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Jun 29, 2017

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The Growing Enogen Footprint

Jun 29, 2017: Enogen hosted about 1,200 farmer-customers at the American Ethanol E15 250 Presented by Enogen. As Enogen continues to grow, the NASCAR race held at Iowa Speedway was the perfect place to spotlight the farmers who supply the Enogen which will produce about 2 billion gallons of ethanol this year. “We see this race as a great opportunity to support the ... Read More…

U.S. Ethanol Production Growing

Jun 29, 2017: Fuel ethanol production capacity in the United States is 15.5 billion gallons this year or 1.01 million barrels per day (b/d), according to the latest EIA U.S. Fuel Ethanol Plant Production Capacity report. Total capacity of ethanol plants in operation increased by more than 600 million gallons per year or about four percent from 2016, with most of the increased ... Read More…

ASTM Awards Ethanol Industry Leaders

Jun 29, 2017: Two ethanol industry technical experts were honored this week by members of ASTM International gathered for their D02 2017 meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. The ASTM Committee D02 on Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels, and Lubricants presented Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Director of Regulatory Affairs Kelly Davis with the “Award of Excellence” for her service to the committee and work to enhance ... Read More…

Shell acquires exclusive rights to SBI BioEnergy’s biofuel technology

Jun 29, 2017: In Canada, Royal Dutch Shell acquired exclusive development and licensing rights for SBI BioEnergy’s biofuel technology. Edmonton-based SBI has a patented process that can convert a wide range of waste oils, greases and sustainable vegetable oils into lower carbon drop-ins for diesel, jet fuel and gasoline. “SBI has a promising new Canadian biofuels technology,” says […]…

Genomatica bio-BDO process reaches 10K tons as Novamont says “A-OK” on new plant

Jun 29, 2017: In Italy, Novamont confirmed that its Bottrighe plant meets performance parameters including overall process performance and production volume to date for bio-based 1,4-butanediol (BDO). The plant is designed to use Genomatica’s licensed process technology to produce BDO from renewable feedstocks. Following startup in late 2016 the plant operations have been notably smooth. Genomatica also confirmed […]…

House Agriculture Appropriations Bill axes BCAP, slashes Loan Guarantees and REAP

Jun 29, 2017: In Washington, the draft House Appropriations Committee’s FY2018 Agriculture Appropriations bill was released, and cut the Rural Energy for America Program from $50 million to $9 million, cut the Section 9003 Loan Guarntee program by $65 million, leaving $31 million, and cencelled the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. “The biobased economy is boosting innovation in domestic […]…

Pacific Ethanol buys ICP for $76M, diversifies into beverage alcohols

Jun 29, 2017: In California, Pacific Ethanol will acquire Illinois Corn Processing, LLC (ICP) from SEACOR Holdings and MGPI Processing for $76 million, which includes $15 million in working capital. adding 90 million gallons in capacity adjacent to the company’s Pekin, IL plant. The plant can produce gin/vodka, ethanol as well as proteins The acquisition will be funded […]…

Watchdog group files suit to force release of EPA-Icahn dealings over biofuels

Jun 29, 2017: In Washington, American Oversight filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to force the release of communications with investor and White House advisor Carl Icahn, along with calendars and phone logs for Administrator Scott Pruitt and other top agency officials. Icahn owns 82 percent of CVR Refgining and has been outspoken in radically re-shaping […]…

ORNL X-ray and neutron-scattering research unlocks sectrets of cellulosic biofuels

Jun 29, 2017: In Tennessee, researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and North Carolina State University used a a combination of X-ray and neutron scattering to revealed new insights into how a highly efficient industrial enzyme is used to break down cellulose. Their results are published in the journal Angewandte ChemieInternational Edition. Producing biofuels like […]…

EPA Proposes Clean Water Rule Rollback: Growers happy, enviros miserable

Jun 29, 2017: In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has propsoed to rescind the 2015 Clean Water Rule and with it, a series of Clean Water Act protections for wetlands, streams and other waters originally aimed at improving the drinking water supply. The EPA’s move prompted strong reaction from environmental and farmer interests. “The goal of the Clean […]…

Xylogenics advances GX-1 Yeast Technology  

Jun 29, 2017: In Indiana, Xylogenics released a new strain design for its patented GX-1 yeast production and fermentation process. The efficiencies created by the newest strain design will have an immediate impact on industries that rely on micro-organism technologies, most notably the ethanol industry wherein individual production plants are planning to invest upwards of $350 million annually […]…

Algae DHA: a fix for odor, taste and cost is on the way for the Gross Dose.

