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May 29, 2016

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ABFA Represents 9.6B Gallons of Biofuels Production

May 27, 2016: BIOX, Louis Dreyfus and The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) have joined the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA). With the new members, ABFA now represents 9.6 gallons of domestic and international biofuels production. “We are excited to add new members to … Continue reading →…

Renewable Energy Job Growth Unique in Global Energy Sector

May 27, 2016: Job growth in renewable energies is bucking the trends across the global energy sector, Adnan Amin, director-general for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), said on May 25.

IRFA Releases Legislation Renewable Fuels Survey

May 27, 2016: Iowa’s 2016 U.S. House and Senate candidates show strong support across party lines for renewable fuels according to a new survey from the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA). The survey focused on Iowa candidates running for U.S. Senate and U.S. … Continue reading →…

#Feedingthe9 – Majority Very Concerned

May 27, 2016: Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “How concerned are you about feeding 9 billion by 2050?” It is obvious people have strong opinions about this. Few are in the middle. However, a strong majority believe we should be taking this … Continue reading →…

Renewable Resources Set New Records in US Electricity Generation in 1Q16

May 27, 2016: Defying all projections, wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources set a series of records for domestic electrical generation during the first quarter of 2016.

Teachable Moments in Next-generation Electricity

May 27, 2016: Seldom in industrial evolution do momentous changes occur rapidly, especially in industries like electricity that have been stable for decades. In electricity, we are at the brink of just such an inflection point. For students of industrial mutation, this is ‘whoopee’ time. Curiously, business schools and the economics profession appear to ignore the tectonic shifts.

RFA Hosting Ethanol Safety Seminar in Wisconsin

May 27, 2016: Join the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) for a free ethanol safety seminar on Saturday, June 4, 2016 in La Crosse Wisconsin from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm CT at the Western Technical College- Lunda Center.  Lunch will be provided. RFA … Continue reading →…

IEA Bioenergy hosting Green Gas webinar June 2

May 27, 2016: In cyberspace, IEA Bioenergy will host a webinar on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at 8 a.m. Eastern Time. During the webinar, participants will learn about the technologies and feedstocks that can contribute to reaching 100% green gas in the gas grid by 2050. The international webinar—Green Gas—will be presented by Professor Jerry D. Murphy, task […]…

COFCO setting up ethanol trading desk for US-Brazil-China trade

May 27, 2016: In New York, COFCO is setting up an ethanol trading desk in an attempt to penetrate the US ethanol market. The company has headhunted a trader from Louis Dreyfus Commodities and will likely source others to facilitate trade from the US and Brazil into China. They trader would also look to trade between the US […]…

Nigeria’s Cross River to get $2.5 million cassava ethanol plant

May 27, 2016: In Nigeria, the Cross River government is supporting the development of a $2.5 million cassava ethanol plant in the state in collaboration with the Partnership Initiative for the Niger Delta (PIND) Foundation but it is unclear the government’s role or who the private sector partner is for the project. The state is the country’s largest […]…

China’s US DDGS imports already falling due to corn destocking policy

May 27, 2016: In China, demand for American DDGS imports is already starting to feel the pinch of China’s new destocking policy for corn with March imports falling to 121,619 metric tons from 469,354 tons in March 25. It’s a fraction of the imports seen in June 2015 of 967,529. The country’s ongoing investigation into potential dumping of […]…

Four Argentine biodiesel producers at risk due to oil company’s bankruptcy

May 27, 2016: In Argentina, bankruptcy proceedings for local oil company Oil Combustibles is having a negative impact on the local biodiesel industry as four biodiesel producers wait in line indefinitely for payment. On March 31, payments to debtors were frozen until the bankruptcy process is finalized, meaning the four companies had to use their working capital as […]…

