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Jan 19, 2018

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Ethanol Really Does Create Jobs

Jan 19, 2018: An op-ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this week gives a real world example of how ethanol is a job creator for the nation. Today, Christopher Wense is an operations technician for the National Corn to Ethanol Research Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, but less than three years ago he had been laid off from his job at U.S. ... Read More…

Amyris wins two grants for about $25 million

Jan 18, 2018: In California, Amyris announced two grants that have been awarded, valued in aggregate at approximately $25 million, to accelerate innovation and enable the company to further extend its leadership position in the industrial biotechnology sector. The first grant is in Europe and focused on furthering the company’s current artificial intelligence (AI) and Informatics platform at […]…

Malaysia vows to win over EU member states to stay palm oil biodiesel ban

Jan 18, 2018: In Malaysia, in the wake of the European Parliament’s vote to ban palm oil for biodiesel from 2021, “referred to as a “black day” for free trade by the Malaysian government, it vowed to work hard in convincing the European Commission and European member states of palm oil’s role in the European market before the […]…

German Aerospace Center teams with NASA to test alternative fuel emissions and contrails

Jan 18, 2018: In Germany, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR) and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration are set to conduct joint research flights in Germany for the first time. The focus will be on alternative fuel emissions and the characterization of ice crystals in condensation trails (contrails), using biofuel as […]…

Malawi ethanol producers to invest $100 million to crush cane for feedstock

Jan 18, 2018: In Malawi, Presscane and Ethco plan to invest $100 million in two sugarcane crushing facilities to produce syrup for ethanol production at their existing facilities. The companies currently rely on an unsteady supply of molasses from Illovo Sugar that keeps their distilleries running far below 100% production capacity even though there is sufficient demand in […]…

India’s Eco Green Fuels trials FOG from Bangalore city sewage as biodiesel feedstock

Jan 18, 2018: In India, Eco Green Fuels has teamed with the Bangalore Water Supply & Sewerage Board to remove fats, oils and greases from the city’s sewage system that goes into nearby lakes and then use it as feedstock for biodiesel. As much as 10 metric tons of FOG is disposed through the sewer system on a […]…

EU member states won’t appeal against biodiesel anti-dumping duty cuts

Jan 18, 2018: In Belgium, European member states have backed down from appealing at the European Court of Justice the decision cutting anti-dumping duties on Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel imports. A total of six appeals were planned, four against Indonesia and two against Argentina, following the General Court of the European Union’s 2016 ruling that later saw those […]…

Chinese researchers demonstrate efficient jatropha biofuel production using nanotube catalyst

Jan 18, 2018: In China, recent research published in a report in Nano showed biofuels were obtained from jatropha oil using carbon nanotube (CNT) catalyst, which showed efficient cracking activity. The performance was activated by the high stability, metal sites, acid sites, electroconductivity, and coking tolerance of CNT. Two cracking circulations were found in the hydroprocessing. The sulphur-free […]…

Iowa’s senators say no way to RIN cap

Jan 18, 2018: In Washington, Iowa’s senators are playing the same kind of hardball with Senator Ted Cruz as he’s playing with them, refusing to hold a second meeting on the Renewable Fuel Standard until the pending appointment for a USDA undersecretary is confirmed, something Cruz has been holding up in order to get leverage on the RFS […]…

Top 20 advanced bioeconomy projects underway in North America

Jan 18, 2018: To date, North America is the most active of all regions in terms of deploying advanced technology — whether it is cellulosic ethanol, isobutanol for fuels and chemicals, or renewable chemical plants, you see the first and the most, here. There are three drivers for that: 1. Continued and robust technology development, from Silicon Valley […]…

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the SPARC regional biojet fuel consortium

Jan 18, 2018: Sometimes, what an engine needs to roar to life is a spark. Or a SPARC, as in this case. As in the Southeastern Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC), a consortium consisting of the University of Florida (lead), the University of South Florida, the University of Georgia, Auburn University, and other institutions, government agencies, […]…

Real Cost of E15 Revealed in ACE Video

Jan 18, 2018: The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) recently released the third video in a series of fuel marketer-focused videos on flexfuelforward.com, part of a campaign featuring real world experiences of E15 and flex fuel retailers adding and marketing the fuels. This latest video addresses one of the most common misconceptions about adding higher ethanol blends – that it costs hundreds of ... Read More…

