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Aug 15, 2020

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Ethanol Report 8-14-20

Aug 14, 2020: In this episode of The Ethanol Report, we cover a number of different topics on the ethanol front. First, we head to South Dakota for the 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, where the Renewable Fuels Association once again provided free fuel and ethanol education for bikers, with the new addition of ethanol-based hand sanitizer as a giveaway. RFA’s Robert White, former ... Read More…

Philipps 66 to revamp California refinery to produce renewable diesel

Aug 13, 2020: In California, Phillips 66 plans to reconfigure its San Francisco Refinery in Rodeo, California, to produce renewable fuels. The plant would no longer produce fuels from crude oil, but instead would make fuels from used cooking oil, fats, greases and soybean oils. The Phillips 66 Rodeo Renewed project would produce 680 million gallons annually of […]…

Court of International Trade tells Commerce to look again at 2017 Indonesian biodiesel duties

Aug 13, 2020: In Washington, Bloomberg reports the U.S. Court of International Trade has ruled the Department of Commerce must revisit a 2017 decision to add countervailing measures to Indonesian biodiesel imports. Commerce’s original decision was based on an export tax policy system that led to duties of between 34.45% and 64.73%, depending on the producer. However, the […]…

Neste supplies three airlines with SAF

Aug 13, 2020: In California, Neste is supplying Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and JetBlue Airways with sustainable aviation fuel for flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The low-carbon and high-quality fuel will contribute to each airline’s efforts to reach their climate goals. Neste is now successfully delivering sustainable aviation fuel to SFO via pipeline, a milestone the […]…

JetBlue say fist US airline to achieve carbon neutrality on domestic flights

Aug 13, 2020: In California, JetBlue announced it has followed through on its commitment to go carbon neutral on all domestic flights. Earlier this year, JetBlue became the first major U.S. airline to commit to this critical and measurable step toward reducing its contribution to global warming, and is now the first U.S. airline to achieve carbon neutrality […]…

HRX Group to use Neste’s renewable diesel across six countries

Aug 13, 2020: In Finland, Neste MY Renewable Diesel will be used by HRX Group, a transport company specialized in express deliveries active in 6 countries across the Scandinavia and the Baltic region, for all of its deliveries in Finland, and subject to availability, also in the Baltics. HRX Group, offices in Helsinki, Stockholm, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius and […]…

High yielding switchgrass that needs minimal nitrogen crucial to viability

Aug 13, 2020: In Michigan, high yielding switchgrass varieties that require minimal nitrogen fertilization are crucial to bioenergy research because of their economically and environmentally sustainable qualities. Switchgrass, like other perennial grasses, extracts nitrogen from soils by growing long roots and by forming relationships with root fungi. Switchgrass also associates with microbes that can fix nitrogen, i.e., take […]…

University of Kentucky researchers show dual-purpose hemp cultivars best for bioenergy

Aug 13, 2020: In Kentucky, dual-purpose industrial hemp cultivars show the best potential for coproduction of biofuel and bioproducts, according to University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment study. Researchers evaluated 11 hemp cultivars from all over the world. They planted cultivars at UK’s Spindletop Farm and at Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability under the […]…

Biofuture Platform launches set of voluntary principles to boost bioeconomy

Aug 13, 2020: In France, the Biofuture Platform, a twenty-country, multi-stakeholder initiative, announced on August 12 the launch of a set of voluntary principles. These are intended to offer guidance to governments and policymakers around the world on the need to promote the sustainable bioeconomy in both short-term relief packages and broader post-COVID economic recovery programs. The principles […]…

Improving Operating Costs: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Anaerobic Digester Systems

Aug 13, 2020: At ABLC Digital in July, Breakthrough Technologies/Solutions Labs shared this illuminating slide guide on how to improve operating costs for anaerobic digester systems. From sulphypro sulphur management to water recovery from cooling towers for re-use, breaking down particles to enhance methane production and reduce COD with sonication while destroying pathogens, removing the H2S from biogas to […]…

RFA Update on Promoting Ethanol at Sturgis Rally

Aug 13, 2020: The post RFA Update on Promoting Ethanol at Sturgis Rally appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

In Radio Discussion, RFA Explains Need, Fairness of COVID Assistance

Aug 13, 2020: The post In Radio Discussion, RFA Explains Need, Fairness of COVID Assistance appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Cannabinoid cups, pineapple leaf drone frames, Chipotle’s avocado waste for clothing, lab-grown bacon taste testers, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of August 14th

Aug 13, 2020: Imagine sitting on the beach with a bioplastic cup with micro-encapsulated, water soluble cannabinoids printed on the cups so the actives and flavors are released when it comes in contact with water, soda, or other liquids. Or how about clothing dye made from Chipotle’s avocado pit waste from its guacamole supply chain to go with […]…

Young Minnesota Farmers Promote Ethanol at Sturgis

Aug 13, 2020: Austin and Evan Ludowese from south central Minnesota have been proud to help promote the good news about ethanol at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally since 2015. Austin, who was an intern with the Renewable Fuels Association in 2015, says a lot has changed since then. “I think you have more people who understand what ethanol is and are more willing ... Read More…

EPA Reviewing RFS Gap Year Waiver Requests

Aug 12, 2020: During a visit to Wisconsin this week, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler was once again questioned about the status of so-called “gap year” waiver requests from refineries asking for relief from their Renewable Fuel Standard obligations from previous years. Because the petitions go back as much as eight years, Wheeler said he is not sure how long it will ... Read More…

