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Feb 16, 2019

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Ethanol Report with #RFANEC Highlights

Feb 15, 2019: Orlando was the site of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) 24th annual National Ethanol Conference February 11-13, 2019. As always, the event was loaded with headline speakers and information on the latest industry issues. In this edition of the Ethanol Report, we have some of the highlights from #RFANEC, including comments from RFA president and CEO Geoff Cooper, former Sen. ... Read More…

Gladstone pilot biorefinery to trial Mercurius jet fuel and biodiesel technology

Feb 14, 2019: In Australia, the Gladstone pilot biorefinery that will be the trial site for jet fuel and diesel production from agricultural and forestry waste is set to go ahead after a funding injection from the Palaszczuk Government. US company Mercurius has commenced detailed design of the pilot biorefinery and will begin construction in months. Premier Annastacia […]…

Kansas Ethanol signs three-year deal for using Enogen corn

Feb 14, 2019: In Kansas, Syngenta announced a three-year marketing agreement with Kansas Ethanol, LLC to use Enogen corn enzyme technology at its 80 million-gallon ethanol plant in Lyons, Kansas. Enogen corn will provide the Kansas Ethanol facility with an industry-leading enzyme for enhanced ethanol production, while also supporting local growers and the community. The Kansas Ethanol facility […]…

Brazil’s ANP sees 977.5 million liters of biodiesel sold at latest auction

Feb 14, 2019: In Brazil, RenewablesNow reports that the national oil agency ANP facilitated the sale of 977.5 million liters of biodiesel valued at $608.5 million at its most recent auction. The average price was near 63 cents per liter. Nearly all of the 1.12 billion liters of fuel offered by 40 producers carried the social seal indicating […]…

Green Distillation Technologies clarifies its technological process

Feb 14, 2019: In the Australia, tire recycler Green Distillation Technologies, which has developed world-first technology that transforms old tires into oil, carbon and steel, has moved to try and remove some of the confusion about how their process is described. Their Chief Operating Officer Trevor Bayley has said that many people have described their process as ‘pyrolysis’ […]…

Green Distillation Technologies takes next steps to list on NASDAQ

Feb 14, 2019: In Florida, Dyadic International, Inc. announced that the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has declared the Company’s Registration Statement on Form 10-12G (the “Form 10”) effective as of February 12, 2019.  As a result, the Company is now subject to the periodic and current reporting requirements of Section 13(a) of the Securities and Exchange […]…

Only 7% of Indian soft loans disbursed for ethanol projects

Feb 14, 2019: In India, Cogencis reports that only 7% of the soft loans approved by the government for ethanol productions—$56.1 million of $856.8 million—have been disbursed so far. The loans include a one-year deferment on payments and were announced in June to speed up the deployment of ethanol projects that would in turn help sugar mills climb […]…

German researchers say aviation biofuel can reduce negative climate impacts of flying

Feb 14, 2019: In Germany, researchers at the German Aerospace Center say the use of aviation biofuels can reduce soot emissions and contrail formations. By blending 50% biofuel, soot-related ice crystal formation can but cut by 80% while contrail formation can halve. They argue that by reducing the amount of clouds created by aviation can help to reduce […]…

Five Republican Senators threaten to block EPA administrator confirmation over RFS

Feb 14, 2019: In Washington, Bloomberg reports that five Republican Senators led by Senator Ted Cruz have sent a letter to the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency saying they would have a hard time voting to confirm him into the position unless he finds ways to lower the regulatory burden for independent oil refiners by reforming […]…

The wonder from down under finds an Aussie funder

Feb 14, 2019: From Australia we have just heard that Licella has given the exclusive Australian license for the Cat-HTR and End-of-Life Plastic to its subsidiary iQ Renew, which has in turn merged with Australian recycler Stop Waste, a cash flow positive business, in which Licella Holdings is now a shareholder. As part of the overall transaction share […]…

Greener alternative to PET, olive pit bioplastic, Dupont and NIPI new insulation, biobased Mardi Gras beads and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of February 15th

Feb 14, 2019: The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of February 15th. In today’s Digest, new greener alternative to PET, olive pit bioplastic, Dupont and NIPI new insulation, biobased Mardi Gras beads — these and more, ready for you now at The Digest online. […]…

USDA Deputy Secretary Stresses Ethanol Support

Feb 14, 2019: USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky visited the 2019 National Ethanol Conference in Orlando this week to stress the administration’s strong support of ethanol. “You have very strong advocates in Sec. Perdue, myself and all of us at USDA who are working on your behalf as well as President Trump, who has also been a strong supporter – as you all ... Read More…

Ethanol Industry Awards at #RFANEC

Feb 14, 2019: The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) presented its annual Industry Award to East Kansas Agri-Energy (EKAE) – and a special recognition award to former RFA president and CEO Bob Dinneen – at the 24th annual National Ethanol Conference (NEC). RFA’s Industry Award recognizes companies or individuals who have made a significant contribution to the U.S. fuel ethanol industry through technology innovative, ... Read More…

House Members Urge Extension of Biodiesel Tax Incentive

Feb 13, 2019: Nearly four dozen members of Congress sent a letter this week asking House leadership to adopt a multi-year extension of the biodiesel tax incentive as soon as possible. The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) thanked the 44 House of Representatives members, led by Reps. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and Darin LaHood (R-IL) for sending the letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), ... Read More…

RFA Presents Industry Award to East Kansas Agri-Energy

Feb 13, 2019: ORLANDO – The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is pleased to announce its 2019 Industry Award is being awarded to East Kansas Agri-Energy (EKAE), an ethanol and renewable diesel biorefinery in The post RFA Presents Industry Award to East Kansas Agri-Energy appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Ethanol Industry Makes ‘A Significant Contribution’ to U.S. Economy, RFA Analysis Finds

