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R&D Advances Abound LanzaTech’s India Contract, NovoNutrients’ Food & Feed from CO2, Industrial Microbes’ New Methane Related Patent

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) LanzaTech’s 2G Ethanol India contract, NovoNutrients’ food & feed from CO2, Industrial Microbes’ new methane related patent  —   In just the last 24 hours or so there has been a flurry of R&D news. LanzaTech was awarded a contract to commence basic engineering for

September 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Prometheus Fuels Licenses Energy-Saving ORNL Ethanol-to-Jet-Fuel Process

(EurekAlert!/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Prometheus Fuels has licensed an ethanol-to-jet-fuel conversion process developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The ORNL technology will enable cost-competitive production of jet fuel and co-production of butadiene for use in renewable polymer synthesis. The mission of Prometheus Fuels, a startup based

September 16, 2020 Read Full Article

The Stockton Diamond Project ands $20-Million BUILD Grant

(Mass Transit Magazine) The San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) have been awarded a $20 million Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation for the Stockton Diamond Grade Separation Project. … It also supports converting the

September 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Lallemand Launches New Convergence Yeast, Enzyme Platform: Could Save Ethanol Producers $1M/Year in Replacing All External Fermentation Enzymes

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Wisconsin, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits has announced a next generation advanced yeast and enzyme platform called Convergence, which combines a new yeast that generates virtually all the glucoamylase (GA) required for fermentation combined with a small amount of complementary exogenous enzyme. The bottom line impact

September 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Adding AD to Composting Facility Footprint

by Nora Goldstein (BioCycle Magazine)  New municipal projects in Belgium are putting in high solids anaerobic digesters at their existing composting sites. — Europe is home to a much greater number of facilities that combine the two technologies to process source separated organics (SSO) and produce renewable power and/or renewable

September 11, 2020 Read Full Article
    WEBINAR:  Clean Air in California? Easier Than You May Think!   —   October 1, 2020

WEBINAR: Clean Air in California? Easier Than You May Think! — October 1, 2020

In this one-hour webcast, Neste US President Jeremy Baines, California Air Resources Board Executive Officer Richard Corey, City of Oakland Climate Group Supervisor Shayna H. Hirshfield-Gold and GreenBiz Sr. Transportation Writer & Analyst Katie Fehrenbacher, will explore how advanced biofuels and the circular economy are measurably helping in our collective

September 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Integrating D3MAX Distillers Tech with Ethanol Facility: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to ACE Ethanol with D3MAX

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) ACE Ethanol’s facility in Stanley, Wisconsin has a D3MAX corn fiber to ethanol plant. Mark Yancey, Chief Technology Officer at D3MAX takes us on a tour of the plant, shares their startup issues and successes to date, shows us the Ace Ethanol D3MAX process integration, a

September 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Massive Refiners Are Turning into Biofuel Plants in the West

by Robert Tuttle (Bloomberg) The latest sign of a worldwide energy transition: Massive oil refineries across the western U.S. are being converted into biofuel plants. Phillips 66 on Wednesday became the latest in a string of U.S. refiners to say it’s converting an oil refinery in California into a biofuel plant as

September 7, 2020 Read Full Article

From Americas to EU, Asia, Africa, Who’s Got What?: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuel Mandates Around the World 2020

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today, biobased mandates around the world. Where are the markets you can count on, how much can you count on? 65 countries in all, We’ll be focusing especially on new information out of Argentina, Brazil, Britain after Brexit, Canada, the European Union, China, India, Indonesia,

September 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Study Finds Wastewater Treatment Plants Could Profit by Processing Food Waste while Reducing Greenhouse Gases

(California Environmental Protection Agency)  Upgraded plants could generate $255 million each year  — A new report issued today by the California Environmental Protection Agency shows that at least half of California’s landfill-bound food waste could be processed at the state’s wastewater treatment plants and serve as an innovative power source. Waste can be “co-digested” at

September 6, 2020 Read Full Article

How Farming Has Changed in Every State the Last 100 Years

(Houston Chronicle)  Using current and past Census data, Stacker tracks the way the American farming industry has changed over the past century.  Over the past century, American farming has changed dramatically. Crops with long histories like tobacco are still prevalent throughout the South, while many farmers across the country are now

September 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Farmers Business Network To Spin Out New Venture To Track Carbon Footprints Of Crops And Help Farmers Make More For Low-Carbon Ones

by Amy Feldman (Forbes) Agtech unicorn Farmers Business Network is spinning out a new sustainable farming company, called GRO Network, that will track and score the carbon footprint of specific crops down to the bushel and allow farmers to make more for their crops that have lower carbon footprints. In a

September 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Expert Q&A: Negative Emissions & Environmental Assessment Could Help Save the Planet

by Anthony J. Campanella (State University College at Buffalo/Planet Forward)  George Washington University recently hosted a daylong workshop for NGOs on carbon dioxide removal and negative emissions. … One of the experts presenting at the event, Stanford University senior research scientist Katherine Mach, sat down with us to tell us more

September 4, 2020 Read Full Article

California Issues 190% More New Oil and Gas Drilling Permits

(Our Daily Planet)  While California Governor Gavin Newsom has called his state “a leader in the fight to transition away from fossil fuels,” watchdog groups have been calling out the fact that California is continuing to issue oil and gas extraction permits. In fact, as AP reported, despite pushing back against the Trump administration’s

September 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Clean Energy Fuels Providing RNG to MTA Buses and More

by Michael Bates (NGT News) Clean Energy Fuels Corp., a provider of clean fuel for the transportation market, has been contracted by New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to provide its Redeem renewable natural gas (RNG), a fuel derived from organic waste, to power the MTA’s 800 natural gas transit buses. “The MTA is

September 3, 2020 Read Full Article

This Hydrogen-Powered Supercar Can Drive 1,000 Miles on a Single Tank

by Peter Valdes-Dapena (CNN Business) Hyperion, a California-based company, has unveiled a hydrogen-powered supercar the company hopes will change the way people view hydrogen fuel cell technology. The Hyperion XP-1 will be able to drive for up to 1,000 miles on one tank of compressed hydrogen gas and its electric

September 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Basketball-Dedicated Bus Travels the U.S. on Renewable Natural Gas

(American Natural Gas/NGV Journal) August kicked off the Hoop Bus Coast to Coast campaign. The bus traveling across the country from Venice, California to Venice, Florida and up next Washington, DC! Stopping in several cities and communities along their journey the team focuses on basketball, rebuilding courts, hosting training camps,

September 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Half of California’s Food Waste Could Be Processed at WWTPs, Says Report

(Bioenergy Insight)  At least half of landfill-bound food waste in California, US, could be processed at the state’s wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) and used for bioenergy, according to a new report. The California Environmental Protection Agency said waste can be ‘co-digested’ at WWTPs, by adding organic waste such as municipal

