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Nov 23, 2017

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Ethanol diverted from Argo for third time this year

Nov 23, 2017: In Illinois, Kinder Morgan’s ethanol storage terminal in Argo is full yet again so trucks are being diverted to the Stony Island terminal for the third time this year. Even though Energy Information Administration data showed that Midwest stocks fell last week, but they were still 1.391 million barrels above last year’s levels. Typically the […]…

Sunbird Bioenergy sourcing elephant grass from farmers to power boiler

Nov 23, 2017: In Sierra Leone, Sunbird Bioenergy will buy $10 million worth of dry elephant grass from local farmers to power the boiler at the former Addax ethanol facility it purchased late last year. Only 25,000 metric tons of sugarcane bagasse were produced this year to power the boiler due to wildfire that destroyed much of the […]…

EPA rejects proposal to shift RFS point of obligation

Nov 23, 2017: In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency said in an 87-page report that it doesn’t believe proposals put forward by Valero and other refiners to change the Renewable Fuel Standard including changing the point of obligation for compliance with the RFS would result in net benefits, saying that changing it would cause disruption to the market […]…

Argentina backtracks on ethanol price cuts after farmers complained

Nov 23, 2017: In Argentina, although the government significantly cut ethanol prices earlier this month, it has backtracked on those cuts to 7.5% for sugarcane-based ethanol from a previous cut of 15% and 10.5% from a 21.1% cut on corn-based ethanol. Ethanol producers complained about the drastic price cuts and demonstrated additional cost factors that had not been […]…

Federal Trade Commission sees monopoly activity unlikely in annual ethanol market concentration report

Nov 23, 2017: In Washington, the Federal Trade Commission has issued its 2017 Report on Ethanol Market Concentration, an annual report required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 “to determine whether there is sufficient competition among industry participants to avoid price-setting and other anticompetitive behavior.” As in prior years, the 2017 report concludes that “the low level […]…

NRL signs MOU for 150,000 tons of bamboo for planned Chempolis cellulosic ethanol plant

Nov 23, 2017: In India, Numaligarh Refinery Ltd signed an MOU to secure 150,000 metric tons of bamboo annually from the Manipur region to supply its planned cellulosic ethanol plant with Finland’s Chempolis. The agreement is expected to lead towards the creation of bamboo processing clusters that will help farmers add value to their bamboo plantations.  The $146.7 […]…

Kansas and Chinese researchers make breakthrough with wheat straw ethanol production

Nov 23, 2017: In Kansas, thanks to an international and interdisciplinary collaboration, faculty at Kansas State University’s Institute of Computational and Comparative Medicine and bioenergy researchers at Yangzhou University in China have marked a significant milestone for the production of ethanol fuel from wheat straw. Their study, “Predictive temperature modeling and experimental investigation of ultrasonic vibration-assisted pelleting of […]…

India to allow grain-based ethanol during surplus years

Nov 23, 2017: In India, with an eye on 20% ethanol blending and 5% biodiesel consumption for 2030, the government’s upcoming biofuel policy is expected to allow grain-based ethanol production during surplus years. Damaged grains unfit for consumption will also be allowed as biofuel feedstock. Currently the country only consumes 2% ethanol despite a 10% blending policy and […]…

Speed, baby, speed: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to DMC

Nov 22, 2017: DMC’s technology enables reproducibility and robustness to scale; Production of a diversity of targets using a single bioprocess; HTS approaches that translate to full scale performance — and the company says, “50X improvement in speed and cost of product development.” The business model? Specialty chemicals, nutrition products, and pharmaceuticals, with a focus on partner agreements to quickly generate revenue […]…

Energy Destiny? Think Energy Density.

