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Jan 23, 2017

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IRENA Chief on US Renewables and Trump — ‘Wait-and-See’

Jan 23, 2017: The head of the International Renewable Energy Agency is taking a wait-and-see approach on Donald Trump’s actions on climate change, but has stressed that the clean energy sector in the U.S. is a business case too powerful to ignore.

2017 Biodiesel Conference Wrap Up

Jan 23, 2017: Another successful National Biodiesel Conference wrapped up last week in San Diego. Donnell Rehagen has attended the majority of those conference as COO for the National Biodiesel Board, but it was his first as CEO, and he was very pleased with this year’s event and excited about the industry moving forward. Listen to my wrap up interview with Donnell here: ... Read More…

The emerging synthetic biology ecosystem: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Gingko BioWorks

Jan 22, 2017: Recently, Ginkgo BioWorks announced the launch of their next generation foundry, Bioworks2. With 125,000 square feet and an 6X expected increase in capacity compatred to BioWorks 1, Bioworks2 represents a step change in what is possible for organism design. The company, which has raised a monstrous amount of money in the past 18 months, is strategically focused […]…

Gigabase is the New Megabase: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Gen9

Jan 22, 2017: The company manufactures custom, high-quality, synthetic DNA used by scientists to construct genes, pathways, genomes and organisms that will enable the next generation of breakthroughs in biology. Word came through this week that Gingko BioWorks will acquire Gen9. Founded by pioneering scientists in fabrication, genetics, and bio-engineering, Gen9 is democratizing synthetic biology. The goal is […]…

Gingko acquires Gen9: The Synbio ring begins to tighten

Jan 22, 2017: In Massachusetts, Ginkgo Bioworkshas acquired Gen9, a pioneer in the synthesis and assembly of DNA. The acquisition will bring Gen9’s unique expertise in assembling pathway-length synthetic DNA into Ginkgo’s automated organism engineering foundries, enabling improved speed and capacity in the construction of new organism designs for application across a wide range of industries. The what […]…

Biodiesel’s backers: Build on 2016 Momentum for 2017 and beyond

Jan 22, 2017: In California, the closing session of the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo provided an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year while also taking a peek at how America’s Advanced Biofuel will fuel the country’s future in 2017 and beyond. “There were a number of milestones reached in 2016 that will have a significant […]…

Germany cuts palm oil use for biodiesel by 1/3: report

Jan 22, 2017: In Germany, the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food published an English-language edition of its Evaluation and Progress Report 2015 under the Biomass Energy Sustainability Ordinance. Biofuel Sustainability Ordinance The FOAF reports that in the biofuels sector, FAME biodiesel made up the largest share of biofuels – almost 65%.  Rapeseed was the most frequently used […]…

US ethanol production sets new all-time high

Jan 22, 2017: In Washington, according to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, US ethanol production averaged 1.054 million barrels per day — or 44.27 million gallons daily. That is up 5,000 b/d from the week before and a new all-time high. This marks the third straight week of record production. The four-week average for […]…

Novozymes gets 6% jump in organic sales for Q4 2016, but layoffs loom

Jan 22, 2017: In Denmark, Novozymes reported that it will lay off 198 employees after reporting 2016 organic sales growth of 2% organically and by 1% in DKK, primarily driven by Agriculture & Feed and Technical & Pharma. The EBIT margin improved by 0.2 percentage points to 27.9%, and EBIT grew by 2%. Net profit increased by 8%. […]…

GM offers 20 vehicles for B20 Biodiesel in new Lineup

Jan 22, 2017: In Michigan, General Motors announced eight new diesel vehicle options hitting the roadways in 2017 – 2018, and a full line-up of twenty different diesel models, from passenger cars, to pickups and SUVs, to commercial vans and low cab forward trucks – all of which are approved for use with B20. GM’s announcement, along with […]…

New microbe offers better path to bio-based electronics: UMass

Jan 22, 2017: In Massachusetts, microbiologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst report that they have discovered a new type of natural wire produced by bacteria that could greatly accelerate the researchers’ goal of developing sustainable “green” conducting materials for the electronics industry. The study by Derek Lovley and colleagues appears this week in mBio, the American Society […]…

