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Jan 20, 2021

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Delta Thermo Energy buys shuttered Main Fiberight waste-to-ethanol plant

Jan 20, 2021: In Maine, local press reports that Delta Thermo Energy has been revealed as the buyer of the Fiberight waste-to-ethanol plant that was shuttered shortly after its opening in April 2019 and quickly put into receivership. The company estimates that it will take just six weeks to get the mothballed facility back up and running after […]…

Brazilian hydrous ethanol prices rise to record high

Jan 20, 2021: In Brazil, Platts reports hydrous ethanol prices rose to a record high of $490.23 per cubic liter this week, an increase of 4% on the week, on the back of higher ICMS taxes in Sao Paulo state and Petrobras’ decision to raise gasoline prices. Gasoline prices increased nearly 8% on Jan. 19 while the ICMS […]…

University of Aberdeen launches UK’s first postgrad energy systems degree

Jan 20, 2021: In the UK, the University of Aberdeen has today launched the UK’s first postgraduate degree program in Energy Transition Systems and Technologies. The new course, which is available to study full-time on campus from September (depending on Covid-19 situation), or part-time online, reinforces and builds upon the city’s reputation as a major international energy center. […]…

RFA files emergency motion to stop EPA’s “dark of night” SRE approvals

Jan 20, 2021: In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association filed a petition for review and an emergency motion to stay the effectiveness of three small refinery exemptions granted Tuesday evening by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with less than 24 hours remaining in the Trump administration. Data released by EPA Tuesday evening show that the two 2019 compliance […]…

A Muted Year for Biofuels M&A Activity: 2020 Review and Outlook

Jan 20, 2021: by Bruce Comer, Founder, Managing Partner and Frank Kim, Director, Ocean Park Advisors Special to The Digest COVID-19 further plagues the already challenged North American biofuels M&A market, while capital investments thrive. Biofuels merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in North America remained sluggish in 2020. For the second consecutive year, no large-scale, operating biofuels plant […]…

USDA’s Support for Rural Growth: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Rural Business-Cooperative Service

Jan 20, 2021: Mark Brodziski, Deputy Administrator at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC 2020 about how the USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service offers programs to support rural business growth across markets in the bioeconomy like biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased products like the 9003 Program, Ag Innovation Agenda, and more.

Biodiesel Board Disappointed in Last Minute Waivers

Jan 20, 2021: During the National Biodiesel Conference session on policy this week, panelists agreed that the worst thing the outgoing Environmental Protection Agency could do to hurt the biodiesel industry was to grant more small refinery exemptions. A few hours later, that is exactly what EPA did, granting two 2019 small refinery exemptions (SRE), and apparently reversing a 2018 petition that was ... Read More…

RFA Takes Action to Stop Last Minute Refinery Waivers

Jan 20, 2021: The Renewable Fuels Association wasted no time in taking action to stop the last minute small refinery exemptions granted Tuesday by the outgoing Trump Administration Environmental Protection Agency. RFA filed a petition for review and an emergency motion to stay the effectiveness of the waivers, which the organization says will “inflict substantial, immediate, and irreversible harm” to the U.S. ethanol ... Read More…

What President Biden Can Do Now to Cut Carbon Emissions

Jan 20, 2021: Now that President Biden has been sworn in, the Renewable Fuels Association has a way the new administration can immediately cut carbon emissions by 12 million metric tons. RFA recently released an analysis that shows President Biden could cut 10.7 million metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions simply by rejecting the 66 pending waiver requests from oil refiners who ... Read More…

RFA Files Petition and Emergency Motion to Halt EPA’s Dark-of-Night Refinery Waivers

Jan 20, 2021: The Renewable Fuels Association filed a petition for review and an emergency motion to stay the effectiveness of three small refinery exemptions granted Tuesday evening by the U.S. Environmental Protection The post RFA Files Petition and Emergency Motion to Halt EPA’s Dark-of-Night Refinery Waivers appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Trump EPA Grants Last Minute Refinery Waivers

Jan 20, 2021: At an agricultural event last week, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said he would not resign from the Trump Administration before the inauguration because he believed it was important for him to stay on “in the best interests of the agency, in order to ensure a smooth transition to my successors.” On his way out the door on Tuesday, Wheeler gave ... Read More…

RFA Will Fight EPA’s Illegal, Last-Minute Refinery Exemptions

Jan 20, 2021: The Renewable Fuels Association today harshly condemned the Environmental Protection Agency’s unconscionable and unlawful decision to grant three more small refinery exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard with just hours The post RFA Will Fight EPA’s Illegal, Last-Minute Refinery Exemptions appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Fluid Quip Technologies building Clean Sugar Technology Facility at York innovation center

