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May 29, 2017

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A Nuu World: with technology convergence, fast change is getting faster

May 28, 2017: Not long ago, we started covering the convergence of a group of technologies — advanced industrial biotechnology, genetics, robotics, data processing, machine intelligence, transmission speed and storage – a new publication which was titled, simply, Nuu. There are immensely exciting technology advances happening in every one of these fields — and convergence may well bring […]…

Roll-out of smaller-scale GTL: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys

May 28, 2017: Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels. After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, Velocys technology is headed for scale.The ENVIA project is now producing fuels in Oklahoma, and the Red Rock project in Oregon will be up […]…

DTE Biomass Acquires two Texas Renewable Natural Gas Facilities

May 28, 2017: In Michigan, DTE Biomass Energy has acquired two landfill gas-to-energy projects in Texas, purchasing both the operating Fort Bend Power Producers, LLC facility just outside of Rosenberg and the Seabreeze landfill gas development project in Angleton.  Construction of the Seabreeze plant is expected to commence next month. Fort Bend and Seabreeze bring the number of […]…

Carbon Green BioEnergy, Iroquois BioEnergy license ICM’s Advanced Selective Milling Technology V2

May 28, 2017: In Kansas, ICM’s patented Selective Milling Technology V2 was selected by Carbon Green BioEnergy in Lake Odessa, Michigan and Iroquois BioEnergy in Rensselaer, Indiana. These two 55 MGPY production facilities are scheduled to be the first commercial scale adopters of ICM’s new advanced designed SMT V2. SMT V2 is a platform technology that frees more […]…

US ethanol production jumps to 15.44B gallon annual mark

May 28, 2017: In Washington, according to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, US ethanol production averaged 1.010 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 42.42 million gallons daily. That is down 17,000 b/d (1.7%) from the week before. The four-week average for ethanol production was 1.007 b/d, for an annualized rate of 15.44 billion gallons. Stocks […]…

RFA Launches ‘Ethanol Days of Summer’ Contest to Report Prices

May 28, 2017: In Washington, reporting prices for higher ethanol blends this summer could win consumers $50 in free fuel per day. Beginning on Memorial Day, the Renewable Fuels Association is launching an “Ethanol Days of Summer” contest, allowing both retailers and consumers to report the price posted for E85 and other ethanol blends. To enter, consumers must […]…

Below50 webinar debuts: how to grow sustainable fuels

May 28, 2017: In the EU, the BElow50 partnership debuted a webinar on  “how you can grow the market for the world’s must sustainable fuels.” The ground-breaking below50 platform brings together companies and organizations who commit to growing the global market for the world’s most sustainable fuels – that is fuels producing at least 50% less CO2 emissions […]…

Agrisoma, Uruguay sign partnership to introduce carinata for fuel, feed

May 28, 2017: In Canada,  Agrisoma Biosciences and  Uruguay inked a partnership aimed at introducing a new, renewable, low carbon cash-crop for farmers. The deal gives the Quebec-based company the opportunity to grow its business outside of Canada by planting thousands of new hectares of the Carinata seed in Uruguay. Under this new deal, both parties anticipate significant […]…

Arizona OKs isobutanol fuels for on-road vehicles, clearing path for Gevo

May 28, 2017: In Arizona, a bill signed by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey will let gas stations sell isobutanol-blended gasoline for on-road vehicles, enabling higher performing finished fuels with renewable content for drivers in the state. Bill HB2368 permits isobutanol to be used as an oxygenate in gasoline for on-road vehicles in Arizona. The new law takes effect […]…

Greenbelt Resources inks Andrew J. Young Foundation deal for ECOsystem biorefinery

May 28, 2017: In California, Greenbelt Resources signed a Letter of Intent with the Andrew J. Young Foundation to build a biorefinery in the southeast U.S. featuring Greenbelt’s proprietary ECOsystem technology. The Duckweed Project, being developed by The AJY Foundation, is designed to empower small farmers by providing technical knowledge on growing duckweed as a cash crop and […]…

Video Explains Impact of Changing RFS Obligation Point

May 26, 2017: The Main Street Energy Alliance (MSEA) has released a video about the negative impact of shifting the Renewable Fuel Standard’s (RFS) point of obligation. “It’s important for Americans to understand that shifting the point of obligation in the Renewable Fuel Standard will disadvantage small business owners and decrease the overall consumption of renewable fuels in the country,” said Michael Steel, ... Read More…

Ethanol Production Picks Up Again in May

May 26, 2017: U.S. ethanol production has been over a million gallons again for the last three weeks, according to Energy Information Administration (EIA) data. After five weeks of below a million gallons, production picked up again at the beginning of May. As a result, the four-week average for ethanol production as of May 19 was just over a million gallons, for an ... Read More…

Americans Drive One Billion Miles on E15

May 25, 2017: American drivers across the United States have logged more than 1 billion miles on E15, according to an analysis of fuel sales and consumption data reported by major gasoline retailers by Growth Energy. “American drivers are taking advantage of the proven performance, environmental benefits, and savings E15 provides,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “That’s why Congress should pass the ... Read More…

New Iowa Governor Prioritizes Biofuels

May 25, 2017: Like her predecessor, the new governor of Iowa intends to make renewable fuels a priority in her administration. In her inaugural speech on Wednesday, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds made innovating Iowa’s energy policy her second priority, just behind reforming the state’s tax code. “For years, our fields have fed the world. Now, they energize it. They produce products that fuel ... Read More…

RFA Launches Summer Ethanol Price Reporting Contest

May 24, 2017: The unofficial start of summer is next week and the Renewable Fuels Association is giving people a chance to win $50 in free fuel per day all summer long just for reporting prices for higher ethanol blends around the country. Beginning on Memorial Day, RFA is launching the “Ethanol Days of Summer” contest, allowing anyone to report the price posted ... Read More…

Kwik Star Adds 17 E15 Locations in Iowa

May 24, 2017: Kwik Star has recently added E15 to 17 of its Iowa locations, bringing the total E15 fueling locations for the state now to 121. Kwik Trip – which operates in Iowa under the name “Kwik Star” – intends to add E15 to almost all of its 550 locations in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa over the next few years. “Kwik Trip ... Read More…

Sec. Perdue Defends Trump Budget

May 24, 2017: Farmers and ranchers are concerned about President Trump’s “Taxpayer First” budget released this week but Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue defended significant cuts to USDA in the name of balancing the budget. “I don’t think there’s any reason to sugar coat this,” Perdue said to reporters on a press call Tuesday. “But I believe the people knew what they were doing ... 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 […]…

Branstad Confirmed as Chinese Ambassador

May 23, 2017: Biofuels interests are pleased with final approval of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as U.S. Ambassador to China by a vote of 82-13 in the Senate. “While we hate to lose such a passionate supporter for renewable fuels as governor, there are a number of vital trade issues with China that have a major impact on our industry,” said Iowa Renewable ... Read More…

Cellulosic and Retail Companies Lobby for E15 Waiver

May 22, 2017: Cellulosic biofuel and retail fuel companies have joined the effort to urge the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to pass legislation that would extend the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) volatility waiver to gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol (E15) and allow sales of higher blends year-round across the nation. The Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act was introduced by ... Read More…

Ethanol and Biodiesel Groups Testify on Trade Issues

May 19, 2017: The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) both testified at a U.S. Department of Commerce hearing Thursday to provide input on a recent Executive Order concerning significant trade deficits. The NBB testified about the harm being caused to the U.S. biodiesel industry from increasing volumes of imports from Indonesia, while RFA was focused on China’s recent ... Read More…

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. …