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May 08, 2021

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RFA Responds to Oregon Clean Fuels Program Scenarios

May 7, 2021: The Renewable Fuels Association today submitted feedback related to a planned expansion of the Oregon Clean Fuels Program. The Oregon CFP currently requires a 10% reduction in the carbon intensity The post RFA Responds to Oregon Clean Fuels Program Scenarios appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Solar and wind’s competitiveness over coal is accelerating, analysis shows

May 7, 2021: The report recommends that regulators, policymakers and others “critically examine each and every coal plant in their jurisdiction given the overwhelming amount of existing coal and the rapidly changing economics of possible alternatives.”…

EU approves €400 million aid scheme to develop renewables in Denmark

May 7, 2021: The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Danish aid scheme to support electricity production from renewable sources: onshore and offshore wind, wave power plants, hydroelectric power plants and solar PV. The measure will help Denmark reach its renewable energy targets without unduly distorting competition and will contribute to the European objective […]…

Developer eyes economically distressed communities in rural Indiana for up to 1.6 GW of solar capacity

May 7, 2021: Hoosier Solar Holdings said last week that it is developing solar power facilities in economically distressed, rural communities across Indiana that have been designated as Qualified Opportunity Zones.  Several solar and battery storage projects that collectively have a potential capcity of more than 1,600 megawatts (1.6 GW) are currently in active development, said the company. Many […]…

The 10 Biggest WOWs from Day 4 of ABLC

May 7, 2021: In Florida, day 4 of ABLC is now complete, with 26 more speakers completing their trips to the digital stage. Thursday’s agenda included some of the hottest topics — The Department of Energy Horizons, the future of Sustainable Aviation Fuels, the technologies and projects in Green Hydrogen, and development trends from across the Americas, Brazil […]…

Tereos’ vinasse used in new novel protein production trial

May 6, 2021: In Norway, Nutreco’s aquaculture division Skretting will validate Finnish biotech start-up eniferBio’s new novel ingredient Pekilo protein through salmon feeding trials held in R&D facilities at the Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre (ARC) in Norway. To prepare for the trial, eniferBio is teaming up with Tereos to supply Pekilo mycoprotein for the validation testing. To start […]…

Ethanol stocks finally grow after six weeks of losses

May 6, 2021: In Washington, Brownfield Ag News reports Energy Information Administration data shows ethanol stocks finally began to build again after six weeks of losses. Ethanol stocks reached 20.44 million barrels, up 704,000 barrels from the week prior thanks to ethanol production reaching an average of 952,000 barrels. That level is still 84,000 bpd below the same […]…

Brazilian hydrous ethanol prices continue to soar despite a strong crush

May 6, 2021: In Brazil, Platts reports that although the sugarcane crush is well under way, ethanol prices are being driven higher by the continued premium for sugar production. But hydrous ethanol remains competitive over gasoline at the pump, keeping demand steady amidst a tightening supply scenario that has the market concerned whether ethanol production can keep up. […]…

CVR delays commissioning of Wynnewood renewable diesel production until late Q3

May 6, 2021: In Oklahoma, Reuters reports that CVR has delayed startup of its renewable diesel production capacity at its Wynnewood refinery until the end of the third quarter rather than in July due to this winter’s massive snowstorms interrupting the timely arrival of equipment. Costs have also rise to as much as $140 million from the previous […]…

Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra mills rush to install medical oxygen production

May 6, 2021: In India, ChiniMandi reports the Uttar Pradesh government wants the state’s 120 sugar mills to begin producing medical grade oxygen in order to help fill the gap suffered by community health facilities inundated with out-of-control COVID-19 infections. The Hindu Business Line reports that more than 70 sugar mills in Maharashtra are already preparing to install […]…

European crush margins turn negative despite prices at six-month highs

May 6, 2021: In Brazil, Platts reports that European crush margins have again slipped into the red as corn prices in Europe and internationally take a bullish turn as Brazilian and US supplies tighten and Ukrainian prices also strengthen. The negative margins are despite the fact that with European countries easing COVID-related travel restrictions in the near future, […]…

Japanese researchers develop way to repartition carbon from carbs to lipids in microalgae

May 6, 2021: In Japan, a cross-institutional collaboration with researchers from Kobe University and the Takasaki Advanced Radiation Research Institute of the Quantum Beam Science Research Directorate has developed a technique to repartition carbon resources from carbohydrates to lipids in microalgae. It is hoped that this method can be applied to biofuel production. Researchers discovered that the majority […]…

EPA sending refiners’ confidential information to GAO for investigation

May 6, 2021: In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency is taking further steps to ensure that the small refinery exemption program follows the letter of the law rather than the broader interpretation seen under the Trump Administration. The EPA is handing over disclosed confidential documents from refiners to the Government Accountability Office, including all data […]…

Commercializing Biomaterials Tech: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Nanollose

May 6, 2021: Tree-free fibers and fabrics – that’s what Nanollose is all about. Working with Grasim, Birla Cellulose, Codi Group and others, commercialization is happening. Get the latest on Nanollose’s tree-free rayon, tree-free lyocell, how they are taking on fashion industry’s pollution with fermentation of waste and more.