Jun 28, 2017: Omega-3s are a great thing, but here’s the bottom line: the current applications stink. Not as in, they-don’t-work. We mean, literally. Check out this comment at drpermutter.com. I’ve been taking two tabs/day of a fish oil concentrate containing 500mg DHA and 250mg EPA. After my wife complained about my body odor I cut back to […]…

Algae DHA: a fix for odor, taste and cost is on the way for the Gross Dose.

Jun 28, 2017: Omega-3s are a great thing, but here’s the bottom line: the current applications stink. Not as in, they-don’t-work. We mean, literally. Check out this comment at drpermutter.com. I’ve been taking two tabs/day of a fish oil concentrate containing 500mg DHA and 250mg EPA. After my wife complained about my body odor I cut back to […]…

Fox River Valley Ethanol to Install Whitefox ICE™

Jun 28, 2017: Fox River Valley Ethanol has agreed to become the third U.S. ethanol plant to install a Whitefox ICE™ modular bolt-on system at its plant in Wisconsin following installations at Pacific Ethanol in California and Pine Lake Corn Processors in Iowa. Fox River Fox River Valley President Neal Kemmet says they are installing the Whitefox ICE™ solution to remove process bottlenecks ... Read More…

E15 at the Pump with Kum & Go

Jun 28, 2017: Kum & Go stores launched E15 about two years ago because of the growing demand for higher octane and a lower cost fuel option for customers. We met up with Jim Pirolli, Vice President of Fuels at Kum and Go, during the recent NASCAR American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen to learn more about those blue pumps. “We found ... Read More…

RFA Leader Talks Trade During UNICA Ethanol Summit

Jun 28, 2017: Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Bob Dinneen addressed participants of the 2017 Ethanol Summit this week in São Paulo, Brazil. Dinneen’s remarks focused on trade, President Trump, and the environment. “The president has repeatedly expressed his support for biofuels, ethanol and for the Renewable Fuel Standard and we are extraordinarily confident that President Trump understands what we are ... Read More…

Engine Smart. Earth Kind.

Jun 27, 2017: The story of biofuels seems pretty simple when you hear the words, “Engine smart and earth kind,” from Growth Energy’s CEO Emily Skor. The Iowa Speedway is smack-dab in the middle of corn country. You can’t find a better location for the NASCAR Xfinity American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen Syngenta. “E15 is a win, win fuel for consumers. ... Read More…

Enogen Presents American Ethanol E15 250

Jun 26, 2017: The NASCAR Xfinity American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen was held Saturday at the Iowa Speedway to help promote ethanol in one of the top producing states. The race marked the fifth year of partnership between Syngenta and Growth Energy to demonstrate the value of E15, which has been powering NASCAR for 10 million miles of competitive racing since ... Read More…

E15 Awareness Through Prime the Pump

Jun 26, 2017: Members of the Twin Cedars FFA Chapter in Bussey, Iowa, canvassed Iowa Speedway racegoers prior to the American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen on June 24. Their goal was to increase awareness of the benefits of E15 and raise money to support Prime the Pump. Funds raised will be matched by Syngenta, and Twin Cedars members will earn money ... Read More…

Ethanol Report from FEW

Jun 23, 2017: Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen was the keynote speaker at the 33rd annual Fuel Ethanol Workshop in Minneapolis, MN this week where he shared his eternal optimism for the industry with the people who “make the juice.” In this edition of The Ethanol Report podcast, Dinneen talks about the need to grow markets for ethanol and the ... 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. …