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‘Clean’ Truck Regs, Strong Rate Environment Likely for 2021

by Cristina Commendatore (Fleet Owner) President-elect Joe Biden has emphasized the importance of achieving net-zero emissions no later than 2050, and the industry will be paying close attention to environmental initiatives that could impact trucking after the Jan. 20 inauguration.  READ MORE California governor proposes $1.5B for clean transportation (FreightWaves)

January 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Brazil Reaches out to Biden amid Ethanol Trade Spat

by Bill Tomson (Agri-Pulse)  Brazil is making it known that the Bolsonaro administration wants a strong relationship with the U.S., but the friendly words come amid rising U.S. frustration over Brazil’s ethanol tariffs. … But there was no misunderstanding when Brazil reimposed a 20% tariff on U.S. ethanol in December,

January 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Planting Crops — and Carbon, Too

by Gabriel Popkin (Washington Post)  President Biden says farmers can adopt agricultural methods that help fight climate change. Maryland farmer Trey Hill has been trying. … As the winter cover crops grow, they will feed microbes and improve the soil’s health, which Hill believes will eventually translate into higher yields of

January 22, 2021 Read Full Article

NREL Reports Sustainability Benchmarks for Plastics Recycling and Redesign

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Researchers developing renewable plastics and exploring new processes for plastics upcycling and recycling technologies will now be able to easily baseline their efforts to current manufacturing practices to understand if their efforts will save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Benchmark data calculated and compiled at the

January 22, 2021 Read Full Article

MARAD and META Biofuel Opportunities: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Maritime Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD)’s Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance (META) Program promotes the research, demonstration, and development of emerging technologies, practices, and processes that improve maritime industrial environmental sustainability with a focus on reduction in vessel and port air emissions. One

January 22, 2021 Read Full Article

D.C. Circuit Court Stays EPA Action Granting Refinery Waivers

(Renewable Fuels Association) In response to an emergency motion filed Tuesday evening by the Renewable Fuels Association, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today ordered that EPA’s action on Tuesday to grant three small refinery petitions must be “administratively stayed pending further order of the court.” The order prevents EPA

January 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Recording and Highlights from the ARPA-E Web Conference: “Changing What’s Possible for a Sustainable Future”

by Tammy Klein (Transport Energy Strategies)  Thanks to all of you who attended the recent webinar with Dr. David Babson, Program Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E).  The title of his talk was “Changing what’s possible for a sustainable future,” which included a topic that is top of mind for

January 21, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA Files Petition and Emergency Motion to Halt EPA’s Dark-of-Night Refinery Waivers

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association filed a petition for review and an emergency motion to stay the effectiveness of three small refinery exemptions granted Tuesday evening by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with less than 24 hours remaining in the Trump administration. “EPA’s decision will inflict substantial, immediate, and irreversible harm” on U.S.

January 21, 2021 Read Full Article

USDA’s Support for Rural Growth: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Rural Business-Cooperative Service

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mark Brodziski, Deputy Administrator at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC 2020 about how the USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service offers programs to support rural business growth across markets in the bioeconomy like biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased products like

January 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Top 10 Bioeconomy Must-Knows in the Biden Transition

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who are the key bioeconomy players in the new Biden Administration? What recent moves by the outgoing Trump Administration and Congress will set their budget and regulatory framework for 2021. What will the new Administration do, right away and this year?  READ MORE 1. New

January 20, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA Will Fight EPA’s Illegal, Last-Minute Refinery Exemptions

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association today harshly condemned the Environmental Protection Agency’s unconscionable and unlawful decision to grant three more small refinery exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard with just hours remaining before Donald Trump leaves the White House and Joe Biden is sworn in as President. Last week,

January 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act Passed as Part of National Defense Authorization Act

(Bergeson & Campbell) On December 28, 2020, the House overrode President Trump’s veto and passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (H.R. 6395) by a vote of 322 to 87, and the Senate passed the bill on January 1, 2021, by a vote of 81 to 13. Subtitle E of

January 20, 2021 Read Full Article

EPA Proposes to Extend 2019, 2020 RFS Deadlines DEADLINE Comments due March 11, 2021

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA is scheduled to publish a proposed rule in the Federal Register on Jan. 15 extending certain Renewable Fuel Standard deadlines for compliance years 2019 and 2020. A public comment period is open through March 11 and a virtual public hearing is scheduled

January 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Petitions for a Waiver of the 2019 and 2020 Renewable Fuel Standards DEADLINE Comments due February 18, 2021

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) EPA seeks comment on several petitions for a waiver of the 2019 and 2020 Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) volume requirements from refineries and the governors of several states. The petitions and the associated Federal Register Notice are provided below. Comments must be received on or before February

January 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Plastics Innovation Challenge Draft Roadmap and Request for Information

(U.S. Department of Energy) In January, 2021, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the Plastics Innovation Challenge Draft Roadmap and a Request for Information (RFI) seeking stakeholder input on the Draft Roadmap. Announced in November 2019, the Plastics Innovation Challenge is a comprehensive program to accelerate innovations in energy-efficient

January 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Holding Strong: U.S. Biodiesel Producers Surveyed

by Tom Bryan (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine’s late-2020 survey of producers tells the story of a resilient, changing industry that’s taken mostly indirect hits from the pandemic. Many producers lowered, but later ramped back up, production in 2020. This publication’s survey of U.S. biomass-based diesel producers, conducted in early December,

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewed Focus on Climate Legislation Could Help Biofuels

by Sara Wyant (Ag Week) The biofuel industry argues that President-elect Joe Biden can also make progress on his climate goals by expanding biofuel usage mandates, embracing a low carbon fuel policy and increasing vehicle emissions standards. Now that Democrats have won control of the Senate, climate legislation is inevitable,

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Official Release of the MOVES3 Motor Vehicle Emissions Model for SIPs and Transportation Conformity

(Environmental Protection Agency/Federal Register)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of the  (MOVES3) for official purposes outside of California. MOVES3 is the latest state-of-the art upgrade to EPA’s modeling tools for estimating emissions from cars, trucks, buses, and motorcycles based on the latest data and regulations. MOVES3

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Washington Week in Review: Jan. 15, 2021: Rep. Rodney Davis on Impeachment, COVID Aid, and Biofuels