Midwest ethanol prices on the rise ahead of Memorial Day weekend

May 27, 2016: In the Midwest, with the Memorial Day holiday fast approaching, ethanol prices for fuel loaded on trucks in Minnesota and Wisconsin. In Minneapolis, prices rose three cents per gallon from Monday to Thursday, a typical move ahead of holiday weekends when fuel will need to be blended on the go to keep holiday travelers moving. […]…

MIT researchers develop biodiesel from CO2

May 27, 2016: In Massachusetts, new research from the Stephanopoulos group at MIT reports engineered microorganisms that can generate sustainable biofuel from carbon dioxide emissions. Their research was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This conversion process starts with mixtures of carbon dioxide and either carbon monoxide or hydrogen, The gas is bubbled into […]…

EU refers Poland to Court of Justice for law banning biofuel and feedstock imports

May 27, 2016: In Belgium, the European Commission has decided to refer Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU for establishing restrictions in Polish law against certain imported biofuels and raw materials for biofuel. Polish law is not fully in line with EU law. Firstly, fuels can only be marketed if specific fuel requirements are in place, […]…

Competing With Sub $50 Oil: A Strategy for the Biofuels Industry

May 26, 2016: By Irshad Ahmed, Consultant with Lee Enterprises Consulting and Member of MITSBAA Entrepreneurs Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Special to The Digest If bioenergy represents a sustainable energy future for the planet, then why must it compete with oil prices to be deemed a feasible energy alternative for the society? The answer is simple: It […]…

Digest Bioeconomy Index drops 0.68 percent to 53.81 as ethanol equities retreat

May 26, 2016: The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, dropped 0.68 percent to 53.81 as ethanol equities retreated.  For the day, Pacific Ethanol (PEIX)  dipped 4.14 percent to $5.79, while Renewable Energy Group (REGI) tumbled 12.66 percent to $8,62 after announcing a convertible debt raise. Among other equities, Biox (BX.T) surged 10.64 […]…

#Ethanol and Summer Boating Go Together

May 26, 2016: With Memorial Day comes the official start of the summer boating season and the ethanol industry is working hard to correct the misconceptions about using ethanol blended fuel in marine engines. In this Ethanol Report, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Vice … Continue reading →…

Registration Opens for ACE Conference

May 26, 2016: Registration is open for the American Ethanol Conference (ACE) taking place August 8-10 2016. This year’s theme is ‘Power, Passion and Performance,’ and will include discussions on the retail outlook for E15 and flex fuels, expanding export opportunities and ethanol’s … Continue reading →…

U of Guelph Discovers Key to Increasing Biomass

May 26, 2016: University of Guelph researchers may have found the key to increasing food and fuel (#Biofuel) production. By modifying a plant’s genetic profile, researchers doubled the plant’s growth and increased seed production by more than 400 percent. The findings were published … Continue reading →…

#RFS Hearing Scheduled by EPA

May 26, 2016: Concerned about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) proposed 2017 rules? The industry has a chance to voice them on June 9, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri at a public hearing on the “Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2017 and … Continue reading →…

REAP Grants for Energy Audits & Renewable Energy Development

May 25, 2016: On May 10th, 2016 the USDA announced the award of 26 grants, totaling nearly $2 million, to provide help to rural small businesses and agricultural producers to find ways to conserve energy and develop renewable energy systems. The REAP grants  (pdf) were awarded to universities and state and local governments to provide energy audits and renewable […]…

Duke Signs Biogas Supply Deal for Two North Carolina Power Plants

May 25, 2016: Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) announced May 24 that it has finalized a second deal in 2016 to buy captured methane gas derived from swine waste, with this planned project to be located at farms in Kenansville, N.C.

Cali #Biofuel Industry Calls for More Funding

May 25, 2016: As California continues down the highway of low carbon fuels, the state’s biofuel industry is calling for more funding to ensure the highway doesn’t end in the ocean. The biofuel industry, including the ethanol, biodiesel and biomethane trade associations, is … Continue reading →…

IA Gov Signs #Biodiesel Incentive Legislation

May 25, 2016: Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed SF 2309 into law this week, a bill expanding state biodiesel incentives. The bill includes a tax credit that assists the states 13 operational biodiesel producers remain competitive in the marketplace. The bill also includes … Continue reading →…

New Biomass Plant to Provide Heat to Two Health Facilities in Prince Edward Island

May 23, 2016: A new biomass system fueled by woodchips will begin providing heat to two health facilities this year in Prince Edward Island (PE), the provincial government said on May 20.

