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Dec 04, 2021

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Dogger Bank C offshore wind farm reaches financial close

Dec 3, 2021: SSE Renewables and joint venture partner Equinor have reached financial close on Dogger Bank C, the third phase of the offshore wind farm based in the UK.

Australia tests residential solar+storage as a virtual power plant

Dec 3, 2021: Project Symphony will investigate the use of distributed energy resources in Western Australia’s energy market.

Benefits of mesoscale modeling for offshore wind projects

Dec 3, 2021: The lack of complex terrain in the offshore environment may intuitively steer project developers away from mesoscale modeling to assess the project wind energy resource. However, there are compelling technical reasons indicating that this is not the right course of action.

Financing renewable energy in developing economies

Dec 3, 2021: A certain type of investment is needed for energy infrastructure that is not always accessible for developing economies.

K Line successfully conducts marine biofuel trial with bp

Dec 2, 2021: In Japan, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” LINE) has successfully conducted a trial use of marine biofuel which was supplied by bp on car carrier “POLARIS HIGHWAY”. “K” LINE signed a deal for marine biofuel supply with bp. The marine biofuel was delivered to the vessel at the Dutch port of Flushing on Nov 6, […]…

Consortium to develop UK showcasing Bloom Energy’s solid oxide power generation platform

Dec 2, 2021: In the UK, Bloom Energy, Conrad Energy, and Electricity North West (Construction and Maintenance) plan to collaborate on the development, construction and operation of behind-the-meter (BtM) projects to bring Bloom Energy’s solid oxide power generation platform to the UK market. Orders are expected to commence in December 2021. Bloom’s fuel-flexible, non-combustion Energy Servers combine ambient air and […]…

Hindustan Unilever swaps out coal completely and greens up with biomass and biodiesel

Dec 2, 2021: In India, Hindustan Unilever Limited has eliminated coal usage across its operations, replacing it with green alternatives such as biomass and biodiesel. To facilitate this, the Company has collaborated with biomass suppliers, and local farmers to ensure a sustainable supply of green fuel and made the necessary changes for the renewable transition in its coal-fired […]…

TotalEnergies and Clean Energy begin building first US biomethane unit

Dec 2, 2021: In Texas, through their joint venture, TotalEnergies and its U.S. partner Clean Energy are launching the construction of their first biomethane production unit, in Friona, Texas. The biomethane will be used as an alternative fuel for mobility, thus contributing to decarbonize road transportation. Located on the Del Rio Dairy farm, the facility will be fueled […]…

GEFCO France and Gardien Transports test biodiesel in car transporters

Dec 2, 2021: In France, GEFCO France and Gardien Transports started testing biodiesel made from waste oil and fat in November as an alternative fuel for two car transporters distributing new vehicles in the Hauts-de-France region of northern France. This one-year project supports GEFCO France’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions from its finished vehicles logistics (FVL) operations. For […]…

BluCon Biotech secures nearly $1M to scale up waste-based L-lactic acid technology

Dec 2, 2021: In Germany, Cologne-based bioeconomy company BluCon Biotech recently received a commitment of €931.111 in funding from the German Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) for the scaling of its proprietary fermentation technology made from agricultural residue, such as straw, to produce part of the bio-plastic polylactic acid (PLA). The globally unique and highly innovative technology […]…

Berkeley Lab improve process for turning CO2 emissions into fuel feedstock

Dec 2, 2021: In California, carbon dioxide (CO2), a product of burning fossil fuels and the most prevalent greenhouse gas, has the potential to be sustainably converted back into useful fuels. A promising route for turning CO2 emissions into a fuel feedstock is a process known as electrochemical reduction. But to be commercially viable, the process needs to […]…

EPA expected to release 2021 and 2022 RVOs in coming days

Dec 2, 2021: In Washington, Reuters reports that after having missed the deadline for 2021 and 2022 blending levels this week, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release those mandates in the next few days. Refiners have been pushing hard for the Biden Administration to cut blending levels and have shorted the RIN market to dangerous levels […]…

Competitive Edge: Nzyme2HC’s hydrogen tech

Dec 2, 2021: 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? There was no existing way to produce Hydrogen that was simultaneously renewable (no CO2 emissions) and price-competitive with fossil (Steam […]…

4.25 Barrels of SAF per Biomass Ton: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to DG Fuels

Dec 2, 2021: Converting 850,000 tons of dry cellulosic biomass to 3,613,000 barrels of zero CO2 life cycle emissions fuel is what DG Fuels is all about and their proposed 21 sites at 10,000 barrels per day each are some serious plans. Get the details on how in this illuminating slide guide from Michael Darcy, Chairman and CEO […]…

Electric school bus charging hub could provide ‘blueprint’ for grid support

Dec 2, 2021: By connecting the batteries of parked electric school buses to the grid, a first-of-its-kind electric school bus charging hub aims to provide enough backup power to support up to 10,000 homes.

