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MEPs Ask EC to Review Approach that Limits Biomethane-Fueled Mobility

(NGV Journal/European Biogas Association) Members of European Parliament (MEPs) from different political groups have signed a petition asking the European Commission to remove barriers to the deployment of sustainable fuels and technologies in transport by reviewing the current tailpipe approach to measure CO2 emissions. This will ensure the swift decarbonisation of the transport

May 6, 2021 Read Full Article

American Drivers Are Saving the Corn Ethanol Industry–for Now

by Tim McDonnell  (Quartz)  … A year later, American drivers are back at the gas pump, and ethanol plants are back online. ADM re-opened its plants in early April; POET’s plants re-opened in August 2020 but only hit full production capacity in April. Then, just as ethanol’s road ahead was beginning to look clear, another unanticipated

May 6, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. EPA to Hand over Biofuel Exemption Documents to GAO Probe

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is handing over to the Government Accountability Office information on oil refiners that petitioned for exemptions to biofuel blending mandates, in an effort to help the government watchdog investigate the exemption program. The move shows the Biden administration’s willingness to help scrutinize

May 6, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. House Panel Discusses Low-Carbon Fuel with Airline, Biofuel Industries

by Stephanie Kelly and David Shepardson (Reuters) Members of a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee met on Tuesday with representatives from the biofuels and airline industries to discuss ways to expand production of low-carbon aviation fuel, the subcommittee chair told Reuters. The meeting is part of a broader push by lawmakers

May 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Pradhan Approves Supply of Cooking Oil-Based Biodiesel

(Big News Network/ANI)  Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday remotely flagged off the first supply of Used Cooking Oil (UCO) based biodiesel blended diesel under the Expressions of Interest (EoIs) Scheme from Indian Oil’s Tikrikalan Terminal. Speaking on the occasion, Dharmendra Pradhan complimented the Oil

May 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Growing America’s Energy Future: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioenergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BETO leadership representatives shared this illuminating slide guide during Earth Week recently discussing plastics recycling initiatives, waste-to-energy efforts, engaging farmers as clean energy partners, carbon dioxide utilization, advancements in marine and aviation biofuels, and more.  READ MORE During Earth Week BETO leadership detailed the Office mission and

May 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Midwest Lawmakers Push for Biofuel-Powered Vehicles in Mix of Biden Electric Vehicles

(NewsDakota.com/NAFB) Midwest lawmakers continue to push for inclusion of more biofuel vehicles in the president’s climate effort to convert the nation’s transportation fleet to electric vehicles. Freshman Kansas Republican Roger Marshall is the latest Midwest lawmaker to join the biofuels push, as the administration ramps up its electric car effort, and the

May 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Biden’s EPA Administrator Says RFS Levels Coming ASAP

by O. Kay Henderson (KBOE)  The administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency spent much of Tuesday in Iowa. It’s the first solo trip Administrator Michael Regan has taken since he was sworn into office. Regan toured an ethanol plant in Nevada and he told reporters the EPA’s announcement on biofuels

May 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Carbon-50: Leaders Push for 50-State Solution to Climate Change

(Carbon -50)  A new network of former lawmakers, farm leaders, and clean energy advocates has gathered under the banner of Carbon-50 to support an inclusive, 50-state strategy to address climate change. The project is co-chaired by former House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller (D-CA), Director Emerita at the

May 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Brazil Soy Crushers’ Lobby Pushes for Rise in Biodiesel Blending

by Ana Mano (Reuters/NASDAQ)  Brazilian oilseeds lobby group Abiove is pushing the government to clearly signal whether it plans to raise its biodiesel blending requirement after a surprise move to temporarily cut it this month. — Brazilian oilseeds lobby group Abiove is pushing the government to clearly signal whether it

May 5, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. EPA Files Motion to Vacate Three Biofuel Exemptions Given to Sinclair

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters/NASDAQ) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency filed a motion on Friday to vacate three waivers given by the previous administration to Sinclair Oil Corporation refineries that exempt them from biofuel blending mandates. In the motion, the EPA said that the agency under the Trump administration did not analyze

May 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Red Rock Out of Money, Looks to Bonds

by Danielle Jester (Lake County Examiner)  Red Rock Biofuels is looking to raise money through the bond market to complete construction of its facility in Lakeview. —  Rumors that have been circulating around Lakeview for weeks were finally confirmed Wednesday, April 21 when Red Rock Logistics Mgr. Will Roberts spoke to

May 5, 2021 Read Full Article

The 10 Big WOWs from ABLC Day 2

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Florida, it was day 2 of ABLC with more presentations covering companies, technologies, updates, priorities, programs, economics and research. From net zero carbon, renewable commitments, California LCFS, sustainable aviation fuel, Bio-LPG, and more, there was no lack of startling factoids, exciting news and massive progress

May 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Biden Faces Pressure to Drive Gasoline and Diesel Cars out of the US

by Oliver Milman (The Guardian)  Joe Biden’s administration, seeking deep cuts to planet-heating emissions, is facing pressure to take a previously unthinkable step: declare the end of the internal combustion engine in the US. Washington state has moved to call time on the age of gasoline and diesel cars, with the legislature

May 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Tech, Markets, Apps, Key Players: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Lignin 2021

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lignin. Yes, you can make almost anything out of it, and money. What’s the newest tech and applications? Where are the markets where key players are changing outcomes for some of the world’s most abundant polymers? Jack Miller of Biobased Markets takes us right into

May 3, 2021 Read Full Article

SAF, Please Prepare for Take-off…Even with Aviation Industry Turned Upside Down Due to Pandemic

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) There were 22 weekdays in April. There were 15 announcements about sustainable aviation fuel progress, advancements, implementations, and production in just those 21 days. What does that mean? Why is SAF suddenly taking off like never before, even as the aviation industry was turned upside

May 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Europe Reaches New Milestone on Natural Gas Refueling Infrastructure

(NGVA Europe/NGV Journal)  Europe’s rapidly growing natural gas fueling station network has reached the milestone of 4.000 CNG, and 400 LNG stations. These stations are crucial as they are able to support Europe’s gmobility fleet, with also a rapidly increasing share of biomethane. Since 2020, about 300 new CNG stations have

May 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Elon Musk Might Be Hosting SNL, but Tesla Workers Aren’t Laughing

by Richard Ortiz (Fortune)  “The shift toward a cleaner future requires CEOs like Elon Musk to invest in me and my skills, instead of interfering with workers who try to come together,” writes former Tesla autoworker Richard Ortiz. … But in my mind, there’s nothing funny about how Tesla has

May 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Energy Act’s Impact

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy)  A recent study by Resources for the Future found that funding for research, development and demonstration in advanced energy technologies (carbon capture, advanced nuclear and direct air capture to name a few) mirroring those under last year’s Energy Act would have a number of

May 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Carper Urges Tough US Rules Barring Gas-Powered Cars by 2035

by Hope Yen and Tom Krisher (Associated Press)  A top Senate Democrat is urging U.S. anti-pollution standards that would follow a deal brokered by California with five automakers and then set targets to end sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035, a goal that reaches farther than President Joe Biden’s climate plan.

