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May 24, 2015

Alternative Fuels

Your illustrated guide to the next world crisis, its energy roots, the issues, the players, the steps, and remedies

May 23, 2015: The Digest’s guide to the links between terror, petroleum dependence, economic stability, and military build-ups, as nations bear down in pursuit of energy security. In March 2014, Truman National Security Project executive director Mike Breen warned, in an address at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference: “The most dangerous fallacy going around today is the idea […]…

Renewable Fuels Association urges EPA to get ”back on track” with Renewable Fuel Standard

May 23, 2015: In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) submitted comments today to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing support for a proposed legal agreement that sets specific deadlines for establishing Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume levels in 2014, 2015 and 2016. In addition, the RFA comments encourage EPA to abandon the unlawful “blend wall” methodology […]…

Oilseed meal prices converge, says Germany’s UFOP

May 23, 2015: In Germany, UFOP, the Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen, said that oilseed meal prices have converged as price trends in oilseed meals are mixed. Whereas prices of soybean meals have been fairly weak, rapeseed meal recently overshot the EUR 250 per tonne mark, a 2015 high. “Interest in rapeseed meal recently picked up surprisingly […]…

US Ethanol production hits 14B gallons per year rate as production lifts

May 23, 2015: According to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged 958,000 barrels per day (b/d)—or 40.24 million gallons daily. That is up 46,000 b/d from the week before. The four-week average for ethanol production stood at 920,000 b/d for an annualized rate of 14.10 billion gallons. Stocks of ethanol stood at […]…

E15 Fuel Now Available in Orlando Area as Kissimmee Citgo, Protec Fuel launch product

May 23, 2015: In Florida, Kissimmee Citgo and Protec Fuel have launched the first 88-octane E15 ethanol blend fuel available in Orlando, E15 can run in any 2001 and newer gasoline engine and costs less than regular gas. The station also sells E85 fuel and B20 biodiesel fuel, which makes it important in the growth of emissions-reducing, renewable […]…

Deinove, Avril sign deal to assess commercial potential of 20 new bacterial strains

May 23, 2015: In France, Deinove and Avril announced that they would screen a 6,000-bacteria bank of Deinococci and other genera to identify 20 strains capable of producing useful molecules in terms of animal nutrition and health, and AVRIL Group would characterize the molecules produced and to perform application tests. The goal of this new stage is to confirm each […]…

Taurus Energy, Lallemand ink XyloFerm yeast marketing agreement

May 23, 2015: In Sweden, Taurus Energy AB, Lund, Sweden and Canadian based Lallemand have signed an agreement for collaboration with respect to the development, marketing, sale and distribution of Taurus’ Gen 2 platform on the U.S. market. “It has been our goal from the beginning to market our yeast technology globally,” says Lars Welin, CEO, Taurus Energy […]…

Deadline looms for Renewable Chemistry Start-Up Award applications

May 23, 2015: In the EU, this is the last week for applications in the a Renewable Chemistry Start-Up Award sponsored by Sofinnova Partners and supported by Sustainability Consult. The deadline for applications is 30 May and online voting for the best five companies will end on 5 July.  A jury of industry experts will select the winner […]…

Blue Sphere Acquires 4 Producing Biogas Facilities in Italy

May 23, 2015: In North Carolina, Blue Sphere Corp announced they have acquired 4 fully operational biogas facilities in Italy. Each of these facilities produce 1MW. Blue Sphere Corp. established Blue Sphere Italy S.r.l as a wholly-owned subsidiary for all future Italian acquisitions. The Company anticipates the potential of 13 more acquisitions in the near future. Blue Sphere […]…

4 Minutes with…William Clary, CEO, PHYCO2

May 23, 2015: Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy.   PHYCO2 is engaged in the design and production of Algae Photo-Bioreactors (APB). The APB design is patented in the US and Canada. The design allows for the absorption of CO2 from fossil fuel combustion and algae growth from high efficiency LED’s to […]…

