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Sep 26, 2021

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US, China commit to phase down climate-warming HFCs from refrigerators and air conditioners – but what will replace them this time?

Sep 24, 2021: The EPA finalized a rule to start eliminating a class of climate-warming chemicals that are widely used as coolants in refrigerators, air conditioners and heat pumps.

City mayors around the globe pledge to ramp up renewables transition

Sep 24, 2021: Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles, USA, has launched the C40 Renewable Energy Declaration to help cities around the world accelerate the transition to clean energy resources in an equitable manner.

Biden’s solar plan presents big opportunity for asset management firms

Sep 24, 2021: The Biden administration's solar goals require bigger and more efficient arrays, creating a massive opportunity for asset management firms.

10 largest solar projects completed in the U.S. so far in 2021

Sep 24, 2021: The U.S. now has 53.7 GW of total solar capacity (including distributed generation). A pipeline of 17.4 GW of utility-scale capacity is under construction.

Enel Green Power taps ESS to deliver battery systems for solar+storage project in Spain

Sep 24, 2021: Oregon-based energy storage firm ESS Tech has been commissioned to deliver 17 of its long-duration Warehouse iron flow battery systems for a hybrid project in Spain.

Testing of Quadrise MSAR and bioMSAR fuels from Utah plant completed

Sep 24, 2021: In the UK, Quadrise said testing of a produced oil sample taken from the Petroteq Oil Sands Plant from the Greenfield Energy LLC’s Utah operations team was completed in Essex confirmed the ability to produce commercial MSAR and bioMSAR fuels from the sample of heavy sweet oil provided and a report of the testing results […]…

Neste sees SAF demand passing 12M tons annually by 2030

Sep 24, 2021: In Finland, Neste says sustainable aviation is a high growth and very attractive market as regulations and voluntary demand scale up, and it expects the global SAF demand to exceed 12 million ton/a by 2030. Neste plans to support market growth with 1.5 million tons/a planned capacity already available by the end of 2023 and […]…

Maersk invests in Prometheus Fuels

Sep 24, 2021: In Denmark, Maersk Growth has made a leading venture investment in Prometheus Fuels, a Silicon Valley-based startup with a promising direct air capture-technology to enable cost efficient, carbon neutral eFuels for shipping. The minority investment in Prometheus Fuels will support A.P. Moller – Maersk’s work to execute on the strategy to decarbonize marine operations. Maersk […]…

Vinata Aeromobility launches biofuel hybrid flying car

Sep 24, 2021: In India, Vinata Aeromobility Hybrid Powered Flying car and Air Cargo are both set for launching which will be held this October 5th in Excel London at the world’s largest Helitech Exhibition. Vinata Aeromobility has stated that the Hybrid Powered flying car is more sustainable and it uses biofuel. The Hybrid Powered Flying car has […]…

Honeywell and Wood announce package to produce carbon-neutral SAF

Sep 24, 2021: In Illinois, Honeywell and Wood announced a comprehensive package of technologies to support the effort to produce carbon-neutral aviation fuel. When used together, the technologies, which are based on Honeywell’s UOP Ecofining process technology and Wood’s hydrogen plant technology, could reduce lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 100% using certain feedstocks when compared to traditional […]…

“Leaked” 2020-2022 RVO figures reported in the press said to be a “spoof”

Sep 24, 2021: In Washington, DTN reports that a fictious email is being sent around pretending to come from the Renewable Fuels Association alleging potential RVO numbers for 2020 through 2022 ahead of their possible publication on Friday, which the association calls a “spoof”. Those numbers, including a revision down of 2020 blending, was reported by news agencies […]…

University of Botswana says country has feedstock for 15M liters of B20 annually

Sep 24, 2021: In Botswana, University of Botswana research indicates that Botswana has enough feedstock to yield more than 15 million liters of B20 biodiesel annually, thus slowly turning into reality Botswana’s dream to become a biodiesel producing country. The data collected so far suggests that Botswana had enough feedstock to support a biodiesel plant with a capacity […]…

Argentina to appeal United States Court of International Trade decision on tariffs

Sep 24, 2021: In Argentina, Ecos365 reports the country will appeal the ruling of the United States Court of International Trade that ratifies the imposition of tariffs imposed in 2018 on the import of biofuel produced in Argentina. On Wednesday, the United States Court of International Trade ruled against the demand of the Argentine government and an exporting […]…

Cutting Edge Funding & Contractual Structures: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to SAF Project Financing

Sep 24, 2021: Accelerating deployment of sustainable aviation fuel – it’s the talk of the town this past week and here to share the latest on project financing for SAF is project finance expert Mark Riedy. From what debt project financing is to how commercial projects can be structured and government loan programs from the DOE, USDA, bonds, […]…

Investigation into Texas freeze highlights natural gas failures, frequency of cold weather events

Sep 23, 2021: The joint report issued by FERC and NERC cited freezing and natural gas fuel supply issues as the two largest causes for the disaster.