May 1, 2021 Read Full Article

American Coalition for Ethanol: USDA Must Reward Farmers, Biofuel Facilities For Carbon-Cutting Contributions

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Grainnet)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) encouraged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help establish a protocol for biofuel producers and farmers to easily document the carbon intensity benefits of changes in agricultural practices in comments submitted April 29 regarding USDA’s climate strategy for President Biden’s Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and

May 1, 2021 Read Full Article

New Rural Renewable Energy Pilot Program Created

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it is requesting public input from interested parties, including potential customers and interested stakeholders, to help create a new Rural Renewable Energy Pilot Program. To ensure a diverse group of voices are heard, USDA is seeking written comments and will host a

April 30, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA to USDA: Ethanol Fuels Climate-Smart Agriculture, Energizes Rural Communities

(Renewable Fuels Association) In separate comment letters submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Renewable Fuels Association explained how expanded ethanol production and use can support the administration’s “climate-smart” agriculture goals and encouraged USDA to use the Rural Energy Pilot Program to support research into the use of ethanol for

April 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Neste to Enable Production of up to 500,000 Tons/a of Sustainable Aviation Fuel at Its Rotterdam Renewable Products Refinery

(Neste)   Neste, the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel produced from waste and residue raw materials, will modify its existing renewables production capacity in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, to enable production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Currently the refinery produces mainly Neste MY Renewable Diesel™. The modifications

April 30, 2021 Read Full Article

ONE Conducts Successful Second Trial Use of Sustainable Biofuel for Decarbonization

(Ocean Network Express)  – Ocean Network Express (ONE) is pleased to announce the successful completion of a second trial of sustainable marine biofuel onboard the M/V MOL Experience. The specifications of the second trial were different from the first trial, with the mixing ratio three times higher in biofuel content,

April 30, 2021 Read Full Article

EU to Launch Carbon Farming Framework by End-2021 Following Two-Year Study

by Jack Ellis (Ag Funder News) The European Commission – the executive branch of the EU administration which is responsible for proposing bloc-wide legislation – has published the findings of its two-year study into creating a “carbon farming” framework for the EU. The Commission said it is aiming to launch an EU carbon

April 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewables Push Will Pave Way for Green Hydrogen: Lower Production Costs and Net Zero Policies Will Also Be Factors S&P Global Ratings Reports Find

(ReNewsBiz) Supportive net zero policies, a steep decline in production costs from electrolysis as well as a broad push towards renewables will pave the way for the widespread adoption of green hydrogen, according to S&P Global Ratings. S&P Global Ratings found, in a series of reports exploring the potential of clean

April 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Regan Defends EPA Budget Boost, Role of Ethanol and Biofuels in Emissions Reduction

by Spencer Chase (Agri-Pulse) … On the issue of biofuels, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, pressed (Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael) Regan on the administration’s views on the future of ethanol, expressing her concern about the fact that advanced biofuels are commonly the first technology referenced in conversations on the subject

April 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Hydroflex Tech for Renewable Diesel and Jet Fuel: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Haldor Topsoe

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today we look at using Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex technology to transform almost any renewable feedstock into drop-in, ultra-low sulfur gasoline, jet fuel or diesel. Ready for greenfield projects, refinery add-ons and conversions — how does it work. What’s the impact on economics, cetane, cold flow

April 29, 2021 Read Full Article

SfL Lauds Biden’s Recognition of Ag’s Role in Stemming Climate Change

(Solutions from the Land)  In his speech to a joint session of Congress tonight, President Biden acknowledged the role of farmers, ranchers and forestland owners in the effort to stem climate change. Among the many steps he said various interests are taking to curb the change in climate are agricultural

April 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Johnson County Landowners Consider Trading Ethanol Crop for Fields of Solar in $4.7M Project

by Zachary Oren Smith  (Iowa City Press-Citizen) On land that has yielded corn and beans, Jim Dane and some other Johnson County farmers may see something new produced. Locally, the Dane name is associated with Dane’s Dairy, a popular ice cream shop just off Highway 1 now run by his sister. But Jim Dane still

April 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Agri-Pulse Doing Deep Dive into Biofuels

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Agri-Pulse is investigating how the biofuels industry has changed and where it’s headed in season two of the farm policy news outlet’s Deep Dive podcast series. … The first episode – “Running on E” – focuses on the history of biofuels and the policy surrounding the Renewable Fuel

April 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Converting Chevrolet Volt To Run On E85 Is Easy

by Mark Kane (Inside EVs) The first generation Chevrolet Volt engine runs on gasoline, but as it turns out it can run on ethanol blends up to E85, as well. The switch to E85 is simpler than one might think because GM left ready-to-go software installed and all you need to

April 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Incentives Could Turn Costs of Biofuel Mandates into Environmental Benefits

(EurekAlert!/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment)  CABBI studies on the Renewable Fuels Standard indicate a need for more targeted policies that value the environmental benefits of perennial bioenergy crops over cheaper options – and provide incentives for farmers to grow them — New studies from the

April 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Lawmakers Consider Mandating E-15 at All Iowa Gas Stations, Retailers Push back Saying It’ll Cost Consumers Big Time

by Rachel Droze (WeAreIowa)  Those supporting the measure say the bill would be good for consumers since it’d provide lower-cost fuel at more gas stations around the state.  — A proposed bill could impact gas prices in Iowa, but there are mixed reviews on if the change would help or

April 28, 2021 Read Full Article

State Lawmakers Pass Bill Mandating Only Electric Cars Sold by 2035

by Rick Karlin (Times Union)  Would essentially ban traditional gas powered vehicles in just over a decade — The state Senate on Monday passed a bill that would essentially mandate that all new passenger cars sold in the state run on electric power by 2035. The measure, which had earlier passed

April 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Biobased Diesel Fuel Highlighted as a Low-Carbon, Proven and Available Climate Change Solution

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Industry leaders Neste, Renewable Energy Group and the National Biodiesel Board affirmed the significant opportunity for biofuels in a carbon constrained future compared to electrification and other approaches  — Low-cost, low-carbon but high greenhouse gas reducing impact describes the opportunity for using biobased diesel fuel as helping achieve