Nov 22, 2017: ARPA-E has been working hard on feedstock diversity — so much so that we kid them about changing their name to ARPA-Agriculture — yes, from time to time they work on fuels, but not so much on energy density. Too bad — because a moonshot-oriented mission aimed at transforming energy density sets up really well […]…

Medford Celebrates 20 Years of Biodiesel School Buses

Nov 22, 2017: When it comes to using cleaner burning biodiesel in school buses, Medford Township Public Schools in New Jersey goes to the head of the class, as they celebrate 20 years this month, making Medford the nation’s longest continuous user of biodiesel in a student transportation fleet. The school district’s use of biodiesel has eliminated more than 123,376 pounds of smog-forming ... Read More…

Understanding the Farmers of Tomorrow

Nov 22, 2017: OsbornBarr has rounded up ag thought-leaders from across the country to discuss and tackle issues impacting the agricultural community. The first challenge they collectively believe is imperative is understanding farmers of tomorrow. Chairman of the newly formed O+B Agricultural Advisory Council, Richard Fordyce, former Missouri Director of Agriculture, attended the 2017 National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s Trade Talk to talk ... Read More…

No Back to the Future for the RFS

Nov 22, 2017: Guest contributor – Rachel Gantz, Renewable Fuels Association Do you remember the scene towards the end of “Back to the Future,” where Doc Brown is refueling the time-traveling DeLorean with banana peels and beer waste? That was biofuel before it was available at so many of our neighborhood gasoline stations. Nowadays, Doc Brown just needs to pull up to his ... Read More…

S&P Global Platts Launches New Weekly Ethanol Assessment

Nov 22, 2017: S&P Global Platts has launched a new North-Northeast Brazil anhydrous ethanol assessment which reflects demand for greater transparency and a clearly defined methodology to help market participants understand the drivers of pricing. “The North-Northeast of Brazil is a region that is net short ethanol and therefore needs to import from the Center-South region of the country as well as from ... Read More…

RFA Releases Ethanol Savings Calculator

Nov 21, 2017: The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has just released an easy-to-use online calculator just in time for the holidays to help drivers find out how much money they can save by choosing ethanol blends like E15 and E85. Here’s how it works: Step 1 – enter retail prices for E10, E15 and E85. Prices from thousands of stations nationwide, along with ... Read More…

Enogen® Corn Hybrids Good for Feed and Fuel

Nov 21, 2017: Enogen® corn hybrids from Syngenta have been providing value for farmers and ethanol producers, now Enogen® Feed hybrids can help provide value for beef and dairy producers as well. “Enogen continues to be an exciting part of our business in Syngenta and the NK brand,” said Quinn Showalter, NK Sales Head, during an interview at the National Association of Farm ... Read More…

Holiday Drivers Can Save $$$ With E15

Nov 21, 2017: Drivers who are heading over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house for the holidays could save big money if they fill up the tank with 15 percent ethanol for the holidays. According Growth Energy, if all of the drivers hitting the road this week fill up with E15, the total savings would be nearly $4 million. AAA ... Read More…

DuPont Launches SYNERXIA® THRIVE for Ethanol Production

Nov 21, 2017: DuPont Industrial Biosciences has announced the launch of SYNERXIA® THRIVE Fermentation System to help ethanol producers increase yields. “With the new DuPont™ SYNERXIA® THRIVE Fermentation System, ethanol producers can now expect up to 4 percent higher ethanol yields in dry grind fuel alcohol facilities, when compared to conventional systems,” said Joseph DeSalvo, North America regional industry leader, DuPont Industrial Biosciences. ... Read More…

Biodiesel Benefits Farmers and Livestock Producers

Nov 21, 2017: Midwest soybeans are fueling the country from coast to coast. The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has a goal of supplying 10 percent of the nation’s diesel fuel by the year 2022, equating to about four billion gallons per year. NBB Board Member and Nebraska Farmer Greg Anderson said the northeast market for heating oil is a bright spot, while California ... Read More…

Farmers to Grow Mustard Seed for Bio Jet Fuel

Nov 20, 2017: Farmers in Australia will soon be growing a Canadian oilseed to make bio jet fuel thanks to a new “farm to flight” deal between Quebec-based Agrisoma Biosciences and Qantas Airlines. Agrisoma will work with Australian farmers to grow the Carinata seed, a non-food type of mustard seed that produces high-quality oil ideal for renewable aviation jet fuel and renewable diesel ... Read More…

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 […]…

New Global Solar Capacity Outpaced Wind in 2016, IRENA Says

Mar 31, 2017: Last year marked the first time since 2013 that solar energy growth outpaced wind energy, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Solar saw a record 71 GW of new capacity in 2016, while wind increased by 51 GW.  …

