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Aug 19, 2017

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Siouxland Ethanol Receives Grassroots Award

Aug 18, 2017: The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) presented this year’s Grassroots Award to Siouxland Ethanol LLC of Jackson, Nebraska. The award is given annually “to a devoted individual or organization that often perform “behind the scenes” to advance the cause of ethanol.” Siouxland Ethanol LLC was presented with this year’s award by Liz Bunkers, ACE director of member and industry relations, ... Read More…

Durante Honored With Merle Anderson Award

Aug 18, 2017: Doug Durante, executive director of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition was presented with he American Coalition for Ethanol’s (ACE) most prestigious award during the 30th annual conference this week in Omaha. The Merle Anderson Award is named after the founder of ACE and is given to individuals who “display unmatched support and dedication to ACE and the domestic ethanol industry.” ... Read More…

Tested, Proven and Driven – Ethanol Moving Forward

Aug 18, 2017: The American Coalition for Ethanol celebrated its 30th annual conference this week by highlighting recent victories for the industry and embracing the challenges moving forward. “We’re as close as we’ve ever been to getting Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) relief for E15 and higher ethanol blends thanks to bipartisan leadership in Congress and a new way of thinking at EPA,” ACE ... Read More…

The Hill Op-Ed: RFS Helps US Economy

Aug 18, 2017: In an op-ed for The Hill today, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen questions why EPA’s 2018 renewable fuel standard (RFS) blending requirements proposal includes a request for public comments on “whether the proposed biofuel volumes would somehow cause “severe harm” to the economy.” “Of course, suggesting that ethanol and the RFS pose any “harm” at all—“severe” ... Read More…

Secretary Perdue in Florida

Aug 18, 2017: U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue visited the Citrus Expo in Fort Myers, Florida this week to learn more about citrus greening and hold a farm bill listening session with Congressman Tom Rooney of the local district. The only opportunity for reporters to ask questions of the secretary was a short, crowded, disorganized gaggle that covered a wide range of non-agricultural ... Read More…

Targay launches turnkey 24/7 biodiesel solution

Aug 17, 2017: In Canada, biofuels marketer Targray has announced the nationwide launch of its turnkey biodiesel solution for the convenience and fuel retailing segment. The announcement comes as increasing freight movement in the U.S. is spurring diesel demand throughout the country. Created following a two-year pilot program and multiple rounds of customer consultations, Targray’s innovative 24/7 biodiesel solution for […]…

Bergen becomes second Norwegian airport to offer aviation biofuels

Aug 17, 2017: In Norway, together with the opening of the new terminal at Flesland, sustainable biofuel has become available to airlines. “We are delighted to be only the second airport in Norway who are now making aviation biofuel available to airlines. This is an important step in establishing a market and infrastructure for the production and delivery of […]…

CoBank report says ethanol industry will soon face worsening margins that could lead to consolidation

Aug 17, 2017: In Colorado, according to a new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division, the ethanol market will soon face worsening slim-to-negative profit margins, which could potentially push the industry toward consolidation. However, producers that are well-capitalized with strong balance sheets and cash reserves will be in the best position to weather the softening market. The report, […]…

Greenbelt Resources trials technology with Puration for cannabidiol extraction

Aug 17, 2017: In California, Greenbelt Resources Corporation announced that Puration, Inc. has selected its bioethanol to test for potential use in Puration’s patented CBD (cannabidiol) extraction method. Extraction methods commonly use ethanol but this will be the first time bioethanol produced from Greenbelt’s patent pending energy efficient membrane dehydration technology will be used in the process. Puration […]…

Argent Energy turning UK’s fatbergs into biodiesel for buses

Aug 17, 2017: In the UK, Argent Energy is taking fatbergs collected by the sewer companies and transforming them into biodiesel. Between 24% and 40% of the fatberg ends up as biodiesel after it has been melted down and separated into oil and grease. Currently, every week 30 metric tons of fatburgs from Birmingham are converted into biodiesel […]…