September 1, 2020 Read Full Article

DOE Awards SoCalGas Funding to Advance Clean Automotive Transportation

by Michael Bates (NGT News) Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) says the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded over $7.1 million in funding to three projects advancing clean automotive transportation technologies supported by the utility.  SoCalGas’ Research, Development & Demonstration department will provide $730,000 in additional funding for the projects, which are led

September 1, 2020 Read Full Article

California Ethanol + Power Pursues 15-Year Agreement With CHS to Sell Ethanol Produced at Sugar Valley Energy Campus

(California Ethanol + Power)  California Ethanol + Power announced its intention to enter into a 15-year marketing arrangement with global agribusiness leader CHS Inc. A letter of intent between the companies reflects their intent for CHS to be the exclusive marketer and distributor of ethanol to be produced at Sugar

September 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol’s Market Move

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol producers are investing in high-end alcohol production after seeing its value during the pandemic. And it’s not just alcohol for hand sanitizer, but other disinfectants, as well as pharmaceuticals, fragrances, cosmetics and more. … Homeland Energy Solutions in Lawler, Iowa, expects to have

August 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Senate Climate Crisis Committee Report Supports Biofuels in New Report

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  … The new report – which comes after dozens of hearings, meetings, and input from experts, labor unions, mayors, environmental justice leaders, and native communities, among others – details how bold climate action from Congress can create millions of new jobs, grow the American economy, and

August 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Refinery Can’t Hide behind Pseudonym for Renewable Energy Program Exemption

by Sebastien Malo (Reuters) A federal appeals court in Washington D.C. made public on Thursday its denial of a small refinery’s motion bid to use a pseudonym in a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its exemption status from a renewable energy program. A three-judge panel of the U.S.

August 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Local Biodiesel Producer Gives Glimpse into Large Expansion, Future Forms of Energy

by Quinn Wilson  (Bakersfield.com) The state’s largest biodiesel producer gave a glimpse into the continued expansion of its local plant Wednesday, as it continues attempting to increase its production by 50 percent. Crimson Renewable Energy, located south of Highway 223 in southwestern Kern County, is in the process of creating

August 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Celebrating National Aviation Day … and Commenting on How Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Is Tied to Future Sustainability, and Success, of the Enterprise

by Steve Csonka (Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuel Initiative)  Today is National Aviation Day in the U.S., a recognition instituted by FDR in 1939, honoring the birthday of Orville Wright, but also creating awareness of, and celebrating the progress and vision associated with, the aviation industry. Today, that industry has become

August 19, 2020 Read Full Article

17 Projects with 4 Billion Gallons, 9 Fast Emerging Players: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to California’s Green Rush

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) At DigestConnect this past Thursday, we talked about the latest the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard, how the LCFS relates to the Renewable Fuel Standard and energy values, we compared the value stack for 5 popular transport molecules – gasoline, diesel, ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, and renewable

August 19, 2020 Read Full Article

California, Automakers Finalize Emissions Deal

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Ford, Honda, BMW, Volkswagen and Volvo have formally committed to reducing the average greenhouse gas emissions of their vehicles through 2026, despite the Trump administration rolling back federal standards, Pro’s Debra Kahn reports. Under deals signed with California, the five automakers promise to maintain

August 18, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. Fossil Fuel Sector Has Come Out Far Ahead of Renewables in Pandemic Relief, Recent Policies

by Lisa Martine Jenkins   (Morning Consult)  Energy Policy Tracker: Since March, U.S. has devoted more to its fossil fuel sector than any other G-20 country — At least $71.6 billion in federal funds has been allocated directly or indirectly to the U.S. fossil fuel industry since the beginning of the

August 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Oil Refineries Convert into Biofuel

(WOWO Farm Director)  Massive oil refineries in the western United States are making an unexpected transition. They’re being converted into biofuel plants. Phillips 66 recently announced it will convert a California oil refinery into a biofuel plant as gas continues to lose some luster to fuels that come from agricultural

August 17, 2020 Read Full Article

DEALing in: The NewDEAL, a National Network of Progressive State and Local Elected Officials, Unveiled Its Own Climate Policy Agenda

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  DEALing in: The NewDEAL, a national network of progressive state and local elected officials, unveiled its own climate policy agenda this morning. The report focuses on how state and local officials can reduce emissions and build resiliency while fostering widespread support. It was developed by

August 17, 2020 Read Full Article

How Low-Carbon Can You Go?: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to California Ethanol + Power’s Low-Carbon Sugarcane Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The $850 million California Ethanol + Power project has been years in the making – no wonder, there’s ultra low-carbon fuels, sugarcane and biomass-to-power in the complex value mix. Now, the California Green Rush is on, and the project’s developers believe that 2020 is the

August 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Earnings Season – 5 Companies Remain Strong in Wild 2020

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) 2020 is a doozy for many biofuel and bioeconomy companies but here are 5 companies – several that were voted for The Digest’s Hot 50 companies – that are taking 2020 by the reins and succeeding through all the challenges thrown their way. In today’s

August 17, 2020 Read Full Article

JetBlue Is the First U.S. Airline to Commit to and Achieve Carbon Neutrality for All Domestic Flying

(JetBlue) — Preparing for a New Climate Reality, JetBlue Begins Offsetting Emissions for All Domestic Flights and Investing in Sustainable Aviation Fuel, Significantly Reducing its Contribution to the Climate Crisis; —  Recognizing the Critical Role Renewable Fuel Options Will Play in the Aviation Industry’s Transition to Lower-Carbon Operations, JetBlue Starts

August 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste to Supply Sustainable Aviation Fuel to Three Major U.S. Airlines

(Neste) Neste, the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced from waste and residue raw materials, is supplying Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and JetBlue Airways with sustainable aviation fuel for flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The low-carbon and high-quality fuel will contribute to each airline’s efforts to reach their

August 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Offtake Agreements & Government, Airline Commitments: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to CAAFI & SAF

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At ABLC Digital in July, Chris Tindal,Assistant Director of Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), shared this illuminating slide guide focusing on the market opportunities for sustainable aviation fuels, the latest SAF offtake agreements like World Energy, Paramount, United Airlines, Finnair, SkyNRG, KLM, Fulcrum Bioenergy,

August 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Phillips 66 to Build World’s Largest Renewable Diesel, Sustainable Aviation Fuel Plant

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) 800 million gallon monster slated for 2024 opening as P66 says it will convert Rodeo Refinery to renewables   — Phillips 66 will reconfigure its San Francisco Refinery in Rodeo, California, to produce 680 million gallons annually of renewable diesel, renewable gasoline, and sustainable jet fuel. Combined

August 13, 2020 Read Full Article

CAAFI Webinar Series: The State of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)

(Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative) The State of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) by Steve Csonka (CAAFI) Slide deck available here. Webinar recording available here.     

