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Oct 28, 2020

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Diamond Green Diesel receives air permits for proposed third expansion project

Oct 28, 2020: In Texas, Darling Ingredients’ Diamond Green Diesel (DGD) joint venture has received the necessary air permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), making construction one step closer on the proposed renewable diesel plant known as DGD III in Port Arthur, Texas. DGD continues to work through its gated project development process and a […]…

LanzaTech, Total and L’Oréal launches first sustainable packaging from carbon emissions

Oct 28, 2020: In France, through their innovative partnership, LanzaTech, Total and L’Oréal have premiered the world’s first sustainable packaging made from captured and recycled carbon emissions. The successful conversion process takes place in three steps: – LanzaTech captures industrial carbon emissions and converts them into ethanol using a unique biological process. – Total, thanks to an innovative […]…

Celtic Renewables launches Crowdcube funding campaign

Oct 28, 2020: In Scotland, Celtic Renewables has announced the launch of its Crowdcube funding campaign on the back of investor appetite to fund companies with environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. With commissioning of Celtic Renewables’ biorefinery in Scotland – the first of its kind in the UK – on track for Spring 2021, and on the […]…

Aemetis producing biogas from first two dairies

Oct 28, 2020: In California, Aemetis, Inc. is producing dairy biogas from the first two dairies in a 17 dairy digester biogas project. The below-zero carbon intensity gas is initially being utilized for the production of fuel ethanol at the Aemetis Advanced Fuels Keyes facility in Keyes, California.  Aemetis also produces high-grade sanitizer alcohol and various feed products […]…

South Africa launches Bioeconomy SA Portal

Oct 28, 2020: In South Africa, businesses and individuals involved in bio-innovation are invited to register on the Bioeconomy SA Portal, a web-based platform that collects information from different sources and integrates it into a single, uniform and secure user interface. The portal, an initiative of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), is expected to become a […]…

EPA considering changing E15 labeling policy ahead of election

Oct 28, 2020: In Washington, in a nod to the biofuel’s industry’s concerns over current E15 labels deterring customers from choosing the fuel at the pump, Reuters reports the Environmental Protection Agency is looking to change the labels that currently warn of potential engine damage. With the presidential election just a week away and President Trump having a […]…

CIRAD researchers say advanced biofuels alone won’t help climate or food security

Oct 28, 2020: In France, sharing efforts between biofuel production, the transition to reduced-meat diets and the reforestation of pastures would be a far better option for tomorrow’s agriculture than focusing on just one of these strategies. This mix would simultaneously address the goals of food security, biodiversity conservation and emissions reductions, according to a study published by […]…

RFA wants EPA to maintain long-term policy to promote flex fuel vehicles

Oct 28, 2020: In Washington, in comments submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding emissions standard compliance calculations for Flex Fuel vehicles (FFVs), the Renewable Fuels Association supported the EPA’s new approach to maintaining some level of certainty for automakers in the absence of future guidance. At the same time, however, RFA called on the agency to […]…

Cellulosic Biogas Markets and Applications: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen

Oct 27, 2020: One of the top 5 registered producers of cellulosic biofuel in the U.S., Iogen’s Brian Foody shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC 2020 on what cellulosic biogas is and how is it used today, RNG’s market segment, renewable hydrogen, transportation applications and technology, transportation fuel markets and what this all means for development of new […]…

Nominations open for the 50 Hottest Organizations in Bio+Engineering 2021

Oct 27, 2020: Who will make the Hot 50– who will get your vote? In Florida, The Digest announced the official opening of nominations for the 50 Hottest Organizations in Bio+Engineering for 2021. Nominate companies here. Voting Rules Voting will be open to all registered subscribers of The Digest and invited selectors. This year, votes will be weighted […]…

Pacific Ethanol Changing Brand and Focus

Oct 27, 2020: Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (PEI) has announced a strategic realignment to focus on specialty alcohols and essential ingredients, as well as its intent to change its corporate name. “Our company was founded to supply low carbon renewable fuel for the transportation market. While we will continue to participate in that market, transportation fuels are no longer our primary focus. Beginning with ... Read More…

Ethanol Stakeholders Comment on FFV Standards

Oct 27, 2020: Ethanol stakeholder organizations submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency this week regarding the E85 Flexible Fuel Vehicle Weighting Factor (F-factor) for Model Year 2021 and Later Vehicles. Comments from the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) support EPA’s new approach to maintaining some level of certainty for automakers, but would like to see the agency “provide a long-term floor and “more ... Read More…

RFA Seeks Certainty and Consistency in EPA Treatment of Flex Fuel Vehicles

Oct 26, 2020: In comments submitted today to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding emissions standard compliance calculations for Flex Fuel vehicles (FFVs), the Renewable Fuels Association supported the EPA’s new approach to The post RFA Seeks Certainty and Consistency in EPA Treatment of Flex Fuel Vehicles appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Ethanol Town Hall Meeting

