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Apr 14, 2021

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Sumitomo Chemical hires Toyo to build waste-based ethylene pilot plant

Apr 13, 2021: In Japan, Toyo Engineering Corporation has been awarded a contract for a project to construct an ethylene pilot plant, using waste-derived ethanol as raw material, planned by Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited. at its Chiba Works. Sumitomo Chemical has established a cooperative relationship with Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd. for the social implementation of the technology to […]…

European Biogas Association maps opportunities for wastewater-based biogas

Apr 13, 2021: In Belgium, a new paper released by the European Biogas Association has mapped the opportunities of producing biogas from industrial wastewaters and quantified the biogas production potential of different EU industry sectors. The results show that biogas has a high potential to mitigate methane emissions from wastewater whilst at the same time providing a huge […]…

Neste and NuStar Energy team on supplying SAF to California airports

Apr 13, 2021: In California, Neste and NuStar Energy L.P announced that supply trucks are now able to load Neste MY Sustainable Aviation FuelTM at the NuStar-operated Selby Terminal near San Francisco, California. The first gallons have been safely picked up and delivered to the nearby Monterey Regional Airport. Due to the strategic location of the Selby Terminal, Neste […]…

UNICA data shows ethanol production down 18% during H2 March

Apr 13, 2021: In Brazil, Reuters reports that UNICA data shows ethanol production fell 18% during the second half of March to 372 million liters while the sugarcane crush during the period was a third less than last year. Poor rains have negatively impacted cane growth over the past few months, so mills are choosing to not start […]…

AltEn ethanol plant under fire for failure to pay taxes

Apr 13, 2021: In Nebraska, the Journal Star newspaper reports the AltEn ethanol plant in Mead keeps getting into deeper and deeper trouble. It was already shut down on order of the state for using pesticide-treated corn as ethanol feedstock which led to environmental complaints following spillage from its wastewater treatment lagoon. The State has also sued the […]…

FCL buys True North’s assets to ensure biofuel project gets completed

Apr 13, 2021: In Canada, renewable fuels are a critical component of Federated Co-operatives Limited’s climate change strategy and are the reason the company pursued the purchase of True North’s assets. After careful analysis of the work True North has completed with regard to biofuel production, FCL felt that the acquisition of True North’s current assets would supplement […]…

Queensland University of Technology researchers receive grant for renewable biosilica fillers from rice husks

Apr 13, 2021: In Australia, researchers at the Queensland University of Technology will receive A$366,516 to research the production of renewable biosilica fillers from rice husks for application in rubber composites. “This project aims to address a significant problem in polymer composite synthesis by using rice husk to produce high performance bioderived hybrid silica fillers,” said Associate Professor […]…

RFA, Growth Energy and NCGA argue in DC Circuit Court regarding EPA E15 rulemaking

Apr 13, 2021: In Washington, the D.C. Circuit Court heard oral arguments in American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, et al. vs. EPA, a case in which oil refiners challenge the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2019 rulemaking that paved the way for the year-round sale of E15. As intervenors in the case, the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and the […]…

Waste to Energy: The Future of Renewable Energy Via Circular Economy

Apr 13, 2021: By Rafi Sela, Founder and CEO of AR Challenges Special to The Digest Foreword The world is struggling to act on the climate impact via various new standards and regulations. While the USA declined participation under the Trump administration, the new Biden one will continue to push the climate impact situation. One of the critical […]…

Beyond Ethanol to Proteins, Carbon Capture, Clean Sugar Tech, Renewable Diesel: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Plains

Apr 13, 2021: Transforming traditional ethanol into an ag tech sustainable biorefinery platform, is what Green Plains is focused on today. Dive into their transformation which they call Green Plains 2.0, latest investments in critical technology, acquisitions and partnerships, recent and planned milestones, their vision for the Biorefinery of the Future, and more.

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 […]…

FERC should reject MISO extension request for electric storage resource

Apr 9, 2021: On March 4, MISO filed a request to extend the deadline to implement a market participation model for electric storage resources at FERC. This new request moves the implementation date from June 2022 to March 2025. FERC should reject this request because the benefits of keeping wholesale rates just and reasonable with storage participation outweigh […]…

The gas industry is trying to halt building electrification — let’s not let them succeed

Apr 9, 2021: Over the past two years, gas companies and other special interest groups have thrown their weight behind a series of bills across the country that would preempt efforts by local governments to limit the use of gas hookups in buildings.

Global wind industry to deploy 1 TW of new capacity through 2030

Apr 8, 2021: Research firm Wood Mackenzie says it anticipates the global wind power industry will install 1 TW of new capacity between 2021 and 2030. The world set a new record in wind installations in 2020 and saw a number of national and regional targets set for 2030, underscoring the important role of wind technology in the […]…

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.

RFA Urges EPA to Stay the Course on Renewable Fuel Standard

Mar 18, 2021: The Renewable Fuels Association on Wednesday asked newly confirmed EPA Administrator Michael Regan to “stay the course” on the Renewable Fuel Standard, as the important policy faces renewed attacks from The post RFA Urges EPA to Stay the Course on Renewable Fuel Standard 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 […]…