August 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Exxon Inks 525 Million Gallon, 5-Year Renewable Diesel Offtake Deal with Global Clean Energy Holdings

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Texas, ExxonMobil has signed an agreement with Global Clean Energy Holdings to purchase 105 million gallons of renewable diesel per year for five years from a converted California refinery starting in 2022. The strike price was not disclosed. The news that the Bakersfield refinery would

August 12, 2020 Read Full Article
    2020 California Air Quality Awards   —   September 2, 15 and 17, 2020   —   ONLINE

2020 California Air Quality Awards — September 2, 15 and 17, 2020 — ONLINE

Join us for the 2020 California Air Quality Awards Honoring: LEADERSHIP IN GOVERNMENT AWARD The Honorable Connie M. Leyva 20TH STATE SENATE DISTRICT Senator Connie M. Leyva has been a strong environmental advocate in the California State Legislature since she was elected to the State Senate in 2014. The cities and

August 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Fuels that Work: Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel and Biodiesel Power the U.S. Economy

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Unlike gasoline, diesel fuel and the vehicles and equipment it powers is the platform of work. About one out of every two sectors of the economy rely on diesel. Diesel engines, old and new, are capable of operating on high quality advanced biofuels including biodiesel and renewable

August 11, 2020 Read Full Article

EPRI and GTI Launch Initiative to Accelerate Low-Carbon Energy Technologies

(Electric Power Research Institute/PR Newswire) The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Gas Technology Institute (GTI) are embarking on a five-year initiative to accelerate the development and demonstration of low-carbon energy technologies. With increasingly ambitious decarbonization goals from private companies and governments alike, existing technology is not enough to achieve

August 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Encourages California to Embrace More Biofuels

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) This week, Growth Energy submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board following a July 15th workshop on Fuels and Infrastructure for a Carbon Neutral Economy. In his written submission, Growth Energy Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley urged CARB to expand the use of higher biofuel blends

August 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Tomorrow Arriving Today: 5 Technology Platforms to Watch for the 2020s that Are Materially Advancing Now, Despite COVID-19

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … New research shows sustainability has moved from a fringe preference into a core imperative across American life. According to a new survey from clean manufacturing leader Genomatica, 56% of Americans want brands and government to prioritize sustainability even amid health and economic turmoil, and 85%of Americans

August 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Building a Biobased Economy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to BIO in a Post-COVID-19 World

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) At ABLC Digital in July, Stephanie Batchelor, Vice President of the Industrial & Environmental Section at Biotechnology Innovation Organization shared this illuminating slide guide on how BIO is advocating for a resilient future, promoting LCFS in states and sustainable fuels at the federal level, advanced

August 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Brightmark Wants Your Plastic Waste . . . All of It

by Clare Goldsberry (Plastics Today)  San Francisco–based Brightmark wants to procure 1.2 million tons per year of post-use plastic types 1 through 7 from the eastern half of the United States to recycle into fuel and new materials at its plastics renewal plants. — Got plastic waste? Bring it on, says

August 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Are You Aware of a Game-Changing Fuel?

by Steve Klein (CStore Decisions) Biodiesel and renewable diesel have likely been on your fleet customers’ minds for a few years now — their usage is certainly on the rise. Perhaps you’ve even started offering the fuels in some form. But did you know they can be blended together and provide

August 6, 2020 Read Full Article
    WEBINAR: Eco Insights Episode 4: Regional Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Initiatives with the LCFC and Partners

WEBINAR: Eco Insights Episode 4: Regional Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Initiatives with the LCFC and Partners

(EcoEngineers)  Learn what’s going on with regional low-carbon fuels initiatives in New York and Washington from the people on the front lines of legislative change. This episode is moderated by Kathy MacBeth, Director of Strategic Development, and presented by our special guests: – Graham Noyes, Executive Director of the Low

August 5, 2020 Read Full Article

As Natural Gas Bans Go National, Can Cities Fill the Gap?

by David Iaconangelo (E&E News)  … But efficiency researchers say activists’ favored alternative to natural gas — electric heat — is still a costlier option for consumers. Mass adoption of electric heating could overload the grid without significant infrastructure upgrades, other analysts warn. And an all-electric push would drag gas

August 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Marathon Petroleum to Close Its Martinez Refinery and Convert it to an oil-storage facility 800 job cuts planned with shutdown plan that also includes a Texas refinery

by Edwin Seba (Retuers/Mercury News) Marathon Petroleum plans to permanently close its oil refineries in Martinez and Gallup, New Mexico, the company said, eliminating 800 jobs in response to lower fuels demand. Marathon said it plans to use the Martinez facility as an oil-storage facility and is evaluating its future use to

August 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Inside GranBio, NextChem’s New Partnership to “Blow Out” Cellulosic Ethanol Global Roll-Out

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) News arrives from Sao Paulo and Rome that GranBio and NextChem have inked a strategic alliance and will co-license GranBio’s patented technology for the production of second-generation ethanol. NextChem is a subsidiary of Italian engineering giant Maire Tecnimont dedicated to the energy transition. The news follows

August 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Competitive Edge: Ways2H, Inc.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We started Ways2H to improve the global environment by eliminating waste while producing carbon-negative renewable hydrogen. There’s an urgent need to scale up clean hydrogen production to replace fossil fuels used for mobility, power generation and industrial applications. With 95% of hydrogen fuel currently produced from

July 31, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. Gain Develops Dairy RNG Project in Just 8 Months

(U.S. Gain) U.S. Gain, a leader in development, procurement and distribution of renewable natural gas (RNG), proudly announces that after only eight months their digester at S&S Jerseyland Dairy in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin is now transforming animal waste to clean, low carbon fuel for the transportation market. “We’re pleased to add

July 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Hunt & Sons Begins Selling Clean Diesel in Sacramento Area

by Mark Anderson (Sacramento Business Journal) Sacramento fuel distributor Hunt & Sons Inc. has begun selling domestically produced clean biodiesel at some locations in Northern California. The REG Ultra Clean diesel is made by Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group Inc. and is made mostly from recycled and refined deep fryer oil.

July 30, 2020 Read Full Article

GNA: $1 Billion Invested in California’s Renewable Gas Supply

by Michael Bates (NGT News) Clean technology consulting firm and producer of the annual Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA), has authored a new study that delves into California’s renewable natural gas (RNG) supply.  The study, An Assessment: California’s In-State RNG Supply for Transportation: 2020-2024, provides industry stakeholders and policymakers

July 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Department of Energy to Provide $68 Million for Bioenergy Crop Research

(Department of Energy)  Studies Will Focus on Improving Crop Productivity and Resiliencen  — Today (July 28, 2020) the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $68 million in funding over five years for basic research aimed at making bioenergy feedstock crops more productive and resilient.  “One key requirement for sustainable bioenergy

July 29, 2020 Read Full Article

SRECTrade Launches Low Carbon Fuel Standard Credit Calculator App

by Matthew Mercure (NGT News)  SRECTrade, a commodity management and transaction platform, has launched a California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) Credit Calculator app.  The app is currently available on the Apple App Store for iPhone users. The app provides clean transportation fleet operators a valuable tool to calculate the estimated value from