Jan 20, 2021: In Nebraska, Green Plains Inc. and Ospraie Management announced that recently-acquired Fluid Quip Technologies (Fluid Quip) is engineering and constructing a fully scalable commercial Clean Sugar Technology (CST) production facility at the Green Plains York Innovation Center. This technology effectively transforms a dry milling facility into a clean sugar biorefinery where dextrose/glucose replaces ethanol as […]…

Platts launches SAF and HVO prices assessments for Southeast Asia

Jan 20, 2021: In Singapore, S&P Global Platts launched new sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) price assessments in Southeast Asia effective January 18, 2021. The new assessments will enhance transparency in renewable fuel markets across Asia as the region is set to become a large producer of advanced biofuels. The new Platts Southeast Asia […]…

Yield10 Bioscience field tests camelina programmed to produce PHA bioplastics

Jan 20, 2021: In Massachusetts, Yield10 Bioscience, Inc. announced successful field testing of prototype lines of the oilseed Camelina sativa that have been programed to produce PHA bioplastics directly in seed. The prototype plants tested in these studies were programed with microbial genes based on a recent patent filed for new technology developed by Yield10 researchers to produce Camelina […]…

Iowa produced record biodiesel volumes in 2020 despite COVID-19

Jan 20, 2021: In Iowa, although only nine of Iowa’s 11 biodiesel plants operated in 2020, they still managed to bump up production to 351 million gallons despite market challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) exemptions. 2020 proved to be the 2nd highest year of biodiesel production in Iowa history behind 365 million […]…

Biodiesel Award Renamed for Johannes, Presented to Jobe

Jan 19, 2021: One of the most influential pioneers of the biodiesel industry now has an award named after him. The newly named “Kenlon Johannes Pioneer Award” will forever recognize and honor the Terry Bradshaw lookalike who was instrumental in the initial development of the biodiesel industry in the United States, serving as the first Executive Director of the National SoyDiesel Development Board, ... Read More…

Haer Honored with Eye on Biodiesel Inspiration Award

Jan 19, 2021: Former National Biodiesel Board chair Gary Haer was honored Tuesday with the industry’s Eye on Biodiesel Inspiration Award during the 2021 virtual National Biodiesel Conference and Expo. Gary Haer is the Vice President, Special Projects for NBB member company, Renewable Energy Group (REG), one of the nation’s largest producers of both biodiesel and renewable diesel in the United States. As ... Read More…

Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Rise to Meet New Opportunities

Jan 19, 2021: The biodiesel and renewable diesel industry kicked off the 2021 Virtual National Biodiesel Conference and Expo Tuesday with an optimistic outlook for the future of America’s sustainable petroleum diesel replacement. The theme of this year’s conference is “Rise 2021” and in his annual state of the industry address, National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen pointed to several factors contributing to ... Read More…

Iowa Biodiesel Production Up in 2020 Despite COVID

Jan 19, 2021: Even with two plants out of operation for the year, Iowa biodiesel producers still managed to increase production in 2020, despite market challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and continued small refinery waivers. With nine of Iowa’s 11 biodiesel plants in operation, biodiesel production hit 351 million gallons in 2020, the second highest year of biodiesel production in Iowa history ... Read More…

Focus on Biodiesel’s Environmental Benefits

Jan 19, 2021: The environmental benefits of both biodiesel and renewable diesel are in focus this week at the virtual National Biodiesel Conference and Expo. Matt Herman is the National Biodiesel Board‘s new Director of Environmental Science. Formally with the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and the Renewable Energy Group (REG), Herman has plenty of experience using life cycle assessment to measure the environmental ... Read More…

ACE Reacts to EPA Biofuels Proposals

Jan 18, 2021: American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings was glad to see one of the last minute proposals released by the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, not so pleased with the others. “ACE strongly supports EPA’s proposal to make E15 more accessible to retailers and motorists, but once again, the Trump EPA has chosen to bundle a promise to do ... Read More…

RFA Responds to EPA’s Last-Minute Actions on RFS, E15

Jan 15, 2021: With just four days remaining in the Trump administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced four actions related to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and E15. First, in next The post RFA Responds to EPA’s Last-Minute Actions on RFS, E15 appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Thanks Senate Midwest Republicans for Backing Renewable Fuel Standard

Jan 14, 2021: The Renewable Fuels Association expressed gratitude today to seven Republican members of the Senate who called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to back down from rumored small refinery exemptions The post RFA Thanks Senate Midwest Republicans for Backing Renewable Fuel Standard appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA’s Geoff Cooper Provides Update on SREs and National Ethanol Conference

