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Apr 25, 2015

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US Power Grid’s $2 Trillion Upgrade Needs European Efficiency

Apr 24, 2015: A $2 trillion push in the U.S. to blend renewable energy into the power supply and fortify transmission lines against extreme weather means that Americans must act more like Europeans to keep their power costs down.

Represent Renewables: One Week Left to Enter PEI's EMEA Project of the Year Awards

Apr 24, 2015: Power Engineering International has launched the EMEA Projects of the Year, which will seek to highlight the best in power plant construction across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Hosted by Power Engineering International, the awards will be presented at the Gala VIP Dinner at POWER-GEN Europe in Amsterdam on the evening of Tuesday, June 9. Th…

Egypt’s Renewable FIT Program Gains Traction

Apr 24, 2015: The Government of Egypt has said that it must invest US$12 billion in the electricity sector over the next five years in order to meet that country’s urgent electricity demands — and renewable energy will be a key component.

Illinois Could Cut Carbon Pollution with More E15

Apr 24, 2015: A new study shows that Illinois could cut its carbon pollution if the state adopted higher blends of ethanol, such as E15. The report from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s principal research economist, Dr. Steffen Mueller, and backed by … Continue reading →…

Alt Energy Consultant Lee Enterprises Expands

Apr 24, 2015: The world’s largest renewable fuels consulting group is expanding its team. Lee Enterprises Consulting has added five new engineers and two additional Ph.D’s to its worldwide team of experts. The company says it is also dividing itself into four internal … Continue reading →…

USDA Presents Climate Change Initiative

Apr 24, 2015: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and presidential advisor Brian Deese visited Michigan State University Thursday to announce a comprehensive national strategy to partner with farmers, ranchers and forest land owners to address the threat of climate change. The new initiative, “Building … Continue reading →…

Bipartisan Group of Senators Call for Strong RFS

Apr 24, 2015: A bipartisan group of senators is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reverse its current course and strengthen the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Led by U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), John Thune … Continue reading →…

Roxas Holdings buys another 3% of San Carlos Bioenergy

Apr 24, 2015: In the Philippines, Roxas Holdings has again boosted its shareholding in San Carlos Bioenergy, this time purchasing nearly 3% in shareholding from Valmayor Ventures for $1.05 million. Last month the company bought nearly 28% shareholding in the ethanol producer from Zabaleta Group.

Brazilian ethanol imports into Florida boosts nationwide stocks to 7-week high

Apr 24, 2015: In Washington, the Energy Information Agency reported an average of 53,000 barrels per day of ethanol imports last week following a massive import of Brazilian ethanol into Florida. The imports pushed nationwide stocks to a seven week high of 21.342 million barrels, up 697,000 barrels on the week. The vast majority of that was in […]…

NBB launches #getbiodieselbackontrack campaign to pressure RFS

Apr 24, 2015: In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board has launched a thunderclap campaign to push the EPA to ensure a strong mandate for biodiesel in the upcoming RFS announcements. The month-long #getbiodieselbackontrack campaign has already reached nearly 37,000 people since its launch on Monday.

Aventine ships first BNSF unit-train of ethanol from Aurora

Apr 24, 2015: In Illinois, Aventine Renewable Energy announced its first BNSF unit-train shipment of ethanol produced at its two ethanol facilities in Aurora, Nebraska. On April 19 Aventine’s first unit train pulled out of Aurora heading to Birmingham, Alabama. The ethanol will be blended in gasoline to enhance octane, and will also help reduce America’s dependence on foreign […]…

US Rep. Blum introduces companion bill to the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act

Apr 24, 2015: In Washington, Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA), along with Congressman Ken Buck (R-CO), Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN), and Congressman David Young (R-IA) introduced the House companion to the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2015. U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) authored the legislation, which removes the burdensome restrictions placed on the ethanol […]…

Brazilian biodiesel producers say B20 in major urban transport could cut CO2

Apr 24, 2015: In Brazil, the Union of Brazilian Biodiesel Producers have released a study saying that introducing B20 in the urban bus fleets of the 40 metropolitan areas across the country that have more than 500,000 inhabitants would reduce fuel production CO2 emissions by up to 70% and fuel use emissions by up to 15%. More than […]…

Queensland warms up to ethanol again but Katter says it’s not enough

Apr 24, 2015: In Australia, Queensland will publish a decision paper on using ethanol in the state, a move welcomed by Canegrowers but criticized by MP Rob Katter for not going far enough by issuing a blending mandate under an independent commission. Pushing for an ethanol mandate is one of his party’s key negotiating points. An assistance and […]…

4 minutes with… Gjermund Rokke, Consultant, Gjermund Rokke Consult LTD

Apr 24, 2015: Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Consultant in bioenergy, especially bio jet-fuel, project development, management and administration. Tell us about your role and what you are focused on in the next 12 months. Staying up-dated on the technical and commercial development in biofuels, especially jet fuel. What do you […]…