(Agri-Pulse)  It’s been an eventful two weeks on Capitol Hill, and the impacts could linger for an extended period of time. Illinois Republican Rodney Davis, a veteran of the House Agriculture Committee and the ranking member of the House Administration Committee, joins Agri-Pulse to discuss the current outlook for Congress

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Establishes ‘Division of Minerals Sustainability’

by Emily Holbrook (Environment + Energy Leader) … US Department of Energy (DOE) announced the establishment of a Division of Minerals Sustainability. In a statement on its website, the DOE says the division was created to bring an increased focus to securing a US critical minerals supply chain that will transform the US

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Getting to Neutral Carbon: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Carbon Drawdown

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s A.J. Simon shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC 2020 to look at the role that bioeconomy pathways play in drawing down CO2 from the atmosphere. From pathway selection, corn starch, switchgrass, forest residue, and a comparison of their net emissions

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Truly Renewable Energy: The Importance of Organics Recycling in a Decarbonized Future

by Shawn Kreloff (Bioenergy Devco/Biofuels Digest) … But what if we could replace a significant amount of these fossil fuels with renewable natural gas (RNG) or Green Hydrogen created solely from advanced processing of organic residuals – byproducts that would otherwise decompose into methane and contribute to the increase in

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Aemetis: Patent Award Enables Launch of ‘Carbon Zero’ Plants

(Aemetis/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Aemetis Inc. announced Jan. 15 that its exclusively licensed technology for the production of below zero carbon renewable fuel was awarded U.S. Patent No. 10907184 (to be published February 2, 2021), enabling the launch of Aemetis “Carbon Zero” production plants to commercialize the technology.  Using patented technology exclusive to Aemetis

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Outgoing Trump Admin Mulls Industry-Wide Biofuel Waiver for Oil Refiners and E15 Labeling Change

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters) The Trump administration is considering requests from the oil refining industry and its backers for a sweeping nationwide waiver to exempt them from their obligations to blend biofuels, a measure they argue would help them weather the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. President Donald Trump’s

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

‘Essential Energy,’ the Theme of the Upcoming National Ethanol Conference

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  ‘Essential Energy,’ the theme of the upcoming National Ethanol Conference, is inspired by the inclusion of U.S. biofuel producers on the Department of Homeland Security’s list of critical and essential industries during the onset of the pandemic. As states across the country

January 16, 2021 Read Full Article

House Biofuels Caucus Urges Trump to Reject SRE Petitions

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) Members of the House Biofuels Caucus sent a letter to President Trump on Jan. 12 urging him to direct the U.S. EPA to immediately reject any pending small refinery exemption (SRE) requests that do not meet criteria established by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in its January

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA Thanks Senate Midwest Republicans for Backing Renewable Fuel Standard

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association expressed gratitude today to seven Republican members of the Senate who called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to back down from rumored small refinery exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard. “Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have clearly and forcefully spoken out against last-minute

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

AFPM Sees Alignment with Biden on Trade, Economy

by Elliott Blackburn (Argus Media) …  (President-elect Joe) Biden also campaigned on goals to increasingly electrify the US vehicle fleet and maintain support for renewable fuels, which would erode market share for the petroleum fuel that dominates AFPM membership’s output. But chief executive Chet Thompson expects to find common ground

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Final Anti-Backsliding Determination for Renewable Fuels and Air Quality

(Federal Register/Environmental Protection Agency)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that no additional measures are necessary pursuant to Clean Air Act (CAA) section 211(v) to mitigate the adverse air quality impacts of the renewable fuel volumes required under CAA section 211(o). … CAA section 211(v) requires EPA to take

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Forms Fuels of the Future Advisory Board; Disbands Biomass Research and Development TAC

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, the US federal government formed the Fuels of the Future Advisory Board, which will have three subcommittees on biofuels, hydrogen and methane hydrates. At the same time, the government terminated the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee (BR&D TAC); Methane Hydrate Advisory

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. EPA Eyes Extending Refinery Biofuel Deadlines, No Action on Waivers

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday it would propose to extend deadlines for refiners to prove compliance with biofuel laws, but signaled it would not decide on a slew of pending waiver requests submitted by the industry. The agency’s proposal represented mixed news for

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning in Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Idaho National Laboratory

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Barriers abound in the bioeconomy, but this slide guide from Idaho National Lab shows how artificial intelligence and machine learning will lower the barriers to growing a bioeconomy. From biomass supply and logistics to preprocessing and conversion, AI and ML has many applications that can

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Researchers Use Advanced Light to Reveal How Different Biofuels Behave

by Marisa Ramiccio (University of Central Florida/TechXplore) Vehicles have evolved to become more efficient and sophisticated, but their fuel hasn’t necessarily evolved along with them. The Department of Energy is determined to identify cleaner burning and renewable alternatives to gasoline, and through the work of two UCF researchers, the DOE is

January 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Senators Ask Biden to Restore the Integrity of the RFS

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) A group of six democratic senators sent a letter President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 11 urging his administration to support U.S. farmers and the biofuels industry by restoring the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard. The letter, signed by Sens. Tammy Duckworth. D-Ill.; Amy Klobuchar,

January 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Will EPA Torpedo RFS Again on Wheeler’s Way Out?

by Jennifer Shike (Farm Journal Ag Web)  With just eight days left in EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s term, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Geoff Cooper told AgriTalk’s host Chip Flory on Tuesday that he’s not surprised by reports that EPA may grant some waivers to oil

January 13, 2021 Read Full Article

NHTSA DelaysPenalty Hike for Automakers

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that a 150 percent jump in civil penalties for automakers that don’t meet fuel economy requirements won’t take effect until model year 2022, a move that could save manufacturers hundreds of millions of dollars. A panel of

January 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Many Reasons for U.S. to Count Carbon Savings from Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel

by Kurt Kovar (National Biodiesel Board/Biofuels Digest) As the new Biden administration and a growing number of states examine options to address transportation carbon emissions, biodiesel and renewable diesel stand out as the workhorses of existing low-carbon fuel programs. State programs are sending a strong signal for market growth in low-carbon,

January 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Here’s How President-elect Biden Can Slash Carbon Emissions by 12 Million Metric Tons on Day One in Office

(Renewable Fuels Association)  On “Day One” in office, President-elect Biden’s incoming administration can immediately secure 10.7 million metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions simply by rejecting the 66 pending waiver requests from oil refiners who are looking to dodge their Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) obligations. In addition, another 1.2 million

