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Apr 22, 2019

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NTU scientists discover sustainable way to increase seed oil yield in crops

Apr 21, 2019: In Singapore, Nanyang Technological University scientists developed a sustainable way to demonstrate a new genetic modification that can increase the yield of natural oil in seeds by up to 15 per cent in laboratory conditions. The new method can be applied to crops such as canola, soybean and sunflower, which are in a multi-billion dollar […]…

EPA Reopens REGS Rule to Address SREs

Apr 21, 2019: In Washington, D.C., the Renewable Fuels Association reports that on April 11, EPA initiated the process for reviving one provision within the Nov. 2016 Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) rule in an effort to provide more transparency regarding small refinery exemptions (SREs) from the RFS program. EPA had proposed to codify a determination that […]…

SoCalGas awarded $3M for hydrothermal processing technology

Apr 21, 2019: In California, the California Energy Commission (CEC) awarded Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) a $3 million grant to fund the next phase of development of a new technology that doubles the amount of renewable energy created from the decomposition of organic material at wastewater treatment plants. The new process, known as Hydrothermal Processing (HTP), reduces […]…

Nouryon announces 2019 Imagine Chemistry finalists

Apr 21, 2019: In the Netherlands, Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) announced the 13 finalists for the 2019 edition of its Imagine Chemistry collaborative innovation challenge. The winners for sustainable bio-based surfactants (in partnership with Unilever) are CarbExplore Research, Fraunhofer IGB, Sironix Renewables, and The University of Sheffield + Entomics. The finalists will participate in an intensive three-day […]…

Amyris Completes Sale of Vitamin E Royalty to DSM

Apr 21, 2019: In California, Amyris, Inc. sold its Vitamin E royalty agreement to Koninklijke DSM N.V. (Royal DSM). This agreement assigns Amyris’s rights to Vitamin E royalties to DSM in exchange for total consideration of approximately $57 million. In addition, DSM and Amyris have agreed to a further manufacturing cooperation for Amyris products at DSM’s Brotas facility […]…

Cielo achieves milestone with first sale of renewable diesel

Apr 21, 2019: In Canada, Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. announced that, prior to adding the desulphurization unit, on which Cielo is currently working, the Company has achieved an important milestone by selling the first 5,000 liters of high grade renewable diesel to its first customer at $1.00 per litre. This sale confirms that, even before desulphurization occurs, there […]…

MTI awards $1.5M for biomass and forest projects

Apr 21, 2019: In Maine, the Board of Directors of the Maine Technology Institute (MTI) approved two awards from the Emerging Technology Challenge for Maine’s Forest Resources, each for $750,000. The two companies receiving the awards represent different natural resource-based technologies that make use of Maine’s abundant forest resources and supply chain. The first $750,000 award was made […]…

Oklahoma next to allow commercial production of industrial hemp

Apr 21, 2019: In North Carolina, Hemp, Inc., announced that after unanimous approval by the house, Senate Bill 868 has proceeded to the desk of Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, which would allow for the commercial production of industrial hemp. According to the bill legislature, SB 868 “authorizes the state Department of Agriculture to take develop and administer a […]…

Earth Day 2019 – A look at carbon negative and carbon capture technologies, advancements, and possibilities

Apr 21, 2019: Some of us were born already, some of us just a twinkle in someone’s eye, but 49 years ago history was made with the very first Earth Day. What was a nationwide celebration and peaceful demonstrations for environmental reform in the U.S. by some estimated 20 million Americans, Earth Day events have now expanded to […]…

REACHing for the stars: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Mercurius Biorefining

Apr 21, 2019: Mercurius Biorefining is developing its novel REACH process, which converts cellulosic biomass to hydrocarbons in the renewable diesel, aviation, and marine fuel ranges. Valuable by-products include bio-char and a bio-plastic monomer, FDCA. REACH (Renewable Acid-hydrolysis Condensation Hydrotreating) is a novel application of proven technologies which is both feedstock- and product-flexible. Sources of potential feedstock include […]…

Iowa Says No to More SREs

Apr 18, 2019: Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig and Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw held a press conference Wednesday to discuss how EPA granting more pending small-refinery exemptions (SRE) would irreversibly undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Speaking at Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy near Council Bluffs, Shaw pointed out that in recent weeks refineries could have complied with their obligation ... Read More…

February U.S. Ethanol Export Market Softens but Remains Robust; Distillers Grains Exports Dip to 6-Year Low

Apr 17, 2019: U.S. ethanol exports totaled 113.8 million gallons (mg) in February, according to government data released this morning and analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). This reflects an 11.0% decline The post February U.S. Ethanol Export Market Softens but Remains Robust; Distillers Grains Exports Dip to 6-Year Low appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

39 Reasons for EPA to Just Say No to More SREs

Apr 16, 2019: With the Environmental Protection Agency considering 39 pending petitions for 2018 Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) has helpfully provided the agency with 39 reasons to turn them all down. The list starts with 53 – The number of refinery waivers EPA granted for the 2016 and 2017 compliance years since early 2018, and ends with ... Read More…

SW Iowa Renewable Energy Sows Seeds for Monarchs

Apr 16, 2019: Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy (SIRE) is one step closer to providing monarch butterflies with a new place to fill up on their cross-country journey. The ethanol plant seeded their Monarch Fueling Station this week with the help of local farmer Rick Frost. Habitat Establishment Coordinator Kevin Reynolds helped SIRE established the Monarch Fueling Station last year. “The first year there ... Read More…