AWEA: Prez Candidates Must Back Wind

May 22, 2015: During WINDPOWER 2015 this week, new American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Board Chair Mike Garland declared that it is time for the wind industry to start flexing its muscle. “From the smallest companies to the largest, we have a shared … Continue reading →…

BioEnergy Bytes

May 22, 2015: The International Solar Energy Expo & Conference (EXPO Solar) will be held at KINTEX in Korea for 3 days from September 9 –11, 2015. More than 320 companies from over 20 countries, including China, Europe, Japan, the Middle East and … Continue reading →…

GEA Tells Senate: Geothermal Yes

May 22, 2015: The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) is vocally supporting a bi-partisan legislation package that they say “would help expand geothermal power by addressing some of the most important barriers to geothermal development in the U.S.” according to Karl Gawell, Executive Director … Continue reading →…

US Coachways Major Biodiesel Foundation Funder

May 22, 2015: A major motorcoach company has topped $10,000 in donations to the National Biodiesel Foundation, making US Coachways the single largest donor outside the biodiesel industry to date. “This donation total to date is a landmark amount, and we are exceedingly … Continue reading →…

Novozymes Talks Flexibility for Ethanol at FEW

May 22, 2015: Novozymes, our sponsor for coverage at the upcoming Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW), June 1 – 4 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, will be talking about the company’s flexible solutions to increase ethanol plant profitability and achieve operational goals during FEW. Novozymes invites … Continue reading →…

Ethanol Report as Summer Begins

May 22, 2015: The kickoff of summer this Memorial Day weekend finds beaches in Santa Barbara California closed as oil spreads off shore and workers try to clear up the mess left by the spill. Elsewhere, the oil industry continues to spread misinformation … Continue reading →…

What Should Congress Do About COOL?

May 21, 2015: Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What is your favorite type of craft beer?” We have a very wide array of results from out most recent ZimmPoll. It is clear all these craft brews are needed to satisfy all our … Continue reading →…

Ethanol Trade Missions to Expand Markets

May 21, 2015: Representatives of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), and Growth Energy were in Tokyo this week for an industry market assessment of the potential to export U.S. ethanol to Japan. “The United States exported 900 million gallons … Continue reading →…

RFA, Grains Council and Growth Energy Participate in Exploratory Market Development Mission to Japan

May 21, 2015: WASHINGTON — Representatives of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Growth Energy and the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) traveled to Tokyo this week to follow up on an industry market assessment of the potential to export U.S. ethanol to Japan. Over the next two years, the government of Japan will be undertaking a full review of its national energy policies, including biofuels, potentially opening up opportunities for additional ethanol exports there. “The team came away with a much greater understanding of the current Japanese requirements and market conditions pertaining to ethanol and began the implementation of a strategy to help ensure that U.S. ethanol receives fair market access under the future energy policy that will be…

Advanced Wind Turbines to Soar Higher

May 21, 2015: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz gave an engaging presentation during the WINDPOWER 2015 Conference and Exhibition taking place in Orlando, Florida. He noted that new wind resource maps are showing the ability for advanced wind turbines to … Continue reading →…

Novozymes Part of Global Bioenergy Initiative

May 21, 2015: A new UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative was announced this week with the goal of “doubling the global use of renewable energy and ensuring universal energy access by 2030.” Co-chaired by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and … Continue reading →…

RFA Supports Proposed RVO Deadlines, Urges EPA to Abandon “Blend Wall” Methodology

May 20, 2015: WASHINGTON — The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) submitted comments today to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing support for a proposed legal agreement that sets specific deadlines for establishing Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume levels in 2014, 2015 and 2016. In addition, the RFA comments encourage EPA to abandon the unlawful “blend wall” methodology it used for the original 2014 RFS proposal, which was later suspended. “As EPA establishes the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs), we strongly urge the Agency to abandon the flawed waiver methodology it initially used for the proposed rule establishing 2014 RVOs,” according to the letter. “The methodology pre…

