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Feb 21, 2017

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Cosan sees Brazilian ethanol market remaining tight as mills keep focus on sugar

Feb 20, 2017: In Brazil, Cosan says the domestic ethanol situation remains tight, providing for better margins than otherwise would be as cane millers continue to focus on sugar production while the global market remains in the last phases of deficit. The company plans to invest up to $777 million in cane this season, perhaps 15% more than […]…

Abengoa Bioenergy’s debtors to get 30 cents on the dollar following agreement

Feb 20, 2017: In Missouri, good news for Abengoa Bioenergy’s unsecured creditors who are looking to get about 30 cents on the dollar of what they’re owed compared to a penny on the dollar as first expected thanks to an agreement made by creditors. The company liquidated about $140 million following the sales of its biofuels plants in […]…

Newfoundland and Labrador come to agreement on C$185 million biofuel facility

Feb 20, 2017: In Canada, the provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador has signed an agreement for the C$185 million biofuel facility NewGreen Technologies proposed after determining that it could provide the amount of fiber needed to make the project viable. The facility will produce green diesel from sawmill waste co-located with a sawmill that will produce floorboards. […]…

European biodiesel premiums fall to six month lows

Feb 20, 2017: In the Netherlands, European biodiesel premiums fell to six month lows at $432/ton for FAME 0 and $450.25/ton for RME last week in the face of falling vegetable oil prices globally. Low veg oil prices have combined with low river levels on the Rhine, meaning that stocks can’t move out from the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp region and […]…

British Columbia bioenergy industry at risk from focus on large-scale hydro

Feb 20, 2017: In Canada, the new Site C hydroelectric dam currently under development on the Peace River in British Columbia has the bioenergy industry concerned it may be pushed out as the massive project swings the local energy market into surplus and reduces demand for other power supply projects like bioenergy. The province had prioritized bioenergy in […]…

Biofuels Nigeria Ltd. signs deal for $16.5 million biodiesel plant in Kogi state

Feb 20, 2017: In Nigeria, Biofuels Nigeria Ltd. has signed an agreement with Kogi state for the offtake of a proposed $16.5 million 100,000 liter per day biodiesel plant. The company has been producing biodiesel from used cooking oil for more than a decade and has been working to develop biodiesel from jatropha. The government’s strategy to push […]…

IIT-Kharagpur researchers develop methodology for cellulose-hemicellulose dual process

Feb 20, 2017: In India, IIT-Kharagpur researchers have developed a process that results in four-fold increase in the yield of fermentable sugars and bioethanol from hemicelluloses, allowing feedstocks like grasses and lake hyacinth to finally become viable feedstocks. Lake hyacinth is 50% hemicellulose, for example, so a kilo of dry feedstock can now produce 0.18-0.29kg of ethanol. Research […]…

Singapore shifts diesel taxes to volumetric as lead in to carbon tax

Feb 20, 2017: In Singapore, in an effort to tax carbon emissions, the government has implemented a S$0.10 per liter duty on all diesel, both automotive and industrial, in an effort to promote a switch toward cleaner fuels. The tax on diesel vehicles is currently a lump annual sum but will switch to a volumetric tax in an […]…

Ground Delay: Where are the Sustainable Aviation Fuels?

Feb 20, 2017: When it comes to sustainable aviation fuels, the public is yelling impatiently for take-off, and the airlines are pleading impatiently for off-take. So, where are the gallons? There are two hold-ups, primarily, and they have nothing to do with the usual suspects in advanced technology – those are the unworkable technology and the unaffordable feedstock, and […]…

From off-take to take-off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the US renewable jet fuels program

Feb 20, 2017: In June 2011, the Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, and Navy signed MOU to commit $510M (up to $170M from each agency) to produce hydrocarbon jet and diesel biofuels in the near-term. This initiative sought to achieve multiple, commercial scale integrated biorefineries, cost-competitive biofuel with conventional petroleum (w/o subsidies), domestically produced fuels from non-food feedstocks, and […]…

