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AFPM ’19: US Glycerine Markets Watching Indonesian Biodiesel Production

(ICIS News)  The US glycerine market is closely watching Indonesian biodiesel production given that a potential ramp up of production rates in that country could push more glycerine volume to US markets, a distributor said on Sunday. The source was speaking on the sidelines of the International Petrochemical Conference (IPC).

March 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Floods Threaten to Cause Ethanol Disruptions and Higher Pump Prices

by Mario Parker and Michael Hirtzer  (Bloomberg)  Midwest rail lines have washed out, delaying biofuel shipments; Gasoline futures rise to five-month high before peak season  —  Flood waters spilling across the U.S. Midwest have swamped ethanol shipments, disrupting refineries and threatening to push up gasoline pump prices ahead of the summer

March 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels: Recent Stability and Future Uncertainty

by Pat Westhoff (Columbia Daily Tribune)  … Long-term changes in the vehicle fleet could result in even larger changes in biofuel demand. If electric cars and trucks become widespread, the demand for both petroleum-based fuels and liquid biofuels could decline. How the biofuel industry develops will be critical to U.S. agriculture.

March 26, 2019 Read Full Article

This Mexican Company Is Making Biofuel from Cactus Plants

by Sean Fleming (World Economic Forum)  … Rogelio Sosa López, is a farmer and tortilla producer from Zitácuaro. Like many farmers, he was always open to the idea of finding new ways to keep operating costs down. Working with a colleague, Antonio Rodríguez, Señor López began pulping the flesh of

March 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Ingredients and Innovations: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Corbion

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Corbion is a global market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives, and a leading company in emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins and algae ingredients. In 2018, Corbion generated annual sales of € 897.2 million and had a workforce of 2,040 FTE. Corbion’s recent investor

March 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Learnings from the Earnings – Who’s Up? Who’s Down?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  The lucky 13 – with spring comes a sense of renewal and this season these lucky 13 bioeconomy bellwethers recently shared their 2018 and Q4 earnings to reveal uncertainties with trade wars, especially between the U.S. and China, some deals that fell through impacting losses,

March 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Proposal for Sweden to Follow Norway’s Lead and Mandate Use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels from 2021

(GreenAir Online)  A report commissioned by the Swedish government to investigate how GHG emissions can be reduced from aviation has proposed a mandate requiring fuel companies from 2021 to provide airlines refuelling at the country’s airports with a proportion of sustainable aviation fuel. An initial requirement would be for 1% of

March 24, 2019 Read Full Article

UK Launch of E10 Won’t Be until 2021: Government Official

by Chrysa Glystra Huw Shortland (S&P Global Platts)  The UK government will not be rolling out use of E10 gasoline before 2021, a representative of the Department for Transport told the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation Quarterly Stakeholder Workshop in London Thursday. The introduction of the fuel – in which ethanol makes

March 22, 2019 Read Full Article

RPT-Floods Shut Nearly a Sixth of U.S. Ethanol Production

by Humeyra Pamuk, Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  Massive flooding in the U.S. Midwest has knocked out roughly 13 percent of the nation’s ethanol production capacity, as plants in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota have been forced to shut down or scale back production following the devastation. Production facilities owned by large companies like

March 22, 2019 Read Full Article

VARO and GoodFuels Extend Partnership to Scale Bio Fuel Oil Availability to Deep Sea Segment

(GoodFuels)  GoodFuels Bio Fuel Oil now available out of Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp, powered by VARO  —  VARO Energy subsidiary REINPLUS FIWADO Bunker and GoodFuels have extended their partnership to improve availability of bio fuel oil (BFO) to deep sea vessels leaving from Rotterdam, the companies have announced today. The new deep sea proposition, which will help to

March 22, 2019 Read Full Article

First Inland Vessel on 100% Sustainable Biofuel for Heineken

(GoodFuels) Sustainable biofuel pioneer GoodFuels and partner REINPLUS FIWADO Bunker have fuelled the ‘For Ever’, the first inland vessel from Combined Cargo Terminals (CCT) that runs fully on 100% sustainable biofuel. With this delivery feasibility of using 100% sustainable biofuels in inland vessels is demonstrated – thereby realizing a significant CO2-reduction. Up to

March 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Plant and Algae-Based Tuna, Lignin Plastic Alternative, Rice Husks in Architecture, Seaweed T-shirt and Lube, Jute and Kenaf Composites and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of March 21st

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of March 21st. In today’s Digest, plant and algae-based tuna, lignin plastic alternative, rice husks in architecture, seaweed T-shirt and lube, jute and kenaf composites — these

March 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Gulfstream Makes First Alternative Jet Fuel Sale

by Jerry Siebenmark (AIN Online)  Gulfstream Aerospace has made its first sale of sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) to a G550 operated by a U.S.-based multinational corporation, the Savannah, Georgia-based airframer announced today. The customer purchased 20,000 pounds of SAJF from Gulfstream’s Long Beach, California facility.  The sale comes about six weeks after

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

As German Imports Spike, UFOP Fears Add’l Pressure from Indonesia

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP)/Biodiesel Magazine)  Imports of biodiesel to Germany increased sharply in 2018. The rise was triggered by overabundant supply of state-subsidized and consequently low-priced biodiesel from Argentina. The Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP) fears that a similar development will take place after

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Minn. Celebrates 17 Years Since Biodiesel Mandate Was Enacted

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  March 15, 2002, was a landmark day for biodiesel. Seventeen years ago, Minnesota enacted the nation’s first biodiesel mandate, which went into effect in 2005. The trailblazing blend requirement started at 2 percent and was bumped up to 5 percent in 2009. In 2008, then Gov.

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Come Together: At NEC, a GM Executive Outlined Some Controversial Advice for the Ethanol Industry.

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Collaborate with the automotive industry, the petroleum industry, fuel retailers and other stakeholders in the liquid fuels market to push for a national high-octane standard. “We’re advocating for a reasonable and manageable proposal—a new, national high-octane based fuel for all new vehicles,” said Dan

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Europe Glycerine Players Brace for Possible Tightness in Summer Months

by Samantha Wright (ICIS) European glycerine players are anticipating a possible hit to stocks of non-genetically modified (non-GMO) material in the summer months, with increased biodiesel imports expected. —  Players are turning their attention to the possible upstream biodiesel imports from Argentina expected in the summer months. There are still mixed views

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

HEMPEARTH – Hemp Plane Fund on GoFundMe Will Use Aviation Biofuel

(Hempearth Group)  … The Hemp Plane is a demonstration that Hemp can help to replace old outdated toxic non sustainable manufacturing materials and methods that create an enormous environmental impact on the planet. … Why a Hemp Plane? Hemp is up to 10x stronger than fiberglass and pound for pound stronger

