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Nov 26, 2020

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Cultured human steaks, lab-grown lobster, edible bugs, biodegradable mannequins and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of November 27th

Nov 26, 2020: As if 2020 wasn’t crazy enough, this week’s innovations include lab-grown lobster, renewable and biodegradable store mannequins, edible bug grants for companies looking to develop insect-based foods, and even a Hannibal Lecter inspired “have people for dinner” cultured meat startup where you can grow little human steaks in your own home even from your own […]…

Partners to revive South African biomass pellet operation

Nov 25, 2020: In South Africa, Partners for Innovation (Netherlands), Hive Energy (United Kingdom), iLive Sustainable Development (South Africa) have joined forces to establish Coega Biomass Centre.  The company, funded by Hive Energy has taken over and will restore the existing non-operational plant to produce high quality wood pellets using biomass residues, non-indigenous forest and destructive invasive vegetation, […]…

Ethanol stocks reach 12-week high as production climbs

Nov 25, 2020: In Washington, DTN reports Energy Information Administration data shows ethanol production rose to 990,000 barrels per day, nearly 3% higher on the week and just 6.5% lower than the same period last year. The higher volumes helped push stocks to a 12-week high of 20.866 million barrels, the highest seen since March 20. Demand was […]…

BC recycling company becomes leading liquid feedstock provider for biofuels

Nov 25, 2020: In Canada, West Coast Reduction, a family-owned waste recycling company that has been operating for more than 50 years in British Columbia, has turned into the region’s largest supplier of biofuel feedstock. The company produces 250,000 metric tons of liquid feedstock that is now being used by Parkland, a local oil refinery, for co-processing into […]…

Olam Palm targets 5ha spot near Libreville port for Gabon biodiesel facility

Nov 25, 2020: In Gabon, Energy Mix Report says Olam Palm has chosen a 5ha area near the Libreville port to develop its biodiesel facility. Already the company has a 750-metric ton per day palm oil processing plant in the country. The location of the new facility is ideal for importing equipment as well as for exporting byproducts […]…

Cargill India keen on corn ethanol production but not until policy is feedstock neutral

Nov 25, 2020: In India, the Financial Express newspaper reports that Cargill is looking at investing in corn ethanol production in light of the government’s pending policy shift to allow grain feedstocks. The company says it is keen to invest but the policy remains “skewed towards sugar mills” so will wait until the policy framework is more stable […]…

Concerns 2021 RVO decision could be kicked over to Biden administration

Nov 25, 2020: In Washington, Agri-Pulse reports there are fears that the Environmental Protection Agency could continue to make delays on RVOs for 2021 until the Biden administration takes over in January. The CEO of the American Coalition for Ethanol says it would be the first time since 2015 that RVOs weren’t known ahead of the calendar year […]…

UK and Chinese scientists build microbial factories to produce hydrogen from air

Nov 25, 2020: In the UK, scientists have built tiny droplet-based microbial factories that produce hydrogen, instead of oxygen, when exposed to daylight in air. The findings of the international research team based at the University of Bristol and Harbin Institute of Technology in China, are published in Nature Communications. The team trapped around 10,000 algal cells in […]…

Advanced Biofuels Canada releases detailed modeling of Clean Fuel Standard

Nov 25, 2020: In Canada, Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC) released detailed expert modelling of Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) after implementation of the liquid fuel class CFS regulations in 2022. Four scenarios were defined to profile market demand for and use of biofuels in Canada, and to evaluate the feasibility, cost, and economic growth potential of the CFS […]…

One Small Candle May Light a Thousand: A Thanksgiving Message from the Digest

Nov 25, 2020: This week marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth. Their story has been oft-told. A band of English Puritans who set out to the Americas in search of religious freedom and to found what John Winthrop would later call “a shining city upon a hill”. Their desperate passage across the […]…

Ethanol Report 11-25-20

Nov 25, 2020: 2020 has been the year of going virtual for meetings and conferences. In fact, one of the very last live, in-person events to be held this year was the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) 25th annual National Ethanol Conference in Houston. The 26th annual NEC however, will be an all digital format. Information about the conference can be found on the ... Read More…

Interview on EPA Waiver Challenge and Ethanol’s Clean Air Benefits

Nov 24, 2020: The post Interview on EPA Waiver Challenge and Ethanol’s Clean Air Benefits appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

ACE Pleased to Participate in Virtual NAFB

Nov 24, 2020: The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) was pleased to be a sponsor and exhibitor for the second year in a row at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) virtual convention and trade talk. ACE CEO Brian Jennings discussed a number of topics with farm broadcasters, including possible scenarios for when the industry might finally see the Renewable Volume Obligations ... Read More…

Going Digital Has Its Benefits

Nov 24, 2020: It’s hard to look back on the 2020 National Ethanol Conference, held in Houston in February, without a certain sense of nostalgia. It took place shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic The post Going Digital Has Its Benefits appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Farm & Biofuel Groups Ask Court to Enforce EPA Ruling

Nov 23, 2020: Farm and biofuels leaders say it’s way past time for EPA to act on a court order from 2017 and they are going back to the court to make it happen. A coalition of biofuels and agricultural trade groups filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia Monday asking the court to enforce its ... Read More…