January 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Exclusive: Trump Administration Expected to Grant Biofuel Waivers for Some Oil Refiners – Sources

by Stephanie Kelly, Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The Trump administration is expected to grant waivers to some oil refiners that would exempt them from requirements to blend biofuels into their fuel mix for the 2019 compliance year, according to two sources familiar with the matter. The move would be one of

January 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: Supreme Court to Hear Small-Refinery Exemption Appeal

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) The Supreme Court will review a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver that found EPA mishandled the small-refinery exemptions program in the Renewable Fuel Standard. The 10th Circuit ruling in January 2020 led the EPA to reject more

January 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Farm & Biofuel Coalition Rejects EPA’s Excuses for Failing to Comply with 2017 Court Order

(Renewable Fuels Association) Today (January 7, 2021), a coalition of the nation’s largest biofuels and agricultural trade groups filed its reply in support of its motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia. The motion, originally filed on November 23, 2020, asks the court to enforce its

January 11, 2021 Read Full Article

ORNL’s Latest on Bio-oils Corrosion and Degradation: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Oak Ridge National Laboratory

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oak Ridge National Laboratory is conducting studies for BETO to identify better materials for raw biomass processing, biomass liquefaction, and bio-oil storage. From how important alloy selection is to working on materials issues with developers of new biomass processing systems, check out this slide guide

January 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Congress Continues To Affirm That Climate Security Is National Security

(Clean Technica)  … Congress voted to override the president’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), enacting H.R. 6395, the “William M. (Mac) Thornberry” NDAA for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. … With the enactment of the FY21 NDAA, Congress again demonstrates bipartisan support for increasing the military’s readiness to a climate change-fueled future.

January 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Energy Sorghum May Combine Best of Annual, Perennial Bioenergy Crops

by Julie Wurth (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment)  … A study by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) found that energy sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) behaves more like miscanthus in the way it efficiently captures light and uses

January 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Biden Climate Team Says It Underestimated Trump’s Damage

by Adam Aton (E&E News)  President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team says the Trump administration has done more damage than anticipated to the government’s ability to address climate change. Potentially lowering expectations for the incoming president’s early climate efforts, Biden officials say their agency review teams have found deeper budget cuts, wider

January 7, 2021 Read Full Article

GWTI Notified of GTL Patent Allowance

(Morningstar/Globe Newswire)  Greenway Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: GWTI), an advanced gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology development company, today announced receipt of a Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for another of its United States utility patent applications relating to its GTL fuel conversion technology. Hunter Adams, of “AdamsIP”, Greenway’s patent attorney

January 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Growth Energy, RFA Demand Transparency in Refinery Exemption Process

(Growth Energy)  In a court filing today (January 5, 2021), Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association continued to call on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy to release the names and locations of refineries granted exemptions from their Renewable Fuel Standard obligations. Growth Energy CEO Emily

January 6, 2021 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Top 10 Advanced Bioeconomy Markets and Predictions for 2021

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we sail into 2021? Not the good ship Digest! Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and offer our predictions for the year ahead. As the sunset of 2020 gives way to the dawn of 2021, once again

January 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Cost Breakthrough in Department of Energy Loan Guarantees

(Alternative Fuels & Chemicals Coalition/CISION)  The Alternative Fuels & Chemicals Coalition (“AFCC”) worked closely with policy makers and appropriators this year to provide changes to the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”)’s Title XVII Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program (the “Title XVII Program”), which were realized through the recent enactment of

January 5, 2021 Read Full Article

NREL Seeks Postdoc Researcher to Study Low Carbon Fuel Combustion

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, is accepting applications for a postdoctoral researcher to investigate, collaborate and reveal mechanisms of theoretical and computational combustion chemistries of low carbon fuels. The person who fills the position at NREL’s Center for Integrated Mobility Sciences will be

January 5, 2021 Read Full Article

ORNL: Co-Optima Research Develops Roadmap for Biofuels Design

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Biomass Magazine) As Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s fuel properties technical lead for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Co-Optimization of Fuel and Engines, or Co-Optima, initiative, Jim Szybist has been on a quest for the past few years to identify the most significant indicators for predicting how a fuel

January 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Biden Urged to Flood Agencies With Environmental Equity Advisers

by Dean Scott (Bloomberg Law)  Would ensure equity weighed in rulemakings, policies; Transparency urged for environment justice decisions — The time is ripe to bring a wave of environmental justice advisers into federal agencies to ensure the incoming Biden administration makes good on its pledge to improve racial equity across government,

January 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Biden Climate Plan Looks for Buy-in from Farmers Who Are Often Skeptical about Global Warming

by Georgina Gustin (Inside Climate News)  The administration has options to cut emissions even if a Republican-led Senate opposes climate-focused agriculture policies. — … The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the administration said, “has not historically received the sustained political attention of other agencies that play a role in climate policy.” But

January 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Scientists Discover Plants’ Roadblock to Specialty Oil Production

(Brookhaven National Laboratory/Phys.Org) Hundreds of naturally occurring specialty fatty acids (building blocks of oils) have potential for use as raw materials for making lubricants, plastics, pharmaceuticals, and more—if they could be produced at large scale by crop plants. But attempts to put genes for making these specialty building blocks into crops

January 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuels Need Cost-Effective Separations Tech: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioprocessing Separations Consortium

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Four critical challenges in biochemical and thermochemical processing were addressed in the just released “Bioprocessing Separations Consortium Three-Year Overview” U.S. BETO report, including targeting the fractionation of lignin to enable valorization; Developing technologies to enable process intensification to cut bioprocessing capital costs and make processes

January 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Looking Back on 2020, Algae Thrived.