April 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Accelerating Turnover to New Technology Diesel Engines, Increased use of Biobased Diesel Fuels Ensures Steady Progress on Carbon Reduction, Clean Air Gains

(Diesel Technology Forum) On eve of the 51st anniversary of Earth Day the Diesel Technology Forum issued the following statement:  “President Biden has brought a new emphasis on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and tackling the climate challenge. Meeting this challenge will not have simple one-size fits all solutions, nor uniform timetables. Even

April 27, 2021 Read Full Article

How Much Can Farming Address Climate Change?

by Kinsie Rayburn (Trust in Food) During Day 1 of our 2021 Trust In Food Symposium: Regenerative Reset event held in February, Trust In Food posed the question, “How much can farming address climate change?” In this 90-minute session, moderated by Trust In Food’s Executive Vice President Amy Skoczlas Cole, we heard from Dr. Jonathan

April 27, 2021 Read Full Article

REA Welcomes UK Gov’t Biomass Strategy Call for Evidence DEADLINE: June 15, 2021

(Bioenergy Insight)  The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) has welcomed the publication of the UK Government’s Biomass Strategy Call for Evidence. The call for evidence aims to strengthen the government’s evidence base around biomass and will contribute to a review of the potential for biomass to support the

April 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Governor Vetoes Proposal Requiring Enhanced Ethanol Labeling at Indiana Fuel Pumps

by Dan Carden (NWI.com) Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb has vetoed legislation that would have required fuel blends containing between 10% and 15% ethanol, also known as E15, be prominently labeled on Indiana fuel pumps. Senate Enrolled Act 303 proposed mandating a label be placed next to the selection button on

April 27, 2021 Read Full Article

A Clash over Renewable Fuels Hinges on the Meaning of a Single Word

by Emily Hammond (SCOTUSBlog) On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in HollyFrontier Cheyenne Refining, LLC v. Renewable Fuels Association. The case presents an issue of statutory interpretation involving the Renewable Fuel Standard  program — a part of the Clean Air Act that calls for incorporating renewable fuels into transportation

April 27, 2021 Read Full Article

California Scores Tailpipe Emissions Win

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy)   The EPA on Monday said it will reassess the Trump-era rule preventing California from setting stricter car pollution standards than the federal government after a similar move last week by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If California is free to set its own

April 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Decarbonizing California Transportation by 2045

(University of California Davis)  Report to State Outlines Policy Pathways to Meet the Zero-Carbon Time Crunch —  Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in California. In order to achieve the state’s goals of carbon neutrality by 2045 and avoid the worst impacts of climate change, decarbonizing this

April 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Biodiesel, Ethanol, Sustainable Aviation & Maritime Fuels: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The International Energy Agency published “Renewables 2020”, an analysis and forecast through 2025 of the impact of Covid-19 on renewables in the electricity, heat and transport sectors. We pulled the transport and biofuels pieces so you can find out what the IEA says about Covid-19’s

April 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Washington State Passes Low-Carbon Clean Fuel Standard — Establishing a ‘Clean Fuel Coast’ from San Diego to the Klondike Gateway

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, HB 1091. the Clean Fuel Standard has been passed by the legislature and now heads to Governor Jay Inslee’s desk for signature; it is a significant win for the Governor’s renewables agenda and for the clean fuels movement. From San Diego to the

April 26, 2021 Read Full Article

How Biofuels Giant Neste Transforms America’s French Fry Grease into Clean Diesel

by Christopher Helman (Forbes) … “Nobody wants to send that material down the drain,” says Rick Sabol, president of the Mahoney division. And not just because fat globules can clog up sewer systems — but because that grease is valuable — if you gather up enough of it. “We always thought

April 23, 2021 Read Full Article

EU Climate Law Makes Climate Goals Legally Binding

by Ashira Morris (Our Daily Planet)  This week, European Union policymakers agreed to enshrine the bloc’s short- and long-term climate commitments. The European Climate Law takes the EU’s goals of reducing net emissions by 55% by 2030 and hitting climate neutrality by 2050 and makes them “legally binding and irreversible,” as German Environment Minister

April 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Biden Administration Takes Step toward Allowing California to Set Its Own Tailpipe Emissions Standards

by Rachel Frazin (The Hill)  … The Transportation Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed a withdrawal of its part of a Trump-era rule that preempted states from setting their own standards. Early next week, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to take action on its piece of the issue:

April 23, 2021 Read Full Article

USDA Deputy Secretary Nominee Gets Warm Reception from Senate Ag

by Steve Davies (Agri-Pulse)  …  (Jewel) Bronaugh talked about the importance of biofuels in a clean energy economy, including the development of bio-based products and answered questions that covered a variety of agricultural issues important to the members, mostly by promising to pursue more information if she is confirmed. … On

April 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Why Science Needs the Humanities to Solve Climate Change

by Steven D. Allison and Tyrus Miller  (University of California, Irvine/The Conversation)  …  We worry that overemphasis on science may hamper the design of effective climate solutions. In our view, solving the world’s climate problems will require tapping into brainpower beyond science. That’s why the two of us – an ecologist and a humanities dean – are

April 22, 2021 Read Full Article

The BDO Zone Investment Coalition Announces $1 Billion of Deployable Capital for Biobased Projects Located in BDO Zones

(BDO Zone Investment Coalition) The BDO Zone Investment Coalition today announces the mobilization of $1BB of capital for deployment into biobased infrastructure and manufacturing plants located in Bioeconomy Development Opportunity (BDO) Zones. The BDO Zone Investment Coalition is a group of leading, independent biobased investors, capital markets, and associations that finance or promote the

April 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Australia Plans to Spend $417M on Hydrogen, Carbon Capture

by Rod McGuirk (Associated Press)  Australia’s prime minister has proposed spending an extra 539 million Australian dollars ($417 million) on hydrogen and carbon sequestration projects, seeking to burnish his government’s green credentials ahead of a climate summit to be hosted by President Joe Biden. The money to be spent on building

April 22, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA: Renewable Fuels Inclusion in U.S. Climate Plan is Good; Larger Role Warranted

(Renewable Fuels Association)  President Biden’s plan for re-entering the Paris climate agreement includes low-carbon renewable fuels as a strategy for helping to achieve a 50-52% economy-wide reduction in net greenhouse gas pollution by 2030. The following is a statement from Renewable Fuels President and CEO Geoff Cooper: “We are pleased to see the

April 22, 2021 Read Full Article

101 Nobel Laureates Call on World Leaders to End Fossil Fuel Production

by Natasha Lasky (Our Daily Planet) As leaders from across the world are gearing up for President Biden’s Earth Day climate summit, the Dalai Lama and 100 other Nobel Prize winners have written a letter addressed to the participants, urging the phase-out of fossil fuels and urging nations to quickly transition to renewable energy. The

