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Jul 24, 2017

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War on Recalcitrance: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-SLide Guide to the BioEnergy Science Center

Jul 24, 2017: The BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) is a multi-institutional (18 partners), Department of Energy-funded research organization performing basic and applied science dedicated to improving yields of biofuels by focusing on the fundamental understanding and elimination of biomass recalcitrance. This multidisciplinary research encompasses the biological, chemical, physical, and computational sciences, as well as mathematics and engineering. Brian […]…

Brazil raises taxes on gasoline and ethanol

Jul 23, 2017: In Brazil, the federal government raised gasoline, diesel and ethanol taxes to raise money to lower their deficit down to R$139 billion (about USD$44 billion) by the end of this year. The gasoline tax was increased from R$0.3816 (USD$.12) to R$0.7925 (USD$.25) per liter and for diesel fuel from R$0.2480 (USD$.07) to R$0.4615 (USD$.15) per […]…

Hawaii Electric Company new power plant to be running in 2018

Jul 23, 2017: In Hawaii, construction is moving forward on the Hawaii Electric Company power plant with six 159-ton generators being delivered to help power the 50-megawatt plant. The plant will run on biofuels and conventional fuels and be operated by Hawaii Electric on 8 acres at the Schofield Barracks Army base. The project is a partnership between […]…

Romania to double bioethanol blending mandate for 2018

Jul 23, 2017: In Romania, the European Renewable Energy Directive is expecting declines in bioethanol production for 2017 while increasing Romania’s bioethanol blending mandate from 4.5 percent to 8 percent in 2018. Romania’s blending mandate hasn’t changed since 2014 and they only have one bioethanol plant producing 80,000 metric tons per year. The plant produces bioethanol from corn […]…

REG completes upgrades at German biorefinery

Jul 23, 2017: In Germany, Renewable Energy Group, Inc. completed upgrades at their biorefinery in Emden after having invested almost $3 million (€2.5 million) for a new thermal oil heater and a new biodiesel distillation column. Emden is one of their two German biorefineries and REG acquired it earlier this year after investing in the former Petrotec AG. […]…

USDA predicts soybean output to decline over last year

Jul 23, 2017: In Germany, UFOP reports that despite its downward estimate of global production, the USDA continues to take an optimistic outlook on 2017/18 global soybean output. The agricultural department expects world production to decline by 7 million tons to 345 million tons. The reason is a decline in Brazilian production, Agrarmarkt Informationsgesellschaft (AMI) reports. The USDA […]…

Ethanol production up 19K barrels per day from last week, highest in nine weeks

Jul 23, 2017: In Washington, DC, according to EIA data as reported by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged 1.026 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 43.09 million gallons daily. That is up 19,000 b/d from the week before and the largest volume in nine weeks. The four-week average for ethanol production increased to 1.016 million b/d for […]…

Sugarlogix researchers go from fuel to food

Jul 23, 2017: In California, two cofounders of Sugarlogix went from engineering yeast for cellulose based fuel production and refining biofuel fermentation processes to cultivating prebiotic sugars that could be good for your gut. Their goal is to develop prebiotic sugars that feed the good probiotics in your gut, especially for people who have taken antibiotics or infants […]…

No vote on E15 bill this week, ethanol industry disappointed

Jul 23, 2017: In Washington, DC, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee won’t be voting this week on the Consumer & Fuel Retailer Choice Act after all, leading many in the ethanol industry, like Growth Energy and Biotechnology Innovation Organization, to be disappointed. The Act would allow higher 15% ethanol concentrations in gasoline year-round, instead of […]…

Arzeda Pumps It Up with Big Series A Funding

Jul 22, 2017: In Washington, Arzeda raised $12 million in a Series A round of funding, moving it forward on scaling up of their advanced protein design technology that is used for production of a range of chemicals and materials. The funding came from OS Fund, Bioeconomy Capital, Sustainable Conversion Ventures, and WRF Capital and will help beef […]…

Senator Blasts Ethanol from the Floor

Jul 20, 2017: As over 200 corn growers were meeting in the nation’s capitol this week, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) blasted corn ethanol in an attempt to kill legislation that would allow 15% ethanol blends to be sold year round, instead of being restricted in some areas during the summer months. Inhofe began his speech by complaining that “the fossil fuel industry has ... Read More…