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Geneva V. Indy: What Two Auto Shows Reveal about Tomorrow’s Fuels and Technologies

(Diesel Technology Forum) The two automotive shows, 4,412 miles apart, couldn’t offer a different picture of the industry if they tried. On one end, the Geneva Motor Show in Europe has journalists proclaiming “the future is electric” and predicting an end to internal combustion engines within the next decade. Meanwhile, the NTEA Work Truck

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

USGC: Ethanol Education Is Essential to Winning Mexican Market

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The key to making informed decisions is education, and that’s just what the U.S. Grains Council’s goal has been regarding increasing demand for U.S. fuel ethanol in Mexico. After Mexico changed its law in 2017 to allow up to an E10 blend outside of three major

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Consumption of Renewable Diesel Could Quadruple by 2030: NESTE

(CNBC/Squawk Box Asia)  Peter Vanacker of Neste says there is a “huge amount” of potential growth for renewable diesel because of interest in using it in the aviation industry.  WATCH VIDEO

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Brings Cleaner Air to Illinois

(Illinois Soybean Association)  Home-grown alternative fuel celebrated on National Biodiesel Day March 18 —  In the search for ways to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, Illinois has a home-grown solution: biodiesel. Made from soybeans grown in Illinois, biodiesel is a renewable fuel. It reduces lifecycle GHG emissions by 72 percent and cuts

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

SoCalGas’ George Minter Named RNG Champion

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) says George Minter, the company’s regional vice president of external affairs and environmental policy, was recently named “Renewable Natural Gas Champion” by Los Angeles-based nonprofit Climate Resolve. According to SoCalGas, Climate Resolve lauded Minter’s efforts to increase the use of renewable natural gas (RNG)

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Brazil Millers’ Output Mix of Sugar and Ethanol a Hot Market Topic

(Business Times/Bloomberg)  Brazil’s sugar mills can make the switch to ethanol easier than ever before, making it harder to predict how much sweetener will come from the world’s biggest producer and exporter. Take the case of Sao Paulo-based Usina Batatais. Just two years ago, no matter how low sugar prices got,

March 18, 2019 Read Full Article

NBB Commemorates National Biodiesel Day with Biodiesel Success Stories

(National Biodiesel Board)  Meet just a few of biodiesel’s movers and shakers making an impact in this innovative industry —  National Biodiesel Day takes place March 18, in honor of Rudolf Diesel’s birthday. In the 1890s, Rudolf invented the diesel engine, which was designed to run on peanut oil. Rudolf knew early

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Use Falls for First Time in 20 Years

by John Herath (Farm Journal Media)  RFA Blames Waivers for Refiners  — Ethanol use in the United States last year fell for the first time since 1998, according to data from the Energy Information Administration. The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is blaming that fall on waivers EPA granted to refiners allowing them

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

U.S. Ethanol Exporters to Face More Competition in North Brazil

by Marcelo Teixeira  (Reuters)  United States ethanol exporters are likely to face increased competition in one of the few foreign markets where they have been able to deliver large volumes in recent years, the North and Northeast regions of Brazil, an industry association chief said. Ironically, that competition would come in the

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Indonesia’s Pertamina, State Miners Signs Fuel Pricing Deal

by Wilda Asmarini and Fransiska Nangoy (Reuters)  Indonesia state oil and gas company PT Pertamina on Thursday signed a fuel price benchmark deal with state-controlled mining companies for five years, said Rini Soemarno, State-Owned Enterprises Minister, on Thursday … Pertamina will supply the miners with 25,000 kiloliters per month of biodiesel and

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

OMCs Float Fresh Tender for Procuring 910 Million Litres of Ethanol

by Virendra Singh Rawat  (Business Standard)  Domestic sugarcane value chain getting lucrative with ethanol ‘topping’  —  In the backdrop of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approving Rs 2,790-crore interest subvention for bank loans worth Rs 12,900 crore to sugar mills aimed at facilitating additional distillery capacities, the public sector oil marketing

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

5 Minutes With… Bram Gräber and Rebecca Groen from SHV Energy.

by Liz Gyekye (BioMarket Insights)  “In use, bio LPG is identical to conventional LPG and therefore has the benefit of being able to be blended and used by all existing appliances.” 123 years. That is how long family-owned multinational organisation SHV Energy has been established for. The Netherlands-headquartered company has recently

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

5 Minutes With… Peter Jürgens

by Liz Gyekye (BioMarket Insights)  “There is a huge interest in the circular economy at the moment. In relation to the circular economy, the chemicals sector is really pressing ahead with this agenda.” REDCert was founded in 2010 by leading associations and organisations of the German agricultural and biofuel sectors. By

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Bolivia Pushes for More Ethanol at the Stations

(Petrol Plaza)  Green corridors proposed through incentives that project mass use of biofuels.  —  The National Agency of Hydrocarbons (ANH) has put into effect a resolution that simplifies the technical, legal and administrative requirements for the construction of service stations that sell biofuels. The initiative is another political and technical decision to

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Marine Biofuels Begin to Make Headway in Ocean Shipping

(Benzinga)  Biofuels created by recycling used cooking oils are being tested by ocean-going ships in pilot trials around the world. Such biofuels may even be gaining acceptance by ocean-shippers, freight forwarders and ship operators. The latest news is from international container ocean carrier CMA CGM. It has teamed up with the Port

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA’s Proposed Rule Changes Around Higher Ethanol Blends Draw Mixed Reactions

by Danielle Romano (Convenience Store News)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing regulatory changes around higher ethanol blends, and they’re drawing mixed reactions.  … “NACS is concerned that the proposed rulemaking would generate more problems than solutions,” said Paige Anderson, NACS’ director of government relations. “We believe that EPA’s proposal would

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

EU Sets Limits on Palm Oil in Biofuels as Trade War Looms

by Ewa Krukowska (Bloomberg Quint)  The European Union set new criteria for the use of palm oil in biofuels in a balancing act to try to avert a trade war with producers in Asia while appeasing climate protagonists at home. The measure approved by the European Commission on Wednesday spells out the

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Fonterra Making Move to Environmentally Cleaner Fuel Option

by Angie Skerrett (NewsHub)  A new diesel biofuel made from an agricultural by-product is helping power Fonterra’s milk tanker fleet, and it’s hoped more transport operators will follow suit. Z Energy has built New Zealand’s first commercial scale bio-diesel plant, using a process which turns an unwanted tallow product, usually exported

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

KOKO’S Technology Production Facility Inaugurated in Nairobi

(KOKO Networks)  Ahead of the Go-Live of KOKO’s Greater Nairobi Network, the company officially inaugurates 17,500 sq.ft facility that is the beating heart of its Nairobi operations  —  KOKO Networks (“KOKO”) today cut the ribbon on its state-of-the-art technology production facility in Ruaraka, Nairobi, in an event attended by senior politicians, business

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste Cuts the Ribbon on First Commercial Fuelling Site in California

(Canadian Biomass Magazine) Renewable diesel fuel is soon to be much more accessible to fleet drivers looking to fuel up in northern and central California, thanks to four cardlock locations that will be offering Neste MY Renewable Diesel, made by the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel fuel. Cardlock locations are

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

SEKAB’s Ylwa Alwarsdotter on International Bioeconomy List for the Third Time

(SEKAB) “I feel very privileged to be celebrated in this context. We need more strong women working to develop the bioeconomy in order to break the fossil fuel dependency,” says Ylwa Alwarsdotter, Strategic Market Development Officer at SEKAB Biofuels & Chemicals. Il Bioeconomista is an international web magazine covering the bioeconomy.