April 22, 2021 Read Full Article

EU Taxonomy Falls Short in Recognising How Biofuels Can Help Reach Carbon-Neutrality

(ePURE) Delegated Regulation perpetuates long-debunked and counterproductive ‘food vs fuel’ myth by restricting the contribution of crop-based renewable ethanol to climate goals — The European Commission’s political agreement on a Delegated Regulation seeking to define sustainable investments in the EU sends unfortunately mixed signals about the importance of sustainable biofuels such

April 22, 2021 Read Full Article

UK Seeks Comments on Role of Biomass in Achieving Net-Zero Goal

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on April 20 opened a public consultation seeking evidence on how sustainable biomass should be sourced and used to support the country’s net-zero target. Comments filed during the consultation period will inform the development of the U.K.’s

April 21, 2021 Read Full Article

New Milestone for Carbon Capture and Storage: Red Trail Energy and EERC Near Commercialization of CO2 Storage Technology

by Patrick C. Miller (UND Today)  After nearly 20 years of researching and developing carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies as a means of mitigating climate change, the UND Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is on the verge of seeing the science put to commercial use in North Dakota. An ethanol plant

April 21, 2021 Read Full Article

BHP Completes Its First Refuelling of a Ship with Biofuel

by Roslan Khasawneh (Reuters) BHP Group Ltd said on Thursday it completed its first refuelling of a ship with biofuel this month in a trial run that is part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions. It was also the first time that a ship has been refuelled with biofuel in Singapore,

April 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Former Political Leaders Urge 50-State Strategy on Green Energy

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) A group of 50 former House and Senate leaders representing 42 states on April 20 sent a letter to Gina McCarthy, President Biden’s national climate advisor, in support of the administration’s dedication to building back better for a green future. The letter stresses that “truly economy-wide change

April 21, 2021 Read Full Article

EDF, RMI and Major Companies Launch Alliance to Drive Aviation Decarbonization

(Environmental Defense Fund) Today, RMI and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) launched the Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance (SABA) supported by founding companies Boeing, BCG, Deloitte, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, Netflix, and Salesforce. SABA’s mission is to accelerate the path to net zero aviation by driving investment in high quality sustainable aviation fuel

April 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Ag Policy Blog: Growing Climate Solutions Act Returns with Bi-Partisan Backing

by Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer) The U.S. Senate is ready to move ahead with an agricultural climate bill that has bipartisan support and backing from major agricultural lobbies. The Growing Climate Solutions Act was reintroduced Tuesday in the U.S. Senate with a larger bi-partisan group of senators, led by members of

April 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Experts on the Outside Looking in: EPA’s Technical Experts Were Largely Shut out

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy) EPA’s technical experts were largely shut out of the rulemaking process when the Trump administration rolled back tailpipe greenhouse gas standards, according to a report by the agency’s internal watchdog. OIG’s review could help the Biden administration in reversing the Trump-era move and bolstering

April 21, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. Farmers and UN SDGs: A Market Access Opportunity – Part 1

by Jay Vroom (Trust In Food/America’s Conservation Ag Movement) … Today’s farm and food sustainability is different—and it is real and lasting this time. It might be hard to see because almost every agribusiness and food company–along with a massive cross-section of our government—all have sustainability mantras. And almost none of

April 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Three Big Trends in the Carbon Marketplace

by Rhonda Brooks (Farm Journal AgWeb) Agriculture has the potential to play a big role in carbon sequestration. — As U.S. farmers evaluate carbon market opportunities available today, most have more questions than answers. “Farmers aren’t ready to jump in, because it’s the wild, wild west out there,” says Iowa farmer

April 20, 2021 Read Full Article

McCulla Adds 10 Biomethane Trucks to Fleet

(Bioenergy Insight)  Irish chilled and frozen logistics company McCulla has added 10 new biomethane-fuelled IVECO S-WAY NP CNG 4×2 tractor units to its fleet. Eight out of the 10 trucks will immediately go into service on its new contract with Lidl Northern Ireland, powered by biomethane from food waste collected

April 20, 2021 Read Full Article

SEA-LNG Warns against Delay in Addressing Shipping Decarbonisation

(SEA-LNG) Industry coalition stresses that LNG fuels reduce up to 23% of GHG emissions, and that bio- and synthetic LNG offer low risk, incremental pathways to net zero. Waiting for future fuels and not fully utilising LNG, which is safe, proven, competitive and available today, is a mistake.  We need to

April 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Grassley Pleased Biden EPA Backs Ethanol in Waiver Case

(TOM/Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network/KIWA Radio) Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley recently said he’s encouraged the Environmental Protection Agency is siding with the ethanol industry in a case that goes before the Supreme Court later this month. The industry and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals say the EPA can only grant ethanol

April 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Infrastructure Push: RFA Makes Case for Including Biofuels in Infrastructure Plans

by Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer) After renewable biofuels appeared to be effectively shut out of President Joe Biden’s plan for infrastructure, leaders in the ethanol industry and their advocates on Capitol Hill are trying to make the case that biofuels can accelerate moves to a low-carbon economy. In a briefing

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Córdoba Launched a Program to Promote Self-Consumption of Biodiesel

by Gabriela Origlia (Dario La Nation/Argentina/Biodiesel Argentina (Google translation))The provincial government provided $ 500 million for 48-month loans, with a six-year grace period and “symbolic” interest. The governor of Córdoba , Juan Schiaretti, launched a plan for $500 million for biodiesel self-consumption plants. The government of Córdoba established a $500 million fund

April 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Clariant Collaborates with Indonesia’s Pertamina in Advanced Biofuels Assessment

(Clariant) Indonesian oil & gas company Pertamina and Clariant collaboratively evaluate the feasibility of sunliquid® technology to convert available regional feedstocks into advanced biofuels; Technology evaluation and conceptual engineering study also cornerstone to the work; Pertamina presented project collaboration details at Hannover Messe Clariant, a focused, sustainable, and innovative specialty

April 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day Series Day 20: Hydrogen. Beyond Tomorrow.

by Gaulthier Blangez* (Advanced Biofuels USA)   Let’s go back to the basics. The “Bio” term comes from ancient Greek and is translated as “Life.” Widely used in our day to day vocabulary, this term has found its place in our language by becoming a prefix. Biochemistry studies chemical reactions happening

April 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Omar, Sanders, Merkley, Markey, Barragán Introduce Bill to End Corporate Handouts to the Fossil Fuel Industry

(Office of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.))  Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) together with Sen. Merkley (D-Ore.), Sen. Markey (D- Mass.) and Rep. Barragan (D-Calif.) introduced legislation to close tax loopholes and eliminate other federal subsidies for the oil, gas, and coal industries. Right now, American taxpayers