FAO’s Veggie Oil Index jumps 4% in December to 3-year hihg: UFOP

Jan 22, 2017: In Germany, UFOP reports that the vegetable oil price index of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) surged by more than 4 per cent in December 2016, reaching a three-year high. Nevertheless, the index is far below its January 2011 record. According to the German trade group, “Prices for vegetable oils […]…

Trump Administration Removes References to Climate Change at Whitehouse.Gov

Jan 20, 2017: At about noon on Friday January 20, immediately after Donald J. Trump took his oath and became President Trump, all references to climate change and renewable energy were removed from the URL: In its place is the official website for the new administration.  The energy link is here:…

#NBB17 Spotlight on Washington Session

Jan 20, 2017: The ever-popular Spotlight on Washington session at the 2017 National Biodiesel Conference was more popular than ever this year with the advent of a new presidential administration. Back by popular demand for the session were former Sen. Byron Dorgan and former Cong. Kenny Hulshof, and they were joined by other DC insiders Jim Massie, Timothy Urban, and Tom Hance. All ... Read More…

Record Number of #Biodiesel Vehicles Available

Jan 20, 2017: U.S. auto manufacturers have introduced a record number of new biodiesel capable diesel vehicle options, several of which were on display at the 2017 National Biodiesel Conference Vehicle Showcase, presented by NBB and General Motors Fleet. One of GM’s flagship models, the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD pickup with a 6.6L Duramax® turbo diesel engine, is on proud display in the ... Read More…

New RFA Brochure on 2017 FFVs

Jan 20, 2017: General Motors is the number one maker of Flex Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) for the 2017 model year (MY2017), according to a new brochure released this week by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). For MY2017, GM has 17 FFV model offerings, followed by Ford/Lincoln/Mercury with 12 FFV models available and Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep with nine. Toyota offers two FFV models for MY2017, while ... Read More…

Clean Energy Trends 2017: Corporate Commitments, Subnational Leadership, and Clean Energy Jobs

Jan 20, 2017: For 17 years, my colleagues and I at Clean Edge have highlighted the major clean-energy trends to watch at the beginning of each year. Many of our past projections have become reality: the wide adoption of LED lighting...

Power Sector Must Double Renewables Investment to Hit COP21 Targets, Says IEA Chief

Jan 20, 2017: The executive director of the International Energy Agency on Monday said that the global power sector needs to double its investment in renewables if it is to meet the Paris climate goals.

Confirmation Hearing for Rick Perry Reveals Lack of Federal Support for Renewables

Jan 19, 2017: The proposed U.S. Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, once said that he would like to see the Department of Energy eliminated. However, now that he has been tapped to lead the department and understands its role Perry said he “would be honored” to be confirmed as the next leader of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). “My past statements made over five years ago about abolishing the Department of Energy do not reflect my current thinking. In fact, after being briefed on so many of the vital functions of the Department of Energy, I regret recommending its elimination,” he said in his opening statement at his confirmation hearing on Thursday. On the issue of climate change, Perry said he makes decisions based on sound sci…

Got Renewable Energy Solutions? Take Them Now To Any Large City!

Jan 19, 2017: Companies with renewable energy services and products should be making friends with public officials in municipalities throughout the country. That’s definitely where renewable power projects are occurring. Cities have numerous priorities and mandates, but every municipality is focused on sustainability, cost reduction and reducing the consequences of climate change. Many are taking bold steps to launch renewable power projects which benefit all three objectives.

2017 Eye on Biodiesel Awards

Jan 19, 2017: The National Biodiesel Board presented its annual Eye on Biodiesel awards this week at the organization’s annual meeting in San Diego. Climate Leader Award – New York City Council Member Costa Constantinides – who sponsored a measure that grows the amount of biodiesel in heating oil in the City from the current two percent level to five percent October 1, ... Read More…

Trump EPA Nominee Questioned on RFS

Jan 19, 2017: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt answered questions about his support of renewable fuels during his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday to serve as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President-elect Donald Trump. Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, asked Pruitt about his commitment to uphold the congressional intent of the Renewable ... Read More…

Ten Clean Energy Stocks For 2017: Finessing Trump

Jan 19, 2017: The focus of the 10 Clean Energy Stocks for 2017 list will be on companies that rely little on support from the federal government, and which should be relatively unaffected by the possible reversal of President Obama's attempts to encourage Clean energy.