July 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Top Renewable Diesel Projects and Pathways: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Diesel Now

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) If you missed last week’s DigestConnect webinar, have no fear, the full deck is here! From 11 pathways on who’s doing what, how and with what, 21 projects and who’s running them and where, 13 fast emerging projects and who’s converting, constructing, planning and where,

July 27, 2020 Read Full Article

5 Big Scale-up Projects – From Beginning to End of Supply Chain, These Projects Show How Scale-up Happens

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … In today’s Digest, rev up the engines for these 5 projects – feedstock supply for renewable fuels and high protein feed; fats, oils, and grease separation technology; waste-to-energy facility that just entered full commercial operation; tech deployment for ethanol plant efficiency; and a

July 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste Opens 4 New Renewable Diesel Fueling Stations in California

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Neste Corp. has opened four new fueling stations for 100 percent renewable diesel in northern and central California. The fueling stations, located near major commercial freight routes, are open 24/7 and are designed to accommodate commercial fleet vehicles of all sizes. The new cardlock locations are operated

July 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Meridiam Develops First US Biogas Project

(Meridiam/Biomass Magazine)  Meridiam has entered into an agreement to develop a biodigester project, located in the State of Idaho near Twin Falls, together with Sevana Bioenergy, as development partner, service provider and long-term co-investor. Meridiam and Sevana will combine their expertise in project development and long-term asset management to focus on

July 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Emerging Markets Publishes Renewable Diesel 2030 Report

by Will Thurmond (Emerging Markets)  Renewable Diesel 2030 is designed to help financiers, producers, developers, distributors, consultants and analysts with a fact-filled market guide detailing medium and long-term trends and developments in the renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuels sectors. This study focuses on market fundamentals, emerging market trends, long-term

July 23, 2020 Read Full Article

SoCalGas Now Powering Two Los Angeles Facilities with Bloom Energy AlwaysON Microgrids

(Southern California Gas Co./PR Newswire) Fuel cell power will reduce GHG emissions, air pollution and electric costs, and increase reliability — Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced it has begun powering two of its largest Los Angeles-area facilities with Bloom Energy (NYSE: BE) solid oxide fuel cells.  The switch to fuel cells will

July 22, 2020 Read Full Article
    Advanced Clean Transportation Expo   —   May 3-6, 2021   —   Long Beach, CA

Advanced Clean Transportation Expo — May 3-6, 2021 — Long Beach, CA

ACT Expo has rescheduled its 2020 conference dates to May 3-6, 2021 due to COVID-19. All 2020 registrations were transferred to the new dates.  The Advanced Clean Transportation Expo is the largest advanced transportation technology and clean fleet event in North America. Each year, the show serves as the official

July 20, 2020 Read Full Article
    World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit   —   March 9-10, 2021   —   San Francisco, CA

World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit — March 9-10, 2021 — San Francisco, CA

Welcome to World Agri-Tech, a world-leading event series focused on the most disruptive technologies transforming the global food system. We gather the brightest minds from agribusinesses, food brands, producers, investors and entrepreneurs to foster learning, collaboration and investment strategies to fast-track transformative solutions to the field.  READ MORE

July 20, 2020 Read Full Article
    AGA’s Fourth Annual RNG Workshop   —   September 21-22, 2020   —   ONLINE

AGA’s Fourth Annual RNG Workshop — September 21-22, 2020 — ONLINE

This workshop, which coincides with the AGA Fall Operations Committee Meetings, will provide a forum to discuss cross departmental RNG topics impacting gas utility operations. From gas quality and interconnection guidelines, to state policy development, to RNG certification, tracking and credit markets. The 2020 RNG Virtual Workshop – held in

July 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol’s Dynamic Duo — Ethanol Producer Awards: Collaboration of the Year to ICM Inc. and The Andersons

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A year after bringing their showcase plant online, the partnership between ICM Inc. and The Andersons remains poised to bear fruit. Element LLC features selective milling and fiber separation alongside a unique corn fiber-to-ethanol platform. … The state-of-the-art 70 MMgy facility, just a year

July 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Navy Biofuel Breakthrough Could Mean Cheaper, More Efficient Travel

(TechLink Center) … But scientists at the Naval Air Warfare Center’s Weapons Division have developed and secured a newly issued patent on a unique form of biofuel that is derived from more sustainable crops while providing higher quality ratings than comparable diesel fuels. Dr. Ben Harvey and Heather Meylemans at the

July 17, 2020 Read Full Article

DOJ Asks Court to Block Automakers from Suit

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) The Trump administration on Thursday asked a court to block Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW from becoming directly involved with litigation over the SAFE Vehicles rule (Reg. 2060-AU09). The automakers, which struck a voluntary emissions deal with California, last week moved to join the

July 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Policy and Investment Failures Doomed the Biofuel Revolution

by Todd Woody (Bloomberg Green)  To reignite the industry, biofuels need the type of government incentives that allowed solar and wind companies to flourish, analysts say. — … Technology from Honeywell’s subsidiary UOP had refined the camelina into renewable jet fuel, and as we reached cruising altitude executives settled into wide

July 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Researchers Find Way to Improve the Production of Renewable Biofuels and Bioproducts

by Liz Gyekye (BioMarket Insights) Researchers at the US-based Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have used neutron scattering and supercomputing to better understand how an organic solvent and water work together to break down plant biomass, creating a pathway to significantly improve the production of renewable biofuels and

July 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Adopt-a-Port: Chevron Funds BioCNG Project to Help Fleets Cut #missions

(Clean EnergyFuels/Chevron/NGV Journal) Chevron announced is partnering with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. on Adopt-a-Port, an initiative that provides truck operators serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach with cleaner, carbon-negative renewable natural gas to reduce emissions. Chevron will provide funding for Adopt-a-Port and supply biomethane to Clean Energy stations

July 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Weighing in: A Bipartisan Group of Former EPA and Transportation Department Chiefs Filed a Friend-of-the-Court Brief

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  A bipartisan group of former EPA and Transportation Department chiefs filed a friend-of-the-court brief this week criticizing the Trump administration’s revocation of California’s fuel economy waiver as having no “no valid legal, factual, or logical basis,” Alex also reports for Pros. The Trump administration

July 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste Is First to Deliver Sustainable Aviation Fuel via Pipeline to San Francisco

(Neste/Yahoo! Finance/PR Newswire) From production through delivery, Neste’s sustainable aviation fuel created benefits for U.S. businesses and will enable the aviation industry to combat climate change. — Neste, the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) made from waste and residue raw materials, successfully delivered its

July 8, 2020 Read Full Article

California’s Biodiesel Choice Is a Good One

by Tyson Keever (California Advanced Biofuels Alliance/Wall Street Journal)  CARB data indicates that biodiesel provided over 41% of California’s total reduction of 47.1 million metric tons in climate-changing gases from fuel use, more than any other fuel.  — Regarding your editorial “Wind, Fire and the Coronavirus” (June 15) on California’s emergency

