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Apr 02, 2020

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Advanced Biofuels Canada annual survey shows 5B liters of new production capacity by 2030

Apr 1, 2020: In Canada, Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC) conducts an annual member survey to capture project-based data on capital investments in advanced biofuels and synthetic fuel production capacity and supporting infrastructure for the decade ahead (2020-2030). Results from 18-member companies surveyed in late 2019 indicate Canada can increase production capacity by at least 5 billion liters per […]…

Indian oil marketing companies running out of storage to take more ethanol from mills

Apr 1, 2020: In India, the Business Standard reports that sugar mills’ fears of reduced demand for ethanol due to COVID-19 are already coming true as oil marketing companies fail to receive ethanol supplies as expected. With fuel demand low, OMC depots don’t have the storage to keep taking on more ethanol supplies but the Indian Sugar Mills […]…

Philippines domestic ethanol prices continue to rise to triple CIF price

Apr 1, 2020: In the Philippines, Platts reports that while ethanol prices in many other origins around the world are collapsing, ethanol prices in the Philippines rose more than 8% on the year during the first half of March to $1,280/cu m which was nearly 4% higher than during the last half of February. Domestic ethanol is typically […]…

Ontario ethanol production seen falling but no shuttering of plants yet

Apr 1, 2020: In Canada, Real Agriculture reports that no ethanol plants in Ontario have shut down production on the back of reduced fuel demand driven by COVID-19 but ethanol production has pulled back sufficiently to weigh on corn prices. Farmers in Ontario are a month away from planting, so the sudden drop in demand poses an existential […]…

KAAPA Ethanol shuts Ravenna plant but keeps open Minden

Apr 1, 2020: In Nebraska, KAAPA Ethanol says that although it has a strong balance sheet that will allow it to weather thin margins, it has taken the decision to shut the Ravenna facility until further notice while production will continue at Minden as long as margins allow. Its elevator at Elk Creek will also continue to operate […]…

Farmers expect to plant the most corn in eight years on 97M acres

Apr 1, 2020: In Illinois, Reuters reports that USDA data shows corn farmers plan to plant the most corn in eight years at nearly 97 million acres despite corn prices collapsing on the back of falling ethanol demand in light of crumbling oil prices and the stay-in-place order resulting from the spread of COVID-19. The results were from […]…

Australian researchers find agave better for ethanol production than sugarcane

Apr 1, 2020: In Australia, the agave plant used to make tequila could be established in semi-arid Australia as an environmentally friendly solution to Australia’s transport fuel shortage, a team of researchers at the University of Sydney, University of Exeter and University of Adelaide has found. In an article published this week in the Journal of Cleaner Production, […]…

RFA slams EPA and DOT for ignoring ethanol in vehicle fuel economy and emissions standards

Apr 1, 2020: In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation issued final regulations for 2021-2026 vehicle fuel economy and emissions standards. According to the Renewable Fuels Association, the final rule ignores the input of automakers, ethanol producers, farmers, environmental groups, retailers and others who called on the agencies to establish a pathway in the […]…

2026 and the Case for Co-location of Biorefineries with Advanced Nuclear

Apr 1, 2020: By Ross Mazur and Joel Braden of Sustainable Fuels Consulting LLC, and graciously edited by Nick Touran Special to The Digest Advanced nuclear has made significant inroads over the past decade. Nearly 50 startups now occupy the space. Advanced nuclear is no longer a dream for the future, this sector has already broken ground. According […]…

Decarbonizing Shipping and Freight, Road Vehicles, Rail, Aviation, Maritime: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to UK’s Plan for Decarbonizing Transport

Apr 1, 2020: Government support for regional solutions doesn’t just relate to the coronavirus pandemic. The United Kingdom’s Department of Transportation just released this plan for decarbonizing transportation across the board, from rail and aviation to road vehicles like buses, cars, freight and heavy duty trucks. The UK’s plan includes ways to become a hub for green transport technology […]…

EIA Data Confirms Plummeting Ethanol Production

Apr 1, 2020: The latest EIA Weekly Petroleum Status Report released today for the week ending March 27 is the first to reflect more fully the impact on the ethanol industry from the social distancing and stay-at-home restrictions associated with COVID-19. According to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production plummeted 16.4%, or 165,000 barrels per day (b/d), to 840,000 ... Read More…

SAFE Vehicles Rule Misses High Octane Opportunity

Apr 1, 2020: Ethanol groups are calling the final Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule setting corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) and CO2 emissions standards for model years 2021-2026 passenger cars and light trucks a “missed opportunity to provide a pathway for high octane, low carbon fuel.” American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings said EPA specifically requested comments on the role ... Read More…

Lower Ethanol Demand Could Impact Planting Decisions

Apr 1, 2020: USDA’s 2020 Prospective Plantings report released Tuesday estimates planted acres for corn this year at 97.0 million acres, up 8 percent or 7.29 million acres from last year. But when farmers were surveyed a month ago, coronavirus had yet to have the impact it is now having on ethanol demand and prices thanks to a drastic cut in demand for ... Read More…

Higher Corn and Soybean Acres Forecast

Mar 31, 2020: USDA’s 2020 Prospective Plantings report released Tuesday forecasts eight percent more corn acres this year compared to 2019 and ten percent more soybean acres. Corn planted area for all purposes in 2020 is estimated at 97.0 million acres, up 8 percent or 7.29 million acres from last year. Compared with last year, planted acreage is expected to be up or ... Read More…