15 Year Celebration for Glacial Lakes Energy

Jul 20, 2017: Glacial Lakes Energy (GLE) this week celebrated its 15th anniversary and a recently completed unit train shipping facility at its 100-million gallon per year ethanol plant in Watertown, SD plant. “For the past 15 years, we are proud to have made a significant contribution to our local economy, the value-added agriculture industry, our national energy security and ultimately to consumers,” ... Read More…

New Propane Irrigation Engines Available

Jul 19, 2017: The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has partnered with Origin Engines to develop new 5.7- and 6.2- liter engines, EPA-certified and optimized for industrial applications like irrigation and power generation. Pete Stout, Origin Engines PERC invested in the research and development of Origin’s new engines, providing industry expertise and financial support through the research, development, and testing process for ... Read More…

New E15 Ad Runs in Roll Call

Jul 18, 2017: As Congress continues to struggle with getting any real work done this year, the Renewable Fuels Association is remaining ever hopeful that lawmakers will pass a fix to allow 15% ethanol to be sold year round. An ad in the Capitol Hill publication Roll Call today calls on Congress to pass the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act, sponsored by ... Read More…

American Ethanol Powerboat Wins Again

Jul 18, 2017: The American Ethanol Mystic Powerboat took home “Top Gun” honors Sunday at the Grand Lake of the Cherokees (GLOC) Shootout with a 200-mph run. The American Ethanol Mystic Powerboat boat, which usually finishes in the top of its field in competition, is owned by Don Onken and runs on an E90 ethanol blend. “We have had an excellent run of ... Read More…

Blue Ridge Biofuels Proud to Supply Local

Jul 17, 2017: Blue Ridge Biofuels (BRB) started as a way for one business to make its own sustainable diesel fuel – now they provide clean burning biodiesel for customers all over Western North Carolina. The Asheville, N.C.-based company collects over 700,000 gallons of used cooking oil annually from nearly 1,500 restaurants in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia to produce renewable ... Read More…

Censky Nominated as Deputy Ag Secretary

Jul 14, 2017: Over two months since he took office, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is finally getting some nominations to fill USDA positions. Late Thursday, Perdue announced that President Trump has nominated American Soybean Association CEO Stephen Censky to be Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. “Our work has only just begun in delivering results for the people of American agriculture, and the experience and ... Read More…

Industry Preparing for August 1 EPA Hearing

Jul 13, 2017: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public hearing in Washington, DC on Tuesday, August 1 for the recently released proposed rule for volume levels of ethanol and biodiesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2018 and 2019. As with previous RFS hearings, all of the major stakeholders are planning to attend and let EPA know what they like ... Read More…

Imports of U.S. Ethanol to Brazil Soar

Jul 13, 2017: As Brazil continues to consider tariffs on imported ethanol from the United States, the country just keeps importing more, remaining by far the top destination in the world for U.S. ethanol. According to government data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Brazil imported 64.3 million gallons (mg) of U.S. ethanol in May, bringing the total for the first five ... Read More…

Bayer Showcases InVigor® Canola Hybrids

Jul 12, 2017: The canola was in full bloom for the Bayer Showcase Plot Tour this week in North Dakota, soaking up the spotlight on the latest InVigor® canola hybrids. U.S. InVigor Sales Lead Kristie Sundeen says the Liberty Link trait canola hybrid just celebrated 20 years on the market and the most recent hybrids with pod shatter reduction technology are gaining in ... Read More…

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 […]…

New Global Solar Capacity Outpaced Wind in 2016, IRENA Says

Mar 31, 2017: Last year marked the first time since 2013 that solar energy growth outpaced wind energy, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Solar saw a record 71 GW of new capacity in 2016, while wind increased by 51 GW.  …

The President’s Climate Change Executive Order: Wrong Pretense

Mar 30, 2017: The President announced on Tuesday, March 28th at the Environmental Protection Agency his new Executive Order based on protecting 75,000 US coal jobs by threatening over 3 million US clean energy jobs. Some context: According to MorningConsult The order directs officials to review the Environmental Protection Agency regulations on new and existing power plants, withdraw the Obama administration’s “social cost of carbon,” which puts a price on greenhouse gas emissions, end a moratorium on new coal leases on federal land, review regulations on methane emissions from natural gas systems, end a guidance for agencies to consider climate change, and end Bureau of Land Management restrictions on hydraulic fracturing. The Trump ad…