April 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Washington State to Ban Sales of New Gas-Powered Cars

(NACS)  The target is 2030, and the plan hinges on adoption of a vehicle-miles-traveled tax.  —  Last week, Washington state lawmakers passed a bill that would halt the sales of new gasoline-powered, internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles in the state beginning in 2030, Reuters reports. The news report notes that the target

April 20, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA Counters Refiners’ RFS Claims — Q&A: Geoff Cooper

by Tom Doran (AgriNews)  … The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers urged Regan, who was confirmed as EPA administrator on March 10, to “take swift action” on the Renewable Fuel Standard by extending compliance deadlines and “setting achievable targets” for the current and coming years. … In response to the

April 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Axne Calls for Including Biofuels Infrastructure in American Jobs Act

by O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa) Iowa Congresswoman Cindy Axne is calling on congressional leaders to include money for the renewable fuels industry in the infrastructure bill they’re crafting. President Biden’s American Jobs Act proposes spending $174 billion to promote the development of electric vehicles and install charging stations. “We’ve also

April 19, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA Responds to EPA’s Proposed Changes to E15 Label and UST Regulations

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association today responded to proposed changes by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to E15 fuel dispenser labeling requirements and underground storage tank regulations to accommodate the safe storage of E15 and other higher blends. “RFA is supportive of many of the changes proposed by EPA,

April 19, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA Urges Adoption of Nationwide LCFS Policy That Would ‘Build’ on the RFS

by Jordan Godwin (OPIS Biofuels News) The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) will ask Congress to adopt a national clean fuels policy or low carbon fuels standard (LCFS) that would build upon the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the ethanol industry group said on Friday. In a call with reporters to discuss its

April 19, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA Provides Ethanol Industry Update

(Ag Newswire)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) provided an ethanol industry update on Friday, presenting a history of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and its success, how small refinery waivers have undermined production, progress on recovery after COVID, a new consumer attitudes survey, and more. Speakers include: Geoff Cooper, RFA President and

April 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Neste and Finnair Present Sustainable Aviation Fuel Based Solution to Reduce Business Travel Emissions

(Neste)  Neste and Finnair are joining forces to reduce carbon emissions related to Neste employees’ business travel by using Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Neste has recently made 300 tons of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ available at Helsinki Airport in Finland for Finnair’s use. By replacing a part of the fossil jet

April 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuels, Biochemicals, Biorefining: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to UPM Biofore

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From UPM Biorefining to UPM Biochemicals this investor presentation dives into UPM Biofore’s strategy in the bioeconomy, latest financials in various business areas, outlook for 2021, investments in next gen biochemicals, progress on biofuels including sustainable jet fuel, and more.  READ MORE 

April 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day Series Day 19: Transitioning from Fossil-Economy to Biobased-Economy

by Nathália Fernandes Pimentel* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Fossil fuels have revolutionized our modern society. Before the use of such products, humanity used basic forms of energy, such as biomass and wood. But through the Industrial Revolution, fossil energy has allowed us to experience progress in technology, economy and in our society

April 19, 2021 Read Full Article

A California County, Despite the State’s Climate Goals, further Embraces Fossil Fuels

by Miranda Green (Washington Post)  The long shadows cast here in the San Joaquin Valley come from oil derricks, not palm trees. Two hours inland from the Pacific Ocean, the arid terrain is peppered with petroleum and gas wells. The black gold that lies underground became the region’s lifeblood after

April 18, 2021 Read Full Article

EPA Seeks Oil, Corn Sectors’ Input on Next Phase of U.S. Biofuel Policy -Sources

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has asked industry groups for their input on the future of the nation’s biofuel policy after it ends its current phase in 2022, four sources familiar with the matter said. The consultations will provide a new opportunity for the oil, corn and

April 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Biden Prepares Sweeping Order on Climate-Related Risks

by Lorraine Woellert (Politico)  In a draft executive order, President Joe Biden reaches into all corners of the federal government with plans that would touch every sector. — President Joe Biden is preparing to instruct federal agencies to take sweeping action to combat climate-related financial risks to government and the

April 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2021 Series Day 16: How Can Renewable Fuels Enhance Environmental Justice? How about Cleaner Air and Lower Fuel Costs for Regular Cars for Many Years to Come?

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  First proposed in 2015, Advanced Biofuels USA’s  proposal for a “Disappearing” Non-Renewable-Carbon User Fee begins: “If we’re serious about reducing climate change-causing greenhouse gases and reducing non-renewable liquid and gas use, we need serious actions.”  And those actions should serve low income, high pollution

April 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2021 Series Day 14: Sustainable Land Use: What Can We Learn from Farmers?

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  They say that Sustainability is a three-legged stool: Environmental Sustainability, Economic Sustainability and Social Sustainability. If any of these legs is missing, the stool falls over.  Climate Smart Agriculture The North America Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance is one group that has been thinking deeply about

April 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Archaea Energy, Aria Energy Combine to Create Major US RNG Platform

(Bioenergy Insight)  Archaea Energy has agreed to join forces with Aria Energy, led by Rice Acquisition Corporation (RAC), to create the ‘leading’ US renewable natural gas (RNG) platform. The new combined company, to be called Archaea Energy, will be dedicated to reducing carbon emissions through landfill gas conversion, CO2 sequestration, and

April 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Austrian Airlines Enables Choice of Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(Austrian Airlines/Biobased Diesel Daily) Austrian Airlines passengers can now additionally select the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for their flight in the booking process. In doing so, they compensate for the CO2 emissions generated on their respective flight. The applied tool is called “Compensaid,” a development of Lufthansa Innovation

April 13, 2021 Read Full Article

4 Years of B20 Biodiesel in Minnesota

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) This month, Minnesota entered the fourth year of its groundbreaking B20 biodiesel fuel standard, which requires No. 2 diesel fuel sold in the state to contain 20 percent biodiesel during the warmer months of April through September. In the colder months of October through March,

April 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Clean Diesel Trucks Are Already on Our Roads. Electrification Is Not the Only Way to Fight Climate Change

(Chicago Sun Times/Diesel Technology Forum) … Even more surprising is that by advocating for electrification, the Sun-Times is taking a direct stand against a major home-grown industry and employer. Illinois is home to the fourth-largest production of biodiesel in the country, a low-carbon renewable fuel that today is reducing emissions from all

April 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Belgium to Ban Soy and Palm Oil in Biofuels from 2022

by Lauren Walker (The Brussels Times) Soy and palm oil will be banned from biofuels from 2022 as part of an initiative to eliminate deforestation, the Federal Minister for Environment and Climate Zakia Khattabi announced on Tuesday. Khattabi said that, following the examples of Denmark, France, and the Netherlands, biofuels made

