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Apr 15, 2021

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United Airlines launches Eco-Skies Alliance to boost SAF demand

Apr 14, 2021: In Illinois, United Airlines continues to lead the industry towards a more sustainable future with the launch of the first-of-its-kind Eco-Skies Alliance program. Working with the airline, more than a dozen leading global corporations will collectively contribute towards the purchase of approximately 3.4 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) this year. With its nearly 80% […]…

Vorsana Environmental buys NanosTech to combine with waste-to-biofuel and carbon capture technologies

Apr 14, 2021: In Canada, Vorsana Environmental Inc. announced the acquisition of NanosTech, a leader in developing nano-catalyst-based technologies for emerging clean energy markets.  The acquisition strengthens Vorsana’s existing technology portfolio, and with NanosTech’s In-situ upgrading technology (ISUT), it will help ensure Canada exceeds its 2030 emission reduction targets. Along with Vorsana’s waste-to-biofuel and carbon capture technologies, it […]…

Alaska Airlines and SkyNRG Americas sign MOU to boost SAF investment

Apr 14, 2021: In Washington state, Alaska Airlines and SkyNRG Americas announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) committing to increased investment in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The MOU builds on a long history of Alaska leadership advancing SAF and partners the airline with the global SAF pioneers at SkyNRG Americas. Under the MOU, SkyNRG Americas […]…

Waga Energy to delop RNG upgrading at landfill biogas facility in Quebec

Apr 14, 2021: In France, Waga Energy has been enlisted by The Mauricie Residual Materials Management Board (RGMRM) to deploy its innovative gas upgrading solution at the Saint-Étienne-des-Grès landfill, in Quebec. The green gas produced will be purchased by Énergir, the largest gas distribution company in the province, and injected into its gas grid onsite. This landfill gas-to-RNG project […]…

Sasol teams with LEN Consortium to boost SAF production

Apr 14, 2021: In South Africa, Sasol Ltd (Sasol) announced it will work alongside a consortium comprising Linde PLC (Linde), ENERTRAG AG (ENERTRAG) and Navitas Holdings (Pty) Ltd (Navitas) – the LEN Consortium – to bid in concept for the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) under the auspices of the German Federal Government’s H2Global auction platform. The […]…

Egypt announces $100M ethanol project at Damietta Port

Apr 14, 2021: In Egypt, Business Today Egypt reports the petroleum and mineral resources minister has announced the development of a $100 million ethanol facility in Damietta Port that will produce 100,000 metric tons of renewable fuel annually. The project is being developed by the newly launched government-owned Egyptian Company for Bioethanol in an effort to reduce fuel […]…

Berkeley Lab and Sandia researchers streamline woody biomass to liquid biofuel process

Apr 14, 2021: In California, teams from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Sandia National Laboratories have collaborated to develop a streamlined and efficient process for converting woody plant matter like forest overgrowth and agricultural waste – material that is currently burned either intentionally or unintentionally – into liquid biofuel. Their research was published recently in the […]…

Colombia boosting biodiesel blending to 12%

Apr 14, 2021: In Colombia, while Brazil has reduced its biodiesel blend to 10% from 12%, RCN Radio announced Colombia’s government has increased its blend to 12% from 10%. Many parts of the country will see the higher blend as of April while Amazonas, Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, Chocó , Nariño and Putumayo will […]…

Redefining Meat Through Science: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Beyond Meat

Apr 14, 2021: Looking at the composition of meat versus its animal origin is how Beyond Meat replicates its core structure and uses proprietary science to redefine how we look at meat. In this new presentation, check out at the latest updates, how they became a leading disruptor in the meat category, market share trends, and more.

Amyris gets Reese Witherspoon support, wool coffin for Prince Phillip, bioplastic Swatch watch, fruity H&M shoes, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of April 15th

Apr 14, 2021: Why yes, that is Reese Witherspoon holding up an Amyris Biossance product. Amyris got Reese Witherspoon as the latest celebrity to promote their clean beauty products. Speaking of celebrities, there are rumors that the UK Queen’s consort is looking at a very green burial for Prince Phillip with biodegradable coffin made of wool and being […]…

RFA Discusses DC Circuit Oral Arguments for Year-Round E15

Apr 14, 2021: The post RFA Discusses DC Circuit Oral Arguments for Year-Round E15 appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Data center using innovative technology to track renewable energy hour by hour

Apr 14, 2021: The innovative structure will source 100% renewable energy aimed at matching the hourly usage of all Iron Mountain facilities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey…

33-MW of solar capacity installed across 10 projects in Portland, Oregon

Apr 14, 2021: Adapture Renewables will own and operate the portfolio and sell the generated electricity under a long-term power purchase agreement to Portland General Electric.