Iowa RFA Elects Officers

Jan 18, 2018: The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) recently elected its Board of Directors, Officers, and Executive Committee for 2018. Eamonn Byrne with Lakeview Plymouth Energy was reelected to a second term as President of IRFA. “We had a number of successes in 2017– including securing another year of funding for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program and protecting the 2018 Renewable ... Read More…

Four Associate Members Join RFA

Jan 16, 2018: Four new associate members have joined the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) for the new year. The new members are: NALCO Water, based in Naperville, Ill., is a provider of water treatment and process improvements. An EcoLab company, NALCO Water has been a trusted partner to the ethanol industry for more than 15 years. It helps ethanol producers increase performance, lower ... Read More…

ACE to Hold 10th Annual Fly-in

Jan 16, 2018: The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) will hold its 10th annual Washington, D.C. fly-in March 21-22, 2018 and registration is now open. “The purpose of our fly-ins is to put a human face on the ethanol industry and to communicate our policy priorities to Members of Congress and Executive Branch decision makers,” said Brian Jennings, ACE CEO. “The most effective ... Read More…

Ethanol Report on 2017 Production

Jan 15, 2018: Ethanol production averaged over a million barrels per day (b/d) for 44 out of 52 weeks in 2017 which means another record year for the industry. And despite a very average growing season, corn yield for 2017 is estimated at a record high 176.6 bushels per acre, and production was only down four percent because farmers planted less acres. In ... Read More…

Iowa Renewable Fuel Marketing Awards Presented

Jan 12, 2018: Kwik Trip, Inc. and the Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott are the 2018 winners of the Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey’s Ethanol and Biodiesel Marketing Awards. The awards were created by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to recognize fuel marketers that have gone above and beyond in their efforts to promote and sell renewable fuels. “Kwik Trip ... Read More…

National Biodiesel Conference to Celebrate 25 Years

Jan 12, 2018: The biodiesel industry is heading to Fort Worth January 22 – 25 for the silver anniversary of the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo. “Every conference we’ve sponsored has been an exciting event for our industry,” said National Biodiesel Board (NBB) CEO Donnell Rehagan. “But this one is obviously going to be special as we take the opportunity to not only ... Read More…

Ethanol Production Going Strong

Jan 11, 2018: According to the first Energy Information Administration report for the new year analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production dropped below a million barrels a day for the first time in three months, while the last week of 2017 was still slightly above a million. Ethanol production averaged 1.032 million barrels per day (b/d) for the week ending December ... Read More…

Trump Puts Rural America in the Spotlight

Jan 10, 2018: President Trump’s address to the American Farm Bureau Federation 99th annual convention this week in Nashville definitely brought agriculture some positive publicity, mentioning the word farmers over 25 times in his speech, more than any of the previous three presidents in all of their official speeches combined. Granted, that is just a guess but I feel safe in saying that ... Read More…

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.

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 […]…

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.

Harvesting Sunshine More Lucrative Than Crops at Some U.S. Farms

Mar 30, 2016: For more than a century, Dawson Singletary’s family has grown tobacco, peanuts and cotton on a 530-acre farm amid the coastal flatlands of North Carolina. Now he’s making money from a different crop: solar panels. Singletary has leased 34 acres of his Bladen County farm to Strata Solar LLC for a 7-megawatt array, part of […]…

Press Release: Iowa Electric Co-op Sets Standard for Rural Solar

Mar 29, 2016: Contact: Katie Coleman, (312) 795-3710 Solar Shines for Rural Electric Co-Ops Announcement Sets New Iowa Record for Solar from Rural Electric Co-ops Iowa’s Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) and its member cooperatives announced a major investment in solar energy today, unveiling plans to build 5.5 megawatts of new solar energy at six locations across its […]…

Midwest Energy News: ELPC’s Andy Olsen Speaks on Co-ops Embracing Solar

Mar 16, 2016: By Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy News In Wisconsin, where state regulators and utilities have been perceived as cool to renewable energy, rural cooperatives are making major investments in solar power. According to solar installers and experts, co-ops, which aren’t subject to regulation by the state’s Public Service Commission, are being more responsive to their customers’ […]…

Lacrosse Tribune: ELPC Applauds Solar Leadership by Wisconsin’s Electric Cooperatives

Mar 7, 2016: Using nature to help generate power isn’t exactly a new idea. These days, when you factor in regulatory and environmental concerns and stir in the debate about climate change, all of a sudden it’s a fascinating — and sometimes frustrating — debate. But two utilities in western Wisconsin have announced a significant investment in harnessing […]…

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.