Trump Slams Brakes on Obama’s Climate Plan, But There’s Still a Long Road Ahead

Mar 30, 2017: Badly looking for a political win that would both fulfill some campaign promises to his political base and satisfy the demands of rank-and-file Republicans in Congress, President Trump on March 28 signed an expansive Energy Independence and Economic Growth Executive Order. …

Full Text of Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth

Mar 29, 2017: By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1.  Policy.  (a)  It is in the national interest to promote clean and safe development of our Nation's vast energy resources, while at the same time avoiding regulatory burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy production, constrain economic growth, and prevent job creation.  Moreover, the prudent development of these natural resources is essential to ensuring the Nation's geopolitical security.  …

SunEdison India Assets to Help Double Greenko Capacity

Mar 28, 2017: Greenko Energy Holdings, the green power developer backed by sovereign wealth funds, expects to double its capacity in India by 2019 with the help of assets acquired during the bankruptcy of SunEdison Inc. Generation capacity should grow to about 5 gigawatts in the next two years as new projects come online and Greenko integrates 1.5 gigawatts of SunEdison assets into its portfolio, Mahesh Kolli, the founder of the company based in Hyderabad, India, said in a telephone interview.  …

Trump to Cancel Obama's Policies Aimed at Paris Climate Pledge

Mar 28, 2017: President Donald Trump is moving aggressively to undo policies designed to keep the carbon-cutting promises the U.S. made alongside nearly 200 other countries in Paris, while stopping short of a decision to formally withdraw from that landmark climate accord. Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday that begins unraveling a raft of rules and directives to combat climate change, which President Barack Obama wove into the fabric of the federal government as he made addressing the issue a centerpiece of his second term.

From Waste to Watts: How Sewage Could Help Fix India's Water, Energy and Sanitation Woes

Mar 24, 2017: As India’s summer intensifies, many states are already in the midst of a drought—and the hottest days have yet to arrive. At the same time, water-intensive agriculture, rapid urban expansion, increases in industrial activity and growing energy production are driving the country’s water demand upward. More than half of India is now considered severely water stressed. Part of the problem is that India still manages its water as an infinite resource on a linear model of withdrawal, consumption and disposal. But a more efficient management model is to look at water from a “circular economy” perspective. Water’s usability doesn’t need to end once it washes down the drain. Rather, we can see industrial an…

Around the Baseloads: What's New in the Geothermal, Biomass and Hydropower Industries

Mar 23, 2017: No country will ever get to 100 percent renewable energy without using geothermal, biomass, hydropower or a combination of the three. These technologies are able to provide energy around the clock, (baseload) and do not depend on the sun shining or the wind blowing.

Fortum Enters JV for Waste-to-energy CHP Plant in Lithuania

Mar 22, 2017: Finland-based clean energy firm Fortum last week said that it has formed a joint venture with Lietuvos Energija to build a waste-to-energy combined heat and power plant in Kaunas, Lithuania.  …

Scientists Harness Solar Power to Produce Hydrogen from Biomass

Mar 21, 2017: A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge has developed a way of using solar power to generate hydrogen from biomass, the U.K. university said last week.

Ten Clean Energy Stocks For 2017: Earnings Season

Mar 21, 2017: Earnings season began in earnest in February. My Ten Clean Energy Stocks model portfolio gave back a little of its large January gains because a mix of good and bad earnings mostly offset each other. One pick (Seaspan Preferred) gave back its large January gains. Neither the original gain nor the loss were driven by news. …

China’s Jiangsu Province Expands Waste-to-energy Capacity

Mar 20, 2017: Local officials in China's Jiangsu Province will help expand waste-to-energy capacity in the region with an investment in a new facility with a processing capacity of 900 metric tons.

UK Government Report Positive on Biomass

Mar 13, 2017: A report commissioned by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has found that using biomass instead of coal is playing a positive part in decarbonizing the power sector.