IRENA members commit to advance the global hydropower fleet

May 6, 2021: Members of the International Renewable Energy Agency and private sector representatives are joining forces to modernize and refurbish the existing hydropower fleet around the globe. This is one of the results of the third meeting of the Collaborative Framework on Hydropower organized by IRENA, which aims to expand collaboration and action between the agency’s global […]…

10 Years of the LCFS: Ethanol Leads the Way as California Climate Solution

May 6, 2021: A new Renewable Fuels Association white paper looks at how, for the past decade, ethanol has been the go-to fuel to decarbonize transportation in the Golden State. The use of The post 10 Years of the LCFS: Ethanol Leads the Way as California Climate Solution appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

US DOE announces $12 Million for enhanced geothermal technology improvement

May 6, 2021: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) last week announced up to $12 million for technologies that can make geothermal systems more efficient for clean, renewable energy production. The funding is designed to help scientists and engineers unlock the full potential of enhanced geothermal power to help tackle the climate crisis and achieve the Biden Administration’s […]…

Solar industry employment dropped 6.7% in 2020, new report shows

May 6, 2021: The U.S. solar industry employed 231,474 workers in 2020, a 6.7% drop from 2019 due to pandemic restrictions and increased labor productivity, according to the National Solar Jobs Census 2020 released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), The Solar Foundation, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), and BW Research. On the flip side, total solar installed […]…

RFA Hails EPA’s Decision to Cooperate with GAO on Small Refinery Exemption Investigation

May 5, 2021: The Renewable Fuels Association today praised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its decision to provide requested information to the Government Accountability Office related to small refinery exemptions under the The post RFA Hails EPA’s Decision to Cooperate with GAO on Small Refinery Exemption Investigation appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Enel’s portfolio of renewable projects under construction tops 2 GW

May 5, 2021: Enel Green Power North America currently has over 2.3 GW of renewable generation under construction and by mid-year will have 606 MW of battery storage capacity under construction…

New tool empowers utilities to reduce emissions in investment planning

May 5, 2021: By Erin Murphy and Christie Hicks, EDF As the United States moves toward decarbonization, cities and states must use all means available to reduce climate pollution, and natural gas utilities should be at the forefront of this rapid energy transition. Gas utilities are the subject of increasing scrutiny because plans to expand and fortify their infrastructure could lock […]…

RFA: New Analysis from DOE Researchers Confirms Ethanol’s Low-Carbon Benefits

May 5, 2021: The carbon footprint of corn ethanol shrunk by 23% between 2005 and 2019 as farmers and ethanol producers adopted new technologies and improved efficiency, according to a new analysis published The post RFA: New Analysis from DOE Researchers Confirms Ethanol’s Low-Carbon Benefits appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

AES pooling clean energy resources to power Google data centers

May 5, 2021: Virginia-based AES Corp. will supply nearly carbon-free electricity to power Google’s data centers in the state. The power generator announced it will become sole supplier of the tech giant’s data-center needs for clean energy. Under the agreement AES will start supply later this year. See our interview with AES Chief Operating Officer Bernerd Da Santos […]…

RFA Welcomes Gevo as its Newest Producer Member

May 4, 2021: The renewable fuel and chemical producer Gevo has joined the Renewable Fuels Association as the group’s newest producer member. Based in Englewood, Colo., Gevo currently has a plant in Luverne, The post RFA Welcomes Gevo as its Newest Producer Member appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

We need more grid engineers to implement Biden’s plan (Part 2 of 2)

May 4, 2021: Hiring engineers via the H1B immigration process would make implementing Biden’s infrastructure plan more efficient. In part 1, we focused on the need for transmission planning engineers. In part 2, the focus is on the need for additional market systems and distribution planning engineers. Engineers should have the flexibility to move within an organization Engineers […]…

U.S. Ethanol Exports Rebound on Near-Record Shipments to China; U.S. DDGS Exports Also Higher

May 4, 2021: May 4, 2021 — American exports of ethanol accelerated in March to 133.0 million gallons (mg), the second-largest volume in a year and up 31% from February’s dip. Exports to The post U.S. Ethanol Exports Rebound on Near-Record Shipments to China; U.S. DDGS Exports Also Higher appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA’s Davis Reappointed to Key U.S. Department of Commerce Advisory Committee

May 4, 2021: The Renewable Fuels Association is proud to announce that Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Kelly Davis has been re-appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency The post RFA’s Davis Reappointed to Key U.S. Department of Commerce Advisory Committee appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

EPA Asks Court to Vacate Trump Administration’s Last-Minute Refinery Exemptions

May 3, 2021: The Renewable Fuels Association today welcomed news that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit asking the court The post EPA Asks Court to Vacate Trump Administration’s Last-Minute Refinery Exemptions appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA to USDA: Ethanol Fuels Climate-Smart Agriculture, Energizes Rural Communities

Apr 29, 2021: In separate comment letters submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Renewable Fuels Association explained how expanded ethanol production and use can support the administration’s “climate-smart” agriculture goals and The post RFA to USDA: Ethanol Fuels Climate-Smart Agriculture, Energizes Rural Communities appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Salutes Two Minnesota Ethanol Plants on Silver Anniversaries

Apr 29, 2021: The Renewable Fuels Association today extended its congratulations to member companies Chippewa Valley Ethanol Co. and Al-Corn Clean Fuel for celebrating their 25th anniversaries this week. Both plants are based The post RFA Salutes Two Minnesota Ethanol Plants on Silver Anniversaries 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 […]…