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Borregaard LignoTech Honored with Biorenewable Deployment Consortium’s Achievement Award

(Biorenewable Deployment Consortium)  The Biorenewable Deployment Consortium (BDC) honored Borregaard LignoTech with the organization’s Spring 2019 Achievement Award for their outstanding achievements and continuous contributions as the world leader in the development of lignin based renewable products. “The Biorenewable Deployment Consortium is proud to honor Borregaard LignoTech with its Spring

March 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Shell Partners with Maxim’s Group, Turning Waste into Energy to Power Commercial Fleets

(Shell Hong Kong/PRNewswire)  Shell announced that it has launched its pilot program with Maxim’s Group to use Biodiesel from Maxim’s used cooking oil to power its fleet in Hong Kong. The first-of-its-kind program in Hong Kong will support over 100 delivery trucks, with annual consumption of 396,000 liters. Maxim’s Group is the first

March 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Pennsylvania Retail Chain Adds More E15

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Retail chains that have decided to add E15 to their product mixes continue to see positive results. Stores like Rutter’s, a Pennsylvania-based convenience store chain, have added the fuel despite the uncertainty surrounding year-round sales. Rutter’s announced last year that it would begin offering E15

March 12, 2019 Read Full Article

NOMINATIONS OPEN: 2019 Ethanol Producer Awards DEADLINE: March 29, 2019

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol Producer Magazine, in conjunction with the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, proudly invites nominations for the 2019 Ethanol Producer Awards. In addition to the FEW’s longstanding industry accolades — The Award of Excellence and The High-Octane Award — we’re expanding our showcase of industry honors by

March 11, 2019 Read Full Article

101 for Low Carbon Fuel Standard

by Paul Greene (BioCycle Magazine/Montrose Environmental)  California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, which grew out of the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act, is stimulating markets for biogas, including renewable natural gas —  Biogas project developers and financiers are finding strong offtake opportunities selling their gas into the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)

March 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Biogas To RNG Projects: What, Why And How

by Brad Pleima (BioCycle Magazine/EcoEngineers)  With prices for renewable electricity low in many states, biogas producers are turning to the renewable natural gas marketplace. This road map is a valuable navigation tool.  —  There is a national trend to reposition biogas-producing assets into renewable fuel production facilities. Biogas is typically used to

March 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Diesel Refinery Planned for Qld: Aussie Company Works to Turn Plastics, Old Tyres and Waste into Diesel Fuel for Trucks

by Neil Dowling (Go Auto News Premium)  An Australian company funded in part by the Queensland government is now trialling the production of renewable diesel fuel for use in heavy machinery, trucks and marine engines. It is hoped that the trials, to last up to 18 months, will lead to the construction

March 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Commercializing Marine Biofuels: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to GoodFuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  GoodFuels is the the market-leader in developing and delivering advanced sustainable fuels for the transport sector, offering a cost-effective pathway towards a low-carbon society. Their focus is on the aviation, shipping and heavy road and rail sectors. Bart Hellings,Head of Innovation at GoodFuels, gave this illuminating overview

March 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Biosolvents Solving Challenges– from Dry Cleaning and Cleaning Shorelines to Biomass and Biofuel Production

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Biobased solvents are on the rise with more demand for them now than ever before. What used to be an alternative to petroleum-based solvents, biosolvents are now looked at as an environmental win-win as well as a win for better performance and safety with lower toxicity issues. Just

March 11, 2019 Read Full Article

New RFA Report Summarizes 2018 Ethanol Export Statistics

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  On the heels of new government data this week confirming record U.S. ethanol exports in 2018, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has released a 10-page report summarizing 2018 ethanol export and import data and highlighting key facts and trends related to global ethanol trade. READ MORE 2018 Ethanol Exports Officially Record High (Energy.AgWired.com)

March 9, 2019 Read Full Article

UK: New Labels to Identify Ethanol, Biodiesel Content of Fuel

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.K. Department for Transport recently announced new labeling requirements that aim to help motorists identify the correct fuel for their needs while informing them of the biofuel content of both gasoline and diesel. The new labeling requirements are related to the U.K. government’s recent public

March 9, 2019 Read Full Article

CALL For NOMINATIONS: U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Awards DEADLINE: April 10, 2019

(C3E Awards)  The 2019 C3E Awards will honor mid-career leadership and achievement in eight categories: Advocacy, Business, Education, Entrepreneurship, Government, International, Law & Finance, and Research. You may nominate one person per category, and your nomination should be customized to the category selected. Each winner will receive an $8,000 prize

March 9, 2019 Read Full Article

5th Annual Clean Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza – Highlights from Our Business Showcase Exhibitors

by Molly Medlin (Leaders in Energy)  Our Leaders in Energy (LE) Clean Energy & Sustainability Extravaganza theme this year was “Getting to Net Zero Emissions in Energy, Carbon, Water and Waste.” The event took place on February 15, 2019, at the Grand Ballroom at the Marvin Center at The George Washington University. We partnered with the Association

March 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Exclusive: U.S. EPA Aims to Curb Biofuel Credit Speculation by Blocking Outsiders

by Humeyra Pamuk  (Reuters)  The Environmental Protection Agency will attempt to stamp out speculation in the U.S. biofuel credit market by barring trading by non-industry players, publicizing large positions, and improving price transparency, a source familiar with the agency’s proposals told Reuters on Thursday. … For years, refiners have complained that the

March 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Weltec Begins Construction of UK Biomethane Plant

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Weltec Biopower, a biogas plant manufacture based in Germany, recently announced it has started building a biomethane plant in Pontefract, U.K. for Lanes Farm Energy, a gas-to-grid project developed by Aqua Consultants. The plant is expected to begin operations later this year and will deliver 7.3

March 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Europe Needn’t Fear E10 Ethanol Blends

by James Cogan (Biofuels Digest)  … The ongoing battle to convince regulators that domestic crop based ethanol is climate friendly and free of adverse side effects is a roller coaster of highs and lows.  It’s not for the faint-hearted investor. But one single win for them could double the addressable market