Industry Comments on Pruitt Confirmation

Feb 20, 2017: The biofuels industry welcomed Senate approval last week of Scott Pruitt to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. “As Mr. Pruitt said during his confirmation hearing last month, ‘To honor the intent and the expression of the Renewable Fuel Standard statute is very, very important.’ We could not agree more,” said Renewable Fuels Association president Bob Dinneen. ... Read More…

Ace Ethanol to Install D3MAX Cellulosic Pilot Plant

Feb 20, 2017: D3MAX has announced its pilot facility employing the patented D3MAX cellulosic ethanol technology will be installed at ACE Ethanol in Stanley, Wisconsin this month with startup and testing at the facility taking place over the next two months. “We are very excited to take this next step in developing the D3MAX technology,” says Mark Yancey, chief technology officer for D3MAX. ... Read More…

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.

Iowa Tells Pruitt to Leave RFS Alone

Feb 17, 2017: With the Senate poised to confirm Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Iowa has a message for him – Don’t Mess with the RFS. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) and other state organizations urged Pruitt to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by rejecting a petition to change the program’s point of obligation, which ... Read More…

RFA Suggests Retool for REGS

Feb 17, 2017: In comments submitted this week on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) rule, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) said the proposal fails to address key regulatory barriers that are constraining growth in ethanol production and use. “In fact, we are concerned some elements of the REGS proposal may actually serve to add complexity and create ... Read More…

China Supreme Court Rules for Novozymes

Feb 16, 2017: In a landmark biotechnology ruling, the Supreme People’s Court of China has ruled in favor of Novozymes, upholding the company’s patent on enzymes for production of fuel ethanol and beverage alcohol. The patent dispute began in 2011, when Novozymes found evidence that Shandong Longda Bio-Products Co., Ltd. and Jiangsu Boli Bioproducts Co., Ltd. were producing and selling a proprietary Novozymes ... Read More…

Trade Talk about Ethanol Exports at #USGC17

Feb 15, 2017: Exports of U.S. ethanol and distillers feed co-products has been a big topic this week at the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) 14th International Marketing Conference & 57th Annual Membership Meeting in Panama City, Panama. USGC president and CEO Tom Sleight says the export picture is changing but still positive. “Last year we had China buying a lot, now Brazil is ... Read More…

Register For Nebraska Ethanol Forum

Feb 15, 2017: Registration is open for the Nebraska Ethanol Emerging Issues Forum April 13-14 in LaVista, Nebraska. Emerging issues on the agenda this year include Policy Prospects Under the Trump Administration, RINs and the Point of Obligation, Policy Impacts on Exports, Ethanol Marketing Challenges, Protein Formulations and Bio-Products and much more. Undergraduate and graduate students can apply for a scholarship to cover ... Read More…

Lower DDGs Exported to China in 2016

Feb 14, 2017: A new report from the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) shows that U.S. exports of the ethanol co-product distillers grains (DG) were lower last year, mainly due to a significant drop in exports to China. Exports of the high protein co-product of dry mill ethanol production used to feed livestock and poultry totaled 11.48 million metric tons (MMT) in 2016, down ... Read More…

Corn + Ethanol = Happy Future

Feb 14, 2017: Commentary by Chris Novak, Chief Executive Officer, National Corn Growers Association Growth Energy and its members met last week in Miami, Florida for their annual leadership conference. Next week, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) will gather in San Diego, California for their National Ethanol Conference – and in less than a month, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) will host ... Read More…

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.  …

Biofuels Continue to Power Iowa Economy

Feb 13, 2017: Record high production of ethanol and biodiesel in 2016 continued to power the rural Iowa economy engine despite another challenging year, according to the latest economic impact study commissioned by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA). “The environment facing Iowa’s biodiesel industry was more favorable than that experienced by ethanol producers,” said study author John Urbanchuk, ABF Economics. “Both the ... Read More…