EPA Revisits Proposal to Publish Refinery Waiver Info

Apr 16, 2019: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking comment on the current process for issuing Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs) that would allowing names of refineries who have applied for and received waivers to be made public in an effort to expand transparency. EPA has reopened the comment period for 15 days on one aspect of a 2016 proposal “that basic information ... Read More…

Grassley Questions DOE on SRE Review Process

Apr 12, 2019: Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter to Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry this week asking for clarity about the department’s review process concerning Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Small Refinery Exemption (SRE) requests. “EPA has granted an unprecedented number of small refinery hardship exemptions for 2016 and 2017 and even more small refineries are seeking exemptions from the ... Read More…

Retailers in Mexico Oil Country Learn About Ethanol

Apr 12, 2019: American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty was back in Mexico teaching retailers about ethanol this week, this time in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the capital and largest city of the southeast Mexico state of Chiapas. This is the third time Lamberty has traveled to Mexico so far this year to speak at ethanol technical information forums for Mexican ... Read More…

RFA Earns Seventh Straight TRANSCAER® Award

Apr 12, 2019: For the seventh consecutive year, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has received a TRANSCAER® National Achievement Award for its industry-leading ethanol safety program. RFA hosted numerous ethanol safety training events in 2018, giving more than 1,800 emergency responders the tools and information they need to effectively respond to any incidents involving fuel ethanol. The TRANSCAER® National Achievement Award is given ... Read More…

RFA Statement on Senator Grassley’s DOE Request for SRE Clarity

Apr 11, 2019: In response to Sen. Chuck Grassley’s (R-Iowa) letter to U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper issued the following statement: “We are The post RFA Statement on Senator Grassley’s DOE Request for SRE Clarity appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Ethanol Not to Blame for Higher Gas Prices

Apr 11, 2019: Gas prices are up, but ethanol is not to blame, according to an analysis by the Renewable Fuels Association. Gas prices at the pump have been steadily increasing since the end of January, and some have speculated that it is due to ethanol transportation issues following the Midwest floods in March. But RFA found that it is mainly because of ... Read More…

The Improving GHG Benefits of Corn Ethanol

Apr 10, 2019: The lead researcher of a USDA study on the improving greenhouse gas benefits of ethanol compared to gasoline has shared more details about the agency’s findings. Dr. Jan Lewandrowski of USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist said the study grew out of September 2017 report released by the USDA regarding 11 different emissions categories related to corn ethanol production and ... Read More…

RFA Earns Seventh Straight TRANSCAER® Award for Industry-Leading Safety Training

Apr 10, 2019: For the seventh consecutive year, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has received a TRANSCAER® National Achievement Award for its industry-leading ethanol safety program. RFA hosted numerous ethanol safety training events The post RFA Earns Seventh Straight TRANSCAER® Award for Industry-Leading Safety Training appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Consumers Surpass 8 Billion Miles on E15

Apr 10, 2019: Consumers have driven more than 8 billion miles now on E15, also known as Unleaded 88, according to Growth Energy, which credits the milestone to rapid retail adoption and more terminal availability of the fuel across the nation. “Supply of E15 into the fuel marketplace is a crucial step in further expansion, and our success with Prime the Pump has ... Read More…

Crude Oil Price Surge, Seasonal Patterns Driving Gasoline Price Increases, Not Ethanol

Apr 9, 2019: There has been considerable discussion lately regarding the reasons for rising gasoline prices in the late winter and early spring of 2019, including the potential role of ethanol following the The post Crude Oil Price Surge, Seasonal Patterns Driving Gasoline Price Increases, Not Ethanol appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

New Study Exposes Absurdity of NWF Land Use Change Claims

Apr 5, 2019: A new study published in the academic journal Biomass and Bioenergy exposes the fatal methodological flaws and erroneous conclusions regarding biofuels and land use change (LUC) found in recent studies The post New Study Exposes Absurdity of NWF Land Use Change Claims appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

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 […]…

RFA Congratulates Homeland Energy Solutions on 10th Anniversary

Apr 4, 2019: The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today congratulated member company Homeland Energy Solutions on its 10th anniversary. The company was formed in 2005 and began production at its Iowa ethanol plant The post RFA Congratulates Homeland Energy Solutions on 10th Anniversary appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA, TRANSCAER® Hosting Ethanol Safety Seminars in Louisiana This Month

Apr 2, 2019: The Renewable Fuels Association, in partnership with TRANSCAER®, will host two ethanol safety seminars in Louisiana later this month. The seminars, which will both be held on April 16, are The post RFA, TRANSCAER® Hosting Ethanol Safety Seminars in Louisiana This Month appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Congratulates Trenton Agri Products on 15th Anniversary

Apr 2, 2019: The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today congratulated member company Trenton Agri Products (TAP) on its 15th anniversary of continuous operations. TAP broke ground on its Nebraska ethanol plant in August The post RFA Congratulates Trenton Agri Products on 15th Anniversary appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Congratulates Western Plains Energy on 15th Anniversary

Mar 29, 2019: The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today congratulated member company Western Plains Energy (WPE) on its 15th anniversary. WPE was formed in July 2001, broke ground on its Kansas ethanol plant The post RFA Congratulates Western Plains Energy on 15th Anniversary appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Strongly Supports, Urges Quick Action on EPA Proposal to Allow Year-Round E15

Mar 29, 2019: In testimony delivered at a public hearing today in Ypsilanti, Mich., RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper urged the agency to finalize the Modifications to Fuel Regulations to Provide Flexibility The post RFA Strongly Supports, Urges Quick Action on EPA Proposal to Allow Year-Round E15 appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

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.