GE selected to supply solar power stations for 1.3 GW of projects in Turkey

Sep 23, 2021: GE Renewable Energy has been selected by Kaylon to deliver solar power stations for 1.3 GW of projects in Turkey, the company announced Thursday.

U.S. hydropower generation to decline 14% in 2021 amid drought, EIA reports

Sep 23, 2021: In its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), the U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts that electricity generation from U.S. hydropower plants will be 14% lower in 2021 than it was in 2020. This is a result of “extreme and exceptional” drought conditions that have been affecting much of the western U.S., especially California and states in the Pacific Northwest, which are […]…

Honeywell, Wood deploy integrated SAF solution, pairing UOP’s Ecofining and Wood’s hydrogen tech

Sep 23, 2021: In Illinois and the UK,Honeywell and Wood announced a comprehensive package of technologies to support the effort to produce carbon-neutral aviation fuel. When used together, the technologies, which are based on Honeywell’s UOP Ecofining processtechnology and Wood’s hydrogen plant technology, could reduce lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 100% using certain feedstocks when compared to […]…

Ohio bill emphasizes jobs and justice on path to 100% clean energy by 2050

Sep 23, 2021: A bill for cutting carbon emissions calls for equity in job training and transition programs, an office of energy justice, increased oversight, and curbs on utility influence over regulators.

How Long Island could become a green hydrogen hub

Sep 23, 2021: New York-based National Grid US envisions a “hydrogen hub” in Long Island that it says will help the state and city meet net-zero carbon goals in the coming decades.

RFA Congratulates E Energy Adams for Billion-Gallon Milestone

Sep 20, 2021: The Renewable Fuels Association today congratulated member company E Energy Adams for producing its billionth gallon of ethanol, a rare achievement in the renewable fuels industry. “With the achievement of The post RFA Congratulates E Energy Adams for Billion-Gallon Milestone appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Interview on Ethanol and Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Sep 17, 2021: The post Interview on Ethanol and Sustainable Aviation Fuel appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

Interview: Ethanol Opportunities for Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Sep 15, 2021: RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper was interviewed this morning about the potential opportunities for ethanol as a feedstock for sustainable aviation fuel, and the current related policy moves in The post Interview: Ethanol Opportunities for Sustainable Aviation Fuel appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

There at the Beginning: Randy Doyal

Sep 14, 2021: Fifth in a series. In honor of our 40th anniversary this year, we spoke with a few of the pioneers involved in the first decades of RFA and the ethanol The post There at the Beginning: Randy Doyal appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

U.S. Farm & Biofuel Leaders Seek Immediate Aviation Fuel Fix to Budget Bill

Sep 13, 2021: America’s top biofuel and farm advocates called on Democratic leaders to fix a major flaw in the House Ways & Means Committee text released Friday night for tax provisions of The post U.S. Farm & Biofuel Leaders Seek Immediate Aviation Fuel Fix to Budget Bill appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Analysis: Retail Gas Prices Not Affected by Renewable Fuel Standard Credits

Sep 13, 2021: The Renewable Fuel Standard’s compliance credit market mechanism does not have any impact on retail gasoline prices, according to a new analysis released today by the Renewable Fuels Association. The The post RFA Analysis: Retail Gas Prices Not Affected by Renewable Fuel Standard Credits appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA, Growth Energy, NCGA Statement on RVP Rehearing Petition Denial

Sep 9, 2021: Today, the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and the National Corn Growers Association released the following statement after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals denied their petition for rehearing regarding the recent American The post RFA, Growth Energy, NCGA Statement on RVP Rehearing Petition Denial appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Thanks Congressional Advocates for Biofuel Inclusion in Reconciliation Bill

Sep 9, 2021: The Renewable Fuels Association today thanked members of Congress in both chambers for incorporating infrastructure funding for higher ethanol blends into the pending budget reconciliation package. “We are grateful to The post RFA Thanks Congressional Advocates for Biofuel Inclusion in Reconciliation Bill appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Participates in White House Roundtable on Sustainable Aviation Fuels

Sep 9, 2021: Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper joined other industry leaders and officials from the Biden Administration today for a White House roundtable discussion on the future of sustainable The post RFA Participates in White House Roundtable on Sustainable Aviation Fuels appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Interview on Current Ethanol Issues

Sep 9, 2021: RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper was interviewed today on Adams on Agriculture, about a range of ethanol issues in the news this week.  Topics include small refinery exemptions, sustainable The post RFA Interview on Current Ethanol Issues 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 […]…