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Aug 04, 2021

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Raizen IPO prices at low end of range due to risk profile of massive planned expansion

Aug 3, 2021: In Brazil, Bloomberg reports the Raizen IPO was likely priced at more than $1.1 billion on Tuesday with more than 810 million shares sold near the lower end of the expected valuation at just $1.42 per share. Concern about the company’s massive expansion plans following the acquisition of Biosev earlier this year and its hopes […]…

California Ethanol + Power teams with JBEI

Aug 3, 2021: In California, California Ethanol + Power (CE+P) announced that it is partnering with the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), a Bioenergy Research Center of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop scalable next-generation renewable energy products using biomass from CE+P’s planned sugarcane ethanol facility in Imperial County, Calif. In addition, CE+P Permitting Manager Nathan M. […]…

ICM to design Neomille corn-based biorefinery in Mato Grosso do Sul

Aug 3, 2021: In Kansas, ICM has signed an agreement with Neomille, a subsidiary of Cerradinho Bioenergia, to design a bio-refinery in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul. Construction will take place in Maracaju, 160 kilometers southwest of the state capital. The greenfield plant will deliver a corn grinding capacity of 3,400 MT daily and produce […]…

Xfuels preparing to start biodiesel production at Bieseker plant

Aug 3, 2021: In Canada, Xfuels Inc. will begin to produce biodiesel (B100) at its Bieseker plant. The company will purchase and install a continuous biodiesel production system capable of processing 50 barrels per hour, with the ability to expand the unit to 100 barrels per hour. The company will also integrate its priority grinding and oil extraction […]…

Savage to launch biofuels transload termina in California

Aug 3, 2021: In California, Savage, a global industry infrastructure and supply chain services company, announced a new multi-commodity transload terminal in San Joaquin County, near Stockton, CA, that will serve as a gateway for the distribution of renewable fuels into the state of California. Savage Railport – Stockton, CA is part of the company’s growing Savage Transload […]…

HollyFrontier buys most Sinclair Oil assets in part to boost renewables portfolio

Aug 3, 2021: In Texas, HollyFrontier Corporation and Holly Energy Partners, L.P have entered into definitive agreements under which HollyFrontier and HEP will acquire Sinclair Oil Corporation and Sinclair Transportation Company from The Sinclair Companies. Under the terms of HollyFrontier’s definitive agreement, HollyFrontier will acquire Sinclair’s: • Branded marketing business and all commercial activities, which build on an […]…

PNNL researchers seek to produce fuel for remote Alaskan communities from kelp

Aug 3, 2021: In Alaska, kelp is plentiful in remote, coastal Alaska. Fuel is not. And it’s expensive. Many isolated communities rely on diesel generators for energy because they are not connected to pipelines or the electrical grid. But diesel is expensive since it must be barged or flown in. In search of a cheaper, sustainable fuel, researchers […]…

NBB launches ad campaign calling on Biden to support RFS

Aug 3, 2021: In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board launched an ad campaign calling on President Biden to maintain his commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard. The ads will air on more than 200 radio stations in Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin on the Brownfield Ag News Network. “As a candidate last August, Joe Biden called the […]…

More of the fuel, twice the food: Microbiogen’s yeast breakthrough

Aug 3, 2021: For years, it’s been ‘food vs fuel,” a claim that has plagued ethanol producers, that somehow producing fuel from crops would lead to less food production, and anti-ethanol forces painted pictures of mass starvation and land degradation. It was mostly a canard, but an effective one — generally, when fuel is introduced into the equation, […]…

Marine AlGae Industrialization Consortium: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to MAGIC

Aug 3, 2021: Algae biofuel AND high value co-products from residuals across algae strains? Are there co‐products that lead to increased LEA value, while maintaining biofuel production, to drive down the overall cost of biofuel? That is what the Consortium is tackling via marine algae strain selection, production of biomass, evaluation of different separation technologies, testing of multiple […]…

NY Green Bank raises $314 million to meet demand for clean energy project financing

Aug 3, 2021: The transaction with Bank of America is the largest ever conducted by a green bank in the United States.

What’s in Congress’ infrastructure bill for renewable energy

Aug 3, 2021: Advocates called the bipartisan infrastructure bill a “down payment” on President Biden's climate and clean energy ambitions.

August sizzle: POWERGEN+, POWERGRID webcasts hot on decentralized energy, T&D

Aug 2, 2021: From T&D to on-site power and distributed energy, the webcasts take the temperature of the state of power transmission and generation at its most advanced stages.

NextEra wing selling $290M solar-storage project to AES Indiana

Aug 2, 2021: The Indiana subsidiary of AES Corp. will acquire and oversee building of a 250-MW solar and 180-MWh energy storage facility in that state.