(Algae Biomass Organization)  … Our collective effort has resulted in record-breaking policy support, including: $70 million for algae industry research, development, and demonstration in 2020 Congressional appropriations for DOE’s Bioenergy Technology Office, Office of Fossil Energy, and Office of Science. $110 million has been proposed in the US House of Representatives for

January 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Consent Decree Throws RFS Refinery Exemption Decisions into Biden’s Lap

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  A consent decree published today in the Federal Register gives EPA until Feb. 19 to decide whether to exempt a refinery owned by United Refining Co. in Pennsylvania from the 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard requirements. EPA hasn’t made a decision on any of the 32

January 4, 2021 Read Full Article

The $40B Awaitng Biden’s DOE

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) Biden, who oversaw the Obama administration’s stimulus work as vice president, could utilize a pot of $40 billion in unused Energy Department loan authority awarded under the 2009 stimulus to kick start his climate and infrastructure plan, POLITICO’s Zack Colman reports. DOE’s loan program helped a

January 4, 2021 Read Full Article

CBP Issues Withhold Release Order on Palm Oil Produced by Forced Labor in Malaysia

(U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Effective December 30, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel at all U.S. ports of entry will detain palm oil and products containing palm oil produced by Sime Darby Plantation Berhad and its subsidiaries, joint ventures, and affiliated entities in Malaysia. The issuance of a

December 31, 2020 Read Full Article

Building Back Better with Biofuels

by Emily Skor (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Expecting heightened attention on renewable energy in the years ahead, Growth Energy will be working with America’s elected leaders to unleash ethanol as the engine of the rural economy and the foundation of rapid climate progress. … We also worked tirelessly to ensure

December 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Accelerating Demand: A Roadmap for Sparking New Demand for Ethanol

by Brian Jennings (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The American Coalition for Ethanol is ready to execute on Accelerate, a roadmap for sparking new demand for ethanol. The plan is built around implementing new clean fuel policies, protecting what already exists and growing ethanol markets globally. … Indeed, a

December 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Petroleum Opposes Biofuels RFS Remand: Petroleum Group Opposes Ag, Biofuels Lawsuit on 500 Million-Gallon Remand

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) As biofuel producers attempt to force EPA to restore 500 million gallons that a court found were improperly waived from the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2016, a petroleum interest group is arguing those groups have no right to have the gallons remanded. In 2017, the

December 30, 2020 Read Full Article

REG: From 30,000 Gallons of Biodiesel Sold in 1996 to Half a Billion Gallons Today

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) As 2020 comes to a close, Renewable Energy Group Inc., North America’s largest biodiesel producer, is celebrating a quarter-century in soybean oil refinement and biodiesel production. Back in 1995, the company from which REG would be formed several years later—West Central Cooperative—made its first investment

December 29, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. EPA Finalizing First-Ever Airplane Emissions Rules

by David Shepardson (Reuters) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday said it was finalizing the first-ever proposed standards regulating greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes. The EPA said its new requirements for airplanes used in commercial aviation and for large business jets would align the United States with international

December 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Trump’s Unplanned Gift to Biden: Clean Energy on the Rise

by Ben Lefebvre and Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico)  … Biden is expected to speed the adoption of electric vehicles and boost power line transmission networks that will open up new opportunities for renewable power generators, analysts said. … But the situation for fossil fuels is notably darker. U.S. crude oil production, which

December 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Aircraft Fuel Cell Development Takes Flight after UL Lafayette Lands Grant

(University of Louisiana at Lafayette) An energy storage and power generation system being designed at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette could make flying the friendly skies less harmful to the environment. Solid oxide fuel cells are “a key component” within that system, said Dr. Xiao-Dong Zhou. Their inclusion in

December 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Top 20 Stories of 2020

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) 2020 showed us a lot of things, but one thing it emphasized bigtime is that we are all connected on this planet. A virus spread like wildfire because of our connectedness with each other. If you had predicted we’d be in a global pandemic fighting

December 28, 2020 Read Full Article

15 Billion Biodiesel Gallons by 2050: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to National Biodiesel Board

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) If you missed Kurt Kovarik, National Biodiesel Board’s VP of Federal Affairs, at ABLC this summer, check out this slide guide where he outlines NBB’s vision, their new mission of 15 billion gallons of biodiesel by 2050, trends behind those numbers and growth, a look

December 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Analysis: Biofuels Sector Hopeful Over Biden RFS Stance, Wary of GHG Policy

by Patrick Newkumet (Oil Price Information Service) Renewable fuel industry officials are mostly optimistic that the incoming Biden administration will be more supportive of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) than the Trump White House, though some worry that the president-elect’s promised aggressive approach to carbon emission reductions could have impacts

December 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Study Shows Rapid Expansion of US RNG Industry

(Energy Vision / Biomass Magazine) Sustainable energy NGO Energy Vision has released its most recent joint assessment of the U.S. renewable natural gas (RNG) industry, performed on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. The assessment, which consists of a database of current and projected RNG projects, shows

December 23, 2020 Read Full Article

How the Pentagon Could Boost Biden’s Climate Plan

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) …The Pentagon helped jump start the U.S. solar industry back in 2007 when the Air Force contracted to build a 14-megawatt solar farm at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, and former President Barack Obama also pushed the Pentagon to experiment with biofuels to reduce

December 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Pete Buttigieg Wants to Put ‘Millions’ of Electric Cars on US Roads

by Michelle Lewis (Electrek) Pete Buttigieg, casually known as “Mayor Pete” since he was mayor of South Bend, Indiana, for eight years, was nominated last week by President-elect Joe Biden to be secretary of transportation. Buttigieg reiterated what he wants for the future of electric cars in the US late

December 23, 2020 Read Full Article

The Big, Big Package: What’s under the Christmas Tree for the Bioeconomy, in the $1.4T New Spending Bill?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The $1.4 trillion spending package includes appropriation for Fiscal Year 2021, the COVID stimulus package, extensions of popular tax credits that otherwise expired on December 31st, and the Energy Act of 2020, a $35B version of a larger energy bill that has been drifting around

December 23, 2020 Read Full Article

SCALE Act Could Help Ethanol Plants Transport CO2 to Customers

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Reps. Marc Veasey, D-Texas; David McKinley, R-W.V.; Cheri Bustos, D-Ill.; and Pete Stauber, R-Minn., on Dec. 16 introduced the Storing CO2 and Lowering Emissions (SCALE) Act, which supports the buildout of the infrastructure necessary to transport CO2 from where it is captured to where it

December 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Center for Climate Strategies and Guatemala Create a New Private Sector Driven Plan

(Center for Climate Strategies)  In partnership with RTI International, the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) completed the Guatemala national Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) plan, a gold-standard public private participatory template to spur economic and social development while reducing GHG emissions beyond international commitments.   The Guatemala LEDS Plan is the

December 22, 2020 Read Full Article
    Biden EPA Designee Reaches Out to Corn Growers