Biofuels Digest Index rise to 69.39 as chemicals rally

Apr 23, 2015: The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, gained 0.89 percent to 69.39 as chemicals rallied. For the day, Solazyme (SZYM) jumped 6.01 percent to $3.91, while Algae.Tec rebounded 14.29 percent to $0.06. Among other equities, Codexis (CDXS) surged again, up 5.46 percent to $5.02. Overall, advances led declines by a 3 […]…

16 “Red Hot Devil” Questions about biofuels, chemicals, bioproducts and the new agriculture, answered

Apr 23, 2015: Your toughest questions, the Red Hot Devils — impossible to ignore, and hot to handle. Here we present 16 of the best, answered. With great sessions at conferences, delegates are usually keen to get a hold of the powerpoint decks. But how do you get a hold of the great Q&A that follows the presentations  — […]…

Renewables Account for 75 Percent of New US Generating Capacity in First Quarter of 2015

Apr 23, 2015: According to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Office of Energy Projects, wind, solar, geothermal, and hydropower combined provided over 75 percent (75.43 percent) of the 1,229 megawatts (MW) of new U.S. electrical generating capacity placed into service during the first quarter of 2015. The balance (302 MW) was provided by natural gas.

E15 Bill Introduced in the House

Apr 23, 2015: A bipartisan bill was introduced in the U.S. House yesterday as a companion to the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2015 in the Senate. Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA), along with Congressman Ken Buck (R-CO), Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN), and … Continue reading →…

Vilsack Flips Switch on New Solar Farm

Apr 23, 2015: On Earth Day, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack flipped the switch to symbolically activate USDA’s first solar array project in the National Capital Region. The 1.6 Megawatt (MW) solar farm, located at the George Washington Carver Center (Carver Center) in Beltsville, … Continue reading →…

Marine Base Goes Green with Ethanol, Biodiesel

Apr 23, 2015: Marines in Southern California are going a bit greener, as initiatives at one base are converting much of the vehicles used to run on ethanol, biodiesel and other alternative fuels. This article from DVIDS says Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, … Continue reading →…

New San Francisco Buses to Run on Biodiesel

Apr 23, 2015: The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has bought 61 new biodiesel-electric hybrid buses, part of a total buy of 121 alternative fuel transports by SFMTA. The introduction of the new low-floor biodiesel hybrid and electric trolley busses coincides with … Continue reading →…

Farmers Live #EarthDay Every Day

Apr 22, 2015: This year marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day but farmers have been living the spirit of stewardship for natural resources for generations and have been leaders in the generation of renewable energy sources like biofuels, wind and solar. “For … Continue reading →…

Corn Growers Urge EPA to Keep RFS Timeline

Apr 22, 2015: Corn growers are urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to keep its agreement on a court-enforced timeline for establishing the Renewable Volume Obligation numbers for 2014 and 2015 for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). “Congress created the Renewable Fuel Standard … Continue reading →…

DOT Issues Energy Transportation Actions

Apr 21, 2015: The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), together with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), has announced a package of targeted actions to address some of the issues identified in recent train accidents involving … Continue reading →…

Finland Election Winner Plans to Turn Forests into Bioenergy Gold

Apr 21, 2015: Juha Sipila, who once converted his own Chevrolet to run on wood-gas, is counting on the abundant Finnish forests to provide the key to an economic revival.

Researchers Turn Food Waste into Biodiesel

Apr 21, 2015: Waste not, want not. That’s the attitude of University of Cincinnati researchers who are turning food waste into biodiesel. This news release from the school says Timothy C. Keener, PhD, and Drew C. McAvoy, PhD—along with fellow faculty members Pablo … Continue reading →…

Azerbaijan Focuses on Alternative Energy Development to Increase Fossil Fuel Exports

Apr 21, 2015: Azerbaijan in coming years will focus on the development of renewable energy, as it will let the country to boost oil and gas exports, according to the deputy head of the Agency for Alternative and Renewable Energy (AFARE) of Azerbaijan Jamil Melikov.

TV Ad Marks 5th BP Spill Anniversary

Apr 20, 2015: Marking the fifth anniversary of the BP oil spill, Americans United for Change is running a television ad in Des Moines and Chicago calling it “no rare incident.” While BP airs their own ads congratulating themselves for their cleanup efforts … Continue reading →…

France’s Total to Convert Refinery to Biodiesel

Apr 20, 2015: France’s Total is converting its petroleum processor in La Mède to make biodiesel. This news release says the $216 million conversion will make the facility France’s first biorefinery and will stop refinering petroleum by the end of 2016. “There are … Continue reading →…

Iowa Gov, Lt Gov to Tour Cellulosic Ethanol PLant

Apr 20, 2015: Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) and Syngenta will host Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds for a tour of the cellulosic ethanol production facility in Galva, Iowa, Tuesday, April 21. The QCCP plant is the first commercial … Continue reading →…

Experts Agree: We Can Preserve Electric Reliability and Protect Public Health Under Clean Power Plan

Apr 20, 2015: Last June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the first ever national carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. Fossil fuel-fired power plants account for almost 40% of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, making them the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the nation and one of the single largest categories of greenhouse gas sources in the world.

Australia’s Biggest Power Producer Sees Future without Coal

Apr 17, 2015: Australia’s largest electricity producer committed to close its coal-fired power plants within 35 years as part of an effort to cut the nation’s dependence on the fossil fuel.

