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Feb 06, 2016

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Students Discuss Biodiesel Research Projects at #NBB16

Feb 5, 2016: Students who are part of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel had the opportunity to share their research during the recent National Biodiesel Conference and Expo. The students all have one thing in common – their passion for the biodiesel … Continue reading →…

Geothermal Collaboration for Use in Clean Power Plan

Feb 5, 2016: With the Clean Power Plan (CPP) moving forward, several groups have collaborated to show states how geothermal can be a part of meeting their clean energy needs. The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), Geothermal Resources Council (GRC), and Geothermal Exchange Organization … Continue reading →…

New Algae Testing Facility Supports Advancements in Real-World Biofuel Applications

Feb 5, 2016: A new algae raceway testing facility at Sandia National Laboratories is helping researchers bring the promise of algal biofuels closer to reality.

NJR Announces U.S. New Wind Project

Feb 5, 2016: NJR Clean Energy Ventures (NJRCEV) has announced its fourth onshore wind project, Ringer Hill Farm. The 39.9 MW project is located along the Pennsylvania-Maryland border in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, approximately 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh and will consist of 14 … Continue reading →…

BioEnergy Bytes

Feb 5, 2016: Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) has announced that its L&D Solar Farm is interconnected to the grid and supplying solar power to PSE&G electric customers. The 12.93 megawatt-dc solar farm is PSE&G’s largest to date and one of … Continue reading →…

Pfizer Grant Boosts Biodiesel at NJ College

Feb 5, 2016: Biodiesel is getting a boost at a college in New Jersey, thanks to a grant from Pfizer. This article from the Morris (NJ) NewsBee says the College of Saint Elizabeth has received the grant through Pfizer Undergraduate Research Endeavor (PURE). … Continue reading →…

ADM may be stuck with dry corn mills in tough assets market

Feb 4, 2016: In Illinois, ADM may be stuck with the three dry corn mills it is thinking about potentially selling with few potential takers in the market considering the half billion dollar ticket price for two of the near facilities and the fact that Abengoa’s biofuel assets also recently came on the market. Though consolidation has been […]…

Louisiana State Police cites REG for mishandling hazardous materials at Geismar

Feb 4, 2016: In Louisiana, state police have cited the Renewable Energy Group with a civil violation of careless handling of hazardous material for a hydrogen gas explosion in September at the Geismar facility that injured four people. It was the second explosion during a five-month period. The citation can carry up to a $10,000 fine but that […]…

European biodiesel buyers remain on the sidelines until Q2 auction in mid-February

Feb 4, 2016: In the Netherlands, biodiesel buyers remain on the sidelines as they wait for Q2 when demand will pick up for summer blends, a move which has seen the premium for both RED RME and RED FAME 0 fall to two month lows. Tenders for Q2 are expected to open around mid-February, which should help to […]…

December corn consumption for ethanol slightly higher over November but down on year

Feb 4, 2016: In Washington, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service says corn consumption for ethanol production reached 444.5 million bushels in December, up 2% over the previous month but down 3% from the year-ago period. Nearly 89% of the corn was used in dry milling while the remaining was from wet milling. Corresponding production for DDGS was […]…

Abengoa Nebraska creditorss seek involuntary liquidation to pay bad debts

Feb 4, 2016: In Nebraska, Gavilon Grain LLC, the Farmers Cooperative Association and The Andersons Inc. have petitioned the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Nebraska to enter Abengoa Bioenergy of Nebraska into involuntary bankruptcy liquidation, Chapter 7, to recuperate the $4.07 million in unpaid grain they say they are owed. Abengoa Bioenergy of Nebraska owns ethanol plants in Ravenna […]…

ANP says 2015 ethanol consumption reached all-time record at 28.7 billion liters

Feb 4, 2016: In Brazil, the National Petroleum Agency said ethanol consumption was 1.55 billion liters of hydrous ethanol in December and 1.04 billion liters anhydrous, up 13% over November and 7% over the same period last year. Total ethanol consumption for 2015 reached 28.7 billion liters, up 19% from 2014 and the highest on record. The agency […]…

Researchers use game theory to find efficiencies for biomass supply chain

Feb 4, 2016: In Texas, researchers have used game theory to find efficiencies in the biomass supply chain that could boost the economic viability of using the feedstock for cellulosic ethanol production. The researchers said there can be up to 20% annual variations on feedstock supply so a variety of mitigation strategies to ensure supply availability including long-term […]…

Argentine biodiesel producers to appeal Peru’s anti-dumping duties

Feb 4, 2016: In Argentina, biofuel producers have rejected anti-dumping measures Peru has implemented against the country’s industry and have said they will appeal it. Peru’s competition regulator Indecopi approved $208.2 per ton anti-dumping duties on all Argentine biodiesel coming into the country at the end of January. Argentina is the source of most of Peru’s biodiesel consumption. […]…