South Carolina’s Past Failures and New Policies Contribute to a Brighter Future for Solar and Battery Storage

Aug 2, 2021: South Carolina now stands among the more proactive Southern states in clean energy policy. But it wasn’t always that way.

Given detailed analysis, grids can host the most solar

Aug 2, 2021: Originally published at ILSR.org Electricity customers are lining up to generate their own clean, affordable solar energy, but to get it to them, solar developers must navigate the impediments of a congested and outdated electricity grid. For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Yochi Zakai, an attorney with Shute, Mahaly, […]…

Utility giant NextEra adds 1.8 GW of renewables, storage to backlog

Aug 2, 2021: NextEra Energy added 1.8 gigawatts of renewables and storage to its backlog in the second quarter of 2021, the company reported last week.

Biden administration advances offshore wind energy plans in California, North Carolina

Aug 2, 2021: The Biden administration – through the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) – is advancing the process to bring offshore wind energy development to California and North Carolina.

20-MW, 80-MWh Santa Ana battery storage project operational in California

Jul 30, 2021: Calpine and GE Renewable Energy this month announced completion of a 80-MWh standalone battery storage system in southern California. The Santa Ana Storage Project, which uses GE’s Reservoir energy storage technology, entered into commercial operation. The 20-MW, 80-MWh capacity is supported by a 20-year Resource Adequacy Power Purchase Agreement. Calpine, which traditionally has been a […]…

The era of green finance

Jul 30, 2021: Companies and investors alike are seeking to get behind, and capitalize on, the decarbonization tailwinds impacting the industry.

There at the Beginning: Bob Reynolds

Jul 28, 2021: Third in a series. In honor of our 40th anniversary this year, we spoke with a few of the folks involved in the first decades of RFA and the ethanol The post There at the Beginning: Bob Reynolds appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Pledge to President: Ethanol to Achieve Net Zero Emissions by 2050 or Sooner

Jul 27, 2021: In a letter sent today to President Joe Biden, Renewable Fuels Association members from across the country memorialized their commitment to ensuring ethanol achieves a net-zero carbon footprint, on average, The post RFA Pledge to President: Ethanol to Achieve Net Zero Emissions by 2050 or Sooner appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Interview: Ethanol Marketplace’s Policy Challenges

Jul 26, 2021: RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper was interviewed this morning on Adams on Agriculture. Government inaction, he says, has been “an ongoing challenge and ongoing source of uncertainty and instability The post RFA Interview: Ethanol Marketplace’s Policy Challenges appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Interview: Ethanol Issues in the News

Jul 23, 2021: RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper was interviewed this week on the WIBW/Kansas Ag Network‘s Ag Issues program about new legislation to eliminate “corn ethanol” from the RFS, reports of The post RFA Interview: Ethanol Issues in the News appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA: D.C. Circuit Court Blasts Refiner Arguments on RFS

Jul 16, 2021: The Renewable Fuels Association today welcomed the D.C. Circuit Court’s outright rejection of arguments from oil refiners that the Renewable Fuel Standard causes them economic hardship and therefore the Environmental The post RFA: D.C. Circuit Court Blasts Refiner Arguments on RFS appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Industry Outlook and Policy Update

Jul 16, 2021: Following upon his keynote at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo, RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper was interviewed today on Adams on Agriculture and provided a policy update The post RFA Industry Outlook and Policy Update appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Interview: New Legislation for Year-Round E15

Jul 15, 2021: RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper was interviewed this morning on RFD-TV about new legislation introduced this week authorizing year-round E15 sales. The post RFA Interview: New Legislation for Year-Round E15 appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Thanks Congressional Champions for E15 Legislation

Jul 14, 2021: The Renewable Fuels Association today thanked members of the House and Senate for collaborating on a legislative remedy to the recent court decision striking down year-round sales of the E15 The post RFA Thanks Congressional Champions for E15 Legislation appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA Congratulates Markham, Member Companies on FEW Awards

Jul 14, 2021: The Renewable Fuels Association today congratulated members who were recognized for their industry and community efforts in 2020 by BBI International and Ethanol Producer Magazine. The awards were presented today The post RFA Congratulates Markham, Member Companies on FEW Awards appeared first on Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA CEO: Multiple Reasons for Ethanol Optimism

Jul 14, 2021: Low-carbon ethanol’s “brightest and sunniest days remain ahead” despite recent judicial setbacks and a growing policy push on electric vehicles, RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper said in keynote remarks The post RFA CEO: Multiple Reasons for Ethanol Optimism 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 […]…