Fortum Pairs Energy Storage with Biomass Plant in Finland

Mar 10, 2017: Fortum last week said it has installed a lithium-ion battery storage system in conjunction with its biomass plant in Jarvenpaa, Finland. …

Funding Secured for Nine Waste-to-energy Plants in China

Mar 8, 2017: Dynagreen Environmental Protection Group will build nine new waste-to-energy (WTE) plants in China by 2018 with the support of new funding from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Energy and Environmental Regulation in the Age of Trump: The Role of the States

Mar 6, 2017: It’s hardly surprising that many eyes are turning toward state capitals as Plan B targets of opportunity for maintaining the momentum of clean energy technologies and continued safeguard of the environment in the U.S. …

UPDATE: Perry Confirmed as DOE Secretary

Mar 2, 2017: Update: On March 2, 2017, U.S. Senators confirmed Rick Perry as the new Secretary of Energy of the United States. The vote was 62-37 with nine democratic senators casting "yes" votes. …

2016 US Renewable Generation Blows Past EIA’s Earlier Forecasts

Mar 2, 2017: According to the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) "Electric Power Monthly" report (with data through Dec. 31, 2016), renewable energy sources continued their rapid growth and accounted for 15.34 percent of domestic electrical generation in 2016 — compared to 13.65 percent in 2015. …

Environmental Regulation in the Age of Trump: The Endangerment Zone

Feb 28, 2017: The CPP has been a significant source of contention between climate defenders and deniers. President Trump and many in the Republican Congressional majority have targeted these regulations for rescission. The Donald, his cabinet nominees, transition staff and personal staff have all alluded to the significant reductions in federal environmental programs and policies that lie ahead.   …

Biotechnology Innovation Organization Supports EPA Proposal for Biofuel Feedstocks Under Renewable Fuel Standard

Feb 24, 2017: The Biotechnology Innovation Organization in recent comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it supports the inclusion of additional biofuel feedstocks and pathways under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard program. …

Chinese Firm Prepares to Build 30-MW Biomass Plant in West Africa

Feb 24, 2017: Preliminary work for the construction of the biomass power plant in Mansoa, central Guinea-Bissau, will begin in March, with the arrival of Chinese technicians, announced the Guinean representative of Chinese company Shenyang Lan Sa Trading Co Ltd, which is financing the project.

University of Iowa Plans Coal-free Future; Biomass Program Ramping Up

Feb 24, 2017: University of Iowa (UI) President Bruce Harreld said this week that the UI campus will be coal-free by 2025, and biomass will be at the heart of the transition to increased renewable energy use.    …

Engineers Week Celebrates Women in Engineering with #GirlDay2017

Feb 23, 2017: It’s Engineers Week, and DiscoverE — formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation — is celebrating women in engineering today with Girl Day 2017, a campaign to introduce girls to the world of engineering.  …

UK Claim That Burning Biomass Is Clean Seen as 'Flawed'

Feb 23, 2017: The U.K. government’s view of biomass as a carbon-neutral energy source is a “flawed assumption,” according to report from Chatham House. …

California Lawmakers Seek 100 Percent Renewables by 2045

Feb 22, 2017: California SB 584 would require 100 percent of all electricity sold in California at retail to be generated by eligible renewable energy resources by December 31, 2045. …

More Than 3 Million in US Now Work in Clean Energy

Feb 22, 2017: National business groups, citing government statistics, say jobs providing cleaner energy options equal those in retail stores, twice those in building construction Washington, D.C., Feb.

Pruitt Confirmed as EPA Administrator

Feb 17, 2017: The U.S. Senate today approved Scott Pruitt as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Icahn Subsidiaries Sue EPA Over 2017 Biofuel Mandate

Feb 14, 2017: Subsidiaries of a company owned by President Donald Trump’s regulatory czar, billionaire investor Carl Icahn, urged a federal appeals court to review the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2017 biofuel mandate.  …

Meet the Plant that is Bridging Renewable Energy, Rural Development, and Environmental Benefits

Feb 13, 2017: When you picture farmland, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Many of us see long rows of crops like corn. However, for many farmers across the U.S., this picture is starting to change. …