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Chevron to Build California Carbon Capture Plant with Microsoft, Schlumberger

(Reuters)  Chevron Corp is partnering with Microsoft Corp, oilfield services firm Schlumberger NV and privately held Clean Energy Systems to build a carbon capture plant in California, as the U.S. oil major expands investments in renewable technology. … Chevron said on Thursday the plant, located in the city of Mendota,

March 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Study: Eco-friendly Car Owners Are Undermining Environmental Gains by Buying Second Vehicles

by Arianne Cohen (Fast Company)  A new study in The RAND Journal of Economics finds that owners of eco-friendly cars tend to spring for a second vehicle that is much less eco-friendly — … Fuel-efficient vehicles may not be saving the environment as much as you thought. A new study in The RAND

March 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuel Leaders Highlight Policy, Feedstock Innovation in Industry’s Future

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters) Industry leaders talked up the future of biofuels in the energy transition at IHS Markit’s virtual CERAWeek conference on Monday, noting that policy incentives and feedstock innovation will be crucial going forward. The transition to an electric vehicle fleet is expected to be a long one, making

March 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Boom Highlights Challenges in Clean-Energy Transition

by Rod Nickel, Stephanie Kelly and Karl Plume (Reuters)  … Refiners can produce renewable diesel from animal fats and plant oils, in addition to used cooking oil. Production capacity is expected to nearly quintuple to about 2.65 billion gallons (63 million barrels) over the next three years, investment bank Goldman Sachs said

March 3, 2021 Read Full Article

USC Scientists May Have Unlocked Kelp’s Potential as a Major Biofuel Source

by Gary Polakovic (USC News) Using a “kelp elevator,” researchers at the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies were able to grow the biofuel crop in large quantities in the open ocean. … Scientists at the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies on Santa Catalina Island, working with private industry, report that a

March 3, 2021 Read Full Article

How to Reach $1B Revenues by 2025?: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Aemetis just unveiled a five-year plan targeting $1 billion of revenue by 2025 and we’ve got the presentation with the details. Eric McAfee, Aemetis Chairman/CEO shares how they are replacing high carbon intensity petroleum products with “Below Zero” renewable fuels and byproducts, the latest RNG,

March 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Hardened Storage: CarbonBuilt Debuts as Its Concrete-Based Carbon Sequester Tech Advances

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In California, CO2Concrete changed its name to CarbonBuilt to better align with its mission to store significant amounts of carbon dioxide in concrete used for the built environment. The company also announced the appointment of climate-tech veteran Rahul Shendure as Chief Executive Officer, known throughout the

March 3, 2021 Read Full Article

California LCFS: Will Credit Generation Match Deficit Generation?

by Shashi Menon (EcoEngineers)  The LCFS is demonstrating to the world that good policy can drive decarbonization —  California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (CA-LCFS) has created one of the biggest regional carbon markets for the transportation sector. CA-LCFS credit prices have stayed around $200 per metric ton (MT) of CO2e since

February 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Sanitation Districts of L.A. County Open BioCNG Station for Heavy Trucks

(Clean Energy/NGV Journal) Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has opened a new fueling station in Whittier, California, owned by the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (LACSD).  Clean Energy, which will operate the new facility, will provide its renewable natural gas Redeem to fuel heavy-duty trucks and other medium-duty vehicles in the region,

February 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Virginia Expected to Adopt Clean Car Standards

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) The Virginia legislature is poised to adopt California’s vehicle emissions standards after the measure cleared the state Senate on Friday, reports the Virginia Mercury. The clean car standards in House Bill 1965 — which won the endorsement of the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association and environmentalists —

February 22, 2021 Read Full Article

California LCFS: Will Credit Generation Match Deficit Generation?

by Shashi Menon (EcoEngineers)  The LCFS is demonstrating to the world that good policy can drive decarbonization  — California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (CA-LCFS) has created one of the biggest regional carbon markets for the transportation sector. CA-LCFS credit prices have stayed around $200 per metric ton (MT) of CO2e since

February 19, 2021 Read Full Article

The Promise of Sustainable Aviation Fuel for Decarbonizing Commercial Aircraft

by Jon Leonard (GNA/(Advanced Clean Tech News)  Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is emerging as the leading way to reduce carbon emissions from the world’s vast commercial aviation sector, with California becoming North America’s leading testbed. The potential is large, but SAF supplies are limited and costs are high. Even in