Argentina Auction Seeks to Spur $2 Billion in Clean-Power Spending

May 20, 2016: Argentina set rules for its first planned auction for renewable energy, an event that’s expected to spur as much as 1 GW of new capacity led by wind and solar farms.

Obama’s Modest Biofuel Quota for 2017 Blasted by Producers

May 19, 2016: The Obama administration tried to strike a cautious compromise Wednesday in setting quotas for a controversial renewable fuels program that pits Big Oil against Corn Belt interests. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed compelling refiners to blend 18.8 billion gallons of biofuel into the U.S. gasoline and diesel supply next year.

Massachusetts High Court Faults State Department's Actions on GHG Emissions

May 19, 2016: The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on May 17 ruled that the state Department of Environmental Protection failed a statutory mandate that requires it to "promulgate regulations establishing a desired level of declining annual aggregate emission limits for sources or categories of sources that emit greenhouse gas emissions."…

Solving the Biomass Puzzle

May 17, 2016: Biomass holds great promise as a petroleum replacement, but unlocking its true potential remains a puzzle. A group of researchers at Iowa State University and the U.S Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory hope to develop the pieces of that puzzle to create a clearer picture of what takes place within a plant and how that applies to its downstream uses as biomass.

Renova Eyes Growth in Renewables Market in Japan Beyond Solar

May 16, 2016: Renova Inc., a developer of renewable energy, is targeting an expansion of its solar-power capacity to more than 300 MW, while also tapping into other clean energy technologies to broaden its offerings amid cuts in the rates that solar-power producers get.

Florida Biomass Lawsuit Winds Down, Decision To Come

May 13, 2016: The legal battle between the operator of Gainesville's biomass plant and a local fuel supplier, which started last year, played out in a courtroom over the past two weeks during an eight-day trial that ended Thursday. With millions in potential damages on the line, both sides presented closing arguments Thursday afternoon and now must wait for Judge Monica Brasington to rule on the case.

What’s Next? EU, US and Colombia Show They’re Moving Forward with the Paris Agreement

May 13, 2016: Less than two weeks after 175 nations signed the pivotal Paris Agreement on climate change, a question lingers: What happens now?

Nonprofits Create Alliance to Drive Corporate Renewable Energy Purchases

May 12, 2016: A group of nonprofits has formed a new alliance that will work to find more opportunities for corporations to buy clean energy for their operations.

Digital Clearinghouse Launched to Help New York Communities Prepare for Extreme Weather

May 12, 2016: A group of New York state, federal, university and public-private organizations have created a new website with climate-related resources to help New York communities develop clean and resilient infrastructure strategies.

Benefits of Clean, Distributed Energy: Why Time, Location, and Compensation Matter

May 9, 2016: New York is preparing for a future in which clean, distributed energy resources — such as energy efficiency, electric vehicles, rooftop solar panels, and other types of local, on-site power generation — form an integral part of a more decentralized electric grid.

The Future of Bioenergy Is In This Book-less Library

May 9, 2016: The Bioenergy Feedstock Library contains no books. What it does contain is information about biomass — organic material such as corn stover, switchgrass, wood chips and wheat straw. Nearly 50,000 biomass database entries and more than 35,000 physical samples reside in a repository located at the Department of Energy’s Biomass Feedstock National User Facility.

Financing Renewables in Alberta’s Merchant Market

May 9, 2016: Renewables financing under Alberta’s new procurement program is both an exciting and daunting prospect. Equity and debt providers have traditionally shied away from merchant projects in the renewables sector, but on the whole, are enthusiastic about the market potential in Alberta. With some revenue certainty at the right price range, investors are ready to finance new projects and participate in what’s expected to be Canada’s next renewables frontier.