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. …

South African Bank Becomes Major Funder for US Solar Rooftop Industry

Feb 13, 2017: A South African bank has become the go-to funding source for the U.S. rooftop solar industry just two years after entering the market.    …

Biomass Energy in The Age Of Trump

Feb 11, 2017: A new year is upon us and the renewable energy community, like most industries impacted by federal energy and natural resource policies, approaches the coming year cautiously and with some concern. Biomass energy faced an uncertain future before the U.S. elections in November. Will its prospects improve as President Trump begins his tenure as commander and chief?

Power Shift in Cuba: Seven Reasons to Watch the Renewable Energy Sector in the Post-Fidel and Trump Era

Feb 10, 2017: Opportunities and risks abound. Understanding why renewable energy should be developed in Cuba and what the major risks and policy obstacles are will be critical for international investors to assess their potential operations in the country.  …

ENVIA Energy’s GTL Plant is Underway, Produces First Biofuels

Feb 9, 2017: In Oklahoma, the team behind the ENVIA Energy gas-to-liquids plant confirmed that the first Fischer-Tropsch product has been successfully produced at the company’s first commercial-scale plant in Oklahoma City. …

Lobbying Heats Up Over US Ethanol

Feb 9, 2017: U.S. railroads, including Warren Buffett’s BNSF, are joining a corporate brawl over ethanol mandates that pits American corn farmers and fuel distributors against independent oil refiners like billionaire Carl Icahn.  …

Why the CPP’s Demise Doesn’t Mean a Wholesale Return to Fossil Fuels

Feb 8, 2017: The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan remains in limbo as to its ultimate fate, though talk of its demise has intensified of late with news that a multi-state coalition has requested that President Donald Trump not enforce the rule. If the CPP does indeed meet its end later this year, this by no means signifies a wholesale return to fossil fuels. However, we are likely to see much more of one fossil fuel in particular.    …

For Better or Worse: Environmental and Energy Rulemaking in the Age of Trump

Feb 7, 2017: An argument can easily and convincingly be made for the need of the federal government to take stock of its regulatory holdings. No system is perfect; the federal regulatory framework is no exception.

Accelerating the Market for Renewable Energy in Indonesia

Feb 7, 2017: Indonesia has the world’s fourth-largest population, a rapidly expanding economy, and an aggressive goal to increase the share of renewable energy in the country’s energy mix to 23 percent by 2025. …

Rocky Mountain Power to Test Biomass That May Cut Coal Use

Feb 7, 2017: Rocky Mountain Power, a unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., will test a new biomass fuel that may reduce the amount of coal being burned by power plants. …

Renewables Now Account for Nearly One-Fifth of Total US Generating Capacity

Feb 6, 2017: Renewable energy dominated new U.S. electrical generation put into service during 2016, according to the latest issue of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) monthly "Energy Infrastructure Update,” released last week with data through Dec. 31, 2016.

3 Republican Governors Embrace Clean Energy’s Economic Promise

Feb 1, 2017: Last week, the U.S. inaugurated a new president who has vowed to abandon the landmark Paris climate agreement and roll back bedrock American environmental protections.

SEPA and SGIP To Merge

Feb 1, 2017: On Tuesday at a breakfast meeting during DistribuTECH, Julia Hamm, CEO and President of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), and Sharon Allan, CEO and President of Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), announced their intent to merge the two organizations under the SEPA brand and organizational umbrella.

This Week in Washington: The President and Congress Set to Move on Environmental Regulation

Jan 31, 2017: The week promises to see two important actions impacting federal environmental regulation. Continuing to churn out executive orders, President Donald Trump signed the long-promised order requiring federal agencies to eliminate two regulations for every one proposed—starting in 2017.