The President’s Climate Change Executive Order: Wrong Pretense

Mar 30, 2017: The President announced on Tuesday, March 28th at the Environmental Protection Agency his new Executive Order based on protecting 75,000 US coal jobs by threatening over 3 million US clean energy jobs. Some context: According to MorningConsult The order directs officials to review the Environmental Protection Agency regulations on new and existing power plants, withdraw the Obama administration’s “social cost of carbon,” which puts a price on greenhouse gas emissions, end a moratorium on new coal leases on federal land, review regulations on methane emissions from natural gas systems, end a guidance for agencies to consider climate change, and end Bureau of Land Management restrictions on hydraulic fracturing. The Trump ad…

Trump Slams Brakes on Obama’s Climate Plan, But There’s Still a Long Road Ahead

Mar 30, 2017: Badly looking for a political win that would both fulfill some campaign promises to his political base and satisfy the demands of rank-and-file Republicans in Congress, President Trump on March 28 signed an expansive Energy Independence and Economic Growth Executive Order. …

Full Text of Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth

Mar 29, 2017: By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1.  Policy.  (a)  It is in the national interest to promote clean and safe development of our Nation's vast energy resources, while at the same time avoiding regulatory burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy production, constrain economic growth, and prevent job creation.  Moreover, the prudent development of these natural resources is essential to ensuring the Nation's geopolitical security.  …

SunEdison India Assets to Help Double Greenko Capacity

Mar 28, 2017: Greenko Energy Holdings, the green power developer backed by sovereign wealth funds, expects to double its capacity in India by 2019 with the help of assets acquired during the bankruptcy of SunEdison Inc. Generation capacity should grow to about 5 gigawatts in the next two years as new projects come online and Greenko integrates 1.5 gigawatts of SunEdison assets into its portfolio, Mahesh Kolli, the founder of the company based in Hyderabad, India, said in a telephone interview.  …

Trump to Cancel Obama's Policies Aimed at Paris Climate Pledge

Mar 28, 2017: President Donald Trump is moving aggressively to undo policies designed to keep the carbon-cutting promises the U.S. made alongside nearly 200 other countries in Paris, while stopping short of a decision to formally withdraw from that landmark climate accord. Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday that begins unraveling a raft of rules and directives to combat climate change, which President Barack Obama wove into the fabric of the federal government as he made addressing the issue a centerpiece of his second term.

From Waste to Watts: How Sewage Could Help Fix India's Water, Energy and Sanitation Woes

Mar 24, 2017: As India’s summer intensifies, many states are already in the midst of a drought—and the hottest days have yet to arrive. At the same time, water-intensive agriculture, rapid urban expansion, increases in industrial activity and growing energy production are driving the country’s water demand upward. More than half of India is now considered severely water stressed. Part of the problem is that India still manages its water as an infinite resource on a linear model of withdrawal, consumption and disposal. But a more efficient management model is to look at water from a “circular economy” perspective. Water’s usability doesn’t need to end once it washes down the drain. Rather, we can see industrial an…

Around the Baseloads: What's New in the Geothermal, Biomass and Hydropower Industries

Mar 23, 2017: No country will ever get to 100 percent renewable energy without using geothermal, biomass, hydropower or a combination of the three. These technologies are able to provide energy around the clock, (baseload) and do not depend on the sun shining or the wind blowing.

Fortum Enters JV for Waste-to-energy CHP Plant in Lithuania

Mar 22, 2017: Finland-based clean energy firm Fortum last week said that it has formed a joint venture with Lietuvos Energija to build a waste-to-energy combined heat and power plant in Kaunas, Lithuania.  …

Scientists Harness Solar Power to Produce Hydrogen from Biomass

Mar 21, 2017: A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge has developed a way of using solar power to generate hydrogen from biomass, the U.K. university said last week.

