full REAP funding

Apr 4, 2019: On April 3, 2019 over 50 diverse groups from around the USA signed on to a letter to Congressional in support of full mandatory and discretionary funding for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).   Support Letter Rural Energy for America Program   April 3, 2019 The Honorable Sanford Bishop, Chairman House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee […]…

Farm Bill Preserves REAP

Dec 13, 2018: The House and Senate have now passed the Farm Bill and sent it on to the President. The bill continues the Energy Title which includes programs to help develop the vast potential for renewable energy and energy efficiency in agriculture. The bill maintains the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) at $50 million per year of mandatory funding. Ann Mesnikoff, ELPC’s Federal Legislative Director said: “The Conference Committee produced Farm Bill wisely […]…

Senate Passes Farm Bill with problematic amendment

Jun 28, 2018: Thursday, June 28, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ELPC Commends U.S. Senate for Preserving Energy Title & REAP in Farm Bill Concerns about last-minute amendment to REAP will be addressed in conference   Washington, D.C. – Today the U.S. Senate passed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill). The Senate Farm Bill continues important energy title […]…

Midwest senators step up in bipartisan effort to protect farmers’ interests in vital energy programs

Jun 13, 2018: Washington, D.C. – Today the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry passed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill) by a vote of 20 to 1. The Senate Farm Bill continues important energy title programs, including funding for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) that provides incentives to farmers, ranchers and rural […]…

House Overwhelmingly Rejects Amendment to Repeal REAP, Energy Title

May 18, 2018: Washington, D.C. – During consideration of the Farm Bill (The Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018), the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly rejected an amendment from Representative Andy Biggs (R-AZ) to repeal the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and other Farm Bill Energy Title initiatives by a stunning 82%. The vote was 340 to […]…

ELPC Statement on the House Farm Bill’s Gutting of the Energy Title

Apr 12, 2018: STATEMENT FROM ANDY OLSEN, SENIOR POLICY ADVOCATE and ANN MESNIKOFF, FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR, ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & POLICY CENTER The Farm Bill proposal released today by Republicans on the House Agriculture Committee wholly eliminates reliable mandatory funding for programs in the Energy Title. The bill draft also would eliminate mandatory funding for the popular Rural Energy for […]…

Diverse Groups Send Letter Supporting REAP

Apr 12, 2018: (April 3rd, 2018) Eighty diverse organizations from around the country signed a letter to Congressional agriculture committees in support of the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). The diverse mix of signers included the Arkansas Farmers Union, Organic Valley, The Poultry Federation, the National Wildlife Federation and Georgia Interfaith Power & Light. These examples illustrate […]…

Senate Testimony on REAP Benefits for American Agriculture

Oct 13, 2017: The Senate Agriculture Committee recently held a hearing on Rural Development and Energy Programs: Perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill. Senators heard from USDA staff and rural development experts and got important perspective on the value of the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to agriculture and rural America. Mark Olinyk, President and CEO of […]…

Congressional Appropriators Finish Work on FY18 Funding

Aug 2, 2017: The 2018 funding picture for farm energy development programs came into sharper focus after the appropriations committees of both houses of Congress passed fiscal year 2018 agricultural appropriations bills.  However, it’s not at all clear what happens from here. The Senate bill cut or rescinded a total of $64 million from farm energy programs. Overall, the House […]…

Trump Budget Eviscerates Rural Clean Energy Programs

May 23, 2017: On May 23, 2017, the White House released their recommended fiscal year 2018 budget, reflecting their priorities and policies for the nation. And the message clearly states they do not support farm-based clean energy production as a way to invest in rural America. This budget would unravel the legislative deal struck in the 2014 Farm […]…

The Clean Tech Primer 2017

Jan 10, 2017: In New York, Raymond James released its Clean Tech Primer 2017, arguably the most cogent and concise summary of activity and prospects across the gamut from solar power through to water technology, including all biofuels, biopower and bioindustrials.

Chile will increase small hydropower generation with 3-MW Los Pinos hydropower plant

Nov 8, 2016: Chile's Schwager Energy and China-based Shenyang Yuanda Commercial & Investment Co. signed a memorandum of understanding on Nov. 3 to build the 3-MW Los Pinos run-of-the-river hydroelectric plant in southern Chile's Lagos region, according to BN Americas.  …

Part IV: Justice Delayed — Will Politics Trump Justice in the Case of the Clean Power Plan?

Sep 29, 2016: By the time this column is published, oral arguments in the legal challenge to the Clean Power Plan will have already been made. The en banc panel of 10 appeals court judges is not likely to render its decision before the New Year.  No matter the opinion, it will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

World Bank makes US$390 million loan Pakistan's Tarbela hydroelectric plant extension

Sep 21, 2016: The World Bank has approved US$390 million in additional financing to be used by Pakistan's Water and Power Development Authority for extensions of its Tarbela hydroelectric plant.

US and China Join Paris Agreement, Bringing it Much Closer to Taking Effect

Sep 6, 2016: The United States and China on Sept. 3 formally joined the Paris Agreement in a ceremony in Hangzhou, China, ahead of the G20 Summit. President Obama and President Xi both deposited their country’s official instrument with United Nations Secretary, General Ban-Ki Moon.

The Clean Power Plan: Justice Delayed

Aug 24, 2016: In the case of the Fossil Fuel Industry, et. al. VS Earth, et. al., I find myself asking—not for the first time—is justice delayed, justice denied? It should come as no surprise that I am convinced it is.

Will the G20 Spur Post-Paris Climate Action? 3 Signs to Look For

Aug 22, 2016: The G20 meeting in Hangzhou, China, this September brings together leaders of the world’s largest economies for the first such gathering since the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate. G20 Leaders Summits traditionally focus on economic growth and financial stability, but since more than 190 countries collectively agreed to greatly enhance mitigation of the causes and impacts of climate change, the need to tackle a changing climate and foster clean energy has become a clear economic and business reality.

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Where Now on Climate Change for the UK?

Jul 18, 2016: It was a gamble that went spectacularly wrong for Tory Prime Minister David Cameron: Allow the UK to decide through a national referendum on their future participation in the EU and hope that they choose to remain.

Brexit: Insights from Renewable Energy Businesses

Jul 8, 2016: Brexit; It’s been the buzz word dominating the media recently and it’s likely to continue for some time. The UK’s decision to leave the EU has left both supporting sides of the ‘leave’ and ‘remain’ campaign in a somewhat collective state of uncertainty as to how this decision will impact the country right now and in the future years.