Boating Safely on E10

May 20, 2015: WASHINGTON — As the three-day Memorial Day weekend rapidly approaches and people head out to the beach and onto the water, Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, released the following statement noting that E10 can be safely used in marine engines: “There has been a fair amount of misinformation lately about the use of ethanol in marine engines. But boating enthusiasts heading to the water this weekend need to know that E10 has been used successfully in marine engines for 30 years now. E10 has been approved for years in engines made by popular marine manufacturers including Johnson/Evinrude, Mercury Marine, Pleasurecraft and more. Indeed, E10 gives boaters the extra octane boost they need to pull skie…

New Statistical Analysis: Retail Gas Prices Unaffected by Renewable Fuel Standard RIN Credits

May 20, 2015: WASHINGTON (May 20, 2015) — Retail gasoline prices from 2013 through the first quarter of 2015 were unaffected by prices for “RIN credits” (Renewable Identification Numbers) that are used to demonstrate compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), according to a new detailed statistical analysis conducted by Informa Economics, Inc. The new study again disproves the faulty assertion by oil industry trade groups that RINs somehow negatively influence consumer gas prices. The study found that “Changes in prices of renewable identification numbers (RINs) did not cause changes in retail gasoline prices from 2013 through the first quarter of 2015.” Not surprisingly, the analysis shows that “…a majo…

RFA Receives TRANSCAER® Honor for Ethanol Education Safety Initiatives

May 19, 2015: WASHINGTON — Today, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) was awarded the 2014 TRANSCAER® Achievement Award. This is the third year in a row that RFA has been awarded this honor as it continues working to ensure first responders have the proper training and resources to respond to ethanol-related emergencies. According to TRANSCAER® the award is given to “recognize the achievements of individuals, companies, and organizations which have gone beyond the normal call of duty to advocate, demonstrate and implement the principles of TRANSCAER®.” TRANSCAER® is a volunteer coalition that works to ensure our nation’s emergency responders are educated with the most up-to-date information to ensure they &m…

UK Government Names Clean Energy Cabinet Members

May 14, 2015: With the UK general election now over and a majority Conservative Party government in place, the re-elected Prime Minister David Cameron has now named key members of the government charged with steering the UK’s clean energy policy over the coming years.

Coast to Coast and Across Electric Systems, Microgrids Provide Benefits to All

May 14, 2015: At the most obvious level, microgrids could disrupt today’s utilities and their regulated-monopoly business model, because they challenge the centralized paradigm. In a nutshell, microgrids are localized power grids that have the ability to disconnect from the main, centralized grid to operate independently when the main power grid experiences disturbances. This significantly boosts grid resilience. For almost a century, large centralized power plants have generated electricity and delivered that energy over high-voltage transmission lines to customers. But with microgrids, all that could change.

Germany’s Powerhouse Feels Pinch of Merkel’s Shift to Renewables

May 12, 2015: North Rhine-Westphalia, the German state that’s home to utilities RWE AG and EON SE, is losing its standing as the country’s powerhouse as wind and solar energy begin to displace conventional sources.

Experts Agree: Electric Grid Will Stay Ahead of the Curve on the Clean Power Plan

May 12, 2015: In a timely new report, three prominent electric grid industry experts refute claims that the president's proposal to cut carbon pollution from power plants will jeopardize electric grid reliability. The authors, Susan Tierney, Eric Svenson, and Brian Parsons, explain that those claims undervalue the grid's strengths and the Clean Power Plan's flexible design. They also chart a role for grid planners to help states develop their plans to cut carbon pollution.

Alaska Airlines, Gevo To Demonstrate Renewable Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel

May 12, 2015: In Colorado, Gevo and Alaska Airlines announced a strategic alliance to purchase Gevo’s renewable jet fuel and fly the first-ever commercial flight on alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ).

UK Conservative Victory Sparks Climate and Renewable Energy Concerns

May 11, 2015: Amber Rudd was named to serve as the U.K. Cabinet minister in charge of energy and climate, easing concerns that the Conservative government would quickly backtrack on pledges to reduce fossil-fuel pollution.