U.S. records red-hot quarter for utility-scale solar, battery storage

Dec 2, 2021: The red-hot quarter also included the addition of 127 megawatts of battery storage paired with utility-scale solar PV systems.

Amid a flood of solar applications, Maine seeks a more targeted approach

Dec 2, 2021: A stakeholder group tasked with helping lawmakers incentivize distributed generation and plan grid upgrades is expected to issue its first of two reports by Jan. 1.

United completes world’s first passenger flight using 100% sustainable aviation fuel

Dec 2, 2021: The 612-mile demonstration flight emitted an estimated 75% less CO2 than a flight using traditional jet fuel.

Amazon’s massive renewable energy portfolio just got a lot bigger

Dec 1, 2021: Amazon is adding to its massive global renewable energy portfolio with 18 new projects in Europe and the U.S. -- bringing its global clean energy procurement to 12 gigawatts.

IEA: Record renewables growth predicted despite high commodity prices

Dec 1, 2021: The IEA’s annual Renewables Market Report finds that by 2026, global renewable electricity capacity is forecast to rise more than 60% from 2020 levels.

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 […]…

“Pic your Ride” Photo Contest – 2015 Winners

Feb 2, 2015: Pure horsepower was on display at Propel in January. Thanks for sharing your stories, and your pics – we are proud to have you as our customers. This contest went far bigger than we expected, so we’re giving away 2X … Continue reading →…

“Pic your ride” Photo Contest – Propel Fuels

Jan 6, 2015: For those who love horsepower, we designed a Propel cap just for you. Claim your cap by uploading a pic of your ride to our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/propelfuels. The 20 top pics will win a limited edition Propel flat … Continue reading →…

Volkswagen unveils a rugged Golf Alltrack TDI

Oct 17, 2014: The new VW Golf SportWagen (which is replacing the Jetta SportWagen) was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in the souped-up Alltrack edition. It’s not only the angular, more masculine lines that differentiate the Alltrack from its less adventure-oriented SportWagen sibling. … Continue reading →…

More diesels, please! Chrysler ramps up Ram 1500 EcoDiesel production

Oct 7, 2014: As we mentioned a few months ago, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was named Motor Trend’s “Truck of the Year” thanks to its super efficiency and overall stellar performance. And people loved it. As the only half-ton pickup on the market sporting … Continue reading →…

Propel mobile app—now available for iPhone & Android

Sep 10, 2014:  Use the app to find Propel Flex Fuel E85 & Biodiesel locations and daily pricing. Access these features for Apple and Android phones today. Price Check: Find today’s prices and save Locator Map: Discover locations & driving directions Vehicle Check: … Continue reading →…

Diesel hybrid from VW finally on the market (in Europe)

Jun 25, 2014: Back in 2011 we posted about this space-agey diesel-electric hybrid concept from Volkswagen dubbed the XL 1. At the time, the XL1 was just a prototype and not strictly “street legal.” However, as reported by Inside Climate News, the auto … Continue reading →…

Audi RS5 TDI Concept

Jun 3, 2014: It’s an exciting time for diesel vehicle enthusiasts—Audi is celebrating 25 years of the TDI engine! And how does a car company celebrate a milestone like this? By unveiling an awesome new concept car, of course. According to Autoblog, Audi … Continue reading →…

Fuel innovation: Ethanol from CO gas

May 22, 2014: So, where’s your fuel coming from next? Out of thin air. Scientists around the country continue to innovate new fuels that reduce dependence on petroleum and improve air quality. And this development caught our attention. Ethanol from Carbon Monoxide Gas No corn, … Continue reading →…

Trident Inceni: A speedy sporty diesel

May 13, 2014: The word “diesel” usually brings to mind a big, loud, rumbly truck and probably not a very fast truck. The Trident Inceni turns this idea on its head. This sports car is smokin’—and no I don’t mean the exhaust. There’s … Continue reading →…

Happy Earth Day! Propel customers reduce CO2 emissions and petroleum use

Apr 22, 2014: In honor of Earth Day, we want to say a big THANK YOU to all of our customers who choose renewable fuel—even when it’s not Earth Day. Together, Propel customers have a significant and positive impact on our planet, reducing both harmful … Continue reading →…