More electricity is generated in Georgia from biomass than in any state except California

Apr 14, 2021: Biomass may not be electricity fuel king in Georgia, but the state definitely is peachy keen on the resource.

ORPC, European partners to create new generation of marine energy turbines

Apr 13, 2021: ORPC Inc. and its subsidiary ORPC Ireland are partnering with a European consortium to create a new generation of marine renewable energy turbines that increase reliability and performance while reducing manufacturing costs. The ORPC team along with ÉireComposites of Galway and National University of Ireland Galway are collaborating with Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials, Germany, and […]…

RFA’s Robert White Provides Update on E15 Sales and Availability

Apr 13, 2021: The post RFA’s Robert White Provides Update on E15 Sales and Availability appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Statkraft to build first windfarms in Chile

Apr 13, 2021: Norwegian renewable generation company Statkraft is to build its first windfarms in Chile. The 102 MW Torsa project comprises three windfarms totaling 19 turbines supplied by German manufacturer Nordex. In total, the windfarms are expected to produce more than 300 GWh of energy annually, which Statkraft says is enough to power 100,000 households. The project is located […]…

More wind and solar capacity could save some of the world’s most important rivers

Apr 13, 2021: While it’s broadly recognized that a dramatic expansion of renewables is necessary to attain climate goals, this expansion also holds great potential to reduce negative impacts on rivers, and the communities and resources, such as fisheries, that depend on healthy, connected rivers.

RFA, Growth Energy and NCGA Defend Year-Round E15 in Court

Apr 13, 2021: Today, the D.C. Circuit Court will hear oral arguments in American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, et al. vs. EPA, a case in which oil refiners challenge the Environmental Protection Agency’s The post RFA, Growth Energy and NCGA Defend Year-Round E15 in Court appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Landmark solar-battery hybrid plant goes live at Africa gold mine

Apr 13, 2021: What is said to be the world’s largest off-grid solar-battery hybrid system for the mining industry has been commissioned at a gold mine in Mali, West Africa.

New report sheds light on residential solar adoption in terms of access and equity

Apr 12, 2021: Solar-adopter incomes presently skew high in all states, but, as with the national trends, that skew has diminished over time in most states. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory released a report last week that highlights income, demographic, and other socio-economic trends among U.S. residential rooftop solar adopters. Galen Barbose, Sydney Forrester, Eric O’Shaughnessy, and Naïm Darghouth […]…

Clean energy stock deflation and Biden’s infrastructure plan

Apr 12, 2021: Last month saw buying opportunities in some clean energy stocks as the bubble created from the euphoria over Biden’s election vanished as if it never happened. Clean energy stocks have simply returned to the general upward trendline from the second and third quarter of 2020.  Rather than bursting in a market panic, this seems to have been […]…

U.S. Department of Energy announces Groundbreaking Hydro Prize winners

Apr 9, 2021: The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) has announced two winners of the Groundbreaking Hydro Prize, which challenged innovators to come up with new solutions to support hydropower project development by starting at square one — the foundation. The foundation of a hydropower system provides structural stability, which is essential to […]…

RFA Welcomes New Producer Member Calgren Renewable Fuels

Apr 7, 2021: The Renewable Fuels Association today proudly welcomed Calgren Renewable Fuels as the organization’s newest Producer Member. The Calgren facility in Pixley, Calif., opened in 2008 and produces 55 million gallons The post RFA Welcomes New Producer Member Calgren Renewable Fuels appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

U.S. Ethanol Exports Slow to Five-Month Low Following Surge in January; U.S. DDGS Exports Shift Lower

Apr 7, 2021: April 7, 2021 — American ethanol shipments eased 38% in February after January’s volume set a record high for the month. Exports were 101.7 million gallons (mg), with half destined The post U.S. Ethanol Exports Slow to Five-Month Low Following Surge in January; U.S. DDGS Exports Shift Lower appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Even Amidst Pandemic, Iowa E15 Sales Surge to New Record in 2020

Apr 2, 2021: Sales of E15 and Flex Fuels Showed Resilience in Other States As Well Sales of E15 (gasoline containing 15% ethanol) jumped 24% and set a new record in Iowa in The post Even Amidst Pandemic, Iowa E15 Sales Surge to New Record in 2020 appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA’s Geoff Cooper Reports on Ethanol Supply and Demand

Apr 1, 2021: The post RFA’s Geoff Cooper Reports on Ethanol Supply and Demand appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Biofuels Coalition Welcomes Amicus Briefs in Supreme Court RFS Case

Mar 31, 2021: The Renewable Fuels Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union, and American Coalition for Ethanol (collectively referred to as the “Biofuels Coalition”) thanked the states of Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, The post Biofuels Coalition Welcomes Amicus Briefs in Supreme Court RFS Case appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA’s Geoff Cooper Provides Update on EPA, Advanced Biofuels, and E15