Linde Group to create modular hydrogen manufacturing unit for St1 Refinery

Aug 17, 2017: In Germany, the Linde Group has been awarded with the engineering and supply of a modular hydrogen manufacturing unit for St1 Refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden. Linde’s Engineering Division will start the engineering and construction of the unit immediately, with the completion estimated for the end of 2018. “This award adds to Linde’s winning streak of […]…

Illinois to demo biofuel production from grasses collected from highway roadsides

Aug 17, 2017: In Illinois, the Illinois Department of Transportation has approved implementation of a renewable energy demonstration project using grasses collected from mowing highway rights-of-way (ROW). The work will implement the findings of a three-year study by a multi-disciplinary team including the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the Prairie Research Institute of the University of Illinois. The […]…

Nebraska’s governor touts future of E15 at AEC annual convention

Aug 17, 2017: In Nebraska, the governor waved the flag for higher ethanol blends during the American Ethanol Coalition’s annual conference in Omaha, saying the value addition that come from ethanol not only creates jobs but attracts investment to rural communities that in turn keep them strong. He says ethanol is at the heart of the state’s “golden […]…

Transformation time for Brazilian energy, agriculture

Aug 17, 2017: There he goes again. Bruce Rastetter, that is. It wasn’t enough to be one of the transformers of the US ethanol industry with the development of Hawkeye Renewables and its 450 million gallons of capacity. When Thomas H. Lee Partners bought 80% of the company in 2006 for a reported $312 million (some sources put […]…

New fuels, vehicles, both, together: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Co-Optima Market Transformation project

Aug 17, 2017: The US Department of Energy initiated a project to identify and mitigate the challenges of moving new fuels and vehicles into markets. Specifically, engaging with all critical stakeholders (OEM’s, fuel producers, distribution networks, gas station owners, UL, regulators, consumers, etc.), to understand and address impacts, concerns, opportunities, and barriers. The goal is to facilitate new […]…

#ACEConf17 Highlights Nebraska’s Ethanol Industry

Aug 17, 2017: Duane Kristensen, general manager of Chief Ethanol Fuels in Lexington, Nebraska, had the opportunity this week to stand with the governor of his state and talk about the success story of ethanol at the annual American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) conference in Omaha. Kristensen, who serves as ACE board vice president, started the business session of the conference Wednesday by ... Read More…

Biodiesel Import Decision Delay Called Routine

Aug 17, 2017: The U.S. Department of Commerce posted an announcement in the Federal Register this week announcing the postponement of issuing preliminary determinations on alleged dumping of Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel on the U.S. market. National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Chief Operating Officer Doug Whitehead says the postponement is routine and was expected. “In nearly all unfair trade cases investigated by the Department ... Read More…

NE Gov Highlights Value-Added Ag and Ethanol

Aug 17, 2017: Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts highlighted Nebraska value-added agriculture efforts during a press conference at the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) annual conference held in Omaha. “The ethanol industry is a prime example of how we can add value to the agriculture commodities that we grow right here in Nebraska,” said Governor Ricketts. “Through the process of turning corn into ethanol, ... Read More…

Nebraska Governor Shows Ethanol Support

Aug 16, 2017: Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has been a strong supporter of ethanol and he honored the industry meeting in Omaha this week by visiting the American Coalition for Ethanol annual conference in Omaha. “Ethanol is a big part of value-added agriculture here in Nebraska,” said the governor, who held a press conference prior to his address to talk about the importance ... Read More…

30th Annual ACE Conference Underway

Aug 16, 2017: Members of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) have gathered in Omaha for the organization’s 30th annual conference this week, with the theme “Tested. Proven. Driven.” Executive Vice President Brian Jennings says the industry has a lot to celebrate. “We are on the precipice of opportunity in a lot of areas,” he said. “We’ve made as much progress as this ... Read More…

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 […]…

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.  …