April 13, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA, Growth Energy and NCGA Defend Year-Round E15 in Court

(Renewable Fuels Association) Today, the D.C. Circuit Court will hear oral arguments in American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, et al. vs. EPA, a case in which oil refiners challenge the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2019 rulemaking that paved the way for the year-round sale of E15. As intervenors in the case, the Renewable

April 13, 2021 Read Full Article

The Extraordinary ReMaking of Ordinary Things, Pt 3: J&J Green Paper Reinvents the Paper Coffee Cup with an Alternative to Plastic

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Derived from widely available plant material, JANUS coated paper can be custom-shaped and when coated, creates moisture resistance equivalent to petroleum-coated products. Unlike the old school petroleum-coated paper, J&J’s green paper technology is recyclable, compostable and made with zero petroleum additives, making it safe

April 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2021 Series Day 13: What Fuel Can My Car or Truck Use? What about My Motorcycle?

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) With so many options showing up at some gas stations, what should I choose? E85 and Flex Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) We’ve retrofitted my 2002 Ford Focus to be able to use E85, 85% renewable ethanol. (Watch the video!)  You can also buy flex fuel vehicles

April 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Praj to Set up Sugarcane Syrup Based Ethanol Plant for GBL

(ANI/Big News Network) Bio-based technologies and engineering firm Praj Industries said on Monday it has bagged an order to set up India’s largest capacity syrup based ethanol plant for Godavari Biorefineries Ltd (GBL) in Karnataka. As a part of the project, Praj will expand its existing ethanol manufacturing capacity from 400

April 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Exxon Mulls Closure of Norway’s Slagen Refinery as Region’s Clean Fuel Shift Continues

by Robert Perkins and Elsa Turner (S&P Global)  Cites refining overcapacity, falling demand for fuels; Slagen processes North Sea crude, major fuel exporter; European refiners looking to biofuels, hydrogen projects ExxonMobil is considering closing its 116,000 b/d Slagen refinery in Norway to convert the site into a fuel import terminal,

April 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2021 Series Day 10: Can Biofuels Become Cost Effective? Some Already Are!

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Looking to save money on gas AND decrease your carbon footprint?  If your vehicle was built after 2000, have you tried E15? That’s 15% renewable fuel, half as much more than the usual E10 regular gasoline.  Sometimes it’s branded “Unleaded 88” because in addition

April 10, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. Renewable Fuels Market Could Face Feedstock Deficit

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters) Demand for feedstocks from renewable fuel producers is expected to surge in the United States in coming years as companies scramble to expand output. Energy from material that comes from plants and animals, or biomass, currently accounts for roughly 5% of U.S. energy use, slightly more than

April 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Governor Walz Visits New Hope to Push for Biofuels Legislation

by Delane Cleveland  (CCX Media) … Now Governor Walz is looking to help the ethanol producers by urging state lawmakers to pass new grant funding to help gas stations dispense a wider variety of ethanol blends. In the process, the governor says it would also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions “It’s

April 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuels Caucus Requests Meeting with EPA Administrator

by Jacqui Fatka (Farm Progress) Bipartisan members urge Administrator Regan to maximize benefits of RFS.  The bipartisan Congressional Biofuels Caucus extended an invitation to meet with EPA Administrator Michael Regan to discuss the Renewable Fuel Standard and other biofuels priorities. In a letter to Regan, the members urged the administrator to maximize

April 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Oil Industry Games in the Delaware Valley Are Played out | Opinion

by Jan Koninckx (USA TODAY Network/Delaware Online) Every few years, leaders like Sen. Tom Carper and Sen. Chris Coons are on the receiving end of lobbying blitz by area petroleum refiners seeking to roll back the Renewable Fuel Standard. The 2005 law requires oil refiners to blend a modest, but growing

April 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Total Begins Producing Sustainable Aviation Fuel in France

(Total)  Total has begun producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at its La Mède biorefinery in southern France and its Oudalle facility near Le Havre. The biojet fuel, made from used cooking oil, will be delivered to French airports starting in April 2021.   Total will also be able to produce SAF

April 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day Series Day 9: Biomass and Carbon Sequestration

by Anahita Bharadwaj* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Biofuels and bio-based products offer an alternate source for the production of energy and useful chemicals without the need to tap into fossil carbon. The broad idea is that carbon that has been photosynthetically fixed into biomass by plants provides the opportunity for production of

April 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Growth Provides Signal Upstream to Expand Crush Capacity

by Ron Kotrba (Bio-Based Diesel Daily) Canada’s largest agribusiness, Richardson International Ltd., is doubling canola crush capacity at its processing facility in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. In addition to doubling capacity to 2.2 million metric tons, the company said it will optimize operational efficiencies and modernize the plant to meet growing demand. Construction

April 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Senators Ask USDA to Update Biodiesel Emissions Study

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine) A group of 10 senators led by Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., on March 18 sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urging the USDA to complete a full lifecycle assessment of soybean oil-based biodiesel, including direct and significant indirect emissions, before

April 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Atmosphere-Friendly California Legislation in 2021

by by Bill Magavern (Coalition for Clean Air)  … Sen. Scott Wiener has never been afraid to author controversial bills, and this year he has two that are likely to attract long lists of both supporters and opponents. SB 260, the Climate Corporate Accountability Act, would require public and private US-based corporations who do

April 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Bolivia Pilots Production of Biodiesel from Waste

(La Prensa Latina) Bolivia is watching with interest a pilot project that is producing biodiesel from waste at a small plant in the second city of El Alto. Engineers at the Heresi metallurgy pilot plant in the Nuevo Amanecer district on Wednesday presented their “microreactor for the conversion of waste

April 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Keeping Ethanol as an Option as Electric Cars Become More Popular

(RFD TV) The Biden administration is pushing for electric over ethanol-powered vehicles, but both face several challenges. Some of those seem to conflict with each other. Biofuel groups say that it will take several decades for electric vehicles to become the norm, especially since they are dependent on a vast

April 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Grassley Says Biden Infrastructure Plan Doesn’t Do Enough for Rural America

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News) U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley says President Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan is lacking in many areas important to rural America. During his weekly call with ag reporters Tuesday, the Iowa Republican singled out biofuels. “Unfortunately despite the emphasis on environment, biofuels don’t even appear to

April 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Net Zero Drop-In Fuels: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Low-carbon, drop-in fuels with a pathway to “net zero” is what Gevo is all about. Capturing renewable energy and transforming it into energy dense, liquid hydrocarbons that can be drop-in fuels is a game changer, especially with net zero GHG footprint. How they do it,