Ten Clean Energy Stocks For 2017: Earnings Season

Mar 21, 2017: Earnings season began in earnest in February. My Ten Clean Energy Stocks model portfolio gave back a little of its large January gains because a mix of good and bad earnings mostly offset each other. One pick (Seaspan Preferred) gave back its large January gains. Neither the original gain nor the loss were driven by news. …

China’s Jiangsu Province Expands Waste-to-energy Capacity

Mar 20, 2017: Local officials in China's Jiangsu Province will help expand waste-to-energy capacity in the region with an investment in a new facility with a processing capacity of 900 metric tons.

UK Government Report Positive on Biomass

Mar 13, 2017: A report commissioned by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has found that using biomass instead of coal is playing a positive part in decarbonizing the power sector.

Fortum Pairs Energy Storage with Biomass Plant in Finland

Mar 10, 2017: Fortum last week said it has installed a lithium-ion battery storage system in conjunction with its biomass plant in Jarvenpaa, Finland. …

Funding Secured for Nine Waste-to-energy Plants in China

Mar 8, 2017: Dynagreen Environmental Protection Group will build nine new waste-to-energy (WTE) plants in China by 2018 with the support of new funding from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Energy and Environmental Regulation in the Age of Trump: The Role of the States

Mar 6, 2017: It’s hardly surprising that many eyes are turning toward state capitals as Plan B targets of opportunity for maintaining the momentum of clean energy technologies and continued safeguard of the environment in the U.S. …

UPDATE: Perry Confirmed as DOE Secretary

Mar 2, 2017: Update: On March 2, 2017, U.S. Senators confirmed Rick Perry as the new Secretary of Energy of the United States. The vote was 62-37 with nine democratic senators casting "yes" votes. …

2016 US Renewable Generation Blows Past EIA’s Earlier Forecasts

Mar 2, 2017: According to the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) "Electric Power Monthly" report (with data through Dec. 31, 2016), renewable energy sources continued their rapid growth and accounted for 15.34 percent of domestic electrical generation in 2016 — compared to 13.65 percent in 2015. …

Environmental Regulation in the Age of Trump: The Endangerment Zone

Feb 28, 2017: The CPP has been a significant source of contention between climate defenders and deniers. President Trump and many in the Republican Congressional majority have targeted these regulations for rescission. The Donald, his cabinet nominees, transition staff and personal staff have all alluded to the significant reductions in federal environmental programs and policies that lie ahead.   …

Biotechnology Innovation Organization Supports EPA Proposal for Biofuel Feedstocks Under Renewable Fuel Standard

Feb 24, 2017: The Biotechnology Innovation Organization in recent comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it supports the inclusion of additional biofuel feedstocks and pathways under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard program. …

Chinese Firm Prepares to Build 30-MW Biomass Plant in West Africa

Feb 24, 2017: Preliminary work for the construction of the biomass power plant in Mansoa, central Guinea-Bissau, will begin in March, with the arrival of Chinese technicians, announced the Guinean representative of Chinese company Shenyang Lan Sa Trading Co Ltd, which is financing the project.

University of Iowa Plans Coal-free Future; Biomass Program Ramping Up

Feb 24, 2017: University of Iowa (UI) President Bruce Harreld said this week that the UI campus will be coal-free by 2025, and biomass will be at the heart of the transition to increased renewable energy use.    …

Engineers Week Celebrates Women in Engineering with #GirlDay2017

Feb 23, 2017: It’s Engineers Week, and DiscoverE — formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation — is celebrating women in engineering today with Girl Day 2017, a campaign to introduce girls to the world of engineering.  …

UK Claim That Burning Biomass Is Clean Seen as 'Flawed'

Feb 23, 2017: The U.K. government’s view of biomass as a carbon-neutral energy source is a “flawed assumption,” according to report from Chatham House. …

California Lawmakers Seek 100 Percent Renewables by 2045

Feb 22, 2017: California SB 584 would require 100 percent of all electricity sold in California at retail to be generated by eligible renewable energy resources by December 31, 2045. …

More Than 3 Million in US Now Work in Clean Energy

Feb 22, 2017: National business groups, citing government statistics, say jobs providing cleaner energy options equal those in retail stores, twice those in building construction Washington, D.C., Feb.

Pruitt Confirmed as EPA Administrator

Feb 17, 2017: The U.S. Senate today approved Scott Pruitt as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.