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Jan 22, 2022

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Three reasons why MISO and SPP must jointly plan the transmission system

Jan 21, 2022: Both RTOs should plan their transmission system jointly because the transmission customers would benefit.

Sunpower will replace faulty connectors on C&I solar arrays

Jan 21, 2022: As many as 1,000 solar arrays could be impacted, an analyst said.

Summit Cosmetics signs distribution deal with NXTLEVVEL for bio-based chemicals

Jan 20, 2022: In New York state, Summit Cosmetics Corporation (SCC), a global cosmetic ingredient developer and distributor, has executed a Global Distribution Agreement with NXTLEVVEL, a commercial scale manufacturer of next generation biomass derived chemicals, for the distribution of its NXT SOLV product line to the Beauty and Personal Care industry. The agreement is for a five-year […]…

Archaea Energy starts up world’s largest RNG project in Pennsylvania

Jan 20, 2022: In Texas, Archaea Energy Inc. has successfully started-up Project Assai, an RNG facility located at the Keystone Sanitary Landfill in Dunmore, Pennsylvania. Pipeline-quality RNG has been produced and commercial operations were achieved on December 30, 2021. Assai is now the highest capacity operational RNG facility in the world.  Assai was successfully constructed, commissioned, and completed […]…

Software allows fleet managers to track low-CO2 powertrains

Jan 20, 2022: In Switzerland, Empa, the Swiss research institute for applied materials sciences and technology, has announced that a software tool aimed at supporting fleet managers in transforming truck fleet to low-CO2 powertrains jointly developed by the Switzerland’s largest retail company Migros and Empa has been acquired by HERE, a global navigation software company founded by Audi, […]…

Enviva signs MOU to develop supply chain strategy for SAF and other low carbon fuels

Jan 20, 2022: In Maryland, Enviva announced the signing of an MOU with a U.S.-based cleantech company to co-develop a supply chain strategy for advanced, low-carbon transportation fuels, including sustainable aviation fuel with a focus on the customer’s operations in the U.S. Southeast and potentially California. Under the MOU, the customer’s refining process will convert Enviva’s woody biomass […]…

Diamond Green Diesel contracts for engineering and construction services

Jan 20, 2022: In Texas, Diamond Green Diesel LLC (DGD), a joint venture between Valero and Darling Ingredients Inc., contracted with Burns & McDonnell to provide engineering and construction services for a grassroots renewable diesel plant, the third facility for DGD. The project has reached a major construction milestone of over 1 million field construction hours worked. The […]…

Green Fuels Ventures signs MOU with Tefler Tanks for expansion into Panama

Jan 20, 2022: In the UK, in a move reinforcing Green Fuels’ commitment to its biodiesel refining capacity-building strategy in Latin America, Green Fuels Ventures (GFV) and Telfer Tanks have signed an MOU concerning deployment and operation of distributed-scale biodiesel production facilities in the Republic of Panama. The project’s objective is to refine biodiesel and advanced biofuels for […]…

University of Kent researchers build equipment slashing bacterial biofuel cost of production

Jan 20, 2022: In the UK, researchers from the University of Kent’s School of Biosciences have designed and built equipment that can be used to investigate bacterial biofuel production at a fraction of the cost of commercial systems. Using this technology, they also demonstrated that bacterial genetic engineering could be used to enhance biofuel production. Commercial equipment used to study […]…

Spanish government funds 544 renewable energy projects including hydrogen and biogas

Jan 20, 2022: In Spain, EV Wind reports the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO) has selected 544 innovative renewable energy projects for the generation of electrical energy and the production of thermal energy in 13 autonomous communities, which will receive public aid worth 177 million euros and They will channel a total investment, […]…

Competitive Edge: WESAF Energy Solutions

Jan 20, 2022: Q: What was the reason for founding your organization – what was the open niche you saw that could be addressed with a new product or service? What was the problem, or gap, or opportunity? We decided to set up WESAF ENERGY as there is a glaring gap in the African energy matrix which is […]…

Hydrogen Production, Policies and Promise: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to IRENA’s Report

Jan 20, 2022: IRENA’s latest report considers whether and how hydrogen may disrupt future energy systems, offers insights into how countries and stakeholders can navigate and shape hydrogen markets, and outlines policy considerations to help mitigate the geopolitical risks and capitalize on opportunities.