Farm & Biofuel Leaders Urge Courts to Hold EPA Accountable on Improper 2016 Waiver

Nov 23, 2020: Today, a coalition of the nation’s largest biofuels and agricultural trade groups filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia asking the court to enforce its 2017 decision The post Farm & Biofuel Leaders Urge Courts to Hold EPA Accountable on Improper 2016 Waiver appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA CEO Trade Talks with Farm Broadcasters

Nov 23, 2020: The National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) annual Trade Talk looked different last week than it has in the past, being virtual instead of live, but Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper still was able to do many interviews with farm broadcasters around the country. Cooper discussed topics such as how the ethanol industry fared in 2020 and ... Read More…

National Biodiesel Board Elects New Governing Board Virtually

Nov 20, 2020: Members of the National Biodiesel Board members met virtually this week to elect new Governing Board leaders, and also met virtually with farm broadcasters to do interviews. NBB members voted to fill eight board member spots for two-year terms: Troy Alberts, Ag Processing Inc. Greg Anderson, Nebraska Soybean Board Tom Brooks, Western Dubuque Biodiesel, LLC Tim Keaveney, Lake Erie Biofuels ... Read More…

RFA Shares Good News for Ethanol in 2020

Nov 19, 2020: There was more than enough bad news for the ethanol industry to go around this year, but there was still some good news as well. The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is offering that perspective to farm broadcasters this week at the virtual 2020 NAFB Convention Trade Talk. RFA Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White tells the good news about ... Read More…

NAFB Session Focuses on Ag and Energy

Nov 19, 2020: The National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) is holding its annual convention this week, and like everything else it is virtual. One of the newsmaker sessions on opening day of the convention focused on ethanol and biodiesel and “Agriculture’s Contributions to the Energy Market.” Carey Martin with Texas Farm Bureau Radio Network moderated the discussion with Tom Verry, Director of ... Read More…

2021 National Ethanol Conference Shifts to Digital

Nov 17, 2020: The Renewable Fuels Association announced today that the 26th annual National Ethanol Conference to be held February 16-18, 2021 will now be an all virtual format. “As RFA prepares to enter its 40th year in operation in 2021, the upcoming NEC will hold special meaning for our organization and the entire industry,” said RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “While ... Read More…

2021 National Ethanol Conference Shifts to Digital Experience

Nov 17, 2020: The 26th annual National Ethanol Conference, held February 16-18, 2021, will feature a fully digital, interactive format for the first time ever, the Renewable Fuels Association announced today.  The industry’s The post 2021 National Ethanol Conference Shifts to Digital Experience appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Biodiesel Board Welcomes East Coast Policy Director

Nov 16, 2020: The National Biodiesel Board has created a new Director of State Regulatory Affairs position and announced the appointment of Steve Dodge to fill it. Dodge is a longtime energy industry veteran who will focus primarily on advancing state and regional policy efforts for biodiesel, renewable diesel, and Bioheat® home heating oil on the east coast. With more than two decades ... Read More…

Kansas Biofuels Head Offers Post Election Views

Nov 13, 2020: The president and CEO of Renew Kansas Biofuels Association gave his post-election analysis during the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City’s November 12 webinar. Ron Seeber, who is also president and CEO for the Kansas Grain and Feed Association and Kansas Ag Retailers Association, summed up results for races on both the state and federal level. “Kansas is still very ... Read More…

RFA Congratulates President-Elect Biden

Nov 7, 2020: The Renewable Fuels Association today congratulated President-Elect Joe Biden on his victory, as projected by the Associated Press and others. The following is a statement from RFA President and CEO The post RFA Congratulates President-Elect Biden appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA in Conversation on EPA, Waivers and the 2020 Election

Nov 6, 2020: The post RFA in Conversation on EPA, Waivers and the 2020 Election appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Responds to EPA Seeking Delay in Supreme Court SRE Case

Nov 6, 2020: The post RFA Responds to EPA Seeking Delay in Supreme Court SRE Case appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

September U.S. Ethanol Global Sales Moderate While U.S. DDGS Exports Leap to 5-Year High

Nov 4, 2020: November 4, 2020 — U.S. ethanol exports in September decreased 23% to 77.2 million gallons (mg), which is 20% lower than a year ago. Shipments across the border to Canada The post September U.S. Ethanol Global Sales Moderate While U.S. DDGS Exports Leap to 5-Year High appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Urges Low-Carbon/Clean Fuel Standard for Colorado Emissions Reduction

Nov 2, 2020: The internal combustion engine is “far from dead—the fuel just needs to be changed” with a low-carbon or clean fuel standard that can help Colorado slash greenhouse gas pollution, the The post RFA Urges Low-Carbon/Clean Fuel Standard for Colorado Emissions Reduction appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Joint Statement from RFA and Growth Energy on Motion for Partial Summary Judgment in FOIA Lawsuit Regarding Small Refinery Exemption Transparency

Oct 28, 2020: Upon the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) failure to adequately respond to several Freedom of Information Act requests filed by the biofuels industry regarding the small refinery exemption (SRE) program and The post Joint Statement from RFA and Growth Energy on Motion for Partial Summary Judgment in FOIA Lawsuit Regarding Small Refinery Exemption Transparency 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.