July 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Drives Growth in Biomass-Based Diesel Imports

(U.S. Energy Information Administration/Biomass Magazine)  U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel, which include biodiesel and renewable diesel, grew 26 percent in 2019 to more than 27,000 barrels per day (b/d), reversing three years of decline. Imports of biomass-based diesel increased in 2019 because of the increase in renewable diesel imports from

July 2, 2020 Read Full Article
    California Dairy Sustainability Summit   —   November 5-6, 2020   —   Sacramento, CA

California Dairy Sustainability Summit — November 5-6, 2020 — Sacramento, CA

California Dairy Sustainability Summit explores new ways for dairy farmers to: Promote environmental sustainability Develop new business opportunities Improve operational efficiency Reduce emissions and conserve water Set high standards for animal health Reduce on-farm costs   READ MORE

July 2, 2020 Read Full Article
    ACT Expo   —   May 3-6, 2021   —   California

ACT Expo — May 3-6, 2021 — California

SAVE THE DATE  ACT Expo has rescheduled its 2020 conference dates to May 3-6, 2021 due to COVID-19. All 2020 registrations were transferred to the new dates. If you have questions, please contact registration@gladstein.org.     READ MORE

July 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Propane Autogas: Evolution Toward Zero Emissions

by Steve Whaley (Propane Education and Research Council/ACT News)  … Where Are We Headed?  As we look ahead down this emissions path, there are two main innovations that are going to push propane even closer to zero, specifically in terms of greenhouse gas emissions: the Cummins 6.7L propane autogas engine

July 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Selects Seven Projects to Accelerate Adoption of Performance-Advantaged Biofuels

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today (July 2, 2020), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of seven projects totaling $1.94 million to conduct research and development to accelerate the adoption of performance-advantaged biofuel blendstocks. These fuels are derived from renewable feedstocks, and can deliver exceptional efficiency with low emissions.

July 2, 2020 Read Full Article

What is Carbon-Negative Fuel and How Can Fleets Procure It?

by Marc Rowe (ACT News/Trillium) One question we hear often from our customers is how can the use of renewable natural gas as a transportation fuel remove carbon from the atmosphere? This is a hard concept for many to wrap their heads around. Although difficult to comprehend, the use of “carbon-negative”

July 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Jet Fuel from Junk

by Pamela Gregg  (University of Dayton Research Institute) … ASTM International has approved the use of a synthetic oil derived from municipal waste in the manufacture of jet fuel at petroleum refineries. The co-processing of “syncrude” with petroleum at the refinery level is the second new specification for jet fuel approved

July 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Diesel-Powered Trucks Vital to California and the U.S. Economy, Achieving Climate and Clean Air Goals

(Diesel Technology Forum)  … California’s truck and bus fleet rule has disrupted the marketplace, effectively delaying regular fleet turnover rates, keeping older, higher emitting trucks on the road for longer, and in turn delaying emissions reductions and cleaner air.  “California’s consideration of an Advanced Clean Truck Rule is principally about

July 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Covid-19 Fears Spur More Cars on Roads, Threatening Air Quality

by Amena H. Saiyid with assistance from Sylvia Carignan and Christina Brady (Bloomberg Law) Some who normally use mass transit seek safer commute option; State, local officials watch data for air quality impact — … More cars on the roads in congested urban centers like New York City—the virus epicenter

July 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Fuel Production Intent Continues To Expand

(Commerical Aviation Alternative Fuel Initiative)  Over the last few weeks, several announcements were made concerning the increased domestic production of renewable diesel fuel, adding to the already significant number of announced plans. The CAAFI community looks forward to engaging with these entities from the following perspectives that are likely to

June 30, 2020 Read Full Article
    IEPR Commissioner Workshop on Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Market Status   —   July 2, 2020   —   ONLINE ONLY

IEPR Commissioner Workshop on Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Market Status — July 2, 2020 — ONLINE ONLY

(California Energy Commission)  The California Energy Commission (CEC) will conduct a workshop to discuss the status of the hydrogen and fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) markets. The workshop is part of the Energy Commission’s 2020 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update (2020 IEPR Update) proceeding.A quorum of Commissioners may participate, but

June 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Covid Pandemic Economic Recovery Initiative

by Russ Freeman (Biofuels Digest) Governments at all levels will face a double-edged economic recovery dilemma driven by business closures and job losses: (1) loss of income, sales and property taxes; and (2) a significant increase in demand for services such as food, shelter, and healthcare. One possible answer lies in

June 30, 2020 Read Full Article

CARB Adopts Rule Requiring State Transition from Diesel Trucks

by Michael Bates (NGT News)  The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has adopted a first-in-the-world rule – the Advanced Clean Truck regulation – that requires truck manufacturers to transition from diesel trucks and vans to electric zero-emission trucks beginning in 2024. By 2045, every new truck sold in California will be zero-emission. …

June 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Bamboo Forests in the Desert

David Liepman (Disruptive Nation)  … Strong commercial applications of bamboo include sustainable branded products such as pulp paper, timber, lumber and textiles. And, in line with tissue and textile major brand owner concerns, bamboo is twice as soft as cotton and doesn’t require pesticides and fertilizers in its crops. As a

June 26, 2020 Read Full Article

District of Columbia Sues 4 Oil Majors for Misleading Consumers on Climate Change

by Valerie Volcovici (Insurance Journal/Reuters) The attorney general for the District of Columbia on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp, BP Plc, Chevron Corp, and Royal Dutch Shell Plc for “systematically and intentionally misleading” consumers about the role their products play in causing climate change, the latest action by a

June 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Refiners Start to Add Renewable Diesel Capacity, Seen as Cost-Cutting Move

by Laura Sanicola and Stephanie Kelly  (Reuters) Refiners such as HollyFrontier Corp and CVR Energy are exploring opportunities to produce renewable diesel to save money on less profitable refineries and offset compliance costs associated with U.S. blending laws. The product, however, currently only occupies a tiny corner of diesel production – and

June 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste, McDonald’s Netherlands and HAVI Enter into Circular Economy Collaboration in the Netherlands

(Neste)  Neste, the world’s leading provider of renewable diesel refined from waste and residues and the third most sustainable company in the world*, McDonald’s Netherlands and HAVI have joined forces to create a circular economy partnership. The collaboration will see McDonald’s restaurants in the Netherlands recycling the used cooking oil from

June 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Aegion Corporation Awarded Groundbreaking Renewable Diesel Project at a California Refinery

(Wall Street Online/Globe Newswire)  Aegion Corporation (NASDAQ: AEGN) today announced that a subsidiary of the Energy Services segment, Schultz Industrial Services (“Schultz”), has been awarded the mechanical construction services contract for a groundbreaking renewable diesel project at a California refinery. Schultz will provide overall project management and installation of piping

June 25, 2020 Read Full Article

California to Reevaluate Its Cap and Trade Program in the Wake of COVID

(Our Daily Planet) The State of California’s 7-year-old cap and trade system is an important component of how the state plans to achieve its ambitious climate goals: to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. As C2ES

