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Dec 08, 2019

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RFA Stresses Ethanol Benefits at COP25

Dec 6, 2019: The Renewable Fuels Association told world leaders meeting this week in Madrid that low-carbon ethanol is an economical and proven solution for fighting global climate change. RFA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Kelly Davis is attending the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP25) with a small delegation of U.S. farm and biofuel industry leaders to promote the environmental benefits of ethanol ... Read More…

Illinois Farm Families® releases docuseries episode highlighting biofuels

Dec 6, 2019: In Illinois, Illinois Farm Families® has released the first episode in their new docuseries highlighting farmer sustainability practices. This engaging storytelling video is focused on biofuels made from Illinois corn and soybeans. It presents the perspectives of farmer Elliott Uphoff and American Lung Association Vice President Angela Tin to help explain the clean air advantages […]…

Pertamina to develop business case for B100

Dec 6, 2019: In Indonesia, Tempo newspaper reports that the former governor of Jakarta, Pertamina’s new chief commissioner, has said the state-owned oil company must head for B100 on the back of a request from the president, a goal he says the company is capable of achieving. With the country’s significant palm oil supplies on hand as feedstock, […]…

Zimbabwe flipflops on slashing E20 blending mandate due to ethanol supply challenges

Dec 6, 2019: In Zimbabwe, the country’s energy regulator announced a cut to 10% ethanol blending from the previous 20% due to challenges in sourcing ethanol as heavy rains keep Green Fuels from harvesting the cane required for ethanol production, but just hours later reversed the decision and kept the mandate at 20%. A statement from the regulator […]…

Brazil plants largest corn crop on record thanks to increased ethanol production and Chinese demand

Dec 6, 2019: In Brazil, on the back of increased demand for corn-based ethanol as well as exports to China resulting from the continued trade war between the Asian country and its traditional corn supplier, the US, Reuters reports Brazil has planted its largest crop of corn on record at 18 million hectares, up 3.5% on the year. […]…

NORDEN teams with tech spinoff on 3.5 year lignin-based marine fuel trial

Dec 6, 2019: In Denmark, Russia’s Port News reports that NORDEN is taking another step forward with its renewable shipping fuel plans by teaming with Technical University of Denmark spinoff Kvasir Technologies to use lignin-based liquid fuels using their gasification-related technology. The 3.5 year collaboration as part of Danish project ShippingLab will see NORDEN test the fuel at […]…

TERI findings changing biodiesel production process can reduce tailpipe emissions

Dec 6, 2019: In India, changing the process of producing biodiesel could help reduce tailpipe emissions of nanoparticles, contributing to improving air quality, according to a collaborative study by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), the Finnish Meteorological Institute, and Tampere University, Finland. TERI, supported by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of GoI, and the Finnish research collaboration […]…

US-Japan trade agreement to promote increased ethanol, DDGS and corn exports

Dec 6, 2019: In Japan, the final US-Japan Trade Agreement solidifies trade with Japan by maintaining a zero duty on imports of corn for feed and eliminating a three percent tariff for corn other than feed. Japan will also eliminate U.S. sorghum tariffs, which are as high as three percent, and reduce a mark-up on barley for feed. […]…

A Better Way to Halt Global Warming? Response to Dr. Chichilnisky’s Direct Air Capture Article

Dec 5, 2019: By Don Siefkes, Executive Director, E100 Ethanol Group Special to The Digest Dr. Graciela Chichilnisky’s process of direct carbon capture is technically elegant, but there is a lot simpler, lower cost and faster way to halt global warming that will ensure the future of the biofuel industry. Gasoline is the single largest emitter by far […]…

The Competitive Edge: GlobalYeast

Dec 5, 2019: Q: What was the reason for founding your organization – what was the open niche you saw that could be addressed with a new product or service? What was the problem, or gap, or opportunity? Industrial fermentation is at the core of advanced bio economy. Fermentation is known for its versatility, but also for the […]…

October Shipments of U.S. Ethanol Press Higher while U.S. DDGS Exports Slip

Dec 5, 2019: December 5, 2019 – U.S. ethanol exports picked up in October, increasing 13% to 112.8 million gallons (mg), according to data issued today by the government and analyzed by the The post October Shipments of U.S. Ethanol Press Higher while U.S. DDGS Exports Slip appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Stresses Ethanol Benefits at U.N. Climate Change Conference

Dec 5, 2019: Low-carbon ethanol is an economical and proven solution for fighting global climate change, the Renewable Fuels Association told world leaders this week in Madrid at the U.N. Climate Change Conference, The post RFA Stresses Ethanol Benefits at U.N. Climate Change Conference appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to “What’s holding back Advanced Biofuels?”

Dec 5, 2019: Advanced liquid biofuels play an important role in the low-carbon pathway for the transport sector laid out by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). IRENA’s low-carbon pathway to 2050 calls for a fivefold increase in consumption of biofuels, from 130 billion litres in 2016 to almost 650 billion litres in 2050. This means that new […]…

Iowa Governor Moves State Vehicles to B20

Dec 4, 2019: During an appearance at the Iowa Farm Bureau annual meeting in Des Moines Tuesday, Governor Kim Reynolds signed an executive order requiring that all new state vehicles with diesel engines must be approved to run on B20 biodiesel (a blend of 20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum-based diesel) or more “Biodiesel is a growing and vital industry in Iowa, and I ... Read More…

Researching Ways to Turn Biorefinery Waste into New Products

Dec 3, 2019: A research team at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is beginning work on new methods to turn biorefinery waste into valuable industrial products. A pilot scale testing facility for one of the processes set to be established at SD Mines. Pilot scale processing of corn stover will be performed at Idaho National Lab, SD Mines and Southwest ... Read More…