Digest Bioeconomy Index edges up 0.39 percent to 49.44 as advanced bio rebounds

Feb 4, 2016: The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, edged up 0.39 percent to 49.44 as advanced bio rebounded.  For the day, Corbion (CRBN.AS) dropped 3.41 percent to $19.51, while Pacific ethanol (PEIX) rocketed up 7.06 percent to $3.64.  Among other equities, Solazyme (SZYM) surged 6.04 percent to $1.58. Overall, advances led […]…

Half The Oil: The Digest’s 8-Slide Guide to the UCS plan to reduce petroleum use

Feb 4, 2016: In Washington, the Union of Concerned Scientists has released a major report, “Half the Oil”, outlining steps required to achieve a 50% reduction in petroleum use in the US Pacific Coast States by 2030. The take-off point was a call by California Governor Jerry Brown to achieve that 50% reduction in petroleum consumption by 2030, […]…

Renewables Top Fossil Fuels as New US Power Source

Feb 4, 2016: Renewable energy was the biggest source of new power added to U.S. electrical grids last year as falling prices and government incentives made wind and solar increasingly viable alternatives to fossil fuels.

Primus Green Produces 100-Octane Gas

Feb 4, 2016: Primus Green Energy has achieved a milestone by producing 100-octane gas and methanol from methane and other hydrocarbon gases at its commercial demonstration plant in New Jersey. According to the company, the feat was achieved due to a “breakthrough” improvement … Continue reading →…

Enogen Use Up as Syngenta Announces Sale

Feb 4, 2016: Syngenta made headlines this week with news that ChemChina, a Chinese state-owned company, has offered to acquire the company with the cash purchase of all Syngenta shares. The $43 billion deal must still be approved by two-thirds of Syngenta shareholders … Continue reading →…

ACE #Ethanol Ready to Soar into DC

Feb 4, 2016: Members of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) are getting ready to soar into Washington, DC this year for their annual legislative fly-in. The 8th annual ACE fly-in will be held on April 13-14, with the Washington Court on Capitol … Continue reading →…

Biogas Industry Faces Limited Window to Act on UK Subsidy Rates

Feb 4, 2016: With the U.K. government set to degress Feed-In Tariffs (FiT) for renewable energy generation from March 2016, it is critical that companies act now to secure beneficial subsidy payments. The implications of those subsidy changes for the anaerobic digestion (AD) industry spell a potentially significant loss for operators.

BioEnergy Bytes

Feb 4, 2016: EnerNOC, Inc., a leading provider of energy intelligence software, has announced that it is accepting nominations for its EnergySMART Energy Innovator award. The Energy Innovator award recognizes individuals who have used insights from energy intelligence software to solve one of … Continue reading →…

REG Buys Sanimax Biodiesel Plant

Feb 4, 2016: Biodiesel giant Renewable Energy Group got a little bit bigger. This company news release says REG bought Sanimax Energy, LLC’s 20 million gallon nameplate capacity biodiesel refinery located in DeForest, Wisconsin. Under the asset purchase agreement, REG will pay Sanimax … Continue reading →…

Renewables Account for Two-thirds of New US Generating Capacity in 2015; 3,500 Times More Than Coal

Feb 3, 2016: Setting a new annual record, renewable sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) accounted for almost two-thirds (63.85 percent) of the 16,485 MW of new electrical generation placed in service in the US during calendar year 2015.

After COP21: What Needs to Happen for the Paris Agreement to Take Effect?

Feb 1, 2016: Here, we answer questions on the important steps countries must take to ensure that the Paris Agreement comes into force.

Bioenergy in 2016: Powered Up, Hoping to Run

Feb 1, 2016: As 2015 closed, bioenergy held some strong positions. The Paris climate negotiations focused the world on moving away from fossil fuels. The European Commission was preparing legislative initiatives for member-states’ energy and climate plans, to be presented early in 2016. The U.S. EPA finalized its Clean Power Plan and, critically, updated the Renewable Fuel Standards.

Paris Climate Deal Seen Costing $12.1 Trillion Over 25 Years

Jan 29, 2016: If the world is serious about halting the worst effects of global warming, the renewable energy industry will require $12.1 trillion of investment over the next quarter century, or about 75 percent more than current projections show for its growth.

How Carbon Prices, Fuel Mandates Work Together in Breaking Through a Fossil Fuel Monopoly

Jan 29, 2016: As you may have noticed in the stories around the launch of the Great Green Fleet, it is a complex maze of relationships when it comes to a technology benefitting from mandates like the Renewable Fuel Standard and the California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard and various carbon taxes and tax credits.

Coalition of States Asks US Supreme Court to Stay Clean Power Plan

Jan 27, 2016: More than two dozen American states asked the U.S. Supreme Court to put on hold President Barack Obama’s carbon dioxide-cutting Clean Power Plan after their request for a similar pause was rejected by a lower court.

IRENA Chief Stresses Role of Gas in Renewables Transition

Jan 27, 2016: The executive director of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has stressed the importance of gas in a shift to cleaner electricity.

Women in Sustainability Signs Renewable Energy Pacts with GE, Masdar

Jan 26, 2016: A new initiative to bring more women into the renewable energy arena has signed strategic partnerships with GE and Masdar.