June 25, 2020 Read Full Article

COVID Won’t Affect JetBlue’s Sustainability Plans

by Joanna Bailey (Simple Flying) … As well as this, it partnered with renewables firm Neste to use sustainable aviation fuel on its flight out of San Francisco, beginning mid-2020. Neste’s sustainable aviation fuel has a carbon footprint that is around 80% smaller than that produced by traditional kerosene. It is already

June 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Sisolak Proposes Car Emission Standards, in Line with California, as Part of Effort to Combat Climate Change

by Riley Snyder (Nevada Independent) Gov. Steve Sisolak and state environmental officials are proposing a set of regulations that would adopt California’s standards for low or zero-emission vehicles by 2024 as part of an effort to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change. Sisolak made the announcement on Monday that the state’s

June 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Smart Farms of the Future: Making Bioenergy Crops More Environmentally Friendly

by Julie Chao (Joint BioEnergy Institute) Farmers have enough worries – between bad weather, rising costs, and shifting market demands – without having to stress about the carbon footprint of their operations. But now a new set of projects by scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), including scientists at the

June 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Turning Manure into Money

by Jim Morrison (Washington Post) When Randy Jordan, a fifth-generation dairy farmer in central Massachusetts, looked into turning manure from his 300 cows into natural gas more than a decade ago, he just wanted to find a way to lower his increasingly painful electric bill. He knew that biodigesters, a sort

June 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Profitable Growth Through Renewable Solutions: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Everyone wants to dominate the world, right? But Neste wants to do it in a nice way by becoming the global leader in renewable and circular solutions. There are 3 ways they are working on this lately – 1) expanding global reach with new offices in

June 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Daily on Energy: State Officials Worry Electric Car Expansion Could Hurt Low-Income People

by Josh Siegel & Abby Smith (Washington Examiner) ELECTRIC CARS’ EQUITY PROBLEM: Top energy officials from New York and Massachusetts are raising the fear that requiring increasing use of electric cars could impose financial hardships on poor people. That is especially if utilities bear the cost of building out charging infrastructure and

June 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Expanding with Petroleum-to-Renewable Refinery Conversions

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) But there is a huge transformation happening with growth in the conversion of petroleum refineries to renewable diesel. Just look at how renewable diesel went from 78MMGY in 2010 to 397MMGY in 2018 and Fuels Institute’s latest reports estimates it will grow to 3,000MMGY by

June 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Drives Growth in Biomass-Based Diesel Imports

(U.S. Energy Information Administration/Biodiesel Magazine) U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel, which include biodiesel and renewable diesel, grew 26 percent in 2019 to more than 27,000 barrels per day (more than 413.9 MMgy), ending two years in a row of decline. Imports of biomass-based diesel increased in 2019 because of the

June 10, 2020 Read Full Article

15 Hot Tech Case Studies: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to The Digest’s #BetterWithBiology Top 15

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Everything’s better with biology, so here’s The Digest’s newly released Top 15 case studies of today’s hottest technology and new markets for traditional oil and gas refiners. What are our top picks? Spoiler Alert: The top 15 may include converting oil refineries to biorefineries, something to

June 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Carbon Capture and Storage Pipeline Grows by 10 Large-Scale Facilities Globally

(Global CCS Institute)  The Global CCS Institute, an international think tank, has added 10 carbon capture and storage (CCS) facilities to its global database, bringing the total number of CCS facilities in various stages of development to 59 with a capture capacity of more than 127 million tonnes per annum (mtpa). There are now 21 facilities in operation, three under construction, and 35 in

June 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Key Hydrogen Projects, Players and Tech: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to The Digest’s Top 10 Hydrogen Horizons

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) How will we develop hydrogen for industrial and transport objectives? That is the question The Digest’s Jim Lane looks at in this visual slide guide highlighting the demand potential, background on renewable gases and renewable hydrogen, drivers behind it, state of play, major players, and more.

June 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Growing Demand for Natural and Renewable Gas Stations in the U.S.

(Clean Energy Fuels/NGV Journal) Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced new fuel agreements for its Redeem™ renewable natural gas, along with multiple station expansions to accommodate the continued demand for the ultra-low carbon fuel produced from organic waste, across key sectors of the transportation industry. “Despite this unprecedented challenging time that the

June 5, 2020 Read Full Article

How Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Is Making Its Way in the Aviation Sector

(Biofuels International) Video of the Month —  As part of the BIO4A project, SkyNRG will provide its valuable expertise in the sector to make BIO4A mission a reality: enabling the large-scale pre-commercial production of ASTM-certified SAF in the European Union. In this short interview, Oskar tells us how sustainable aviation

June 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Orion Energy, GCM Grosvenor and Voya Close a $365 Million Strategic Capital Partnership with Bakersfield Renewable Fuels, a Global Clean Energy Holdings Subsidiary

(Orion Energy, GCM Grosvenor, Voya/Global Clean Energy/CISION/PR Newswire) Orion Energy Partners, L.P. (“Orion Energy”), GCM Grosvenor and Voya Investment Management (“Voya”) are pleased to announce a capital partnership with Bakersfield Renewable Fuels (“BKRF”). BKRF is a special purpose vehicle wholly owned by Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc. (“GCE”), which was

June 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Smart Farms of the Future: Making Bioenergy Crops More Environmentally Friendly

by Julie Chao (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Berkeley Lab launches three new projects to advance sustainable agricultural practices … The three projects, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), leverage Berkeley Lab’s strengths in artificial intelligence, sensors, and ecological biology. They aim to quantify and reduce the carbon intensity of

June 3, 2020 Read Full Article
    WEBINAR:  Public Workshop to Discuss Potential Technical Modifications to Amendments to the Alternative Diesel Fuels Regulation   —   June 4, 2020

WEBINAR: Public Workshop to Discuss Potential Technical Modifications to Amendments to the Alternative Diesel Fuels Regulation — June 4, 2020

California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff invites you to participate in a public workshop to discuss potential technical changes to the Regulation on the Commercialization of Alternative Diesel Fuels (ADF Regulation).  Amendments to the ADF Regulation were considered and approved at the April 23, 2020, Board Hearing.  At that Board

June 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Old U.S. Oil Refinery to Pursue New Green Life After Crude Crash

by Jennifer A Dlouhy and Jeffrey Bair (Bloomberg Green)  HollyFrontier’s Cheyenne refinery will no longer use crude oil; Company expects to lose EPA exemption for small refiners — In a sign of changing times, a U.S. oil refining company is converting one of its plants into a producer of clean fuel.