President Considering Reciprocal Tariffs on Brazil Ethanol

Aug 12, 2020: President Donald Trump was asked about efforts to lower or eliminate Brazil’s tariffs on U.S. ethanol during a press conference this week. “I think that as far as Brazil is concerned, if they do tariffs, we have to have an equalization of tariffs,” President Trump responded. “It’s called reciprocal tariffs and you may be seeing something on that very soon.” ... Read More…

RFA Supports White House Consideration of Reciprocal Tariffs on Imports of Brazilian Ethanol

Aug 12, 2020: The Renewable Fuels Association today expressed its support for President Trump’s announcement Monday that his administration is considering reciprocal tariffs on fuel ethanol imports from Brazil. The country’s existing tariff The post RFA Supports White House Consideration of Reciprocal Tariffs on Imports of Brazilian Ethanol appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Ethanol Hand Sanitizer in Big Demand at Sturgis

Aug 12, 2020: The atmosphere is a little different this year for the 2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally at the Buffalo Chip Campground, but ethanol is still in big demand – especially hand sanitizer. Former Renewable Fuels Association Chairman Mick Henderson with Commonwealth Agri-Energy in Kentucky says the hand sanitizer gives them a whole new discussion point with motorcycle riders as they fill up ... Read More…

RFA’s Robert White Reports on Ethanol from Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Aug 11, 2020: The post RFA’s Robert White Reports on Ethanol from Sturgis Motorcycle Rally appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

House Members Urge Direct Aid For Biofuels Producers

Aug 10, 2020: Members of the Congressional Biofuels Caucus spearheaded a letter Friday to House leadership requesting additional resources for the biofuels sector in the next piece of coronavirus relief legislation. Representatives Collin C. Peterson (D-MN), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Dave Loebsack, (D-IA) and Rodney Davis (R-IL), co-chairs of the Congressional Biofuels Caucus, led the letter with 31 members of Congress to Senate Majority ... Read More…

Senator Introduces Adopt GREET Act

Aug 7, 2020: Senate John Thune (R-SD) this week introduced the Adopt GREET Act, which would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to update its greenhouse gas (GHG) modeling for ethanol and biodiesel. Specifically, the bill would require EPA to adopt either the Argonne National Lab’s Greenhouse Gas and Regulated Emissions and Energy Use in Transportation (GREET) Model or the 2019 U.S. Department ... Read More…

RFA Promoting Ethanol at 80th Sturgis Rally

Aug 7, 2020: The 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally gets underway in South Dakota this weekend, and the Renewable Fuels Association will be setting up once again at the legendary Buffalo Chip Campground to spread the good news about ethanol and motorcycles. “We know things will look a little different at Sturgis this year, thanks to COVID, but one thing that remains the ... Read More…

RFA and Ethanol Once Again Fuel Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Aug 7, 2020: The Renewable Fuels Association returns this month to the famous Buffalo Chip Campground to help host the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, scheduled for Aug. 7-16 in Sturgis, S.D. In The post RFA and Ethanol Once Again Fuel Sturgis Motorcycle Rally appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Interview on DOE Retroactive Refinery Waiver Review

Aug 6, 2020: The post RFA Interview on DOE Retroactive Refinery Waiver Review appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Ethanol Celebrates 15th Anniversary of the RFS

Aug 6, 2020: The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) commemorated the 15th anniversary of President George W. Bush’s signing of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which created the Renewable Fuel Standard, by releasing a new report detailing how the policy has driven innovation in the ethanol industry to benefit the nation. President Bush signed the act August 8, 2005. “As you’ll see in ... Read More…

Anniversary Report Details Success of the Renewable Fuel Standard

Aug 6, 2020: Commemorating the 15th anniversary of President George W. Bush’s signing of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which created the Renewable Fuel Standard, the Renewable Fuels Association today released a The post Anniversary Report Details Success of the Renewable Fuel Standard appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

June 2020 Global Sales of U.S. Ethanol and DDGs Pick Up the Pace, Recovering Lost Ground

Aug 5, 2020: August 5, 2020 — U.S. ethanol exports were 78.5 million gallons (mg) in June, an 11.0 mg increase (up 16%). Sales across our northern border returned to pre-COVID levels, as The post June 2020 Global Sales of U.S. Ethanol and DDGs Pick Up the Pace, Recovering Lost Ground appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Ethanol Production Up and Down in July

Aug 5, 2020: U.S. ethanol production took a step back last week, after taking two steps forward the week before. According to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association for the week ending July 31, ethanol production moderated by 2.8%, or 27,000 barrels per day (b/d), to 931,000 b/d—equivalent to 39.10 million gallons daily. Production remained 10.5% below the same week in ... Read More…

Ethanol Ingredient Provider Hosts Competitive Grant Program for Future Ethanol Advocates

Aug 3, 2020: When a group of dynamic individuals come together to make a difference, there’s no limit on the impact that they can make. This was the case when CTE Global’s employees The post Ethanol Ingredient Provider Hosts Competitive Grant Program for Future Ethanol Advocates appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Provides USDA a Roadmap to Renewable Fuel Growth

Jul 31, 2020: The Renewable Fuels Association this week responded to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s request for comment on its Agriculture Innovation Agenda (AIA). Regarding renewable fuels, the agenda calls for Increased The post RFA Provides USDA a Roadmap to Renewable Fuel Growth 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.