Evidence grows that global solar supply chains are diversifying

Jan 20, 2022: Solar demand growth is leading to new manufacturing capacity additions outside of China.

Here’s how pumped hydro works as an energy storage resource

Jan 20, 2022: Batteries get the hype, but pumped hydro has long been the energy storage workhorse.

MidAmerican plans to add 2 GW of wind energy resources in Iowa

Jan 20, 2022: The wind power resources could enter service in 2024.

Burns & McDonnell completes 60 MWh energy storage project in West Texas

Jan 19, 2022: Engineering consulting firm Burns & McDonnell completed construction of three 10-MW/20-MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage systems in West Texas.

South Fork offshore wind project is cleared for construction

Jan 19, 2022: The 132 MW offshore wind project is set to start construction this summer.

Point-of-use battery storage company Viridi closes $95m funding round

Jan 19, 2022: New investors include National Grid Partners and Sunbelt Rentals.

Appalachian Power RFP would add 1 GW of wind energy resources

Jan 19, 2022: The utility's RFP is its largest to date for wind energy resources.

Wind turbine with advanced controls used in grid-forming test by NREL and GE

Jan 18, 2022: General Electric (GE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) demonstrated grid-forming technologies in the Type-3 wind turbine, a large step in long-term grid modernization efforts as the rapid deployment of renewable technologies transforms the electric power system.

Senators Ask EPA to Take Action on RFS Issues

Feb 5, 2021: U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), along with more than a dozen others, sent a letter this week asking the Environmental Protection Agency to take immediate action on Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) related issues. Those issues include reviewing small refinery waivers, issuing a proposed rule for the 2021 Renewable Volume Obligation, and advancing the proposed E15 streamlining ... Read More…

Ethanol Exports were Bright Spot in 2020

Feb 5, 2021: U.S. ethanol exports were the bright spot in an otherwise dark 2020 for the industry. According to the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol exports totaled 1.33 billion gallons in 2020, down 9 percent from 2019 and the lowest volume since 2016, according to official government statistics released today. Still, the annual volume was the fourth-highest on record and nearly one out ... Read More…

AFBF Economist Sees Challenges for Ethanol Industry

Feb 5, 2021: The ethanol industry is continuing to feel the impact of COVID-19 as the pandemic enters a second year of global disruption. American Farm Bureau Federation chief economist John Newton, speaking Thursday at the virtual 57th annual Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau Annual meeting, said ethanol production has taken a major hit in the last year. “From the beginning of 2020 ... Read More…

Senators Reintroduce Adopt GREET Act

Feb 4, 2021: Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) this week reintroduced the Adopt GREET Act which would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to update its greenhouse gas modeling for ethanol and biodiesel. Specifically, the bill would require EPA to adopt the Argonne National Lab’s Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation (GREET) Model for both fuels. EPA ... Read More…

RFA’s Young Professionals Network Growing Fast

Feb 4, 2021: The Renewable Fuels Association Young Professionals Network is only six months old, but it has already hit 100 members. The YPN was formed last summer to bring together innovative and dedicated young professionals from across the country who are 39 years old and younger and employed full time by a company in the U.S. ethanol industry. Since its inception, the ... Read More…

EPA Administrator Nominee Says RFS is Priority

Feb 4, 2021: The nominee for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency says the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) will be a priority for the new administration. “You have my commitment that we will look at the RFS program and we will introduce some transparency into that program,” nominee Michael Regan said Wednesday at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works ... Read More…

SIRE Board Elects New Director Kevin Ross

Feb 3, 2021: Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy (SIRE) has elected Kevin Ross as a member of the plant’s board of directors, effective last Friday. Following the resignation of The Honorable Hubert M. Houser from the Board in December 2020, the Board’s Nominating Committee invited SIRE unit holders to suggest persons to fill Mr. Houser’s Board vacancy for the remainder of his term, through ... Read More…