Biden EPA Designee Reaches Out to Corn Growers

by John Herath (Farm Journal AgWeb)  President-Elect Joe Biden officially announced his climate cabinet on Saturday, including the nomination of Michael Regan of North Carolina to be EPA Administrator. On the eve of that announcement, Regan was on the phone with the CEO of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). “Friday

December 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Carbon Intensity Is Important for Renewable Fuels Investments

by Dave Collings (1898 & Co./Burns & McDonnell) As developers, investors and plant operators explore options to increase production and market share of renewable fuels, the concept of carbon intensity (CI) must be well-understood. It might be the deciding factor that determines economic viability of your biofuels project. In California and

December 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Top 10 Ag Stories of 2020 – 9 Ethanol’s 2020 Full of Bumps, Bruises in Fight to Maintain Business

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) Each year, DTN publishes our choices for the top 10 ag news stories of the year, as selected by DTN analysts, editors and reporters. Today, we continue the countdown with No. 9 looking at some of the challenges ethanol faced during 2020, including shutting

December 21, 2020 Read Full Article

The Tri-Fecta – Machine Learning, Synthetic Biology and Automation: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Joint BioEnergy Institute

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Synthetic biology produces fabrics, food, biofuels, health products and more, but we need better predictive power. Machine learning can help and be used to design pathways or choose promoters to optimize production for example. Hector Garcia Martin, Deputy VP of Biofuels and Bioproducts at the

December 21, 2020 Read Full Article

EPA Data Shows Oil GHGs May Spike 30% — Report

Mike Lee (E&E News)  Greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. oil, gas and petrochemical industries could grow 30% by 2026, led by increases in natural gas exports and chemical production, according to a new analysis.  READ MORE

December 18, 2020 Read Full Article

USDA Offers More Biofuels Infrastructure Grants DEADLINE January 19, 2021

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) The U.S Department of Agriculture has announced another round of funding for its successful Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, or HBIIP. Approximately $22 million is being made available for retailers to add higher ethanol blends like E15 and E85. The application window will be open for 30 days starting

December 18, 2020 Read Full Article

EPA: 66 SRE Petitions Now Pending

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Dec. 17, reporting that five additional SRE petitions have been filed with the agency seeking exemptions of Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements. The status of three other SRE petitions appear to have been changed

December 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Biden Fills up Climate Cabinet

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Enegy)  With the selections of New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland for Interior secretary and North Carolina regulator Michael Regan for EPA chief, the Biden administration has rounded out the top brass of its climate team. — … CLIMATE CABINET FILLED: President-elect Joe Biden will tap Rep. Deb

December 18, 2020 Read Full Article

DE-FOA-0002423 FY21 Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Feedstock Technologies and Algae FOA DEADLINE: February 1, 2021

(U.S. Department of Energy)  DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) develops technologies that convert domestic biomass and waste resources into fuels, products, and power to enable affordable energy, economic growth, and innovation in renewable energy and chemicals production. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0002423 will support BETO’s highest priority research and development

December 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Biden Taps Environmental Law Expert Brenda Mallory to Head White House Council on Environmental Quality

by Brady Dennis (Washington Post) President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Brenda Mallory, a longtime expert in environmental law and regulation, to head the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality, according to several people familiar with the decision who spoke anonymously because the appointment has not been publicly announced. The nomination

December 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Biden Picks Top North Carolina Environmental Official to Run EPA

by Brady Dennis, Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin (Washington Post) President-elect Joe Biden will choose to nominate Michael S. Regan, who heads the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, as the next Environmental Protection Agency administrator, according to two individuals who spoke on the condition of anonymity because it has

December 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Pete Buttigieg Tapped as Biden’s Transportation Secretary Pick

(Our Daily Planet) Yesterday President-elect Joe Biden announced former South Bend mayor and 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg as his nominee for Transportation Secretary. Buttigieg would be one of the youngest cabinet secretaries and the first openly gay person to lead a federal agency. According to the Biden transition, if confirmed, Buttigieg would

December 16, 2020 Read Full Article

OMB Updates Timelines for 2021 RFS, E15 Label Rules

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Information released by the White House Office of Management and budget indicates the a proposed rule to set 2021 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard could be released soon. A rulemaking is also underway to alter E15 labeling requirements. The OMB on

December 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Opinion: The Secret to Clean Air Is No Secret. It’s Ethanol.

by John Linder (National Corn Growers Association/Farm Journal AgWeb)  … One song that stuck with me from that decade was “Everything Old Is New Again.” I find a lot of truth in the song’s message when I think about climate change and solutions like ethanol, which, coincidently, also took off

December 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Energy to Hitch Ride on Omnibus

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) Congressional negotiators are expected to unveil the legislative text of a $1.4 trillion omnibus deal today that would boost federal agency budgets through next September and thwart a shutdown at week’s end, POLITICO’s Caitlin Emma and Sarah Ferris report. Perfect timing: Negotiators have also reached

December 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Biden Team Considering North Carolina Official to Lead U.S. EPA

by Ari Natter and Jennifer A Dlouhy (Bloomberg)  Former NYU Law School dean also said to be under consideration; Biden nearing final decisions on environment, climate picks — … Michael Regan is now among the top contenders to be Environmental Protection Agency administrator, according to three people familiar with the matter who asked not

December 15, 2020 Read Full Article

From Co-Product Lignin to Biodegradable Polyurethanes: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Lignin Valorization

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There is such a thing as green polyols for polyurethanes! And as you probably know, cellulosic ethanol produces tons of co-product lignin, so check out this slide guide that dives into the basic polyurethane chemistry, how lignin-based polyurethanes are made, pretreatment, structural changes, the latest

December 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Future of Farming: Chase to Capture Carbon as Another Revenue Stream

by Tyne Morgan (Farm Journal AgWeb)  As a possible policy shift may put sustainable farming practices in the spotlight, companies are already paying farmers to shift to more “climate smart farming” like utilizing no-till as a production method.  —  …  “Tom Vilsack will be integral to President-Elect Biden on climate change,

December 14, 2020 Read Full Article

BETO Announces SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity DEADLINE January 4, 2021

(U.S. Department of Energy) On Monday, December 14, 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released its FY 2021 Phase I Release 2 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).   Eligible small businesses can apply to receive up to $200,000 to test their innovative

