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Jun 23, 2021

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Going green: The future of hydrogen energy

Jun 23, 2021: Hydrogen is one of the energy solutions that can significantly address climate change and has a vital role to play in decarbonization.

Three Rivers Energy to supply ethanol for PURELL products

Jun 22, 2021: In Ohio, GOJO Industries and Three Rivers Energy announced a sourcing partnership that is the latest in a series of strategic initiatives GOJO has announced over the last 12 months to enhance its manufacturing capacity for PURELL products and responsiveness to surges in demand. GOJO Industries is partnering with Three Rivers Energy to expand its […]…

Canada launches $1.2B Clean Fuels Fund

Jun 22, 2021: In Canada, Government of Canada is building a low-emissions energy future to strengthen the economy, create good, middle-class jobs and support workers in our natural resource sectors. Producing and using cleaner fuels in our buildings, vehicles and industries is a key step to exceeding our 2030 climate target and reaching net-zero by 2050. That’s why […]…

Indonesia to cut palm oil export levy to $175/mt if price goes over $1,000/mt

Jun 22, 2021: In Indonesia, Platts reports that in line with market expectations, the government has decided to cut the export levy on palm oil to $175 per metric ton from the current $255/mt if the price of palm oil goes over $1,000/ton. A date has not yet been set for the new policy, but expectations are that […]…

US and Brazil both seen scaling back ethanol production over next few months

Jun 22, 2021: In New York, Reuters reports that both the US and Brazil are expected to cut ethanol production over the next few months as rising feedstock prices for corn and sugar, respectively, make production uneconomical. Supplies for both feedstocks are tight, squeezing margins while high ethanol prices are making gasoline more expensive at the pump rather […]…

Philippines looking at boosting biodiesel blending up to 4%

Jun 22, 2021: In the Philippines, the Business Mirror reports that a USDA Gain report says the Philippine government is seeking public comment on potentially doubling its biodiesel blending mandate to 4% from the current 2% by evaluating fuel standards for B3 and B4. The coconut industry has been urging a push to 5% blending for some time […]…

Mitsui O.S.K. to design liquified CO2 power vessel

Jun 22, 2021: In Japan, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. will launch research and development (R&D) on adoption of a large-scale liquefied carbon dioxide (CO2) carrier to complete the basic design under a project entrusted to Japan CCS Co., Ltd. from Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). MOL entered the liquefied CO2 ocean transport business by […]…

University of Delaware researchers look to microbes to convert CO into chemicals

Jun 22, 2021: In Delaware, in the quest to reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere and curb climate change, University of Delaware researchers are turning to an interesting ally: bacteria that consume biomass sugars and CO2. With a $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), researchers developing a system to produce […]…

Democrats looking to boost biofuels investment through two new upcoming bills

Jun 22, 2021: In Washington, Reuters reports Democratic members from both Houses of Congress are set to submit bills in the next few weeks that would see billions in tax credits and investments funneled towards biofuels including $2 billion in additional funds for higher ethanol blend fuel infrastructure. Tax credits include those on biofuels at the pump and […]…

America’s Transformation to Clean Energy Economy

Jun 22, 2021: By Philip Brennan, Chief Executive Officer, Echogen Power Systems Special to The Digest With the United States’ planned investment of between $2 and $4 trillion to achieve a net-zero emissions economy by FY2050, what role do clean energy companies play in reaching these goals?  To reach a net-zero emissions economy, America requires clean technology to enable […]…

Bioconversion Improvements: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biorefinery Waste for Bioplastics

Jun 22, 2021: Being in a big state, Texas A&M University has some big goals like overcoming the key challenges for biorefinery cost-effectiveness and sustainability in the BETO MYPP and bring down the biofuel cost to $3/GGE. How are they managing biorefinery waste, improving biorefinery economics and sustainability, delivering biodegradable plastics, and more?

Market rules for hybrid interconnections taking shape at MISO

Jun 22, 2021: MISO interconnection customers have the option of designating “hybrid” as fuel type when they submit an interconnection request before July 22, 2021, for the 2021 Definitive Planning Phase (DPP) cycle. In addition, there are nearly 5,000 MW of hybrid resources, mostly solar plus storage, waiting to be studied by MISO from the 2019 and 2020 […]…

Virgin Money supports SHIL’s acquisition of two small hydro schemes

Jun 22, 2021: Virgin Money has completed a deal supporting Scottish Hydro Investment Limited (SHIL) in the acquisition of two operational small hydro schemes from Guinness Asset Management. The £8 million (US$11.1 million) long-term loan provided by Virgin Money will support the acquisition, and upgrade, of the Glen Buck and Munergie hydro schemes, located in the Scottish Highlands. […]…

Arkansas co-op adds 4.8-MW/9.6-MWh storage to its solar PV plants

Jun 22, 2021: Energy Toolbase today announced that it has commissioned two energy storage systems (ESS) with Today’s Power (TPI), a renewable energy company based in Little Rock, Arkansas that develops, owns, and operates renewable assets. TPI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based utility service cooperative owned by 17 Arkansas […]…