April 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day Series Day 8: The International Regime on Climate Change

by Nathália Fernandes Pimentel* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  International Regime before the Paris Agreement — On 21st March 1994, The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change entered into force with the ratification of the document by 197 countries. The main goal of this treaty was to prevent harmful human induced interference with

April 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Welcome to the Virtual Climate Policy Menu

(Climate Policy Menu)  Because almost every human activity affects the climate, and the climate affects almost every human activity, the universe of policy interventions that can help us reduce climate change and its impacts is large. This Policy Menu is designed to help policy makers navigate this universe. GUIDE STRUCTURE

April 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Derisking Capital Market Investment in Biomass

(Ecostrat) The Biorenewable Deployment Consortium, Inc. hosted a webinar where Ecostrat’s CEO Jordan Solomon, along with an extremely knowledgeable panel discussed Derisking Capital Market Investment in Biomass. The panel included John Plaza, President and CEO, SkyNRG Americas, Inc., Mark Riedy, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton LLP, and Chris Tindal, Assistant Director and

April 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Biden Seeks $2.5T in Corporate Tax Hikes to Fully Pay for Infrastructure

by Naomi Jagoda (The Hill) … The White House is also proposing to eliminate tax preferences for fossil fuel companies and expand tax incentives for clean-energy production. Treasury said in the report that its estimates indicate that eliminating subsidies for fossil fuel companies would raise federal revenue by more than

April 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuels Producers, Farmers Not Sold on Switch to Electric

by Scott McFetridge (Associated Press) The president and auto industry maintain the nation is on the cusp of a gigantic shift to electric vehicles and away from liquid-fueled cars, but biofuels producers and some of their supporters in Congress aren’t buying it. They argue that now is the time to increase

April 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Calls on Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb to Veto Attack on E15

(Growth Energy) Growth Energy sent a letter to Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb urging him to veto SB 303, legislation intended to destroy demand for E15, a fuel blend with 15 percent ethanol. “Make no mistake, SB 303 was designed to stall new competition at the fuel pump and prevent more consumers

April 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Emissions, Mileage, New Data: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to EVs vs. ICE

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Today, a special look at new hard data on EVs vs IC engines — what the recent Wall Street Journal review missed! It was an exclusive to the DigestConnect last week but here’s your chance to see the full slides on emissions, fuels, octane, mileage,

April 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Transport Energy & Renewables in the EU – What the Latest Commission Data Tells Us

by James Cogan (Ethanol Europe/Biofuels Digest) … Oil maintains an overwhelming grip on the sector with a steady 94% share. The rest is biofuels with 5.6% and renewable electricity with 0.6%. Three quarters of the extra energy demand over the period was met by oil. 98% of renewables growth was

April 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Biden Wins CAFE Penalty Court Dispute

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York has sided with the Biden administration in a lovers’ quarrel with green groups, blue states and Tesla over the Trump administration’s delay of a fuel economy penalty increase. A late-Trump rule (Reg.

April 7, 2021 Read Full Article

NBAA Welcomes Increased Capitol Hill Focus on Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(National Business Aviation Association/Biobased Diesel Daily)  On March 30, the National Business Aviation Association recognized a bipartisan congressional request to the Government Accountability Office for a study exploring effective policy measures to expand awareness, availability and use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). “This study offers an opportunity to answer the industry’s

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Missouri House Passes Bill Establishing Biodiesel Use Requirement throughout State

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) Missouri, where the U.S. commercial biodiesel industry began 30 years ago through an investment by the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council and where the National Biodiesel Board formed shortly thereafter, took a big step forward March 31 in its support of biodiesel. Already one of

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

FAPRI Predicts Increased Demand for E15, Higher Ethanol Exports

by Erin Veogele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The University of Missouri’s Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute in mid-March released its 2021 U.S. Agricultural Market Outlook, predicting an increase in demand for midlevel ethanol blends, a recovery in ethanol net returns, and increased exports over the next decade. The report notes that

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Norfolk Senator’s Carbon Sequestration Legislation Isn’t Glamorous, but It’s Positive on Several Fronts

(Norfolk Daily News) … Sen. (Mike) Flood is sponsoring Legislative Bill 650, which would set up the legal and regulatory framework for the development of carbon sequestration wells, which would be at least 2,600 feet deep and store carbon in a gas/liquid state in underground formations conducive to storage. …

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Fossil Fuels Get Too Many Government Handouts. Biden Wants to Cut Them off.

by Lili Pike (Vox)  The American Jobs Plan proposes taking away major tax breaks for the fossil fuel industry. — One of the great ironies of climate politics is that America continues to subsidize — to the tune of billions of dollars a year — the very industries that are most

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Why Combining Farms and Solar Panels Could Transform How We Produce Both Food and Energy

by Chris Mallory (The Counter)  Agrivoltaics—putting solar panels on farmland—lead to astonishing productivity gains and improved energy efficiency. Except when they don’t.  — … Mounted on 9-foot-tall beams, so lofty a tractor could pass below them, the solar panels slant against the blue sky of the high desert, throwing shade on

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Troy Bredenkamp

“They (Biden Administration) could do a lot for biofuels for a fraction of the cost of what they’re suggesting to spend on electric vehicle infrastructure. We would ask for something around $500 million per year for blender pump infrastructure.” — Renewable Fuels Association Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Troy

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

The Biofuels Industry Seeks Spot in Infrastructure Discussion

(Red River Farm Network) … Renewable Fuels Association Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Troy Bredenkamp wants biofuels to also have a place in the infrastructure discussion. “It’s disappointing to see what came out from the Biden administration in terms of the role they think biofuels should play. It’s very

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

3 Strategies to Accelerate Regenerative Product and Service Adoption

by Rebecca Bartels (Trust in Food)  … 1) They’re Meeting Producers Where They Are … 2) They Speak Each Prospect’s Language … For example, Trust In Food’s proprietary data show that farmers with a high affinity for carbon markets gravitate toward informational content on succession planning and leaving a legacy

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article
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Reducing Carbon in the Fuel Market — April 21, 2021 — ONLINE

Besides rejoining the Paris Agreement, Biden’s administration is proposing to commit $2 trillion to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. His platform contemplates a national carbon tax and LCFS program like in Canada and California. The webinar will detail those programs as a lens to understand

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RFS Won’t Expire Next Year, Volume Requirements in Limbo

by Kellan Heavican (Brownfield Ag News)  The clock on the Renewable Fuel Standard won’t run out at the end of 2022 when it resets, but industry leaders wonder how the Environmental Protection Agency will set volume requirements for 2023. Renewable Fuels Association CEO Geoff Cooper calls the RFS “an absolute winner.”