December 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Trade Leaders Advocate for Reviving the Trans-Pacific Partnership

by Stephanie Hoff  (WisBusiness News) U.S. Rep. Ron Kind said he thinks a new Biden administration should look at reviving the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  “I think our withdrawal from TPP is one of the greatest strategic mistakes we’re making in the 21st century,” the La Crosse Dem and Ways and Means Committee

December 14, 2020 Read Full Article

New Legislation Sets Policy Menu for Sustainable Aviation Fuels

by Jeff Overton (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  As the aviation industry recovers from the severe contraction caused by the pandemic, sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) will be essential to help the sector achieve a path to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Sustainable “drop-in” fuels, which can be used with existing

December 12, 2020 Read Full Article

After COVID: A Lower Carbon Future for Commercial Aviation

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Briefing Series: By Air, Land, and Sea: Navigating the Climate Future  — The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing series on climate mitigation and adaptation in the transportation sector. The series covered ports, aviation, and public transit. As commercial aviation recovers from the COVID-19 contraction, it will

December 12, 2020 Read Full Article

California’s Climate Policy Goes National: Trump Fought Californian Environmental Officials. The Biden Team Wants to Learn from tThem.

by Miranda Green (The New Republic)  … California’s pathbreaking climate measures range from a ban on future car combustion engine sales to setting a historic 100 percent clean energy goal by 2045. And in order to implement Joe Biden’s still more ambitious campaign promise to run the country entirely on carbon-free energy by 2035, the transition

December 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Vilsack Officially Tapped to Return to USDA

by John Herath (Farm Journal AgWeb) Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack has been officially tapped by the Joe Biden transition to return to USDA as Secretary. Vilsack was listed as the USDA nominee on the Biden transition Website Thursday morning. Vilsack, currently the CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, served as USDA

December 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Energy Department Announces $33 Million to Advance Hydrogen and Fuel Cell R&D and the H2@Scale Vision DEADLINE January 15, 2021

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $33 million in funding to support innovative hydrogen and fuel cell research & development (R&D), infrastructure supply chain development and validation, and cost analysis activities. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) builds upon existing efforts funded by DOE’s Hydrogen and

December 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Announces $35 Million for Bioenergy Research and Development DEADLINE: February 1, 2021

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $35 million in funding for bioenergy feedstock technologies and algae research and development. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) supports the White House priority for advancing the domestic bioeconomy, as well as the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s goals of

December 11, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. C3E Awards Recognize Mid-Career Women Who Have Demonstrated Outstanding Leadership and Accomplishments in Clean Energy.

(C3E) The U.S. C3E Awards recognize mid-career women who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and accomplishments in clean energy. The U.S. C3E Ambassadors select the winners and these remarkable Awardees are recognized for their work at the annual U.S. C3E Symposium. Personal narratives and advice from some of the previous U.S. C3E Award

December 10, 2020 Read Full Article

DOJ Asks SCOTUS to Pass on Refinery Exemption Case

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politco’s Morning Energy)  The Justice Department asked the Supreme Court not to review the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decision creating a strict new definition of who qualifies for small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The administration had refrained from its own appeal, but the

December 10, 2020 Read Full Article

DOE’s Devinn Lambert Makes Forbes 30 Under 30 Energy List

(U.S. Department of Energy/Forbes)  Devinn Lambert, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) technical manager, made the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 Energy List for her work in energy research. As a technology manager for BETO’s Advanced Algal Systems program, Devinn oversees research grants on a team

December 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Successful Tests with Fossil-Free Fuel

(Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters) Already in 2017, several successful test flights were conducted with aircraft JAS 39 Gripen with a mixture of fossil-free fuel. Continued tests show unchanged performance with the biofuel, as compared to traditional jet fuel.  — Testing continues and the Swedish Armed Forces is closely following the biofuel

December 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Offtake Agreements – Connecting Hemp Growers with Buyers

by Rachael Z. Ardanuy, Esq. (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, authorized the production of hemp pursuant to USDA and state regulation, and guarantees that hemp can be moved in interstate and international commerce.  The 2018

December 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels Coalition Files Brief Challenging 31 Small Refinery Exemptions in 2018

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, National Biodiesel Board, American Coalition for Ethanol, and National Farmers Union today filed a brief challenging EPA’s August 2019 decision to exempt 31 small refineries from their obligations to comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2018. Collectively known as

December 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Owner of Allentown Biofuel Company Sentenced to Prison in Green Energy Scheme

by Peter Hall (Morning Call)  The owner of an Allentown biofuel company who pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to fraudulently claim green energy subsidies was sentenced to prison and ordered to repay the government more than $10 million. Ralph Tommaso, 51, of Warren, New Jersey, and business partner Dave Dunham

December 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Report: E15 Poised to Fast-Track Climate Progress

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Growth Energy, the nation’s largest association of biofuel producers and supporters, released a new report examining the potential climate benefits of a nationwide transition from the standard 10-percent ethanol blended fuel (E10) to a 15-percent ethanol blend (E15). The report was authored by Air Improvement Resource Inc., a leading research firm in the area of

December 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Vilsack Could Be Back as Ag Secretary

by Jacqui Fatka (Farm Progress)  Reports indicate Obama’s 8-year agricultural secretary Tom Vilsack could be interested in the job.  — As President-elect Joe Biden continues to make announcements regarding his cabinet, former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack looks to now be a front runner to return. According to media reports,

December 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Study: EPA Miscalculating Health Costs of Pollution

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) The agency is significantly underestimating the public health costs of air pollution, which in turn leads to undercounting the benefits of regulations that reduce such pollution, according to a study conducted by the Analysis Group. The study, published Monday in the peer-reviewed journal Health Affairs, argues that

December 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Ag Leaders Meet with Biden Team to Explain Priorities

by Ben Nuelle (AgriPulse) … Carbon sequestration payments to farmers is something said to be on the table for the incoming Biden administration as a path to address emissions reduction. Duvall said any potential program should be a market-based system and “definitely” has to be voluntary. “(Producers) are more than willing

December 7, 2020 Read Full Article

FMV Tests Swedish Biojet Fuel in the Gripen Engine

(FMV (Google Translation)) The FMV project, which evaluates biofuels in bilateral cooperation with the United States, has taken another step. This time it was a biofuel produced by Swedish Biofuels that was tested in the Gripen engine RM12 at GKN in Trollhättan. No change in traction and fuel consumption was detected.