Iowa RFA Expresses Concerns with Trump Ag Choice

Jan 19, 2017: President-elect Donald Trump will officially round out his cabinet by nominating former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture just a little more than 24 hours before the inauguration. As word about the choice spread Wednesday evening, most groups were waiting until the official announcement to respond, but one of the first was the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, which ... Read More…

Saudi in 10-GW Renewables Plan but Oil and Gas ‘Needed for Decades’

Jan 19, 2017: Saudi Arabia’s first round of renewable energy tenders are expected to deliver $50 billion by 2032 to bankroll 10 GW of clean energy, the country’s energy minister announced this week.

Costa Rica Sets Carbon Neutral Goal

Jan 19, 2017: Costa Rica plans to be a carbon neutral country by the time it marks its bicentennial in 2021. And the Central American nation is not so far from that ambition — already 98 percent of its electricity comes from renewables.

Business Won’t Back Down on Clean Energy Future

Jan 18, 2017: More than 530 companies and 100 investors signed the Low Carbon USA letter to President-elect Trump and other U.S. and global leaders to support policies to curb climate change, invest in the low carbon economy, and continue U.S. participation in the Paris Agreement. It’s a powerful message from business leaders connecting the dots between prosperity and a low-carbon economy and confirming their commitment to continue to lead the way.

GM Announces 20 for B20 in Diesel Vehicle Lineup

Jan 18, 2017: General Motors is fueling America’s future with biodiesel by expanding its B20-capable lineup to include new cars, crossovers and trucks. John Schwegman, Director of Commercial Product and Medium Duty Product for General Motors, delivered the news during the general session at the 2017 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in San Diego Tuesday. “Diesel propulsion deserves wider consideration by fleet managers ... Read More…

New NBB CEO and Chairman Kick Off #NBB17

Jan 18, 2017: National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen and Chairman Kent Engelbrecht of ADM kicked off the 2017 National Biodiesel Conference in San Diego Tuesday with a look at how biodiesel has continued to triumph over the years despite being an underdog. “NBB was created by a visionary and insightful group of soybean organizations in 1992, before biodiesel even existed in the ... Read More…

Ethanol Industry Thanks Trump in New Ad

Jan 18, 2017: The renewable fuels industry is thanking incoming President Donald Trump with a new television ad airing this inauguration week. The new ad will be airing during MSNBC’s Morning Joe program and will also appear on digital channels. “Donald Trump’s campaign united millions of voters who care deeply about America’s leadership on clean, homegrown energy,” said Bob Dinneen, president and CEO ... Read More…

Biofuel Matchmaker: Finding The Perfect Algae for Renewable Energy

Jan 16, 2017: A new, approximately $6-million collaborative project is using a unique climate-simulating laboratory system as part of a new streamlined process to quickly pare down heaps of algae species into just a few that hold the most promise for renewable fuels.

Maryland Opens 2017 Animal Waste-to-energy Grant Program

Jan 11, 2017: The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has opened 2017 program to provide grants to selected recipients to install animal waste-to-energy projects.

#GIB — Environmental Community Takes to Twitter Over Fear Green Investment Bank Will Be ‘Asset Stripped’

Jan 10, 2017: Climate and energy policy firm E3G, in conjunction with Greenpeace UK, today released findings that point to the possible stripping of assets in advance of the pending sale of the U.K.’s Green Investment Bank (GIB).

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.

Portland General Electric Delays Biomass Test Burn at Boardman into 1Q17

Jan 10, 2017: Portland General Electric on Dec. 30 asked the Public Utility Commission of Oregon for authorization to defer for later rate-making treatment certain revenues associated with the scheduled Boardman Power Plant 100 percent biomass test burn.

Biofuel Producers Back Renewable Credit Trading Transparency

Jan 9, 2017: Recent criticism of secrecy and alleged manipulation in biofuel credit trading, delivered by a top adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, is striking a chord among ethanol and other renewable fuel producers.