A Huge Contributor to Clean Energy Has Left Us

Jan 31, 2017: In the mid-1970s, following the oil embargoes as a U.S. Senate energy aide, those of us promoting a clean energy future were ridiculed. While we had public support, we lacked the analytical back-up because these technological approaches were so new, and the emerging industries were so immature. Visionaries like Amory Lovins and Dennis Hayes worked mightily to fill that gap.

The Year of Climate Finance: 2017 Outlook

Jan 31, 2017: In the year following the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2015, there was an increased interest in building a broad spectrum of financial solutions that can both deliver on commitments to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and deliver in the unique markets of disparate countries.

Biofuel Credits Plummet as Trump Freezes EPA Regulations

Jan 30, 2017: Prices for credits used by refiners to show compliance with the U.S. biofuel mandate plunged after President Donald Trump’s administration ordered a freeze and review of 30 environmental regulations published before he assumed office.

The Big $55M Drop-in Military Biofuels Op

Jan 30, 2017: In Washington D.C., the Office of the Secretary of Defense announced a $55-million funding opportunity for a 10 million gallon biorefinery capable of producing advanced drop-in bio-equivalent fuels suitable for military use.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Resigns; Trump Appoints Acting Chairman

Jan 27, 2017: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Norman Bay yesterday announced he will resign his chairmanship and his commission appointment on Feb. 3.

Thailand Announces $11.3BN 10-year Plan to Build Sugarcane and Cassava Bioeconomy

Jan 27, 2017: This week we reported from Thailand: “The government launched its 10-year plan to build a bioeconomy hub for the region with private and public sector investment expected to reach $11.3 billion as it focuses on sugarcane and cassava to feed modern biorefineries that will produce biofuels and biochemical as well as biopharmaceuticals, “future” food and “future” feed.

US Federal Government to Seek Applications for Biomass Research

Jan 27, 2017: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture in February will issue a request for applications for funding of biomass research and development.

ExxonMobil Extends Research Agreement for Advanced Algae Biofuels

Jan 27, 2017: ExxonMobil will continue its ongoing research into advanced algae biofuels through an agreement with California-based Synthetic Genomics Inc.

Accountable to Who(m) Exactly? Environmental and Energy Rulemaking in the Age of Trump

Jan 26, 2017: My discomfort with the largely Republican reform measures of H.R. 5 and H.R. 26/S.21 is the seeming refusal to undertake a dispassionate and measured review leading to proposed recommended revisions. The presumptions—that federal regulatory actions are capricious, dismissive of the costs incurred by the private sector and more appropriately the purview of the industries being regulated—are an over generalization.

EPA Freezes Grants, Tells Employees Not To Talk About It, Sources Say

Jan 24, 2017: WASHINGTON ― The Environmental Protection Agency has frozen its grant programs, according to sources there. EPA staff has been instructed to freeze all its grants ― an extensive program that includes funding for research, redevelopment of former industrial sites, air quality monitoring and education, among other things ― and told not to discuss this order with anyone outside the agency, according to a Hill source with knowledge of the situation.

Theresa May Seeks Clean Energy to Buoy Vision of Global Britain

Jan 24, 2017: U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May plans to try to turn the nation’s early adoption of clean energy into a global business after Brexit, according to a new industrial-strategy paper.

Waste-to-energy Plant Planned for Sharjah, UAE

Jan 24, 2017: A “cutting-edge” waste-to-energy plant is to be built in the United Arab Emirates. The plant in Sharjah is planned to take up to 300,000 tons of waste each year and convert it into electricity.

Masdar Clean Energy Investment Tops $2.7 Billion

Jan 24, 2017: The chairman of UAE renewables company Masdar last week revealed that it has invested $2.7 billion in clean energy projects since it was formed in 2006.

Report: US Solar, Wind Jobs Up; Geothermal Jobs Down

Jan 23, 2017: From 2Q15 to 1Q16, U.S. wind power jobs increased 32 percent and solar jobs increased 25 percent, while geothermal jobs decreased 25 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report.