February 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Crushing Ethanol’s CO2 Footprint: Summit Carbon Launches 10MT Carbon Capture & Storage Monster; Green Plains Is in

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Sometimes, as the song says, you gotta bury your troubles, and when your trouble is the cost of carbon dioxide emission, and you’re in the ethanol business, you were stymied until a few minutes ago, when news crossed the wires that Summit Carbon Solutions is building

February 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Xebec Announces Hydrogen Order for FuelCell Energy Project

( Xebec Adsorption Inc./Biomass Magazine) Xebec Adsorption Inc., a global provider of clean energy solutions for renewable and low carbon gases, is pleased to announce that it has received a hydrogen purification system order from FuelCell Energy Inc. FuelCell Energy is an innovator and manufacturer of fuel cell clean power platforms,

February 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Corn Growers Fund E15 Testing in California

by Larry Lee (Brownfield Ag News) More tests are underway to potentially expand E15 ethanol use in California.  Tom Gillis is on the Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board and the National Corn Growers Ethanol Action Group. He says, “As we speak, there is a test going on in California, and it’s run

February 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation Fuels and the Technologies, Constraints and Burgeoning Demand

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) It’s been a rough 2020 for aviation with COVID-19’s impact on travel. Yet, climate goals remain in place, and the pivot from petroleum to renewable fuels continues, the sky is in focus. 2021 has started off with dramatic advances. So who’s making what, where, when, how and who’s

February 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation Fuel Plant Set for Take off at Stanlow

(Essar)  Essar Oil (UK) Limited (Essar) is delighted to join forces with Fulcrum BioEnergy Limited (Fulcrum) and Essar’s subsidiary company Stanlow Terminals Limited to create a new facility which will convert non-recyclable household waste into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for use by airlines operating at UK airports. This innovative bio-refinery will

February 16, 2021 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Advanced Clean Transportation Expo and Conference   —   August 30-September 2, 2021   —   Long Beach, CA   DEADLINE: February 26, 2021

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Advanced Clean Transportation Expo and Conference — August 30-September 2, 2021 — Long Beach, CA DEADLINE: February 26, 2021

ACT Expo is looking for dynamic and forward-thinking industry leaders to present case studies and compelling presentations on electric vehicle deployments and advancements; advanced energy management; fuel cell electric vehicle deployments; innovative transit; connected vehicle technology implementation; investment considerations; and efficiency processes from top fleets across all weight classes and

February 15, 2021 Read Full Article
    Advanced Clean Transportation Expo and Conference   —   August 30-September 2, 2021   —   Long Beach, CA

Advanced Clean Transportation Expo and Conference — August 30-September 2, 2021 — Long Beach, CA

The Industry’s Leading Advanced Vehicle Technology Event Returns to Southern California — Join us at the 10th annual Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo and discover what the world’s most innovative transportation leaders are doing to move our industry forward. THE ADVANCED CLEAN TRANSPORTATION EXPO IS NORTH AMERICA’S LARGEST ADVANCED TRANSPORTATION

February 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Colossally Cool Cannabinoids Captivate Creo, Genomatica, Amyris, Others

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … From California’s Creo becoming the first company to achieve demo scale production of rare cannabinoid CBGA in partnership with Genomatica, to Amyris’s expansion of consumer brands by launching a new range of Terasana products using cannabinoids, we dive into what is making cannabinoids so

February 15, 2021 Read Full Article

PBF Energy Considering Renewable Diesel Project at Chalmette, Louisiana, Refinery

by Janet McGurty (S&P Global Platts) Technical feasibility study ongoing; Project would mitigate RFS costs — PBF Energy is considering a renewable diesel project at its 190,000 b/d refinery in Chalmette, Louisiana, as it seeks to mitigate the high cost of meeting the Renewable Fuel Standard, a company executive said Feb. 11.

February 12, 2021 Read Full Article

50 Renewable Diesel Projects and the Technologies Behind Them

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Renewable diesel, all 9 billion gallons built, under construction, in planning – Take a deep dive into the latest hot renewable diesel news and a special Digest presentation that asks will all of these billions of gallons fleet get built? If not, who are the potential

February 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Clean Energy Inks Multi-Year RNG Supply Contract with LA Metro

by Matthew Mercure (NGT News) Clean Energy Fuels Corp., a provider of clean fuels to the transportation market, says the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) has signed a new agreement for an estimated 47.5 million gallons of renewable natural gas (RNG) to fuel its transit bus fleet. This agreement will

February 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Life is a Highway

by John Eichberger (Fuels Institute) … Fuels Institute recently published “The Impact of Transportation-related Environmental Initiatives” which provides an objective assessment of 37 global efforts and a deep dive into 14 of the most prominent initiatives affecting transportation. As we embark upon a dedicated path to reducing carbon emissions, this report can

February 8, 2021 Read Full Article

EVs Are Getting Less Use than Expected.