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Barasso: Innovation, Not Regulation, Is the Best Way to Improve Our Country’s Mobility

(Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources) Today (March 16, 2021), U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR), delivered the following remarks at a full committee hearing on transportation technologies. … “Too often regulation raises costs, punishing people who can

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Contribution of Sustainable Biomass and Bioenergy in Industry Transitions towards a Circular Economy

(IEA Bioenergy)  Summary and conclusions from the IEA Bioenergy eWorkshop, 19-20 October 2020 —  Key messages from the workshop • Biomass is a key component to reduce the climate impact of industries, next to electrification, hydrogen & CCUS (carbon capture and utilisation/storage). It is important to increase awareness of the

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Georgii Geletukha: Heat Supply on Biomass, Biogas and Biomethane, Bioethanol, and Landfill Gas Production as Ways to Decarbonization and Creation of New Jobs

(UABIO) The second part of the interview of UABIO Head of the Board Georgii Geletukha for the online media Ekopolityka. Topics covered by the UABIO Head in the article: development of biomass heat production projects; waste disposal and landfill gas production; biomethane, its cost and prospects for its usage in Ukraine and

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

The Extraordinary ReMaking of Ordinary Things, Part 2: Delta CleanTech Aims for CO2 Capture in Service of Oil & Gas

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Today, in part 2 of our series The Extraordinary remaking of Ordinary Things, let’s begin with a bit of news overlooked by the major news outlets last week, that Alberta-based Delta CleanTech acquired the CO2 capture and solvent reclaiming division and operating assets of HTC Extraction

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

At 7.2%, India Blends Record Ethanol with Petrol in First 4 Months

by Sanjeeb Mukherjee (Business Standard)  So far, the best ever ethanol blend with petrol has been around 5.2 per cent at all-India level. — Ethanol blending in India has reached more than 7.2 per cent — the first time it has reached this level — in the first four months of

April 5, 2021 Read Full Article

74 Percent of U.S. Consumers Want Their Next Vehicle to Be ICE-Powered

by Brett Foote (Ford Authority)  … However, more than one recent report suggests that consumers aren’t quite ready to give up their ICE-powered vehicles just yet. Most recently, that includes SEMA’s Vehicle Landscape Report, which found that 74 percent of U.S. consumers want their next vehicle to be ICE-powered. Meanwhile,

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Will Biden’s $2.3 Trillion Infrastructure Plan Usher in Era of the EV?

by Sebastian Blanco (Car and Driver) While not targeting gas-powered cars for extinction, the plan intends to bring electric cars fully into the mainstream by spending $174 billion to promote EVs and build charging stations. — … There are a lot of things packed into President Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal,

April 5, 2021 Read Full Article

How Green Are Electric Vehicles? In Short: Very Green. But Plug-in Cars Still Have Environmental Effects.

by Hiroko Tabuchi and Brad Plumer (New York Times) Here’s a guide to the main issues and how they might be addressed. — … But a lot depends on how much coal is being burned to charge up those plug-in vehicles. And electric grids still need to get much, much

April 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Tailpipe Litigation Put in Park

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy) Despite procedural objections from states and environmentalists, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday granted the Biden administration’s request to pause litigation over federal auto emissions and fuel economy standards. That will give the agencies time to rewrite the SAFE Vehicles rule that

April 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day Series Day 5: Why Aren’t We There Yet?

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Didn’t U.S. President George W. Bush say that we should get off our addiction to oil?  Haven’t all the presidents since Richard Nixon promised that we would transition away from fossil fuels?  You can hear many of them make this point in this clip from

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Earth Day 2021 Series Day 3: Renewable Liquid Fuels: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

by Hannah DelSordo* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Take yourself back to an earlier time, when we relied on horses, oxen and other renewably fueled animals for mobility and work.  (They ate corn, wheat, oats and other bio-plants, didn’t they?) Now move ahead a few years.  In the early days of cars and

April 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Growing Clean Fuels Credits Markets to Shape North America’s Low Carbon Future

(WebWire)  Outlook on Demand, Supply and Pricing of Credits in Carbon Intensity Based Fuel Markets  —  In the next 5 years, nearly one-third of the transportation sector in North America will be covered by clean fuel standards, helping accelerate the uptake of cleaner fuels and electric vehicles. This is analyzed

April 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Nebraska Ethanol: Emerging Issues Forum Features CEO Panel

(AgNewsWire) The 16th Annual Ethanol: Emerging Issues Forum last week, hosted by the Nebraska Ethanol Board and Renewable Fuels Nebraska, featured an industry CEO panel that discussed some of the most pressing topics in the renewable fuels space. Renewable Fuels Nebraska (RFN) interim director Pam Miller moderated the panel with American Coalition for Ethanol CEO Brian

April 2, 2021 Read Full Article

USDA Seeks Public Input to Help Create a New Rural Renewable Energy Pilot Program DEADLINE: April 29, 2021

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) Agency to Host Public Listening Session on April 22, 2021  — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it is requesting public input from interested parties, including potential customers and interested stakeholders, to help create a new Rural Renewable Energy Pilot Program. To ensure a diverse

April 2, 2021 Read Full Article

OPINION: Infrastructure that Makes a Difference

by Cassie Mullen (Renewable Fuels Association) … At the same time—flying under the radar—has been the latest round of grants approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under its Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, also known as HBIIP. This is an important effort begun last year by the USDA to

April 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Opinion: Scrap the Renewable Fuel Standard

by Andrew Quinlan (Center for Freedom and Prosperity/Washington Examiner)  Plummeting demand due to reduced travel during the COVID-19 pandemic compounded the many flaws with the Renewable Fuel Standard and strained some in the petroleum industry to the breaking point. … The RFS has not brought promised environmental benefits. A large

April 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol: Time to ‘Think Big Picture’

by Andy Knight (The Herald Bulletin) Legislation that opponents say would limit consumers’ access to a promising blend of ethanol fuel is on its way to becoming law. Senate Bill 303 has passed through both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support. The bill passed the Indiana House in a

April 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Clean Fuel for Planes

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy) Airlines for America, the main U.S. trade group for the industry, is pushing for more fuel credits to be added to Biden’s multitrillion dollar infrastructure plan. The group is backing a sustainable aviation fuel blender’s tax credit of up to $2 per gallon, as

April 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Fitting Renewable Fuels into Your Fleet’s Sustainability Strategy

by Cambell Jones (ACT News) …  With growing pressure for fleets to slash emissions and deploy zero-emission vehicles, can renewable fuels still fit into an organization’s sustainability strategy? … Even with these factors aligning, deploying zero-emission vehicles is a long and complicated process. In fact, it is recommended that fleets

April 2, 2021 Read Full Article
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