Mar 30, 2021: In an interview today on the Adams on Agriculture radio program, RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper talked about working with the new EPA, ways in which ethanol should be The post RFA’s Geoff Cooper Provides Update on EPA, Advanced Biofuels, and E15 appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Biofuels Coalition Files Brief in Supreme Court Case

Mar 24, 2021: Today, the Renewable Fuels Association, the American Coalition for Ethanol, the National Corn Growers Association and the National Farmers Union, working together as the Biofuels Coalition, filed their response brief The post Biofuels Coalition Files Brief in Supreme Court Case appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Senators Ask EPA to Take Action on RFS Issues

Feb 5, 2021: U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), along with more than a dozen others, sent a letter this week asking the Environmental Protection Agency to take immediate action on Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) related issues. Those issues include reviewing small refinery waivers, issuing a proposed rule for the 2021 Renewable Volume Obligation, and advancing the proposed E15 streamlining ... Read More…

Ethanol Exports were Bright Spot in 2020

Feb 5, 2021: U.S. ethanol exports were the bright spot in an otherwise dark 2020 for the industry. According to the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol exports totaled 1.33 billion gallons in 2020, down 9 percent from 2019 and the lowest volume since 2016, according to official government statistics released today. Still, the annual volume was the fourth-highest on record and nearly one out ... Read More…

AFBF Economist Sees Challenges for Ethanol Industry

Feb 5, 2021: The ethanol industry is continuing to feel the impact of COVID-19 as the pandemic enters a second year of global disruption. American Farm Bureau Federation chief economist John Newton, speaking Thursday at the virtual 57th annual Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau Annual meeting, said ethanol production has taken a major hit in the last year. “From the beginning of 2020 ... Read More…

Senators Reintroduce Adopt GREET Act

Feb 4, 2021: Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) this week reintroduced the Adopt GREET Act which would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to update its greenhouse gas modeling for ethanol and biodiesel. Specifically, the bill would require EPA to adopt the Argonne National Lab’s Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation (GREET) Model for both fuels. EPA ... Read More…

RFA’s Young Professionals Network Growing Fast

Feb 4, 2021: The Renewable Fuels Association Young Professionals Network is only six months old, but it has already hit 100 members. The YPN was formed last summer to bring together innovative and dedicated young professionals from across the country who are 39 years old and younger and employed full time by a company in the U.S. ethanol industry. Since its inception, the ... Read More…

EPA Administrator Nominee Says RFS is Priority

Feb 4, 2021: The nominee for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency says the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) will be a priority for the new administration. “You have my commitment that we will look at the RFS program and we will introduce some transparency into that program,” nominee Michael Regan said Wednesday at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works ... Read More…

SIRE Board Elects New Director Kevin Ross

Feb 3, 2021: Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy (SIRE) has elected Kevin Ross as a member of the plant’s board of directors, effective last Friday. Following the resignation of The Honorable Hubert M. Houser from the Board in December 2020, the Board’s Nominating Committee invited SIRE unit holders to suggest persons to fill Mr. Houser’s Board vacancy for the remainder of his term, through ... Read More…

Vilsack Addresses Plans for Biofuels

Feb 2, 2021: As Secretary of Agriculture during the entire Obama Administration, Tom Vilsack from Iowa was known to be a champion of biofuels. During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee Tuesday, the former secretary pledged to continue his support of the industry – and make small refinery exemptions rare again. “The waiver system was designed for small refineries that were ... Read More…

U.S. Ethanol Wins Appeal in Peru Tariff Case

Feb 2, 2021: The U.S. government has won an appeal on a countervailing duty case brought against U.S. ethanol in Peru, reversing a previous decision that applied a 15-cent per gallon duty and resulted in loss of market access in the country. The Renewable Fuels Association, U.S. Grains Council and Growth Energy participated extensively in this case, arguing at hearings in both the ... Read More…

California Ethanol+Power Seeking Sugarcane Growers

Feb 1, 2021: California Ethanol + Power (CE+P) has announced a new sugarcane production program for Imperial Valley farmers to produce feedstock for a planned low-carbon ethanol production and biomass energy campus set to begin construction this year. CE+P will engage with the local farming communities to secure formal commitments to grow the first 20,000 acres of sugarcane feedstock for Sugar Valley Energy, ... Read More…

Diverse group calls for full REAP funding

Apr 4, 2019: On April 3, 2019 over 50 diverse groups from around the USA signed on to a letter to Congressional in support of full mandatory and discretionary funding for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).   Support Letter Rural Energy for America Program   April 3, 2019 The Honorable Sanford Bishop, Chairman House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee […]…

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 […]…