Why Fungi-Based Biofuels Could Eventually Replace Conventional Jet Fuel

May 8, 2015: The University of Washington is developing a fungi based aviation biofuel that might be competitive on the open market. Fungi naturally do many of the complicated chemical processes required by other fuels. This should mean that a fungi biofuel has lower production costs.

Carbon Market Overhaul Closer After EU Lawmakers Approve Plan

May 6, 2015: European Union negotiators are endorsing an accelerated overhaul of the bloc’s carbon market after the price of emission rights fell to levels that fail to deter polluters.

The New Normal? Renewables, Efficiency, And “Too Much Electricity”

May 6, 2015: Just over a decade ago, the state of California faced serious concerns about whether its utilities could generate and/or buy enough power to assure that the world’s seventh-largest economy could keep the lights on. The infamous California energy crisis, which affected several other western states as well, was a complex tangle of poorly structured deregulation, significant market manipulation (remember Enron?), and other causes. Along with rolling blackouts, California endured an official state of emergency that lasted 34 months, led to the recall and replacement of Gov. Gray Davis, and cost the state and its ratepayers billions of dollars — a cautionary tale for all states of electricity supply unable to meet demand.

Summers’ Law Strikes Again

May 6, 2015: Lawrence Summers famously wrote, “there are idiots, look around” in an attack on the theory that markets are rational. What some have called “Summers’ Law” certainly applies to the markets’ response to the slide in the price of oil as it relates to stocks of renewable energy companies.

Supreme Court to Decide on Demand Response

May 5, 2015: This week, the US Supreme Court agreed to review a ruling by a lower court holding that FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, has no jurisdiction to regulate demand response markets run by ISOs and RTOs. Based in large part on FERC order 745, these markets currently support investments in distributed energy resources and energy efficiency…

Why Fracking May Support Renewables

May 5, 2015: Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is shunned by the environmentalists that laud renewable energy sources. However, by not supporting both initiatives, they may be working at cross purposes. Natural gas, booming largely because of fracking, complements renewable energies on the grid. The two seemingly opposite technologies are, for the moment, inextricably linked.

Value Trapped: Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2015, April Update

May 4, 2015: My Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2015 model portfolio held on to first quarter gains in April, despite a 29 percent fall for one of the stocks. (For details on that decline, see the Power REIT (NYSE:PW) section below.)…

RFA Commends DOT for Setting Rule that Enhances Rail Safety While Prioritizing Crude Oil Retrofits

May 1, 2015: WASHINGTON — Today, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) released a final rule that requires a phase out or retrofit of all DOT-111 railcars transporting crude oil and ethanol over the next eight years (by May 2023). Specifically, the rule requires a phase out or retrofit of all unjacketed CPC-1232 railcars used to ship ethanol by July 2023. Additionally, a new tank car standard has been put in place that establishes the DOT-117 as the new railcar to ship oil and ethanol. The DOT-117 includes a 9/16 inch steel hull, roll over protection, full height head shields, top fitting protection, and jacketing with thermal protection. Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, released the following state…

Engineering Possibilities Versus Practical Implementation: Utility Portfolios and Business Models

Apr 30, 2015: Europe’s utilities are re-evaluating their business models due to the energy transition. Members of POWER-GEN Europe’s Advisory Board consider how a reliance on fossil fuels is no longer politically desirable, forcing utilities to transform their portfolios to adapt to radical change.

A Two-in-One Energy Solution: Capturing Waste Heat for Electricity

Apr 29, 2015: In Dublin, Ohio, the Community Recreation Center decided to reduce its energy waste. Rather than rely on an electric utility to burn more coal or natural gas to provide electricity, as well as its own boilers to burn more fuel to provide heat, the facility decided to install a combined heat and power (CHP) unit.

New World Bank Report: Chinese Clean-tech SMEs Embrace Opportunities

Apr 29, 2015: The World Bank indicated in its new report "Building Competitive Green Industries: The Climate and Clean Technology Opportunity for Developing Countries" that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries are set to undergo significant growth and create more jobs in the field of clean technology. Anabel Gonzalez, senior director for the World Bank's Global Practice on Trade and Competitiveness, said developing home-grown clean-tech industries will help developing countries more effectively increase the adoption of low-cost clean energy and drive sustainable economic development.