Oct 26, 2020: The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and Growth Energy will hold a free virtual town hall meeting about ethanol on Wednesday, October 28 at 11:00 a.m. Central/12:00 p.m. Eastern. Farmers, biofuel producers and leaders of both businesses and communities are invited to participate to discuss the latest policy priorities for the industry, opportunities for growth in the domestic and global ... Read More…

National Biodiesel Foundation Receives Grants

Oct 26, 2020: The National Biodiesel Foundation has been awarded two Environmental Protection Agency grants through the 2021 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program. The first is in partnership with the District of Columbia (DC) Department of Public Works and DC Department of Water. The second is with the Iowa Department of Transportation. The Foundation is also partnering with Optimus Technologies and Renewable ... Read More…

RFA Urges Tariffs on Brazil Ethanol

Oct 26, 2020: While Brazil is still abiding by the 90 day extension of the tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for ethanol announced last month, talks with the United States to eliminate the tariff stalled last week and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is asking President Trump to take action. In a letter to the president, RFA called on President Trump to move forward in ... Read More…

Big Oil Needs to Accept RFS, Embrace Renewable Fuels

Oct 23, 2020: The post Big Oil Needs to Accept RFS, Embrace Renewable Fuels appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Biden Wants Zero Emissions by 2025, or 2050

Oct 23, 2020: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden expressed support for “complete zero emissions by 2025” by transitioning away from oil during the debate with President Donald Trump Thursday night. “Because the oil industry pollutes significantly,” said Biden. “It has to be replaced by renewable energy over time.” Biden mentioned solar and wind energy, but renewable fuels were not specifically mentioned by either ... Read More…

RFA Calls on President Trump to Level the Playing Field for Ethanol Exports to Brazil

Oct 23, 2020: The Renewable Fuels Association yesterday called on President Trump to move forward in seeking reciprocity and fairness in ethanol trade policy with Brazil. In a letter to the president, the The post RFA Calls on President Trump to Level the Playing Field for Ethanol Exports to Brazil appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Iowa Groups Ask Candidates to Oppose EV Legislation

Oct 23, 2020: The Iowa Biodiesel Board (IBB) and Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) are asking all candidates in Iowa running for federal office to take a stand against the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act of 2020 recently introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. IBB and IRFA says the legislation would restrict the sale of vehicles that can use biofuels as soon ... Read More…

Oil State Senators Ask EPA to Drop 2021 RFS

Oct 23, 2020: A group of 15 U.S. Senators representing oil refining states sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler this week asking him to simply waive the Renewable Fuel Standard requirements for 2021 to “account for the unprecedented collapse in demand for gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel.” The Renewable Fuels Association blasted the senators’ request, first noting that jet fuel is ... Read More…

RFA Interview on the Folly of a Nationwide EV Mandate

Oct 22, 2020: Courtesy RFD-TV Market Day Report The post RFA Interview on the Folly of a Nationwide EV Mandate appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA: Oil-State Senators Ask EPA to Violate the Law, Ignore the Courts

Oct 22, 2020: The Renewable Fuels Association today blasted the latest attempt by oil refiners and their supporters in the Senate to undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard. On Wednesday, a small group of The post RFA: Oil-State Senators Ask EPA to Violate the Law, Ignore the Courts appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

California E15 Testing to Start

Oct 22, 2020: With more than 15 million cars registered in the state, California has almost twice as many vehicles on the road than any other state in the nation, which makes it the number one market for growing domestic ethanol demand. To that end, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), state corn organizations, ethanol groups and the auto industry, are working with ... Read More…

RFA Receives Grants for Ethanol Safety Programs

Oct 21, 2020: The post RFA Receives Grants for Ethanol Safety Programs appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Receives New Grants for Ethanol Safety Program

Oct 21, 2020: The Renewable Fuels Association recently received $75,000 in grants to support its ethanol safety education program through on-site seminars and Internet webinars. Both grants were received through the association’s work with TRANSCAER, a voluntary national outreach effort that focuses on assisting communities to prepare for and respond to a possible hazardous material transportation incident. “Safety is a high priority for ... Read More…

National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center Joins RFA as Associate Member

Oct 19, 2020: The Renewable Fuels Association today welcomed the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) as its newest Associate Member. Located at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, NCERC is a nationally recognized center dedicated The post National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center Joins RFA as Associate Member appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

New Grants Support RFA’s Award-Winning Safety Education

Oct 19, 2020: The Renewable Fuels Association has recently been awarded $75,000 in grants to support its safety education program through on-site seminars and Internet webinars. Both grants were received via the association’s The post New Grants Support RFA’s Award-Winning Safety Education appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Sustainability Starts on the Farm

Oct 15, 2020: The supply chain for ethanol production starts on the farm. See first-hand the importance being placed on the health of the farm and protecting resources that improve soil health and The post Sustainability Starts on the Farm appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Inside an Ethanol Plant

Oct 15, 2020: Join us as we take a walk through a modern-day ethanol plant and see how a kernel of grain is transformed into fuel ethanol. Don’t forget your hard hat and The post Inside an Ethanol Plant 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.