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Aug 21, 2018

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NFU and Urban Air Initiative Join to Expand Biofuels Use

Aug 21, 2018: National Farmers Union, Farmers Union Enterprises and the Urban Air Initiative have announced the formation of a new alliance to expand the use of American-grown biofuels. The three groups intend to pursue a broad spectrum of advocacy and advertising activities in furtherance of social, regulatory and legislative solutions to current barriers that limit the amount of biofuels used in the ... Read More…

ACE Awards for Grassroots and Media

Aug 21, 2018: The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) honored two special individuals for their work in helping to advocate for ethanol during the 31st annual conference last week in Minneapolis. Brownfield Ag News reporter Ken Anderson received the Media Excellence award for his work in covering news and issues important to the U.S. ethanol industry. Presenting the award, ACE Communications Director Katie ... Read More…

31st ACE Conference is a Winner

Aug 21, 2018: The 31st annual American Coalition for Ethanol conference last week was another successful one for the grassroots ethanol organization during yet another challenging time for the industry, according to CEO Brian Jennings. “I think there’s some concern in the industry about where we’re going to find that next gallon of demand,” said Jennings. “I’m hoping people walked away with a ... Read More…

NBB Seeks Higher Biodiesel Volumes

Aug 21, 2018: Comments filed by the National Biodiesel Board on the proposed Renewable Fuel Standards for 2019 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2020 urge EPA to increase the volumes in both categories and to fully account for small refinery exemptions. In a letter accompanying the comments, Kurt Kovarik, vice president of federal affairs for NBB, writes, “The biomass-based diesel industry has proven ... Read More…

ACE releases white paper highlighting low carbon benefits of corn ethanol

Aug 20, 2018: In Minnesota, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) announced the official release of a White Paper entitled “The Case for Properly Valuing the Low Carbon Benefits of Corn Ethanol,” coinciding with a general session panel at the 31st annual ACE conference in Minneapolis which highlighted the paper in a discussion on updates to lifecycle modeling […]…

Egyptian investor teams with Zimbabwean company to build MSW-base biorefinery

Aug 20, 2018: In Zimbabwe, an Egyptian entrepreneur is looking to invest $140 million into a facility that will convert 800 metric tons of MSW into biodiesel and electricity owned and operated by a local start-up, Tawanda Energy. Electricity will be sold to the national grid at 14 cents per kW and biodiesel will be sold at 70 […]…

Wärtsilä to maintain and operate Hawaiian biodiesel-fueled power station

Aug 20, 2018: In Hawaii, clean, secure, and uninterrupted power is at the core of Hawaiian Electric’s 50-megawatt Schofield Generating Station. Wärtsilä has signed a Maintenance and Operational advisory agreement for the power plant, located on the island of Oahu, 40 kilometers from Honolulu. The agreement will help the utility to maximize the availability and efficiency of the […]…

Argentina freezes soy export tariffs to keep feedstock from flowing into China

Aug 20, 2018: In Argentina, exporters have been shipping raw, unprocessed soybeans to China en masse, a move the government has put a stop to last week by freezing export taxes on beans at 26% as well as freezing taxes on meal and oil at 23%. Taxes on beans were being wound down to 23% in line with […]…

Brazilian fuel policy seen responsible for country losing top sugar producer status

Aug 20, 2018: In Brazil, Mercopress reports that analysts JOB Economia e Planejamento finger the country’s fuels policy that drives demand for ethanol due to higher fossil fuel prices as the reason why Brazil will likely lose its top spot as the largest sugar producer in the world, ceding the role to India. With the policy driving the […]…

New South Wales seeking public comment on monitoring ethanol markets

Aug 20, 2018: In Australia, New South Wales’ Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) is seeking comments on its proposed approach to monitoring the wholesale and retail markets for ethanol used in fuel blends like E10. Under the Biofuels Act 2007, a fuel retailer may be exempt from complying with the ethanol mandate if the price at which […]…

Joint Genome Institute researching terpenes as biofuel precursors

Aug 20, 2018: In California, from the distinct smell of eucalyptus to the flavor of wine, terpenes are ubiquitous. A diverse group of plant-produced organic compounds, terpenes play key roles in plant growth, defense, and environmental interactions. Terpenes are also economically important because of their use in industrial materials, pharmaceutical products, and as biofuel precursors. Collectively, hundreds of […]…

Canada launches Sky’s the Limit Challenge offering cash prizes for biojet development

Aug 20, 2018: In Canada, the Minister of Natural Resources issued a nationwide challenge to Canadians to develop the cleanest, most affordable and sustainable aviation fuel for the aviation sector to further reduce its carbon footprint and fight climate change. The Sky’s the Limit Challenge stimulates the development of sustainable aviation fuel supply chains so that the Canadian […]…

Strategic Positioning: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Amyris

Aug 20, 2018: For many people, a key question in the advanced bioeconomy continues to be: “what is Amyris becoming, and when, and where and how?” Becoming a global leader in the health and beauty market, and self-funding operations in 2018 with at least $10 million in EBITDA this year — those are the targets appearing out of […]…

Syngenta Names New Biofuels Account Managers

Aug 20, 2018: Syngenta has added two new key account managers to support its expanding U.S. biofuels business, which includes more than 30 ethanol plants across 12 states. Anne Osentowski and Allen Ziegler will be part of a team that supports the growing number of ethanol plants using Enogen® corn and is helping broaden access to both Enogen corn and Cellerate® process technology. ... Read More…

ACE White Paper on Low Carbon Benefits of Ethanol

Aug 20, 2018: The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) released a White Paper on “The Case for Properly Valuing the Low Carbon Benefits of Corn Ethanol,” coinciding with a general session panel at the 31st annual ACE conference in Minneapolis last week. The panel highlighted the paper in a discussion on updates to lifecycle modeling and opportunities on the horizon for ethanol as ... Read More…

Ethanol Stakeholders Submit RFS Comments

Aug 20, 2018: Friday was the final day to submit comments to the EPA on proposed 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations (RVOs) and ethanol stakeholders made sure they had their say. Despite the EPA specifically noting that comments on small refinery exemptions would be “deemed beyond the scope of this rulemaking,” every group commenting had something to say about the ... Read More…

27 technologies to produce lower carbon fuels from “second chance carbon” — and its practicioners. Who’s doing what, where, when, why and how?