March 6, 2019 Read Full Article

OPINION: Terminal Availability of E15 Grows as RVP Relief Nears

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  When E15 (gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol) debuted in 2012, it was created at retail sites by using blender pumps to dilute E85 (fuel containing up to 85 percent denatured ethanol) with E10. Blender pump technology was not new; in fact, it had

March 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Luke Perry’s Ties to Farming and Biodiesel

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Luke Perry is being eulogized for many reasons upon his sudden passing this week at the age of 52, but not so much about his rural background and his support of biodiesel. Back in 2006, Luke Perry showed up at the National Biodiesel Conference in San Diego sporting an

March 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Federal Agencies Release Framework for Advancing the Bioeconomy

(US Department of Agriculture)  The federal Biomass Research and Development (BR&D) Board today unveiled a multi-agency strategy to accelerate innovative technologies that harness the nation’s biomass resources for affordable biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. The Bioeconomy Initiative: Implementation Framework was developed by the B&RD Board – an interagency collaborative which is co-chaired by the

March 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Shell Joins Air Liquide, Nouryon in Enerkem Waste-to-Chemicals Project in Rotterdam: The Complete Story

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Shell will become an equal equity partner in the proposed commercial-scale waste-to-chemicals project, which will be the first of its kind in Europe to make valuable chemicals and biofuels out of non-recyclable waste materials. The consortium, which has set up a dedicated joint venture company,

March 4, 2019 Read Full Article

LCFS in California Means Big Gains for RNG

by Todd Campbell (California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership)  California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) began the new year with significant and positive changes, which are looking very beneficial for renewable natural gas (RNG). In ACT News last July, we defined what RNG is, and explained that it is not a fossil fuel,

March 4, 2019 Read Full Article

National Biodiesel Conference and Expo – Kotrba, of Rural Angus, Awarded for Work at Biodiesel Magazine

(Crookston Times) Ron Kotrba of rural Angus received the NBB’s Eye on Biodiesel-Influence award for his nearly 15 years of work at Biodiesel Magazine, an international trade journal published by BBI International out of Grand Forks.  Kotrba has served as editor of Biodiesel Magazine for nearly a decade, providing key insights

March 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Clean Energy Will Offer Biomethane at All of Its Refueling Facilities by 2025

(Clean Energy/NGV Journal)  Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has set goals to offer Zero-Carbon Redeem™ renewable natural gas at all of its fueling stations by 2025, summarized in its Corporate Sustainability Report unveiled at the GreenBiz Conference. By transitioning exclusively to Redeem by 2025 and by achieving Zero-Carbon intensity, Clean Energy would

March 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Gevo and HCS Group Enter Into Game-Changing, Long-Term Supply Agreement for Renewable Isooctane Worth Up to $180 Million; Gevo and Haltermann Carless Ready to Roll out to Mass Markets like Outdoor Power Equipment

(Gevo) Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) announced today that HCS Group and Gevohave entered into a long-term, definitive, binding and bankable renewable isooctane purchase and sale agreement, dated February 21, 2019. HCS Group will be supplied exclusively for sales of Gevo’s renewable isooctane into high-end applications ranging from high purity solvents to specialty fuels under its Haltermann Carless brand, excluding use

March 1, 2019 Read Full Article

ExxonMobile Commercial

(Algae Industry Magazine)  View the latest algae biofuel pitch from ExxonMobile: ”From petri dish to pond to potential biofuel, watch how we are continuing our algae research in Calipatria, CA with Synthetic Genomics.”  READ MORE

March 1, 2019 Read Full Article

China Southern Airlines Takes Delivery of A320NEO Powered with Biofuel Mix

(Aviation Benefits)  China Southern Airlines of China has become another airline to join the programme to use a blend of traditional and sustainable biofuels to power aircraft for delivery flights from Airbus. The aircraft involved is the first A320NEO for China Southern Airlines, which left the manufacturer’s delivery centre in Toulouse

February 28, 2019 Read Full Article

New Labelling Requirements to Help Motorists Pick the Right Fuel at Home and Abroad

(UK Department for Transport)  New rules will help motorists identify the right fuel and tell them the biofuel content of petrol and diesel.  —  All filling stations to roll out new labels by September 2019; Labels will help motorists pick the right fuel, whilst informing them of the biofuel content of

February 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Snam Performs First Refueling of 100% Biomethane in Tuscany

(Snam/NGV Journal)  The first supply of cars and trucks in Italy with only biomethane took place in Rapolano, in the province of Siena. The supplies were made as part of the opening ceremony of an IP-branded service station created by Snam. The distributor, located at the Siena-Bettolle junction, is currently the

February 27, 2019 Read Full Article

RFA Releases Three Videos Aimed at Educating Consumers

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to announce the release of three new educational videos that will help the public learn more about the advantages of using more renewable fuels like ethanol. The videos, released last week at RFA’s 24th annual National Ethanol Conference in Orlando, focus on

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Will 2019 Finally Be the Year of E15?

by Ron Lamberty (American Coalition for Ethanol)  Retailer interest in E15 increased over the past few months, with many retailers believing President Donald Trump “signed something” making E15 legal year-round at an event in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in October. We’ve explained there wasn’t any law or rule put into place at the

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

NEXT Renewable Fuels Secures Land at Port Westward

(NEXT Renewable Fuels)  NEXT Renewable Fuels has agreed to purchase a 25‐acre parcel at the Port of Columbia County’s Port Westward Industrial Park. The land is zoned industrial and was purchased from Teevin Bros, a local material handling and timber company. “We are extremely pleased to be working with the Teevin team

February 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Retailers Discuss Experiences with Ethanol at NEC

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Retailers at the Renewable Fuels Association’s National Ethanol Conference told attendees that growing the market for ethanol comes down to education. Bryan Goforth, executive vice president of Home Service Oil Company, a fuel distributer and retail store operator in Missouri, said the company’s recent decision

February 23, 2019 Read Full Article

RFA Presents Industry Award to East Kansas Agri-Energy

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is pleased to announce its 2019 Industry Award is being awarded to East Kansas Agri-Energy (EKAE), an ethanol and renewable diesel biorefinery in Garnett, Kan. RFA presented the award to the board and staff of EKAE today at the 24thannual National Ethanol Conference

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

SAS, Finnair and China Airlines Launch Passenger Carbon Offsetting Initiatives

(GreenAir Online)  Three airlines – SAS, Finnair and China Airlines – have each introduced carbon offsetting initiatives for their customers. Starting this month, SAS Group will offset the carbon emissions of all tickets booked through its EuroBonus loyalty programme, which has 5.6 million members. The airline estimates that around 40% of

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Quiz: What’s Your Renewable Fuels IQ?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Take the quiz.  Measure your knowledge of customers’ perceptions of biofuels and renewable fuels.  READ MORE Retailers discuss experiences with ethanol at NEC (Ethanol Producer Magazine)