December 7, 2020 Read Full Article

“Life in Plastic, It’s Fantastic” – Braskem Invests $67M in Recycling Line, DOE Plastics Innovation Challenge

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Like Braskem’s news that they are expanding their post-consumer resin portfolio and investing $67 million in the construction of a recycling line with capacity to transform around 250 million pieces of packaging into 14,000 tons of high-quality, post-consumer resin per year. In today’s Digest,

December 7, 2020 Read Full Article
    2021 DOE Project Peer Review   —   March 8-16 and March 22-26, 2021   —   ONLINE

2021 DOE Project Peer Review — March 8-16 and March 22-26, 2021 — ONLINE

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting its virtual 2021 Project Peer Review on March 8-16 and March 22-26, 2021. Projects in BETO’s research and development portfolio will be presented to the public and systematically reviewed by external subject-matter experts from industry, academia, and federal agencies.

December 4, 2020 Read Full Article

OPINION: Changing the Retail Landscape for Higher Blends

by Cassie Mullen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Fuel retailers are beginning to implement a wide range of infrastructure projects across the country. This comes as USDA’s new Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program is being fully implemented, something farmers and the ethanol industry played an instrumental role in helping to make

December 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Oil Refineries See Profit in Turning Kitchen Grease into Diesel

by Clifford Krauss (New York Times)  Used cooking oil is one of the ingredients in renewable diesel, which generates far less emissions than conventional diesel and allows refineries to take advantage of federal and state incentives. —  … Companies that refine crude oil into fuel are increasingly using such putrid

December 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Researchers Aim to ‘Upcycle’ Nutrient Waste on Farms Using Duckweed

by Tim Schley (Penn State News)  New approach to nutrient management could make money for farmers and land managers; Best management practices for reducing runoff and other nutrient losses in agriculture have been difficult to implement, according to Penn State researchers. The team is hoping that duckweed could help make

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Submits Notice of Intent to Sue EPA Over Failure to Issue 2021 Biofuel Blending Targets

(Growth Energy) Growth Energy submitted a notice of intent to sue letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding its failure to fulfill its statutory obligation to issue the 2021 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) by November 30th, 2020, an annual deadline set by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The notice gives EPA 60

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Predictive Models and Computing to Accelerate Biofuels: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Scaling-Up of Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This just released report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office sums up the input that 175 participants from biofuels and bioenergy sectors gave at a virtual workshop to come up with best practices for utilizing mathematical modeling tools across multiple scales to

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Who’s in Hot Water, Cold Water, and Who’s Just Right?: Mitsubishi, Monolith Materials, Codexis, Casdin, LG Chem, Neste, Wells Fargo, EPA, NXTLEVVEL, Elementis, Growth Energy, US National Labs, Ginkgo Bioworks in the News

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s in Hot Water? Some of the Usual Suspects get into the usual trouble. We note that EPA missed the 2021 Renewable Volume Obligation deadline, and Growth Energy threatens a lawsuit. Really. We get tired of reporting on the industry having to (almost annually) sue the government to

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Properties vs. Chemistry: Co-Optima Research Determines Predictor of Fuel Performance, Develops Roadmap for Biofuels Design

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  As Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s fuel properties technical lead for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Co-Optimization of Fuel and Engines, or Co-Optima, initiative, Jim Szybist has been on a quest for the past few years to identify the most significant indicators for predicting how a fuel

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Biden Plan to End U.S. Fossil Fuel Subsidies Faces Big Challenges

by Timothy Gardner (Reuters)  … Biden has said axing fossil fuel subsidies will generate money to help pay for his broader $2 trillion climate plan. While Biden can take executive action to reverse President Donald Trump’s rollbacks of rules meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reforming tax breaks that allow companies

December 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Nitty Gritty of Digester Operations

(BioCycle Magazine)  The U.S. EPA AgSTAR program released its Anaerobic Digester/Biogas System Operator Guidebook in November, a comprehensive technical resource offering best practice guidance related to the operation and maintenance (O&M) of anaerobic digestion (AD)/biogas systems. The Guidebook covers topics for a wide range of stakeholders, including but not limited to AD/biogas system

December 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Incentives Spur Investors to Pick Up Pace on Low-Carbon Projects

by Dean Scott (Bloomberg Law) Growing interest in combining federal, state credits in low-carbon projects; Congress’ inaction on 45Q credit extension a worrying sign for new efforts  — A mix of federal and state environmental incentives are drawing investors towards low-carbon, climate-friendly projects, an encouraging sign for President-elect Joe Biden’s call

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

RFA Review: Automakers Approve E15 in Nearly All 2021 Vehicles, but FFV Offerings Continue to Slide

(Renewable Fuels Association) An annual analysis of vehicle owner’s manuals and warranty statements by the Renewable Fuels Association reveals that while nearly all new 2021 automobiles are explicitly approved by the manufacturer to use E15 gasoline, far fewer models are being offered as flex fuel vehicles (FFVs) capable of operating on fuel blends

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

EPA Misses Statutory Deadline to Set 2021 RFS RVOs

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The U.S. EPA has missed its Nov. 30 statutory deadline to set the 2021 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, as well as the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel. While the delay was not unexpected, representatives of the biofuels industry are expressing frustration

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Could Ethanol Be a ‘Net-Zero’ Hero?

by Geoff Cooper (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Renewable Fuels Association)  Already contributing to decarbonization, ethanol is a phenomenal low-carbon molecule that will continue to play an instrumental role in the transition to net-zero emissions. And because it is here today, there is no need to wait until 2035 to act. Against a

November 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Applications Open for Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Sustainable Agricultural Systems Grants / LOI due January 7, 2021

Applications to the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) Request for Applications (RFA) must focus on approaches that promote transformational changes in the U.S. food and agriculture system. NIFA seeks creative and visionary applications that take a systems approach for projects focused on the themes in

November 30, 2020 Read Full Article

An Open Letter to the Ethanol Community from Ethanol Producers

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) … (T)he overriding objective should be to increase demand, which increases ethanol volume and corn grind.  With that in mind, do we continue to fight for what is almost certain to be a reduced RFS that in addition to lower RVOs pits us against

November 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Report: Japan’s Ethanol Blend Rate Expected at 1.9% in 2020