Japan Anticipates Clean Energy Will Edge Out Nuclear Power

Apr 28, 2015: Japan anticipates that by 2030 clean energy such as solar and hydro will generate slightly more of the nation’s electricity than nuclear power plants.

Chinese Waste-to-energy Market Experiences Rapid Growth During Last Five Years

Apr 28, 2015: China’s waste incineration sector has experienced rapid growth from 2011 to 2015 — a period encompassing the government’s 12th five-year plan. Chinese waste-to-energy plants that have either been operational or under construction are expected to number over 300 by the end of 2015, when China’s annual solid waste incineration capacity is forecast to reach 100 million tons, according to the government’s guidelines.

Renewables vs. Nuclear: Do We Need More Nuclear Power?

Apr 28, 2015: For at least the next 10 years, when considering new capacity, there should be little doubt that renewables will be the generation method of choice. Utility PV, solar thermal (especially with molten salt storage as a baseload source), wind, rooftop solar and biomass will be the highlights, along with contributions from biogas (sewage, landfills and…

NEW POLL: 62% of Americans Support the Renewable Fuel Standard

Apr 27, 2015: WASHINGTON (April 27, 2015) — Today, Morning Consult released the results of a national survey conducted on behalf of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). Morning Consult contacted 2,047 registered voters on April 5–7. The results show that Americans overwhelmingly support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as 62% came out in support of the RFS while only 18% opposed the successful policy. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of ± 2%. Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, commented on the new poll, stating, “This poll clearly shows that the oil industry’s misinformation, hyperbole, and manufactured angst against the RFS is not resonating with an American public that…

Kum & Go to Introduce E15 in Seven States

Apr 27, 2015: WASHINGTON — Kum & Go announced today that it will offer E15 at its station in Windsor Heights, Iowa, starting April 30. The station, located at 7229 University Ave., will be the first of 65 stations where the retail chain plans to make E15 available over the next two years. Consumers with 2001 & newer vehicles can expect to find E15 at Kum & Go stations over this timeframe across seven states: Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, South Dakota, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Missouri. With all the recent announcements of stations planning to offer E15 to consumers, today’s announcement by Kum & Go will bring the total number of states offering E15 to 20. “RFA would like to thank Kum & Go for their continued leadership in…

US Power Grid’s $2 Trillion Upgrade Needs European Efficiency

Apr 24, 2015: A $2 trillion push in the U.S. to blend renewable energy into the power supply and fortify transmission lines against extreme weather means that Americans must act more like Europeans to keep their power costs down.

More E85 for California

Apr 14, 2015: WASHINGTON — Pearson Fuels and G&M Oil Company are celebrating their latest partnership with the grand opening of California’s newest E85 station at 499 Sandalwood Drive in Calimesa. There will be a ribbon-cutting celebration on Wednesday and E85 will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for just 85 cents a gallon. This event is part of a much larger announcement of the two companies. Pearson Fuels and G&M Oil Company have announced 13 new E85 stations slated for California. Robert White, vice president of industry relations at the Renewable Fuels Association, commented, “It is great to see the second largest flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) market get more E85 stations. RFA congratulates Pearson Fuels and G&M Oil Comp…

AEC: RFS Schedule Agreement Makes Sense

Apr 10, 2015: WASHINGTON — Brooke Coleman, executive director of the Advanced Ethanol Council (AEC), released the following statement today in response to the announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it had reached an agreement with the oil industry about when the new Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rules will be proposed and finalized. “The scheduling agreement between the oil industry and EPA is actually a good signal for the advanced biofuels industry because it lays out a time frame and a reasonable market expectation for resolving the regulatory uncertainty around the RFS. Now that we have a better idea of when it will happen, we look forward to working with EPA to make sure that the new RFS proposal supports the comm…