June 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste MY Renewable Diesel Available at More than 200 Sales Points in Sweden by Year-End

(Neste) Neste, the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel and the 3rd most sustainable company in the world*, deepens its partnership with one of Sweden’s largest fuel companies, OKQ8. Neste MY Renewable Diesel™, produced from renewable and sustainable raw materials, will become available at 130 OKQ8 network stations by the end of

June 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Implementation Agendas: 2018-2019 Update Compare and Contrast Transport Biofuels Policies

by Mahmood Ebadian, James D. McMillan, Jack (John) N. Saddler and Susan van Dyk (University of British Columbia, Canada/National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA/IEA Bioenergy) Global production and use of transport biofuels Global biofuels production has continued to increase over the last decade, from over 37 million tonnes oil equivalent (Mtoe) in

May 29, 2020 Read Full Article

New RNG Contracts and Station Expansions for Clean Energy Fuels

(Bioenergy Insight) Clean Energy Fuels has announced new fuel agreements for its RedeemTM renewable natural gas (RNG) along with station expansions to accommodate “continued demand”. The California, US-based firm said that despite the challenging environment posed by COVID-19, it has continued to expand the use of its ultra-low carbon fuel

May 29, 2020 Read Full Article

States, Greens Sue over Car Rule

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)   California and 22 other states sued the Trump administration over its rollback of auto emissions standards and fuel economy rules, Pro’s Alex Guillén reports. The Trump administration’s final Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles rule requires automakers to improve their fuel efficiency at a rate of

May 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Bioproducts Promise Better Biofuel Economics

(Chemical Processing)  Biofuels cost-competitive with fossil fuels would result if crops produce a valuable chemical that can be recovered economically, note researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), Berkeley, Calif. The researchers now have determined exactly how much of such a bioproduct that plants would need to

May 27, 2020 Read Full Article

World’s Biggest Green H2 Production Plant Will Fuel Stations in California

(SGH2/NGV Journal)  The global energy company SGH2 is bringing the world’s largest green hydrogen production facility to Lancaster, California. The plant will feature SGH2’s pioneering technology, which uses recycled mixed paper waste to produce “greener than green” hydrogen that reduces carbon emissions by two to three times more than green hydrogen

May 27, 2020 Read Full Article

SUNY Cobleskill Gasifier Wins $5.8M Grant to Reduce Wildfires

by Johan Sheridan (News10)  The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection awarded $5.8 million to the State University of New York at Cobleskill for its gasifier project, which turns combustible waste into a sustainable, clean-burning fuel. The grant supports creating a mobile unit to complement wildfire reduction efforts by converting woody

May 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Agricultural & Energy DigestData Dashboard for May 2020: Resilience, Crops, Economy, Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) As the month of May comes to a close and many states are re-opening, The Digest published this “Agricultural & Energy Dashboard” visual guide showing what’s going on with ethanol retail prices, liquid energy commodity prices, biodiesel and ethanol operating margins, retail fuel prices, grease and

May 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Auto Industry to Fight Lawsuit Saying Auto Standards Too Stringent

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The Alliance for Automotive Innovation, which includes automakers and vehicle parts manufacturers, on Friday moved to defend EPA’s auto emissions rollback — from a libertarian think tank that argues the weakened rule is still too stringent. Increasing the standards’ stringency gives the industry a

May 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste Brings Neste MY Renewable Diesel to 51 New Stations in Finland – the Aim Is to Expand Its Availability to the Whole of Finland

(Neste) Neste brings Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ to a significant number of new stations during April and May 2020 in Finland. With the expansion, Neste MY Renewable Diesel will be available at around 120 stations in growth centers as well as smaller towns.   “Our customers have asked for more stations offering

May 20, 2020 Read Full Article

The Door Is Open for Ethanol Producers and CCS

by Roxby Hartley (EcoEngineers/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) is receiving a lot of traction thanks to two exciting developments in 2018 and 2019: 1)      California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard recognized CCS as a viable pathway to reduce emissions from transportation fuels.   2)      The United States Congress passed legislation expanding

May 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Greenprint for Biomanufacturing and Sustainable Supply Chains: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Biostrategy 2020 in a Post-COVID World

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) As biology ravages the global economy, we have a once-in-a-lifetime, trillion-dollar opportunity to help shape how biology will also rebuild it, reports Synbiobeta. We can redefine the economy, supply chains, and manufacturing at local, state, national, and global levels, and bring back the millions of jobs

May 18, 2020 Read Full Article

SCS Global Services Is Now an Approved Verification Body for the California Low Carbon Fuels Standard

(SCS Global Services)  SCS Global Services (SCS), a leading global third-party verifier of environmental claims, is now approved by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as a verification body for the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). The goal of the LCSF is to reduce the carbon intensity of California’s transportation fuel pool. The

May 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Alon Bakersfield Refinery Converting to Renewable Diesel Production

by Matthew Mercure (NGT News)… Alon Bakersfield Refinery is an existing oil refinery located in Bakersfield, Calif. Historically, the refinery has produced diesel from crude oil. GCEH will immediately commence retooling the refinery to produce renewable diesel from organic feedstocks such as vegetable oils. The facility, when repurposed as a renewable

May 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Changing with the Times: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste’s Renewable Products

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Regardless of the Covid-19 pandemic, Neste’s just released Q1 financials show a solid start to the year and good results despite margin pressure. But how? Adaptation. Flexibility. Innovation. Efficiency. Neste’s renewable products segment led the way with a record-high production volume. Sure, there was high volatility

May 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Can U.S. Homegrown Sorghum Help the Ag Industry Get through Covid-19?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) It’s been only two years since the Environmental Protection Agency approved sorghum oil as an eligible feedstock under the Renewable Fuel Standard, but a lot has happened since then. The EPA’s announcement marked a significant step toward leveling the playing field for ethanol plants extracting oil

May 11, 2020 Read Full Article

How Much Clean Air Could $100 Million Buy?

by Todd Campbell (California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership/Advanced Clean Tech News)  … (L)et’s look at what a hypothetical $100 million government investment could achieve when using one of California’s most popular funding programs. Which option would you chose if both cost the same? How to stretch our dollars the farthest. Did

May 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Jet Fuel, Isooctane Gasoline, Ethanol and Isobutanol: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo’s Low Carbon Drop-In Transportation Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Gevo’s business strategy is to secure off take agreements for jet fuel and isooctane striking a price that gives attractive returns for project financing for large scale build out of capacity. But how? How will they build out IBA, jet and isooctane with project financing?