Interview: Refiners Wrong to Attacks the Renewable Fuel Standard

Jun 21, 2021: RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper was interviewed this morning on Adams on Agriculture, about last week’s blog post against refiners and Wells Fargo for opposing renewable volume compliance credits. The post Interview: Refiners Wrong to Attacks the Renewable Fuel Standard appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Welcomes Jared Mullendore to Government Affairs Team

Jun 21, 2021: The Renewable Fuels Association today announced that Jared Mullendore has joined the organization’s staff as its new Director, Government Affairs. Mullendore’s experience includes serving as district director for former Rep. The post RFA Welcomes Jared Mullendore to Government Affairs Team appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Albania launches first tender for wind power

Jun 21, 2021: Albania launched its first tender for utility-scale onshore wind power plants today. Projects with a capacity of 10 MW to 75 MW can apply. Several projects will be chosen, according to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Total tendered capacity equals 100 MW, and this may be increased to 150 MW in the […]…

Automated EV charging could help the US meet carbon reduction goals

Jun 21, 2021: A new study from Sense and Singularity Energy demonstrates the potential for significant carbon reductions from electric vehicle (EV) charging using a combination of smart home automation and location- and time-based carbon emissions data from the power grid. The study found that by automating charging to minimize carbon impact, carbon emissions from EV charging could be […]…

Correcting 5 myths about hydropower

Jun 21, 2021: What is keeping the U.S. from fully embracing a new generation of hydropower? Explained below are 5 major myths about hydropower.

The United States consumed a record amount of renewable energy in 2020

Jun 18, 2021: Renewable energy was the only source of U.S. energy consumption that increased in 2020 from 2019; fossil fuel and nuclear consumption declined…

Sappi North America selling hydroelectric assets to Dichotomy Power

Jun 18, 2021: Sappi North America Inc., a producer and supplier of paper, packaging products and pulp, announced it will sell its hydroelectric assets on the Presumpscot River in Maine to Dichotomy Power LLC, pending satisfactory completion of regulatory and other approvals. The move will allow Sappi to focus on its core competencies and is consistent with Sappi’s […]…

Wells Fargo Crashes and Burns with New RINs Analysis

Jun 18, 2021: By Geoff Cooper, RFA President and CEO Earlier this week, equity analysts at Wells Fargo released a note to investors on the subject of the Renewable Fuel Standard and its The post Wells Fargo Crashes and Burns with New RINs Analysis appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RES and Cowessess First Nation plan 200-MW wind farm in Canada

Jun 18, 2021: RES (Renewable Energy Systems) and partner Cowessess First Nation are pleased to announce a tender award with SaskPower for a 200 MW-wind project located south of Kipling, in southeastern Saskatchewan, Canada.

RFA Welcomes Terracon Consultants as Newest Associate Member

Jun 18, 2021: The Renewable Fuels Association today welcomed Terracon Consultants as its newest associate member. The employee-owned consulting engineering firm has evolved since its 1965 founding into a multi-discipline firm specializing in The post RFA Welcomes Terracon Consultants as Newest Associate Member appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Interview on Ethanol Production, Pandemic Relief, Policy Issues in the News

Jun 16, 2021: RFA’s Troy Bredenkamp was interviewed this morning on the Adams on Agriculture radio program, about current ethanol production, pandemic relief for ethanol producers, and hot policy topics in Washington. The post Interview on Ethanol Production, Pandemic Relief, Policy Issues in the News appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

AgriTalk Interview on Refinery Assistance, Pandemic Relief

Jun 15, 2021: The post AgriTalk Interview on Refinery Assistance, Pandemic Relief appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA CEO Interview on Refinery Waiver Rumors

Jun 15, 2021: RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper was interviewed Monday about rumors that the Biden administration is considering some sort of relief for refiners from renewable volume obligations. The post RFA CEO Interview on Refinery Waiver Rumors appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Welcomes E10 in UK, Recommends Tighter Blend Range

Jun 10, 2021: The Renewable Fuels Association today thanked the United Kingdom’s Department of Transport for its draft regulations requiring the introduction of E10 ethanol blends beginning in September. However, in comments submitted The post RFA Welcomes E10 in UK, Recommends Tighter Blend Range appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

New Poll Finds Growing Bipartisan Support for RFS and Ethanol

Jun 10, 2021: A recent poll found that voter support for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has hit its highest levels in at least five years.  Meanwhile, the tracking poll shows support for The post New Poll Finds Growing Bipartisan Support for RFS and Ethanol appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

In Response to NTSB Request, RFA Updates Manual of Best Practices for Ethanol Rail Transport

Jun 8, 2021: At the request of the National Transportation Safety Board, the Renewable Fuels Association today published an update to its Best Practices for Rail Transport of Ethanol manual. For years, the The post In Response to NTSB Request, RFA Updates Manual of Best Practices for Ethanol Rail Transport 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 […]…