Renewables Provide Majority of New US Generating Capacity through November 2016

Jan 6, 2017: Renewable energy accounted for the majority (50.5 percent) of new U.S. electrical generation put into service during the first 11 months of 2016, according to the latest issue of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) monthly Energy Infrastructure Update (with data through Nov. 30, 2016).

US Energy Department Funds Low-Carbon Jet Fuel Demonstration Plant

Jan 6, 2017: New funding from the U.S. Department of Energy will support development of a demonstration-scale facility using industrial off gases to product 3 million gallons per year of low-carbon jet and diesel fuels.

Germans Get Almost One-Third of Electricity from Renewables in 2016

Jan 5, 2017: In another shining example of renewable energy leadership, in 2016, Germany used more renewable electricity than ever before, receiving 32 percent of the gross amount of electricity consumed in the country from sun, wind and other renewable sources. The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) arrived at this figure in an initial estimate in late 2016. If the projections are correct, more than 191 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity will have been generated from renewables by end of the year. This would mark an increase from the previous year during which the country consumed slightly more than 187 billion kWh, which is 31.5 percent of…

What Now? Momentum Slowed — The Time to Act is Now!

Jan 5, 2017: Lobbying and legal challenges are important components of any successful strategy to maintain the pace of the transition to a low-carbon economy; however, what will ultimately win the day is engaging the public—defenders and deniers-- in a rational and resonating dialogue.

What Now? Momentum Slowed — You Are Not Powerless: Act!

Jan 4, 2017: I try, often as not, to refrain from raising problems without suggesting something by way of useful answers. There are those times, of course, when anything approximating an upbeat response is simply beyond the ken or need wait for events to catch up.

Top 10 Renewable Energy Trends to Watch in 2017

Dec 30, 2016: A review of all the headlines published by Renewable Energy World this year revealed many interesting trends in the global renewable energy marketplace. Ten trends, however, stand out as being major stories to watch in 2017.

Hawaiian Electric Alters Blueprint for Renewable Energy Development

Dec 30, 2016: The Hawaiian Electric Companies on Dec. 23 outlined a detailed plan charting the near-term actions that will lead to the use of renewable resources to meet 100 percent of Hawai'i's power generation needs by 2045.

50-MW Albany Green Biomass Project in Georgia Due for Startup in Early 2017

Dec 29, 2016: Albany Green Energy LLC applied Dec. 22 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for acceptance of its market-based rate tariff effective Feb. 20, 2017, and for certain other blanket approvals.

Envisioning the Economic and Environmental Outcomes of Tripling the US Bioeconomy

Dec 28, 2016: One billion tons of biological material—that’s enough to fill a 16-foot flatbed truck stacked roughly up to the moon! But we wouldn’t have to “shoot for the moon” to produce this much biomass every year.

Spanish Energy Firm Buys Two Biomass Facilities

Dec 28, 2016: Spain’s Ence – Energia y Celulosa on Dec. 15 said it will buy Spanish utility Endesa's stake in two biomass plants.

Letter from Editor: Renewable Energy + Infrastructure = Innovation

Dec 28, 2016: Is renewable energy infrastructure? According to Miriam Webster, infrastructure is the basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g., buildings, roads, and power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise.

Shifting to a Clean Energy Economy Would Bring Billions in Economic Benefits, Shows New Report

Dec 28, 2016: We all know the science. The United States and the world as a whole must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent or more by 2050 in order to significantly reduce the risks posed by unabated climate change. Intensifying droughts and heat waves, inundation of coastal economies brought on by sea level rise, and increasing wildfires and extreme weather events across the United States are only some of those intensifying risks.

Drax Jumps to 5-Month High After EU Approves Biomass Subsidy

Dec 28, 2016: Shares in Drax Group Plc surged to the highest since July after the European Union approved a U.K. government subsidy to support the conversion of one of its coal-fired units to biomass.

What Now? Momentum Slowed

Dec 28, 2016: I don’t doubt the nation’s transition to a clean energy economy will continue after The D is inaugurated in January. Economics, a rapidly growing number of companies owning responsibility for their carbon emissions and ordinary people acting on behalf of future generations underpin the trend towards environmental sustainability.