RFA: Final Fuel Economy Rule a Missed Opportunity for High-Octane, Low-Carbon Fuels

Mar 31, 2020: Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation issued final regulations for 2021-2026 vehicle fuel economy and emissions standards. According to the Renewable Fuels Association, the final rule The post RFA: Final Fuel Economy Rule a Missed Opportunity for High-Octane, Low-Carbon Fuels appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Geoff Cooper on EPA’s newest delay tactic and COVID-19 impacts

Mar 30, 2020: The post Geoff Cooper on EPA’s newest delay tactic and COVID-19 impacts appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

EPA COVID-19 Response Delays Waiver Changes

Mar 30, 2020: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday announced several steps being taken to protect the nation’s gasoline supply in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including making any changes in its policy of granting small refinery waivers as a result of the recent 10th Circuit Court decision. EPA does not intend to unilaterally revisit or rescind any previously granted small ... Read More…

RFA: EPA Stall Tactic on Tenth Circuit Decision Just Delays the Inevitable

Mar 27, 2020: As part of a package intended to “protect the nation’s gasoline supply in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced it intends to wait until The post RFA: EPA Stall Tactic on Tenth Circuit Decision Just Delays the Inevitable appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Energy Ag News 3-26-20

Mar 26, 2020: The Nebraska Ethanol Board (NEB) and Renewable Fuels Nebraska (RFN) have rescheduled the Ethanol: Emerging Issues Forum 2020 for July 15-16. The Forum will be held at the La Vista Conference Center in Greater Omaha if the threat of COVID-19 has subsided. The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to welcome two new associate members, Barchart and Bion. Based in Chicago, ... Read More…

National Biodiesel Foundation Offers Student Scientist Grants

Mar 26, 2020: Student scientists can qualify for an award of up to $2000 through the Beth Calabotta Sustainability Education Grant, established by the National Biodiesel Foundation in 2018 to help deserving full-time students interested in science, research, and biodiesel sustainability. “Beth Calabotta had a passion for student education and advanced biofuels,” NBF President Jeff Lynn shared. “The Foundation is honored to provide ... Read More…

RFA CEO Interviewed on SRE Court Decision, COVID-19 Impact

Mar 25, 2020: The post RFA CEO Interviewed on SRE Court Decision, COVID-19 Impact appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Administration Will Not Appeal Tenth Circuit SRE Ruling

Mar 25, 2020: Biofuels stakeholders are celebrating some good news today with word that the Trump administration had made the decision not to request a rehearing of the recent unanimous ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit that the EPA had “vastly exceeded its authority in granting exemptions from 2016 and 2017 RFS requirements to three refineries.” The challenge ... Read More…

Renewable Fuels Coalition Welcomes Administration’s Decision Not to Seek Re-Hearing of Tenth Circuit SRE Ruling

Mar 25, 2020: Ethanol and farm groups today welcomed the Trump administration’s decision not to seek a re-hearing of a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit that The post Renewable Fuels Coalition Welcomes Administration’s Decision Not to Seek Re-Hearing of Tenth Circuit SRE Ruling appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

New Report Shows Ethanol Industry Fueled by Veterans

Mar 25, 2020: A new study on employment in the U.S. energy sector shows that America’s ethanol industry employs a significantly larger share of military veterans than any other segment of the energy industry. Nearly one in five ethanol industry employees is a veteran (19%), compared to a national average of 6% across all sectors of the workforce, according to the 2020 U.S. ... Read More…

Senators Stress COVID-19 Relief for Agriculture

Mar 25, 2020: Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) led a Senate colloquy Monday to outline the importance of supporting farmers, ranchers and rural America in legislation to provide relief from the impacts of COVID-19. Hoeven worked to include $50 billion in funding authority for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Several senators ... Read More…

New Report Shows Ethanol Industry Fueled by Veterans

Mar 24, 2020: A study released this week on employment in the U.S. energy sector shows that America’s ethanol industry employs a significantly larger share of military veterans than any other segment of The post New Report Shows Ethanol Industry Fueled by Veterans appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Bion Brings Scientific Expertise to RFA Membership

Mar 24, 2020: The data and analysis firm Bion has joined the Renewable Fuels Association as an Associate Member. Bion, based in Sioux Falls, S.D., is a testing company that specializes in analytical The post Bion Brings Scientific Expertise to RFA Membership appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Radio Update on Court Case, Ethanol for Hand Sanitizer

Mar 23, 2020: The post RFA Radio Update on Court Case, Ethanol for Hand Sanitizer appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Flex Fuel Spreads Its Reach, as Casey’s Becomes 5,000th Station to Offer E85

Mar 23, 2020: The number of fuel stations now offering Flex Fuel E85 has reached an important milestone, as a Casey’s store in Ankeny, Iowa, became the 5,000th station nationwide to sell E85. The post Flex Fuel Spreads Its Reach, as Casey’s Becomes 5,000th Station to Offer E85 appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA News Media Conference Call on Coronavirus and Other Industry Challenges

Mar 20, 2020: The post RFA News Media Conference Call on Coronavirus and Other Industry Challenges 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 […]…

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.