NBB Asks EPA To Properly Account for SREs

Dec 2, 2019: The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) comments on EPA’s supplemental proposal for 2020 renewable volume obligations urge the agency “to properly account for small refinery exemptions, address the remand of the 2016 standards, and increase the 2021 biomass-based diesel volume.” NBB is encouraging EPA to use a three-year average of the gallons EPA actually exempted. “Unfortunately, the proposal uses an average ... Read More…

RFA Urges EPA to “Just Follow the Law”

Dec 2, 2019: The comment period on EPA’s supplemental proposal for 2020 renewable volume obligations ended on Friday, and the Renewable Fuels Association’s message in comments submitted was simple when it comes to implementing blending obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard: Just follow the law RFA’s comments highlight the fact that the Clean Air Act requires EPA to “ensure” that the RFS volumes ... Read More…

RFA Urges EPA to Respect Congressional Intent and President Trump’s Commitment on the RFS

Nov 29, 2019: For the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the choice should be clear and simple when it comes to implementing blending obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard: Just follow the law. That The post RFA Urges EPA to Respect Congressional Intent and President Trump’s Commitment on the RFS appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

The Atlantic’s Anti-Ethanol Errors

Nov 27, 2019: It is not surprising that a staffer at an organization once dubbed “a Big Oil astroturf group” would write an article attacking renewable fuels, but it is sad that a The post The Atlantic’s Anti-Ethanol Errors appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Comments Rolling in on RFS Rule

Nov 27, 2019: Comments are rolling in this week proposed supplemental rulemaking to the 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The deadline is Friday, November 29, which is a federal work day, but many groups are getting their comments in early this week to take two days for Thanksgiving. Most comments from biofuel supporters basically center on three ... Read More…

RFA Reviews 2020 Vehicle Models for Ethanol Usage

Nov 26, 2019: The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) finds good news for E15 but bad news for higher blends of ethanol in its review of 2020 model year vehicles. The RFA analysis of vehicle owner’s manuals and warranty statements reveals that nearly all new 2020 automobiles are explicitly approved by the manufacturer to use gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E15). However, RFA’s annual ... Read More…

RFA Review of 2020 Vehicle Models Reveals Good News for E15, Bad News for Flex Fuels

Nov 26, 2019: A new analysis of vehicle owner’s manuals and warranty statements by the Renewable Fuels Association reveals that nearly all new 2020 automobiles are explicitly approved by the manufacturer to use The post RFA Review of 2020 Vehicle Models Reveals Good News for E15, Bad News for Flex Fuels appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Governors’ Biofuels Coalition Takes Aim at Gasoline Aromatics

Nov 25, 2019: The Governors’ Biofuels Coalition is asking President Trump to take action on removing toxic aromatics from gasoline. In a letter to President Trump, coalition chair and vice chair Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem asked him to enforce a provision of the Clean Air Act that requires the reduction and elimination of toxic carcinogenic aromatics from ... Read More…

E85 Flex Fuel Wrangler is Off-Road Ready

Nov 25, 2019: The Renewable Fuels Association/Hauk Designs Flex Fuel E85 Jeep Wranger is complete and designer Kenny Hauk is pretty proud of the monster machine that can run on up to 85 percent ethanol. “What I’ve learned is that E85 has incredible performance potential,” said Hauk. “You can have incredible horsepower gains, an engine that runs much cooler than normal and has ... Read More…

ACE Elects Executive Committee

Nov 22, 2019: During its fourth quarter meeting, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Board of Directors elected its Officers and Executive Committee for 2020. Re-elected to serve as officers on the 2020 Executive Committee are: Duane Kristensen, serving as ACE’s Board President. Kristensen is the General Manager and Vice President of Operations of Chief Ethanol Fuels, which owns a 70 million-gallon-per-year (MGY) ... Read More…

New York Approves E15, Giving Drivers a Lower-Carbon, Lower-Cost Fuel Choice

Nov 20, 2019: The Renewable Fuels Association today praised the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets for its decision to allow E15 sales in the state as a win for the state’s The post New York Approves E15, Giving Drivers a Lower-Carbon, Lower-Cost Fuel Choice appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

William “Bill” Kristol to Provide Political Insight at National Ethanol Conference

Nov 14, 2019: Political analyst and commentator Bill Kristol will provide his unique and entertaining brand of political insight and prognostication during a special luncheon at the 2020 National Ethanol Conference, the Renewable The post William “Bill” Kristol to Provide Political Insight at National Ethanol Conference appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Thanks Senators for Standing Up for Renewable Fuel Standard

Nov 7, 2019: The Renewable Fuels Association today thanked a group of Senators representing Midwest states for their comments to the Environmental Protection Agency supporting the Renewable Fuel Standard. The Senators—Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), The post RFA Thanks Senators for Standing Up for Renewable Fuel Standard appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

High-Power Flex Fuel Jeep Wrangler Shows Off Ethanol in Vegas

Nov 7, 2019: This week at the massive SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Renewable Fuels Association and Kenny Hauk of Hauk Designs unveiled a one-of-a-kind project that highlights the many benefits of The post High-Power Flex Fuel Jeep Wrangler Shows Off Ethanol in Vegas appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

September Sales of U.S. Ethanol and DDGS Decline Yet Remain Robust; U.S. Imports of Brazilian Ethanol Chip Away at Net Exports Margin

Nov 6, 2019: November 5, 2019 – U.S. ethanol exports relaxed in September, decreasing 18% to 100.3 million gallons (mg), according to data issued late today by the government and analyzed by the The post September Sales of U.S. Ethanol and DDGS Decline Yet Remain Robust; U.S. Imports of Brazilian Ethanol Chip Away at Net Exports Margin 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.