Renewables in East Africa: Changing Lives with Sustainable Energy

Jan 26, 2016: What role can sustainable energy play in those areas of the world where having more than one energy source would be an unimaginable luxury, and where energy supply means cutting down a tree or foraging for firewood?

UAE Signs Deal to Develop Waste-to-Energy Sector

Jan 25, 2016: A deal has been signed today to kick-start the waste-to-energy sector in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

How Renewables Could Boost GCC Jobs, Slash Oil Use

Jan 22, 2016: The power sectors of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries could save 400 million barrels of oil if they ramped up their use of renewables, according to a new report released on Jan. 20.

DC Circuit Court of Appeals Denies Stay of Clean Power Plan

Jan 22, 2016: The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday denied petitions to stay the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, preserving the landmark rule’s authority to regulate carbon emissions from power plants, even as the rule prepares to defend against subsequent litigation designed to erode its legality.

COP21 Deal Dominates Day One of Global Energy Debate

Jan 22, 2016: The agreements made at COP21 in Paris and the actions now needed to implement them dominated the speeches on the opening day of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. The gathering in the United Arab Emirates is the first high-level clean energy meeting since COP21 in December, and the deal struck in Paris between 188 countries was repeatedly praised during the event.

Coal, Biomass Seek More Equal Footing in Japan Power Generation

Jan 20, 2016: IHI Corp., a Japanese maker of heavy equipment, is promoting a method to increase the ratio of woody biomass that’s able to be burned at coal-fired power plants amid increasing pressure to curb the carbon dioxide emissions that result from power generation. …

Abu Dhabi Bank to Invest $10 Billion in Environmental Projects

Jan 18, 2016: The National Bank of Abu Dhabi PJSC announced that it will invest $10 billion in green projects over the next decade.

National Lab Study Seeks Best Biocatalysts for Biofuel Production

Jan 15, 2016: A new comparative study from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory-based BioEnergy Science Center has found that the natural abilities of unconventional bacteria could help boost the efficiency of cellulosic biofuel production.

Welink Signs $1.6 Billion UK Solar Deal With Chinese Company

Jan 15, 2016: China National Building Materials Ltd. signed a 1.1 billion-pound ($1.6 billion) agreement with a U.K. unit of Hong Kong-based Welink Global Ltd. to develop solar power projects and energy-efficient housing in the U.K.

Global Pellets Production Surged in 2014, New Report Says

Jan 12, 2016: Data released at the end of last year by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations show that in 2014 wood pellets production increased a record 16 percent or 3 million metric tons.

Cellulosic Biofuel: The Importance of Managing Biomass Supply Chain

Jan 12, 2016: Massive availability of agricultural waste, left unutilized in the field, and its potential to be converted to environmentally friendly biofuel has led to an increasing attention towards the advancement of cellulosic biofuel.

The Paris Agreement: The First Local Global Environmental Pact

Jan 11, 2016: Nearly 200 national governments have committed to make cuts in greenhouse gas emissions in an ambitious global deal. But the task will in many ways fall to cities, states and provinces.

10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2016

Jan 7, 2016: 2016 will be the eighth and possibly final year I publish a list of ten clean energy stocks I expect to do well in the coming year.  This series has evolved from a simple, off-the-cuff list in 2008, to a full blown model portfolio, with predetermined benchmarks and monthly updates on performance and significant news for the 10 stocks.

IH2 Deep-Dive: Breakthrough Biofuel Technology Has Commercial-Scale In Sight

Jan 7, 2016: This week, a cryptic but tasty news kernel has emerged from CRI, that they have entered into a Front End Loading (FEL-2) evaluation package license agreement for IH2 technology, a continuous thermal catalytic process which produces liquid hydrocarbon transportation fuels from forest residues, and other renewable resources.

Switchgrass Key to Future Plant Hardiness?

Jan 6, 2016: The relationship between a prairie grass such as switchgrass and naturally occurring microbes may help shed light on growing hardier plants for livestock and humans.

Low Oil Prices Hinder Biofuel Maker's Business Strategy

Jan 5, 2016: Global Bioenergies SA, an unprofitable French maker of sugar-based gasoline, said oil’s recent slump to $35 a barrel is testing the financial viability of its biofuel technology even as it plans expansion in the U.S.

Farm Bill Clean Energy Programs Funded for 2016

Jan 5, 2016: The dust has settled on funding the government for fiscal year 2016, which began on October 1, 2015. After protracted discussions, an omnibus bill was passed that continues funding for key Farm Bill clean energy programs, with some funding reductions. The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP, Section 9007) is the cornerstone of the Farm […]…

Top 10 Clean Energy Events and Actions in 2015: A Retrospect

Jan 4, 2016: In 2015, the industry made landmark strides in the eventual global transition to a sustainable energy future.

ABUTEC Aids In Transformation of Manure into Renewable Energy

Dec 31, 2015: ABUTEC’s combustion technology is once again paving the way for waste-to-energy projects through its partnership with Roeslein Alternative Energy.