Feb 12, 2019: ORLANDO – The U.S. ethanol industry faced a number of regulatory and marketplace challenges in 2018, but continued to make a remarkable contribution to the nation’s economy, according to a The post Ethanol Industry Makes ‘A Significant Contribution’ to U.S. Economy, RFA Analysis Finds appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Former Sen. Tom Daschle Shares Passion for Ethanol

Feb 12, 2019: Tom Daschle of South Dakota been an advocate for ethanol and other biofuels for over three decades, as both a U.S. representative and senator in the 1980s and 1990s, and continuing since then as an advisor, consultant and author on issues such as climate change, food security and renewable energy policy. As Founder and CEO of The Daschle Group, Daschle ... Read More…

2018 was Tough Year With Big Wins for Ethanol

Feb 12, 2019: Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Geoff Cooper told nearly 1,000 National Ethanol Conference attendees today that while the U.S. ethanol industry had a “tough year” in 2018, it “continued to deliver huge wins for consumers,” including lower gas prices, cleaner air, a more secure energy supply, and increased job creation. As part of his State of the Ethanol ... Read More…

RFA’s Cooper: Ethanol Industry ‘Delivering Huge Wins’ Despite ‘Tough Year’ in 2018

Feb 12, 2019: ORLANDO – Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Geoff Cooper told nearly 1,000 National Ethanol Conference attendees today that while the U.S. ethanol industry had a “tough year” in The post RFA’s Cooper: Ethanol Industry ‘Delivering Huge Wins’ Despite ‘Tough Year’ in 2018 appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Releases 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook, Pocket Guide

Feb 12, 2019: The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) released its 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook and Pocket Guide this week at the 24th annual National Ethanol Conference in Orlando. The annual Outlook publication provides policymakers, regulators, consumers, the media, and renewable fuel advocates with key statistics, trends, insight, and analysis on the latest developments in the U.S. renewable fuels industry, as well as commentary ... Read More…

RFA Uses “Superpowers” to Assist Thousands of Sites with Infrastructure Assessments

Feb 11, 2019: **This first appeared in the February edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine and is reprinted here.** Remember how amazed you were the first time you watched Superman use his unique superpower The post RFA Uses “Superpowers” to Assist Thousands of Sites with Infrastructure Assessments appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Welcome to the 2019 National Ethanol Conference

Feb 11, 2019: The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) 2019 National Ethanol Conference is kicking off today in Orlando with the theme “Powered with Renewed Energy.” The annual golf tournament and networking tour are underway first off this morning. The tour is visiting Leu Gardens, an amazing 50-acre botanical oasis recognized as an historical landmark in Orlando. The venue includes palms, flowering trees, azaleas, ... Read More…

RFA Releases 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook, Pocket Guide

Feb 11, 2019: ORLANDO – Today at the 24th annual National Ethanol Conference, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) released its 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook and Pocket Guide, known around the world as the The post RFA Releases 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook, Pocket Guide appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Strong Global Demand for U.S. Ethanol and DDGS Continues into November

Feb 8, 2019: U.S. ethanol exports through November 2018 reached 1.56 billion gallons, up 31% from the same period a year earlier and already a calendar-year record. Exports remained robust in November although volumes The post Strong Global Demand for U.S. Ethanol and DDGS Continues into November appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Lowest Weekly Ethanol Production Since 2017

Feb 8, 2019: Ethanol production for the week ending February 1 was the lowest the industry has seen in over 15 months. According to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production fell to 967,000 barrels per day (b/d), or 40.6 million gallons per day, which was down 45,000 b/d (4.4%) from the previous week. This was the lowest weekly production ... Read More…

Study Finds RFS2 Has Reduced GHG Emissions

Feb 7, 2019: A new study finds that the expanded Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) has succeeded in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions more than the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) original expectations. The analysis, conducted by Life Cycle Associates and commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Foundation, concludes that there has been nearly 600 million metric tons of GHG reduction since 2007, compared to EPA’s ... Read More…

USDA Deputy Secretary to Address RFA’s National Ethanol Conference

Feb 6, 2019: The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to announce U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky will serve as a keynote speaker on the final day of the 24th annual The post USDA Deputy Secretary to Address RFA’s National Ethanol Conference appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

New Study: RFS2 Has Reduced GHG Emissions by 600 Million Metric Tons, Beating EPA Expectations

Feb 6, 2019: A new study released today finds that the expanded Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) has been a tremendous success in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with nearly 600 million metric tons The post New Study: RFS2 Has Reduced GHG Emissions by 600 Million Metric Tons, Beating EPA Expectations appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA & NCGA Co-Title Sponsorship of 2019 Crappie Masters Tournament Trail Begins This Week

Jan 28, 2019: The 2019 season of the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail begins later this week, with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) signed on as co-title The post RFA & NCGA Co-Title Sponsorship of 2019 Crappie Masters Tournament Trail Begins This Week appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Announces Two Scholarship Winners to Attend National Ethanol Conference

Jan 22, 2019: The Renewable Fuels Association and the Renewable Fuels Foundation are proud to announce Krista Russell and Devin Brand have been awarded student scholarships that will send them to RFA’s 24th The post RFA Announces Two Scholarship Winners to Attend National Ethanol Conference appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Farm Bill Preserves REAP

Dec 13, 2018: The House and Senate have now passed the Farm Bill and sent it on to the President. The bill continues the Energy Title which includes programs to help develop the vast potential for renewable energy and energy efficiency in agriculture. The bill maintains the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) at $50 million per year of mandatory funding. Ann Mesnikoff, ELPC’s Federal Legislative Director said: “The Conference Committee produced Farm Bill wisely […]…

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 […]…

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.

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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.