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Researchers for the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicagoexamined hourly electricity meter measurements and address-level EV registration records from 2014 to 2017 in California, the state home to about half the EVs in the U.S., and found that one vehicle increases household electricity

February 8, 2021 Read Full Article

REFILE-U.S. Refiners Talk up Renewable Projects after a Year of Lousy Fuel Demand

by Laura Sanicola (Reuters) Following a year of grim losses amid pandemic lockdowns that dented demand for fuel as people stuck close to home, the largest U.S. independent refiners are promoting plans to boost production of renewable fuels. Renewable fuels represent a silver lining for refiners under threat of being left

February 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Marathon Petroleum Balancing Traditional Refinery Operations with New Renewable Ventures

by Janet McGurty (S&P Global Platts) Sees Q1 2021 gasoline demand 90% of Q1 2020; STAR project continues at Galveston Bay, TX, refinery; Dickinson, ND RD plant to reach full rates end-Q1  —  US refiner Marathon Petroleum is embracing the renewable energy space as it looks to cut its carbon footprint, while positioning

February 5, 2021 Read Full Article

NetJets Invests in WasteFuel, Commits to Purchase 100 Million Gallons of Sustainable Aviation Fuel Over the Next Decade

(NetJets/Globe Newswire)  The World’s Largest Private Jet Company Buys a Stake in the Production of SAF  —  NetJets today (February 4, 2021) announces it has made a significant investment in WasteFuel, a next generation waste to fuel company that aims to transform landfill waste into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), making it the

February 5, 2021 Read Full Article

To Make the U.S. Auto Fleet Greener, Increasing Fuel Efficiency Matters More Than Selling Electric Vehicles

by John DeCicco (The Conversation) …  Motorcars stay on the road for a long time, so failing to adequately reduce gasoline vehicle emissions this year burdens the atmosphere with excess carbon dioxide (CO2) for many years ahead. … The media spotlight on EVs can lend them outsize importance in discussions of

February 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Aemetis Opens Bid Proposal Process for $2 billion Offtake Agreement for “Carbon Zero” Renewable Jet and Diesel Fuels

(Aemetis) Aircraft and Trucks to be Supplied with ‘Carbon Zero’ Drop-In Biofuels using Solar and Hydro Electricity-Powered Systems to Convert Renewable Hydrogen and Biomass into Biofuel — Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today that it has opened the bid proposal process for $2 billion of offtake contracts for the launch of the Aemetis

February 3, 2021 Read Full Article

EPA Races to Draft Interim Auto Standards for CO2

by Maxine Joselow (E&E News)  President Biden’s EPA is expected to draft interim auto emissions standards based on an agreement last year between California and five car companies, according to sources following the matter. EPA is poised to unveil the interim standards and notify the auto industry by April 1.

February 3, 2021 Read Full Article

California Advanced Biofuels Alliane and National Biodiesel Board Comment on the Alternative Diesel Fuels Regulations

(California Advanced Biofuels Alliane and National Biodiesel Board) In a letter January 26 2021: Dear Chair Randolph and Members of the Board:  Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed modifications, released January 12, 2021, to the Alternative Diesel Fuels (ADF) regulation. The California Advanced Biofuels Alliance (CABA) and the

February 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Toyota, Fiat Chrysler Drop Support for Trump Effort to Bar California Emissions Rules

by David Shepardson (Reuters/Yahoo!Finance) Toyota Motor Corp, Fiat Chrysler and other major automakers said on Tuesday they were joining General Motors in abandoning support for former President Donald Trump’s effort to bar California from setting its own zero emission vehicle rules. The automakers, which also included Hyundai Motor, Kia Motors, Mitsubishi

February 3, 2021 Read Full Article

From Biofuels and Other Chemicals to Methane Production: Study Peers into the Mysteries of a Goat’s Gut

by Sonia Fernandez (University of California – Santa Barbara/Phys.Org) … “This has been the longest single effort in my lab,” said (Michelle) O’Malley, who with her research team way back in 2015 first embarked on an ambitious project to characterize gut microbes in large herbivores. The purpose? To understand how these animals