May 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Clean Energy Enters Multiple RNG, Station Expansion Contracts

by Matthew Mercure (NGT News) Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has entered into new fuel agreements for its Redeem renewable natural gas (RNG) and has planned multiple CNG and LNG station expansions to accommodate the continued demand for natural gas fuel. “Despite this unprecedented challenging time that the country is experiencing with

May 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation Fuel Policy in the United States: A Pragmatic Way forward

by Fred Ghatala (Atlantic Council) The aviation sector has been working to decarbonize, but it faces unique challenges since decarbonization options that may work for ground or maritime transport are generally not feasible for air travel. Sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) present an opportunity to decarbonize the aviation sector, but federal policies that

May 4, 2020 Read Full Article

We Can Clearly See that Reduced Emissions Should Be a California Goal

by Mike Gatto (CalMatters)  … However, experts tell us that it may take decades for electrics to replace the millions of light-duty cars and trucks on our roads — and even longer to realize universal access to affordable, zero-emission vehicles and charging stations for all Californians. Clean air shouldn’t have to

May 1, 2020 Read Full Article

CARB Approves Amendments to Reduce NOx Emissions in B20 Biofuels

(Transport Topics)  The California Air Resources Board has conditionally approved a slate of regulatory amendments intended to more closely monitor the additives blended into B20 biodiesel that so far have not been deemed effective at mitigating oxides of nitrogen in the alternative diesel fuel. However, opposition from biodiesel industry representatives

April 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Demand: A Long, Hard Road to Recovery

by Rhiannon Branch (Brownfield Ag News)  A University of Illinois ag economist says he does not expect a bounce back from ethanol demand destruction anytime soon. “I think it’s going to be a long, hard road to recovery.” Todd Hubbs tells Brownfield COVID-19 related stay at home orders have dropped ethanol production

April 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste Reports Record Renewable Diesel Production in Q1

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine) Neste Corp. released first quarter financial results on April 24. The company reported a solid start to the year considering the negative impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and said renewable diesel production was at a record high.   During an earnings call, Peter Vanacker, president

April 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Draft Soil Enrichment Protocol Incentivizes Carbon Storage Public Comment DEADLINE: May 18, 2020

by Sally Brown (University of Washington/BioCycle Magazine)  The Climate Action Reserve (CAR) released a first draft of its new Soil Enrichment Protocol (SEP) on April 17th that gives carbon credits for regenerative farming practices. The purpose of the protocol — available for public comment — is to provide guidance on how

April 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Anaerobic Digestion and Farm Powered RNG: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Vanguard’s Renewable Natural Gas

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Cow poop. It’s a problem for farmers across the country, something that has to be dealt with, something that environmentalists and vegetarians often cite as a reason to cut your steak intake, but Vanguard Renewables is capturing the latent methane in animal manure, converting it

April 28, 2020 Read Full Article

SoCalGas Unveils Program to Help Californians Access Renewable Gas

(Southern California Gas Co./NGV Journal) Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced it and other important stakeholders have agreed on details of a proposed plan to offer renewable natural gas to customers, and have filed that agreement with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Stakeholders include consumer advocate groups, a national

April 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Oberon Fuels Combats Covid-19 Economy with New Hires, Renewable DME Facility Upgrades

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … In comes news of public-private investments, rural economic development and employment, and even human health. With two new executive position veteran hires, up to 8 new plant managers, and putting to use a $2.9 million 2019 grant from the California Energy Commission, how

April 27, 2020 Read Full Article

The Competitive Edge: Marine BioEnergy, Inc.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We can add capacity for energy by turning to the massive spaces in the open oceans to gather sunlight to grow abundant, competitive biomass for carbon-neutral fuels. For scale, we need 220,000 square kilometers to grow kelp to replace 10% of fossil liquid fuels used

April 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Eco Insights Episode 1 Part 1 and Part 2: How Is Covid-19 Impacting the Biofuels Markets?

(EcoEngineers) EcoEngineers is filming its conversations and making them accessible to the public in a video series called Eco Insights. We’re inviting you to have a front-row seat to some of the daily conversations our experts have with each other. We want to share some of our insights with you! Join us

April 23, 2020 Read Full Article

A Story for Earth Day: How Mark Abramowitz used the Clean Air Act to Move the South Coast AQMD to Action

by Mark Abramowitz (Coalition for Clean Air) It was the summer of 1984, and I was a young air quality scientist for CBE, then called Citizens for a Better Environment (now Communities for a Better Environment). I had been an active and critical voice on air quality issues in Los Angeles,

April 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2020: 4 Green Shoots to Celebrate amongst the Devastation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) As I write, the May contract for West Texas Intermediate is selling for -$40.21 a barrel, or a negative cost of $240 per tonne. Let’s put that in context, you can throw unmixed useless garbage into a US-based landfill for an average price of around $75

April 22, 2020 Read Full Article

All the Buzz on Biodiesel Fuels: Fill It up Please

by Allen Schaeffer (Diesel Technology Forum/Progressive Dairy)  … In California, home of the nation’s most progressive climate policy that is now nearly a decade old, the Air Resources Board motto is, “Electrify everything possible and use low-carbon fuels in everything else.” But even with today’s seemingly full-on focus on electrification,

April 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Diesel Technology in the Circular Economy

(Diesel Technology Forum)  … One of the benefits of diesel technology is its ability to operate on a variety of advanced biofuels like biodiesel and renewable diesel fuel. These fuels are recycled from waste animal fats and vegetable oils and are capable up reducing GHG emissions up to 80 to 85 percent. As

April 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Interpreting Tradable Credit Prices in Overlapping Vehicle Regulations

by Benjamin Leard and Virginia McConnel (Resources for the Future (RFF)) The rapid transformation of the US transportation sector is partly due to three policies that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from light duty vehicles: the federal corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas (GHG) standards and the state-level

April 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Wisconsin Biogas Gas Producer Sees Potential in Thermal Renewable Credits

by Frank Jossi (Energy News Network) Verified thermal energy credits could do for methane capture what renewable energy credits did for wind and solar power. — A Wisconsin company is the first to sign up for a new renewable natural gas tracking system that could help monetize the environmental benefits of

April 21, 2020 Read Full Article

New RFA Analysis: Ethanol Industry Could See $10 Billion in Losses Due to COVID-19

(Renewable Fuels Association) As the COVID-19 pandemic and crude oil glut continue to ravage world fuel markets, U.S. ethanol sales in 2020 could fall by more than $10 billion and the industry’s contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) could drop by nearly one-third, according to a new analysis released today by the Renewable

April 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Converting Biomass Plant into RNG – Costs, LCA: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas from Wood Wastes – Part 2

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Part 1 Slide Guide looked at the GTI study’s resource analysis, site layout catalysts requirements, but for today’s Part 2, we are focusing on the money and the charts. Dive into the details on project development costs and spend profile, CAPEX and OPEX, economic,

April 16, 2020 Read Full Article

15 Newest Projects – Who’s Got What Underway?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) While the world may be at a standstill,there are still many projects going on and moving forward. But where are these projects? Who’s involved? How far along are they? What are they working on? From VTT BioFlex in Finland working on fuels oils and plastics

April 16, 2020 Read Full Article
    CANCELLED Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials Annual Meeting   —   October 27-28, 2020   —   San Francisco, CA

CANCELLED Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials Annual Meeting — October 27-28, 2020 — San Francisco, CA

We hope to be able to conduct our Annual Meeting in October in San Francisco and ask that you diarise the dates – we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation carefully and keep you informed.  Planned co-location with Biofuels Digest’s ABLC Global.  READ MORE / MORE Update on RSB’s

April 16, 2020 Read Full Article
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