Aug 20, 2018: In the EU, perhaps the most comprehensive and useful guide to fuels and chemicals produced from “Recycled carbon fuels”, such as those produced from waste plastics or waste industrial gases, appeared from the gurus at E4Tech. And, there’s the world of alternative fuels and chemicals produced from lower-carbon fossil sources such as natural gas. There […]…

Ethanol Report with Bikers and Free E10

Aug 17, 2018: This program comes to you from Sturgis, SD and the annual Motorcycle Rally but specifically from the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Campground. In this edition of The Ethanol Report podcast, RFA Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White is first up where I interviewed him during a noisy press conference room. He talks about the Legends Ride which is sponsored by ... Read More…

New ACE Board Members

Aug 17, 2018: The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) announced the election of two new representatives to the organization’s board of directors during its annual meeting prior to ACE’s 31st annual conference in Minneapolis. Pam Miller, representing Siouxland Ethanol, and Bill Dartt, representing Cardinal Ethanol, are the new board members. “The ACE board and staff have impressed me for a long time with ... Read More…

Merle Anderson Award Goes to Owen Jones

Aug 17, 2018: The first Merle Anderson award presented by the American Coalition for Ethanol after the passing of its founder was one of Merle’s good friends, Owen Jones. “Merle Anderson was my mentor,” said Jones as he accepted the award from past ACE president Lars Herseth. “I am truly humbled.” Jones is a farmer first, and became interested in ethanol as an ... Read More…

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 […]…

EPA Freezes Grants, Tells Employees Not To Talk About It, Sources Say

Jan 24, 2017: WASHINGTON ― The Environmental Protection Agency has frozen its grant programs, according to sources there. EPA staff has been instructed to freeze all its grants ― an extensive program that includes funding for research, redevelopment of former industrial sites, air quality monitoring and education, among other things ― and told not to discuss this order with anyone outside the agency, according to a Hill source with knowledge of the situation.

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.  …

New REAP Funds for FY2017 Now Available

Oct 28, 2016: (October 18, 2016) The USDA released a notice of solicitation of applications (NOSA) for the Rural Energy for American Program (REAP). The funding notice for fiscal year 2017 provides guidance for applicants including to online resources at FarmEnergy.org and from the USDA. This notice includes grants and loan guarantees for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Eligible […]…

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.

How A Land Use Plan For the California Desert Turned Climate Change Allies Into Foes

Aug 16, 2016: CHUCKWALLA VALLEY, Calif. - Just after noon on a 110-degree summer day, the 5.6-square-mile Desert Sunlight Solar Farm - the biggest of its kind erected on U.S. federal land - is proving why this desolate spot is such a good one for harnessing the sun's rays.

Rural Areas Benefit from new REAP Awards

Jul 28, 2016: The USDA announced another round of awards for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) in mid-July, bringing benefits to 56 states and territories and to a wide range of agricultural sectors. REAP continues to help reduce costs, protect and increase jobs and to produce homegrown clean energy. The July 2016 round of awards reflect […]…

New Heatspring Author

Jul 27, 2016:

How Renewable Energy Is Blowing Climate Change Efforts Off Course

Jul 20, 2016: The United States, and indeed the world, would do well to reconsider the promise and the limitations of its infatuation with renewable energy. "The issue is, how do we decarbonize the electricity sector, while keeping the lights on, keeping costs low and avoiding unintended consequences that could make emissions increase?"…

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.

Raising Our Game in Clean Energy Innovation

Jun 27, 2016: Recently I traveled to San Francisco to participate in international efforts to meet the challenge of climate change and accelerate the global transition to clean energy. The main event was the Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7), a meeting of 23 countries and the European Commission.

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?

Papua New Guinea First to Finalize Climate Plan Under Paris Agreement

Apr 8, 2016: Papua New Guinea recently became the first country to formally submit the final version of its national climate action plan (called a “Nationally Determined Contribution,” or NDC) under the Paris Agreement. The small Pacific nation’s plan to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 is no longer just an “intended” nationally determined contribution (INDC) — it is now the country’s official climate plan.

How Crowdfunding is Going to Save the Planet

Feb 26, 2016: Clean, renewable energy is the single most needed technology by the millennial generation. Not only is it the key to slowing global warming and climate change, but it also solves a host of other problems, such as respiratory diseases and national security.

Financing Sustainable Business with Biomass Technology

Feb 9, 2016: As a carbon-neutral energy source, biomass technology is helping organizations generate electricity and heat while reducing their carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions.

UK sees 40% rise in power from on-site biogas

Jul 31, 2015: The UK increased its power generation from on-site biogas plants by 40% in 2014, according to a survey by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.  …

Solar power growth impacting UK electricity sector

Jul 30, 2015: Q2 of 2015 saw a large increase in the generation of electricity from solar PV in the UK, with the growth having a significant impact on electricity market prices and other supply factors.