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Scania: Natural Gas & Biogas, the Only Option to Decarbonize Heavy Transport

(Scania/NGV Journal)  Scania, an automaker that is leader in alternative fuels and that has been developing engines designed from factory to operate with natural gas for more than a decade, has noticed the increase in the use of natural gas in road transport during 2018 and offers an analysis of the

February 21, 2019 Read Full Article

U.S. Refuse Fleets Speed up Transition to Renewable Natural Gas

(Clean Energy/NGV Journal)  Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced an increased demand for renewable natural gas from the refuse sector, particularly in California, where refuse trucks are fueled by the very solid waste they haul. The city of Fresno signed a two-year agreement with Clean Energy for liquefied biomethane to power approximately

February 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Malaysia, France to Hold Dialogues for Better Understanding of Palm Oil

(Bernama/Borneo Post) Malaysia and France will hold joint dialogues and strengthen engagements to promote better understanding of the palm oil industry, said the Primary Industries Ministry. Its minister, Teresa Kok said this followed a courtesy call on her from French Ambassador to Malaysia Frederic Laplanche here yesterday where they discussed ways

February 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Success Stories: 20% in 2034, That Will Be Like Taking 175,000 Cars off the Road

(National Biodiesel Board)  Policymakers in New York City are determined to reduce harmful emissions from energy sources, and they have made biodiesel a linchpin in that effort. New York City Council Member Costa Constantinides, who represents a portion of the Borough of Queens is passionate in his support. “I look

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Maha Sugar Mill Takes Lead in Making Ethanol from Cane Juice

(India Post News Weekly)  A cooperative sugar mill in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra has taken the lead in producing fuel grade ethanol directly from sugarcane juice in the state, a senior official said on Thursday. The Centre had in July last year allowed sugar mills to manufacture ethanol directly from sugarcane

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Delivering Shipment Zero, a Vision for Net Zero Carbon Shipments

by Dave Clark (Day One The Amazon Blog)  Shipment Zero is Amazon’s vision to make all Amazon shipments net zero carbon, with 50% of all shipments net zero by 2030  —  … Amazon has a long-term goal to power our global infrastructure using 100% renewable energy, and we are making solid progress.

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Analyst Considers Electric Vehicles Very Over-Hyped

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  Pavel Molchanov with Raymond James and Associates spoke during the National Ethanol Conference in Orlando Tuesday. “Having covered all kinds of sustainable, green technologies for over a decade, electric vehicles are probably the most over-hyped of all these things.” While public awareness for electric vehicles

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Boosted Minnesota’s Economy By $2.3 Billion in 2018

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Minnesota’s ethanol industry contributed $2.31 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018, according to a new study by ABF Economics. In 2018, the study said, Minnesota’s ethanol producers produced 1.27 billion gallons of ethanol, 3.8 million tons of dried distiller’s grains with solubles (a high-protein

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Increasing Injection of Renewable Natural Gas in Californian Pipelines

(Southern California Gas Co./NGV Journal)  Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and biogas producer Calgren Dairy Fuels (Calgren) announced that renewable natural gas produced at Calgren’s dairy digester facility in Pixley, California is being injected into SoCalGas pipelines. The project marks the first time that carbon-negative renewable natural gas produced from cow

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: Neste Brings Biofuels to the Aviation Industry

(ACT News)  An ACT News Executive Interview with Lana Van Marter, Commercial Development Manager, Neste, a front-runner in the production of advanced biofuels and renewable fuels. Lana Van Marter has a unique perspective on sustainability and many of the global challenges we currently face. Today she works for Neste, focusing on

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Governor Tim Walz to Chair Governors’ Biofuels Coalition

(MyAlbertLea) The Governors’ Biofuels Coalition will name Minnesota Governor Tim Walz to serve as the 2019 chair of the coalition, a move that has the support of Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen along with thousands of corn and soybean farmers throughout the state. “Midwest governors have played an important role on

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Aemetis Plant Expands Customer Base with Sales of Biodiesel to Retail Fuel Stations in India

(Aemetis)  Plant upgrades enable production of 50 million gallons per year of biodiesel —  Aemetis, Inc. (“Aemetis” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today (February 15, 2019) that its Universal Biofuels subsidiary has built distribution tanks and other infrastructure to begin sales of biodiesel to retail fuel stations from the Kakinada, India

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Biochar Science and Market: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biochar

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Hugh McLaughlin, PhD, PE, a technical expert in pyrolysis, biochar and activated carbon, and Gerald Kutney, PhD, a business expert in pyrolysis and biochar, and both members of Lee Enterprises Consulting offer this illuminating perspective on the science of biochar, associated commercial activities, and more. Lee

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Blockchain Bonanza – How Blockchain Is Making Things Saner from Farm to Factory and Beyond

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  It’s a chain full of blocks and each block has information like a timestamp and transaction details. You add your block of information to the chain which has all prior handlers’ blocks attached. You can’t change their data, but it’s there. You just add yours

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Open the Door to Higher Blends

by Doug Sombke (South Dakota Farmers Union and Farmers Union Enterprise/Biofuels Digest)  … The reality is that the RFS is going backwards, we have effectively capped the use of corn ethanol in the United States, and the EPA continues to play lip service to the President they work for and the public

February 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Going, Going, Gone to the Highest Bidder: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Auctions in the Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Birdsong Auction & Real Estate Group and United Country Real Estate, members of Lee Enterprises Consulting, offers this illuminating comparison of absolute auctions vs. reserve auctions, overview of the auction process in the bioeconomy realm, and more. Lee Enterprises Consulting is the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Analysis: India’s Renewables Push Unlikely to Choke Downstream Expansion Strategy

by Sambit Mohanty   and  Ratnajyoti Dutta  (S&P Global Platts)  India sees energy demand doubling by 2040; Still room for oil demand growth in Indi;  Biofuels, solar strong focus areas for growth  —  India is pushing ahead with its renewable energy ambitions, but that is not expected to make a dent on plans to pursue

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels Association Kicks Off Awareness Campaign for E15

(Convenience Store News)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) launched an awareness campaign in support of E15 fuel with the launch of a new consumer-facing website and digital ads in The Washington Post. The campaign’s goal is to educate consumers and policymakers about the benefits of the fuel ahead of this year’s summer driving

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

RFA’s Cooper: Ethanol Industry ‘Delivering Huge Wins’ Despite ‘Tough Year’ in 2018

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Geoff Cooper told nearly 1,000 National Ethanol Conference attendees today that while the U.S. ethanol industry had a “tough year” in 2018, it “continued to deliver huge wins for consumers,” including lower gas prices, cleaner air, a more secure energy supply,