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Japan achieved an average ethanol blend rate of 1.6 percent in 2019. The blend rate is expected to increase to 1.9 percent this year due to an estimated 8 percent decrease in gasoline demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report filed with the

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

ORNL Joins Effort to Make Plastic More Recyclable

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  From soda bottles to car bumpers to piping, electronics, and packaging, plastics have become a ubiquitous part of our lives. Advancements in materials have made plastics low cost, flexible, hygienic, lightweight, durable and readily available. While some plastics are recyclable, only a fraction — about 8.4% nationally

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Feedstock Variability

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We all know variability is inherent to biomass, but what can you do about it? Lots! This ABLC2020 slide guide dives into feedstock variability and the work FCIC is coordinating across an impressive 6 national labs to help address this major operational challenge for anyone

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Modern Alchemy: University of North Dakota Aims to Turn Corn Stalks, Stems and Leaves into Jet Fuel

(University of North Dakota/News Wise)  One of the significant challenges for renewable alternative fuels could be solved if a consortium of research laboratories led by the University of North Dakota can turn corn waste into jet fuel. Wayne Seames, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering &

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Okeechobee: From Blooms to Biocrude

by Mary Ann Showalter (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  PNNL’s hydrothermal liquefaction shows promise for turning harmful algal blooms into biocrude — … Algal blooms can also raise treatment costs for drinking water suppliers, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center (ERDC)

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. Oil Industry Group Pledges to Fight Possible Biden Fracking Limits

By Laura Sanicola (Reuters) If U.S. President-elect Joe Biden tries to restrict development of oil and gas drilling on federal lands, the American Petroleum Institute (API) will use “every tool at its disposal” including legal action, chief executive Mike Sommers said in an interview with Reuters on Monday. Biden has said

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article
    WEBINAR: To Discuss Key Findings of DOE’s Request for Information in Support of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Truck R&D   —   December 15, 2020

WEBINAR: To Discuss Key Findings of DOE’s Request for Information in Support of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Truck R&D — December 15, 2020

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is announcing a webinar on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 from 1–4 PM (EST) to discuss key findings from its Request for Information (RFI) from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article

$2.5 Million DOE Grant to Help MSU Researchers Measure Benefits of Growing Trees for Biofuel

(Mississippi State University) A $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will benefit Mississippi State researchers in the university’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center studying the economic and ecological benefits of growing trees for biofuel production. The DOE funding will help MSU scientists study how to produce better, hardier

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Grant to Help U. of Tennessee Ag Institute Develop SAF Feedstock Supply Chains

(Biobased Diesel Daily) Researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture have been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to evaluate regional biomass supply chains with regard to their potential for supplying feedstock for domestic fuel production as well as rural economic development―a potential game changer for

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Greens Look to Yellen on Climate

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) –President-elect Joe Biden is expected to officially tap Janet Yellen for Treasury secretary, a job with significant climate implications.  –And former Secretary of State John Kerry will serve as Biden’s special presidential envoy for climate. … STOCKING UP THE CABINET: President-elect Joe Biden is expected to

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

The US Oil Industry Is Flailing Despite a $10 Billion Pandemic Lifeline

by Michael J. Coren  (Quartz)  The US oil and gas industry has received more than $10 billion from the federal government to cushion losses during the pandemic, according to a recent report analyzing federal financial data. That has offered a temporary reprieve even as the industries’ woes, which started well before the arrival

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

New Biofuel-Trading Venue Sees Untapped Demand in Green Revival

by Kim Chipman (Bloomberg/Yahoo! Finance) The U.S. market for biofuel credits has long drawn calls for reform over lack of transparency. Trading-technology expert Julian Anstes says he has the answer. Anstes and the firm he runs, London-based OTC Direct Markets Ltd., have developed an online trading platform set to go live Dec.

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Farm & Biofuel Leaders Urge Courts to Hold EPA Accountable on Improper 2016 Waiver

(Renewable Fuels Association) Today, a coalition of the nation’s largest biofuels and agricultural trade groups filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia asking the court to enforce its 2017 decision requiring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address its improper waiver of 500 million gallons of biofuel demand in the 2016 renewable volume obligation (RVO).

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Should Ethanol Go Back to Business as Usual after COVID-19?

by Christina Stella (WVIK/NPR) … As Americans hunkered down for lockdowns, gasoline demand across the country plummeted. Ethanol industry leaders issued warnings that the financial repercussions of widespread lockdowns could be significant to plants across the country. They later reported half of the nation’s facilities were forced to shut down. Most ethanol

November 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels to Boost Clean Fuel Standard to Biden

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)   Some of the largest biofuels companies plan to ask Biden to impose a nationwide standard to reduce carbon emissions from transport fuels, Reuters reports, citing five sources familiar with the matter. The push reflects the industry’s “increasing concern about the future as Biden prepares measures

November 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Outlines 2021 Biofuel Policy Priorities

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor today outlined the biofuels industry’s top federal priorities for 2021, highlighting key measures that elected leaders must take to protect the climate, revitalize rural communities, and offer more consumers clean, affordable options to fuel their cars. “Biofuels, including plant-based ethanol, are critical

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

EPA: 6 More SRE Petitions Filed, 58 Now Pending

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Nov. 19, reporting that six additional SRE petitions have been filed with the agency, including one for Renewable Fuel Standard compliance year 2019 and five for compliance year 2020. No other changes were made

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Brownley Introduces Sustainable Aviation Fuel Act

(Office of Representative Julia Brownley (D-CA 26)) Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) introduced the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Act, legislation to incentivize the production of sustainable aviation fuel and help the aviation sector reduce carbon emissions. “As a member of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis and the House Transportation and

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Farm Support Holds for Trump, but Biden May Find Inroads: End to Aid Payments in 2021 Could Cut Deeply into Incomes

by Ellyn Ferguson (Roll Call)  … Despite the mixed performance, Trump’s policies on trade, regulation and other areas maintained his popularity in rural and farm communities, winning their support in the Nov. 3 election. Joe Biden nevertheless has a chance to do as president what he didn’t manage as a

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Transition Book: Priorities for Administrative Action on Carbon Removal in 2021+

(Carbon 180)  We partner with policymakers, scientists, and businesses around the globe to develop policy, promote research, and advance solutions that transform carbon from a pollutant to a resource and foster a prosperous, carbon-conscious economy that removes more from the atmosphere than we emit. … The next administration will need

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article
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