Jan 13, 2021: The post RFA’s Geoff Cooper Provides Update on SREs and National Ethanol Conference appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Lauds House Biofuels Caucus for Speaking Out in Support of RFS

Jan 13, 2021: The bipartisan House Biofuels Caucus has called on President Trump to “direct EPA to immediately reject any pending waiver requests that do not meet the criteria established in Tenth Circuit The post RFA Lauds House Biofuels Caucus for Speaking Out in Support of RFS appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Thanks Senators for Leadership in Defending the Renewable Fuel Standard

Jan 12, 2021: The Renewable Fuels Association thanked a group of Democratic Senators today for calling on President-elect Joe Biden to restore the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard and quickly reverse the The post RFA Thanks Senators for Leadership in Defending the Renewable Fuel Standard appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

AgriTalk Interview on Refinery Exemption Rumors and the Presidential Transition

Jan 12, 2021: The post AgriTalk Interview on Refinery Exemption Rumors and the Presidential Transition appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Here’s How President-elect Biden Can Slash Carbon Emissions by 12 Million Metric Tons on Day One in Office

Jan 11, 2021: On “Day One” in office, President-elect Biden’s incoming administration can immediately secure 10.7 million metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions simply by rejecting the 66 pending waiver requests from The post Here’s How President-elect Biden Can Slash Carbon Emissions by 12 Million Metric Tons on Day One in Office appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Tenth Circuit Court Plaintiffs Respond to Supreme Court Action

Jan 11, 2021: The U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will review the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit’s decision in RFA et al. v. EPA,  which overturned three inappropriately granted The post Tenth Circuit Court Plaintiffs Respond to Supreme Court Action appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

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 […]…

The Clean Tech Primer 2017

Jan 10, 2017: In New York, Raymond James released its Clean Tech Primer 2017, arguably the most cogent and concise summary of activity and prospects across the gamut from solar power through to water technology, including all biofuels, biopower and bioindustrials.

Chile will increase small hydropower generation with 3-MW Los Pinos hydropower plant

Nov 8, 2016: Chile's Schwager Energy and China-based Shenyang Yuanda Commercial & Investment Co. signed a memorandum of understanding on Nov. 3 to build the 3-MW Los Pinos run-of-the-river hydroelectric plant in southern Chile's Lagos region, according to BN Americas.  …

Part IV: Justice Delayed — Will Politics Trump Justice in the Case of the Clean Power Plan?

Sep 29, 2016: By the time this column is published, oral arguments in the legal challenge to the Clean Power Plan will have already been made. The en banc panel of 10 appeals court judges is not likely to render its decision before the New Year.  No matter the opinion, it will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

World Bank makes US$390 million loan Pakistan's Tarbela hydroelectric plant extension

Sep 21, 2016: The World Bank has approved US$390 million in additional financing to be used by Pakistan's Water and Power Development Authority for extensions of its Tarbela hydroelectric plant.

US and China Join Paris Agreement, Bringing it Much Closer to Taking Effect

Sep 6, 2016: The United States and China on Sept. 3 formally joined the Paris Agreement in a ceremony in Hangzhou, China, ahead of the G20 Summit. President Obama and President Xi both deposited their country’s official instrument with United Nations Secretary, General Ban-Ki Moon.

The Clean Power Plan: Justice Delayed

Aug 24, 2016: In the case of the Fossil Fuel Industry, et. al. VS Earth, et. al., I find myself asking—not for the first time—is justice delayed, justice denied? It should come as no surprise that I am convinced it is.

Will the G20 Spur Post-Paris Climate Action? 3 Signs to Look For

Aug 22, 2016: The G20 meeting in Hangzhou, China, this September brings together leaders of the world’s largest economies for the first such gathering since the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate. G20 Leaders Summits traditionally focus on economic growth and financial stability, but since more than 190 countries collectively agreed to greatly enhance mitigation of the causes and impacts of climate change, the need to tackle a changing climate and foster clean energy has become a clear economic and business reality.

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Where Now on Climate Change for the UK?

Jul 18, 2016: It was a gamble that went spectacularly wrong for Tory Prime Minister David Cameron: Allow the UK to decide through a national referendum on their future participation in the EU and hope that they choose to remain.

Brexit: Insights from Renewable Energy Businesses

Jul 8, 2016: Brexit; It’s been the buzz word dominating the media recently and it’s likely to continue for some time. The UK’s decision to leave the EU has left both supporting sides of the ‘leave’ and ‘remain’ campaign in a somewhat collective state of uncertainty as to how this decision will impact the country right now and in the future years.