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Republic Services Broadens RNG Commitment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  A growing number of Republic Services Inc.’s natural gas-powered vehicles will use increasing amounts of Clean Energy’s Redeem renewable natural gas (RNG) across 21 states over the next five years. According to Clean Energy, the new agreement with the waste and recycling company represents the widest

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK–Mike Ackerman

Mike Ackerman, the owner of Ackerman Oil, which runs 10 gas stations in Indiana, says two of the stations sell E15, and plans are underway to add more. “I don’t think the world as a whole can discount the need for biofuels as part of the total energy mix to

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Grassroots Efforts in the Biodiesel Industry

by Amie Simpson (Brownfield Ag News)  The executive director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board says the key to growing the biodiesel industry is implementing programs at the state level.  Grant Kimberley says in Iowa, for example, they have been able to put together a package of incentive programs.  “From retail incentives

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Retailers Say Now Is the Time to Move to Higher Ethanol Blends

(Solutions from the Land)  In its 2019 Annual Energy Outlook issued this month, the DOE’s Energy Information Administration offers projections that make clear the importance of significantly increasing ethanol blends into the nation’s transportation fuel over the next several decades. The report predicts that gasoline and diesel fuel retail prices will increase by

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels in the 2019 Minnesota Legislative Session

by Timothy J. Rudnicki (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) … To keep the focus on lowering barriers for biofuel producers and providing the growing number of motorists greater access to biofuels, we have opened up key discussions with the Governor and some of his cabinet members and state lawmakers. Specifically, our focus

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Dreyfus Expects Faster Switching between Sugar, Ethanol in Brazil

Maha El Dahan and Dahlia Nehme (Reuters)   Commodities trading firm Louis Dreyfus expects faster switching between sugar and ethanol production in Brazil, with more flexible mills leading to “dramatic” price-driven shifts.“Usually you have to see sugar playing a premium over ethanol or the opposite for a period of time before

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

RFA Releases 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook, Pocket Guide

(Renewable Fuels Association) Today at the 24th annual National Ethanol Conference, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) released its 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook and Pocket Guide, known around the world as the go-to sources for reliable information and data on America’s ethanol industry.  The annual Outlook publication provides policymakers, regulators, consumers, the media, and renewable fuel

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Audio: Grain, Ethanol Market Development Work To Surge With USDA ATP Funds

(U.S. Grains Council)  New funding to the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) from the Agricultural Trade Promotion (ATP) Program – part of a larger “trade aid” package offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the wake of new tariffs and global market uncertainty – will expand the organization’s global footprint and

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

MEGA MEG – Braskem and Haldor Topsoe’s Monoethylene Glycol from Sugar Is in Operation

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) …Brazil-based Braskem and Denmark-based Haldor Topsoe just commissioned their pioneering demonstration unit, located in Denmark, for the development of monoethylene glycol (MEG) from sugar. Their innovation for renewable plastic made from sugar instead of traditional fossil fuels has been getting attention and this news marks a

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Finland Sets World-Leading 30% Biofuel Obligation for 2030

(UPM)  The Finnish Parliament has yesterday 6 February 2019 approved a law that sets a gradually increasing 30% biofuels target for 2030. Furthermore, the law sets a world-leading advanced biofuels target of 10% in 2030. UPM welcomes the Finnish government’s ambition to take transport decarbonisation seriously: “UPM is a leading producer

February 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Biorefineries Assessment: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA Bioenergy Task 42

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy Task 42 is working on the analysis and assessment of biorefining in the whole value chain in order to meet its mission to facilitate the commercialisation and market deployment of biorefinery systems & technologies. Johannes Lindorfer from the Energy Institute at the Johannes Kepler University in

February 8, 2019 Read Full Article

NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores) Favors Giving Consumers Options at the Pump

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For the National Association of Convenience Stores, selling E15 is a matter of giving consumers plenty of fuel options. “We like the optionality of being able to have lots legal choices and really sell what the consumer wants to buy,” said Paige Anderson, NACS’s director

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Long, Strange Trip: How U.S. Ethanol Reaches China Tariff-Free

by Chris Prentice and A. Ananthalakshmi (Reuters)  In June, the High Seas tanker ship loaded up on ethanol in Texas and set off for Asia. Two months later – after a circuitous journey that included a ship-to-ship transfer and a stop in Malaysia – its cargo arrived in China, according to shipping data

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

UPDATE 1-U.S. Asks Brazil to Consider Lifting Tariffs on Ethanol Exports

by Humeyra Pamuk (Reuters)  The United States has asked Brazil to consider lifting tariffs imposed on its ethanol exports and is hopeful of a positive outcome, a senior official at the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Wednesday. Brazil currently charges a 20-percent tariff on ethanol imports surpassing 150 million liters a

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Better Policy for Better Fuels: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to SE4All and below50

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All)was created to drive the energy transition, particularly in developing countries and below50 is committed to growing the demand for sustainable alternative fuels that reduce emissions by more than 50% relative to fossil. Gerard J. Ostheimer, Ph.D., Global Lead of Bioenergy Accelerator

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

UFOP: EU Oilseed Producers Lose in Argentina Imports Settlement

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP)/Biodiesel Magazine)  According to Germany’s Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP), European oilseed producers are the losers in the Jan. 30 decision of the representatives of the EU member states in the Trade Defense Instruments Committee (TDI). The

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Bank Of America: Oil Demand Growth To Hit Zero Within A Decade

by Nick Cunningham (OilPrice.com)  By 2030, oil demand could hit a peak and then enter decline, according to a new report. For the next decade or so, oil demand should continue to grow, although at a slower and slower rate. According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the annual increase in

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

FSSAI Awards BioD Energy as an Authorised Aggregator for Its Repurpose Used Cooking Oil Initiative

by Navanwita Bora Sachdev (Tech Panda)  … The culmination event rewarded select stakeholders, driving the cause of ‘eat healthy’ and ‘eat safe’, among which, BioD Energy was recognised as an authorised aggregator for its Repurpose Used Cooking Oil (RUCO) initiative. On receiving the recognition, Siddharth Vig, Vice President, BioD Energy India, said,

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel to Generate Energy in the Concerts of Paul McCartney and Ed Sheeran

(Clarin Rural (Google Translation))  The bassist of the Beatles asked explicitly to improve the carbon footprint of the event. Used cooking oil will be recycled.  —  Green and sustainable energy is gaining prominence as a source to generate electricity in rock recitals such as those given by Ed Sheeran (February 23) and

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

NEXT Renewable Fuels and Shell Trading (US) Company Enter Renewable Diesel Purchase and Sale Agreement

(NEXT Renewable Fuels/Informed Infrastructure) NEXT Renewable Fuels, Inc (NEXT) and Shell Trading (US) Company (Shell) have entered a long-term Purchase and Sale Agreement for the purchase of renewable diesel from NEXT’s planned Port Westward, Oregon facility. Representing an investment of more than $1 billion (USD), NEXT continues to develop its Oregon