Vilsack Addresses Plans for Biofuels

Feb 2, 2021: As Secretary of Agriculture during the entire Obama Administration, Tom Vilsack from Iowa was known to be a champion of biofuels. During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee Tuesday, the former secretary pledged to continue his support of the industry – and make small refinery exemptions rare again. “The waiver system was designed for small refineries that were ... Read More…

U.S. Ethanol Wins Appeal in Peru Tariff Case

Feb 2, 2021: The U.S. government has won an appeal on a countervailing duty case brought against U.S. ethanol in Peru, reversing a previous decision that applied a 15-cent per gallon duty and resulted in loss of market access in the country. The Renewable Fuels Association, U.S. Grains Council and Growth Energy participated extensively in this case, arguing at hearings in both the ... Read More…

California Ethanol+Power Seeking Sugarcane Growers

Feb 1, 2021: California Ethanol + Power (CE+P) has announced a new sugarcane production program for Imperial Valley farmers to produce feedstock for a planned low-carbon ethanol production and biomass energy campus set to begin construction this year. CE+P will engage with the local farming communities to secure formal commitments to grow the first 20,000 acres of sugarcane feedstock for Sugar Valley Energy, ... Read More…

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 […]…

“Pic your Ride” Photo Contest – 2015 Winners

Feb 2, 2015: Pure horsepower was on display at Propel in January. Thanks for sharing your stories, and your pics – we are proud to have you as our customers. This contest went far bigger than we expected, so we’re giving away 2X … Continue reading →…

“Pic your ride” Photo Contest – Propel Fuels

Jan 6, 2015: For those who love horsepower, we designed a Propel cap just for you. Claim your cap by uploading a pic of your ride to our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/propelfuels. The 20 top pics will win a limited edition Propel flat … Continue reading →…

Volkswagen unveils a rugged Golf Alltrack TDI

Oct 17, 2014: The new VW Golf SportWagen (which is replacing the Jetta SportWagen) was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in the souped-up Alltrack edition. It’s not only the angular, more masculine lines that differentiate the Alltrack from its less adventure-oriented SportWagen sibling. … Continue reading →…

More diesels, please! Chrysler ramps up Ram 1500 EcoDiesel production

Oct 7, 2014: As we mentioned a few months ago, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was named Motor Trend’s “Truck of the Year” thanks to its super efficiency and overall stellar performance. And people loved it. As the only half-ton pickup on the market sporting … Continue reading →…

Propel mobile app—now available for iPhone & Android

Sep 10, 2014:  Use the app to find Propel Flex Fuel E85 & Biodiesel locations and daily pricing. Access these features for Apple and Android phones today. Price Check: Find today’s prices and save Locator Map: Discover locations & driving directions Vehicle Check: … Continue reading →…

Diesel hybrid from VW finally on the market (in Europe)

Jun 25, 2014: Back in 2011 we posted about this space-agey diesel-electric hybrid concept from Volkswagen dubbed the XL 1. At the time, the XL1 was just a prototype and not strictly “street legal.” However, as reported by Inside Climate News, the auto … Continue reading →…

Audi RS5 TDI Concept

Jun 3, 2014: It’s an exciting time for diesel vehicle enthusiasts—Audi is celebrating 25 years of the TDI engine! And how does a car company celebrate a milestone like this? By unveiling an awesome new concept car, of course. According to Autoblog, Audi … Continue reading →…

Fuel innovation: Ethanol from CO gas

May 22, 2014: So, where’s your fuel coming from next? Out of thin air. Scientists around the country continue to innovate new fuels that reduce dependence on petroleum and improve air quality. And this development caught our attention. Ethanol from Carbon Monoxide Gas No corn, … Continue reading →…

Trident Inceni: A speedy sporty diesel

May 13, 2014: The word “diesel” usually brings to mind a big, loud, rumbly truck and probably not a very fast truck. The Trident Inceni turns this idea on its head. This sports car is smokin’—and no I don’t mean the exhaust. There’s … Continue reading →…

Happy Earth Day! Propel customers reduce CO2 emissions and petroleum use

Apr 22, 2014: In honor of Earth Day, we want to say a big THANK YOU to all of our customers who choose renewable fuel—even when it’s not Earth Day. Together, Propel customers have a significant and positive impact on our planet, reducing both harmful … Continue reading →…