Bioeconomy Earnings Season: Improving Outlooks, Growth Prospects

May 6, 2016: Q1 earnings season for the advanced bioeconomy kicked off this week, with reporting from  Green Plains, ADM, REG and BioAmber. That’s an ag giant, an ethanol monster, a biomass-based diesel dominator and a fast-upcoming renewable chemicals maker. Between the four, we have a good opportunity to check the sector’s health.

Advancing ‘Bio-Oil’ from Agriculture Waste

May 6, 2016: The U.S. Department of Agriculture on May 5 said its Agriculture Research Service scientists have found a way to improve traditional pyrolysis methods for producing bio-oils.

Ten Clean Energy Stocks For 2016: Spring Forward

May 5, 2016: March and April were months of recovery for the broad market and for clean energy income stocks, but most clean energy stocks failed to participate in the rally.  By design, my Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2016 model portfolio is heavily weighted towards income, recovering 9 percent in March and 6 percent in April so that it is now back in the black, up 0.8 percent year to date. …

Renewables Swamp Natural Gas in First Quarter 2016

Apr 28, 2016: Setting a new lopsided quarterly record, renewable sources outpaced — in fact, swamped — natural gas by a factor of more than 70:1 for new electrical generating capacity placed in-service during the first three months of calendar year 2016.

Vermont Utility Opens Collaborative Space for Energy Businesses, Seeks Applicants

Apr 26, 2016: Green Mountain Power has launched a contest to find energy companies and entrepreneurs to colocate at the utility’s headquarters in Colchester, Vt., and work to develop innovative energy products for consumers.

New York to Spend $150M on Clean Energy Projects

Apr 25, 2016: New York State will spend $150 million on large-scale clean energy projects as part of its goal to generate 50 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2030.

Researchers Move Forward with Drone Program to Advance Biofuel Production

Apr 25, 2016: The U.S. is funding research to breed better sorghum plants using sensor-laden drones and data mining. Next month, a team of researchers will load one small aerial drone and two ground drones with sensors and release them on a field planted with hundreds of varieties of sorghum.

#EarthDay2016: US Joins Countries of the World in Signing Paris Agreement

Apr 22, 2016: More than 170 countries are marking #EarthDay2016 by following through on their expressed intentions to sign the text of the Paris Agreement adopted by 196 countries in December.

Where’s the Algae? A Look at the 'European Roadmap for an Algae-Based Industry'

Apr 21, 2016: One hundred European Union algae stakeholders are preparing to release a white paper, European Roadmap for an Algae-Based Industry, after a meeting co-organised by the European Algae Biomass Association, Miracles, FUEL4ME, Splash and the Algae Cluster (InteSusAl, BIOFAT and All-gas).

Senate Passes Energy Bill, Looks to Conference With House

Apr 21, 2016: The Senate voted 85–12 April 20 to pass what could be the first broad energy bill in nearly a decade, putting in motion what is expected to be a formal conference to work out the differences with the House version of the bill.

A Cleantech Recipe that Finally Works: Student Entrepreneurs

Apr 21, 2016: “Cleantech,” once a sexy term for innovations from tech engineers creating products like thin film solar panels and futuristic batteries, has turned into a plagued phrase in recent years, as billions of grants, loans, investments, and tax breaks have been poured into the sector, only to result in a lack of anticipated breakthroughs and a series of expensive tax-funded failures.

Senate Sends FAA Reauthorization Bill to House without Tax Extenders Amendment

Apr 20, 2016: The Senate overwhelmingly passed a long-term reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday, kicking the measure over to the House, where similar efforts have stalled. In a 95-3 vote, lawmakers approved an amended measure that would greenlight FAA programs through fiscal 2017. The agency's current legal authority expires on July 15.