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Consumer Values Drive Demand for the Bioeconomy Specialty Chemicals

by Bogdan Comanita (Lee Enterprises/MarketChemica Inc./Biofuels Digest)  VIRIDISOL®, ecoXTRACT® and GreenFlame® are examples of B2B brands launched in 2018 that support the use of new biobased products in large B2C markets. All these B2B brands are in perfect alignment with powerful B2C brands in markets as divers as pharmaceutical, cosmetics and hearth

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Generators of Biomethane Can Claim RHI and RTFO Payments

(Bioenergy Insight)  AD plants can now viably maximise biomethane production, benefitting from the highest Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariff and “top up” with additional Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) payments, as part of a government incentivised policy for decarbonising the transport sector. … “Up until recently, biomethane producers have generally either

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

EU Approves US Soybeans for Biofuel Production

(Associated Press/Washington Post)  The European Union has approved U.S. soybean exports to be used in the production of biofuels in an effort to boost such imports following last summer’s trans-Atlantic meeting between President Donald Trump and his EU Commission counterpart Jean-Claude Juncker. The summit meeting was able to stave off a

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Potential Trade‐Offs of Employing Perennial Biomass Crops for the Bioeconomy in the EU by 2050: Impacts on Agricultural Markets in the EU and the World

(ResearchGate)  Perennial biomass crops (PBC) are considered a crucial feedstock for sustainable biomass supply to the bioeconomy that compete less with food production compared to traditional crops. However, large‐scale development of PBC as a means to reach greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation targets would require not only the production on land previously

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

UFOP Report on Global Market Supply 2018/2019: Combining Economically Viable Agriculture with Appropriate Agricultural Market and Climate Protection Policies

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Crops (UFOP))  The Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Crops (UFOP) has formulated its policy expectations on the occasion of the presentation of the third edition of the Global Market Supply Report. The association refers to the generally good global supply

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

BHP and NYK Use GoodFuels Biofuel to Progress Decarbonisation Goals

(GoodFuels)  BHP, NYK, GoodFuels and BLOC collaborate to progress sustainable biofuel bunkering in Rotterdam, verified with blockchain. —  Today (February 4, 2019) global mining company BHP, Japanese shipping company NYK, leading sustainable biofuel company GoodFuels and BLOC (Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration) the leading developer of blockchain applications for the maritime industry,

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Transport Bursts onto Global Decarbonisation Map

by Matthew Stone (PRIMA/Biofuels Digest)  … Exponential growth in liquid renewable transport fuel solutions however is still needed to keep governments and fuel providers on track to overarching climate change commitments. To manage the explosive growth, PRIMA has created the roadmap needed for the energy, regulatory and investor stakeholders to keep on

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Copa and Cogeca Call on Commission to Closely Monitor Price Undertaking Agreement on Imported Argentinian Biofuel and Revoke It upon First Infringement

(European Farmers European Agri-Cooperatives) Copa and Cogeca welcome EU Member States approval of Commission’s package of definitive anti-subsidy measures against Argentinian biodiesel’s imports, during Trade Defence Committee held on 30th January. Nevertheless, the approval of an import quota of 1.2 million tonnes in the same meeting in a Price Undertaking Agreement between EU and

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Calvera Delivers Mobile Gas Pipeline to Transport Biomethane in Finland

(Calvera/Gasnam/NGV Journal)  The Industrial Group Calvera has recently supplied a customer in Finland with several units of their containers for the transport of biomethane, a mobile gas pipeline solution. The innovative equipment is designed under the flexible Hooklift system that includes easy loading and unloading with a Multilift hydraulic arm coupled

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

How Do Your Fuel Decisions Impact Our Environment?

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  EESI Policy Associate Jessie Stolark spoke on a roundtable panel about the health and environmental considerations of fuel choices, at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit on January 29.  Below is an abbreviated version of her remarks at that presentation, which highlighted the benefits

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Fulcrum Announces Location of Its Next US Waste-to-Fuels Plant, as Bizav Sector Showcases Sustainable Jet Fuels

(GreenAir Online)  Waste-to-fuel company Fulcrum BioEnergy has selected Gary, Indiana, as the location for its Centerpoint BioFuels Plant, which will have the capacity to produce three times the amount of renewable transportation fuels compared to its first Sierra plant in Nevada that is due to start operations in early 2020. Construction

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

French Fuel Price Revolt Boosted Ethanol Use – Industry Officials

by Gus Trompiz (Reuters)  Public anger in France over increasing fuel prices, which gave rise to the anti-government “yellow vest” movement, has further boosted demand for crop-based ethanol fuel from motorists seeking cheaper deals, industry representatives said on Tuesday. Ethanol, which is blended with gasoline as part of renewable energy policy

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste MY

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Neste produces a drop-in renewable diesel fuel that is refined from a mix of more than 10 different wastes and residues and various vegetable oils. Matt Leuck, Technical Manager, North America at Neste MY Renewable Diesel gave this illuminating overview of how renewable diesel is different

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

U.S. Groups Support Expansion of Biofuels in Ontario

by Jacqui Fatka (Feedstuffs)  U.S. Grains Council and Growth Energy submit comments in support of 15% renewable fuel content in gasoline use by 2025.  —  This week, Growth Energy and the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) jointly submitted comments to the Canadian province of Ontario supporting the expansion of biofuel blending under the Made-in-Ontario Environment

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Washington May Require More Climate-Friendly Motor Fuels

by Brad Shannon and Carolyn Bick (INVESTIGATEWEST)  …  The biodiesel-to-be that is being sucked into (Chad) Peters’ truck, like much of what’s collected in Washington, will help reduce climate-wrecking carbon emissions not in the Evergreen State but across the border in Oregon. There, lawmakers have required progressive reductions in the amount of

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Why Disney World Is Betting on Clean Energy

(Forbes/Environmental Defense Fund)  … Our buses that transport guests were also one of the first fleets in the nation and among the largest in Florida to use R50 renewable diesel fuel. The fuel is made from used cooking oil and non-consumable food waste. To date, our entire bus fleet has been

January 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Interview: RFA Hoping EPA Will Be More Restrained on SREs

by Jeff Barber (Opis Biofuels News) The U.S. ethanol industry, which spent most of 2018 dealing with the fallout from EPA’s decision to allow a record number of small refineries to escape their Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compliance obligations, believes the agency will take a more measured approach to exemption requests

January 29, 2019 Read Full Article

U.S. Energy Outlook Report Underscores Need for Higher Ethanol Blends

(Growth Energy)  Federal forecasts in the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) newly released Annual Energy Outlook 2019 (AEO2019) underscore the importance of delivering cleaner, lower cost options to the fuel pump, said Chris Bliley, vice president of regulatory affairs at Growth Energy. “America’s thirst for clean, affordable fuel options is set

January 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Gaining Support: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA Bioenergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) IEA Bioenergy’s inter-task proejct has done extensive work on the sustainability of bioenergy systems, including over 50 authors contributing to over 25 deliverables between 2016-2018 alone. Martin Junginger, Göran Berndes, Inge Stupak, and Uwe Fritsche from IEA Bioenergy gave this illuminating presentation on measuring, governing and

January 29, 2019 Read Full Article

The Pursuit of Biofuels Evolution and Revolution: Attis Innovations’ Ambitions for Its Newly-Acquired Upstate New York Project.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … What especially caught industry attention was the teaser that “Attis will use the facility to produce low carbon cellulosic biofuels and plans to invest additional funds to enable it to meet growing demand in New York state,” and let’s look at that in more detail.