E15 Could Save Iowa Drivers $50 Mil Per Year

Apr 17, 2015: Iowa drivers could save a lot of money if they had better access to E15. This news release from the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) says a new report from the Iowa Department of Revenue shows that if the higher … Continue reading →…

Negotiating the Energy Balance in the Caribbean

Apr 16, 2015: Reflecting the azure skies of the Caribbean, solar panels on private houses, hotels and businesses are an increasingly common sight across all the islands. Many Caribbean customers are seeking a degree of energy independence, which is not surprising given that many pay five or six times as much for their grid-provided electricity than their neighbours in mainland USA.

New Report Highlights Bioenergy’s Sustainability

Apr 16, 2015: A new report shows the positive relationship between bioenergy and sustainability. The research from the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and developed under the aegis of the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) is based on more than … Continue reading →…

Biodiesel Use on the Rise in Iowa

Apr 16, 2015: Biodiesel continues to be a pretty popular fuel in Iowa. This news release from the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) says the state’s revenue department data shows pure biodiesel (B100) sales in 2014 increased by more than 15 percent over … Continue reading →…

Tractor Cab Powered by Propane

Apr 16, 2015: A new conversion to a truck running on propane is showing just how easy and cost saving the fuel can be. Alliance AutoGas showcased the Ford F-650/F-750 tractor cab featuring a new product innovation – the Bi-Fuel AutoGas System – … Continue reading →…

Hillary Clinton Talks with Ethanol Supporters in Iowa

Apr 15, 2015: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been meeting with supporters around Iowa this week since declaring her candidacy on Sunday and Wednesday had private meeting with ethanol supporters to discuss the Renewable Fuel Standard. Mrs. Clinton met with farmer leaders … Continue reading →…

Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables

Apr 15, 2015: The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. And there's no going back.

The Dark Horse in the Global Solar Race: India’s 100-GW Solar Ambition

Apr 15, 2015: A "dark horse" is defined as a little-known entity that emerges to prominence in the face of competition — a contestant that seems unlikely to succeed. I borrow the term from a conversation last week, wherein India was referred to as the dark horse in the global race to go solar.

RFA Welcomes New California E85 Station

Apr 15, 2015: California is getting its latest E85 station in Calimesa. The Renewable Fuels Association welcomed the partnership between Pearson Fuels and G&M Oil Company, a station that will be selling E85 for just 85 cents a gallon today (Wednesday, April 15). … Continue reading →…

NFU Disturbed by Renewable Energy Funding Cuts

Apr 15, 2015: The National Farmers Union (NFU) is expressing its disappointment in proposed cuts to federal spending on renewable energy. NFU President Roger Johnson released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Water spending subcommittee’s voted to reduce … Continue reading →…

Study Shows Ethanol’s Positive Economic Impact

Apr 15, 2015: A new study from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln shows Nebraska’s ethanol production capacity growth over the last 20 years is tenfold. This news release from the Nebraska Ethanol Board says the “Economic Impacts of the Ethanol Industry in Nebraska” also … Continue reading →…

House E15 Waiver Bill Introduced

Apr 14, 2015: Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) has introduced legislation to expand the existing waiver of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations regarding Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) of motor vehicle fuel to include 15% ethanol blended gasoline (E15) in addition to E10. EPA regulations … Continue reading →…

More E85 for California

Apr 14, 2015: WASHINGTON — Pearson Fuels and G&M Oil Company are celebrating their latest partnership with the grand opening of California’s newest E85 station at 499 Sandalwood Drive in Calimesa. There will be a ribbon-cutting celebration on Wednesday and E85 will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for just 85 cents a gallon. This event is part of a much larger announcement of the two companies. Pearson Fuels and G&M Oil Company have announced 13 new E85 stations slated for California. Robert White, vice president of industry relations at the Renewable Fuels Association, commented, “It is great to see the second largest flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) market get more E85 stations. RFA congratulates Pearson Fuels and G&M Oil Comp…

Finally! US EPA Proposes Timelines for Finalizing Renewable Fuel Standard Volumes

Apr 14, 2015: In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed consent decree in litigation brought against EPA by, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), that would establish the following schedule for issuing Renewable Fuel Standards for 2014 and 2015:…

Australian Clean Energy Deadlock Spurs Companies to Focus Abroad

Apr 14, 2015: Political deadlock over Australia’s clean energy future is prompting companies such as Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Acciona SA to increasingly turn to rival markets for growth.

Iowa Gov Branstad to Address BIO World Congress

Apr 14, 2015: Longtime advocate for biobased fuels Iowa Governor Terry Branstad will speak at this summer’s Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) World Congress in Montreal, Canada. This news release from BIO says Branstad is slated to speak during the July 20 plenary session … Continue reading →…

Motor Clubs Make Pitch for E15

Apr 14, 2015: The management of both the Association Motor Club Marketing (AMCM) and the Travelers Motor Club are making their pitch for the higher blend of ethanol known as E15. The American Coalition for Ethanol quotes AMCM Owner Gene Hammond from a … Continue reading →…