January 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Gevo Announces Breakthrough Development of Renewable Isoprene, a Key Chemical Building Block for Producing Rubber and Rubber Products

(GEVO/Globe Newswire)  Potentially price competitive with petroleum-based isoprene, made with 100% renewable carbon — Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO), a leading renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer, announced today that it has developed a proprietary, breakthrough catalytic process that transforms low-cost commercially available, or even waste by-product, renewable alcohols into renewable isoprene that would

January 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Promoting Citizen-Orientated Climate Protection in Transport

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP))   On the occasion of the new edition of the brochure “Good Reasons for Biofuels”, the Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) determines that the importance of biofuels as a tool for decarbonising the transport sector is

January 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Burgeoning Biomethane: RNG Is a Partner, Not Competitor, to Ethanol

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Verbio has plans to further strengthen the already-expanding renewable natural gas market in the U.S., having purchased DuPont’s cellulosic ethanol plant. A transformation is underway in Iowa. Last year, Verbio North America Corp., the U.S. subsidiary of German bioenergy producer Verbio Vereinigte BioEnergie AG, purchased

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

UK Commercial Truck Fleets Can Now Access Liquefied Biomethane

(Gasrec/NGV Journal)  Commercial vehicle fleets running on LNG can now take advantage of the same huge CO2 savings being achieved by CNG trucks running on biomethane, following a significant move by fuel provider Gasrec. The firm has become the first in the UK to offer customers access to Renewable Transport Fuels

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

RFA & NCGA Co-Title Sponsorship of 2019 Crappie Masters Tournament Trail Begins This Week

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The 2019 season of the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail begins later this week, with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) signed on as co-title sponsors for the third consecutive year. The first of 16 tournaments begins Friday, Feb. 1 in Deland, Fla.,

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Gevo Supplies ATJ to California Airport, Joins SAF Coalition

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Gevo Inc. made two announcements in mid-January regarding its efforts to expand the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The company supplied its fuel to an airport in California and signed on to an existing coalition that aims to expand the use of SAF.

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Delhi: Women March Leaders to Biofuel, an Republic Day of Firsts

(Times of India) From the all-women marching contingent of Assam Rifles to the use of biofuel in the aircraft participating in the flypast, the 70th Republic Day had a number of firsts.  … There was also the first-time use of indigenously developed biofuel by the Indian Air Force on Saturday. Its

January 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Ready for Take Off? Aviation Biofuels Past, Present, and Future

by David Hitchcock (Atlantic Council)  … However, the importance of powering the aviation sector (both military and commercial) through sustainable fuels cannot be overstated. David Hitchcock’s paper, “Ready for Takeoff? Aviation Biofuels Past, Present, and Future,” provides a keen look at the history of biofuels, current uses of biofuel, and investments

January 26, 2019 Read Full Article

On Tap: Retailers Preparing for Year-Round E15 Have Options for Pumps, Financing and Marketing.

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …(W)ith the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expected to extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to E15, hopefully before next summer’s driving season. Retailers will have to decide not only if they will offer the blend, but how they’ll dispense it. For those who

January 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Selling Ethanol to China Just Got More Complicated

by Clinton Griffiths (AgDay TV) As some ethanol operations throttle production or shutter plants, Peter Meyer with S&P Global Platts isn’t sold on Chinese demand rescuing the biofuel and corn industries. … “At the Detroit Auto Show it was announced that the major car manufacturers are going to spend $300 billion on

January 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Stoves Maker’s App Ropes in Customers as Marketers

(Business Daily Africa)  Low income households using KOKO Networks’ ethanol stoves can now earn commissions by marketing the cooker through a new app. myKOKO allows users to earn up to Sh250 per sale of the special cookers that currently retail at Sh6,200. Aside from inviting friends to sign up as

January 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Industrial Sugars: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to FQPT

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fluid Quip Process Technologies provides fully integrated custom technologies and services to dry-grind ethanol and biochemical industries which include full plant design, process optimization studies, yield improvement technologies, new co-product technologies, and turnkey capital projects. Jeff Robert Director from FQPT gave this illuminating overview of their

January 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Powered with Renewed Energy

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Every day, our industry battles antiquated regulatory hurdles, attacks on the Renewable Fuel Standard, protectionist trade barriers, and a constant barrage of myths and misinformation that threaten to undermine demand for ethanol and coproducts. It is easy to become weary and discouraged.

January 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Now Open for Entries: 2019 Bio-Based World News Innovation Awards DEADLINE: February 15, 2019

(Bio-Based World News)  Innovation is at the heart of the Bio-Based World Community, from our news portal and Quarterly magazine, to our growing social media platforms and our newly launched reports and webinars, right through to our flagship event, World Bio Markets. For us innovation takes many forms and we

January 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Casey’s and Quick Oil Company Win Biofuel Marketing Awards Secretary Naig Recognizes Efforts to Promote Ethanol and Biodiesel

(FUELIowa) Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig awarded biofuel marketing awards to two central Iowa-based companies. Quick Oil Company in Perry was winner of the 2019 Biodiesel Marketing Award, and Casey’s General Stores headquartered in Ankeny received this year’s Ethanol Marketing Award. The annual awards, initiated 11 years ago by FUELIowa

January 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Supply Chains: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA Bioenergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy is working on an inter-task project on measuring, governing and gaining support for sustainable bioenergy supply chains. Uwe Fritsche and others from IEA Bioenergy gave this illuminating overview of the positions, perception and vision of stakeholder groups on bioenergy at ABLC Global 2018 in

January 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Industry Honors Biodiesel Champions

(National Biodiesel Board)  Annual awards highlight leaders who have contributed to biodiesel success — The National Biodiesel Board’s annual awards recognize a diverse group of individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to biodiesel. From long-time champions to present-day breakthroughs, the commercial biodiesel industry wouldn’t be where it is today without

January 24, 2019 Read Full Article
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