February 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Sugar Valley Energy Announces Sugarcane Feedstock Production Program for Imperial Valley Farmers

(California Ethanol + Power) Commitment Process Underway for 20,000-Acre First Phase of “Sugar Valley Growers” Program — California Ethanol + Power today announced it will engage with the local Imperial Valley farming communities to secure formal commitments to grow the first 20,000 acres of sugarcane feedstock for Sugar Valley Energy, a

February 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Electric Cars Are Coming, and Fast. Is the Nation’s Grid Up to It?

by Brad Plumer (New York Times)  GM’s decision this week to phase out gasoline vehicles is the latest in a major shift that will mean drastic new demands on electric utilities. Here are four things that will need to happen. … Generate More Juice If every American switched over to

February 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Hydrogen Is Hot! 584 Hydrogen Fueling Stations in 33 Countries, Ways2H Expansion, Preem, Siemens and More

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … What is making hydrogen so hot right now is the news that hydrogen fueling stations are having a dramatic acceleration in growth with 584 hydrogen stations deployed in 33 countries by the end of this year, Ways2H’s fundraising and expansion on new orders

February 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Fields of Breeders’ Dreams: A Team Effort toward Targeted Crop Improvements — Community Effort Yields Reference Switchgrass Genome, Environmental Adaptations Data

(Department of Energy/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/EurekAlert)  … Identifying and breeding varieties that have high productivity across a range of environments is becoming increasingly important for food, fuel and other applications, and breeders aren’t interested in waiting decades to develop new crops. One example is an ongoing collaborative effort to improve

January 29, 2021 Read Full Article

7 Things to Know about Renewable Natural Gas

by Tom Cyrs & John Feldmann (GreenBiz) … A new research paper by WRI (World Research Institute) examines the potential of renewable natural gas as a climate strategy. The paper provides detailed guidance on assessing renewable natural gas potential and climate impacts, evaluating its role in decarbonization and identifying effective policy

January 29, 2021 Read Full Article

All EVs by 2035? Report Shows Roadblocks

by David Ferris (E&E News) This study, an update by the California Energy Commission on the state’s EV charging needs, is the first to try to game out the implications of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s earthshaking order to ban the sale of internal-combustion engines by 2035. The short answer: Charging stations will

January 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Aemetis “Carbon Zero” Solar Energy and Energy Efficiency Upgrades Supported by $16.8 million of California CEC and Utility Grants

(Aemetis)  Estimated $18 million per year of increased net income ($0.75 earnings per share) —  Aemetis, Inc.(NASDAQ: AMTX) announced that its “Carbon Zero” biofuels production process has received a total of $16.8 million of solar energy and other energy efficiency grants to fund upgrades of the Keyes, California plant to support

January 25, 2021 Read Full Article

New Mexico Clean Fuel Standard Proposed, Counterpoints to CA LCFS Report

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … (A)an even hotter report from Jonn Axsen, Director of Sustainable Transportation Action Research Team and Michael Wolinetz at Navius Research is slamming California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office 2018 Low Carbon Fuel Standard report that had recommended the legislature rely more on the cap-and-trade policy

January 25, 2021 Read Full Article
    2021 Toast to Clearing the Air   —   February 24, 2021   —   ONLINE

2021 Toast to Clearing the Air — February 24, 2021 — ONLINE

SPEAKERS Liane Randolph (invited) Chair, California Air Resources Board Patty Monahan Commissioner, California Energy Commission Kate Gordon Director, Governor’s Office of Planning & Research In April 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Patty Monahan to be one of the five commissioners on the California Energy Commission. She serves in the Energy

January 22, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

January 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Making Progress on Climate and Clean Air in a New Administration

(Diesel Technology Forum)  As manufacturers are hard at work developing zero-emissions solutions over the next decade, introducing the latest diesel options today can provide significant clean air benefits. … As transportation sources are now the leading category of GHG emissions, focus will be on strategies to introduce emerging and next-generation

January 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Carbon Reductions On the Rise in 2021

by Donnell Rehagen (National Biodiesel Board)  With carbon reduction taking center stage, biodiesel and renewable diesel can provide immediate and substantial benefits, including 80% reduction in both greenhouse gases and particulate matter, an over 40% reduction in carbon monoxide, and more. Biodiesel and renewable diesel are on the “Rise” in

January 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel’s Rising Tide

by Tom Bryan (Biodiesel Magazine)  An update on U.S. renewable diesel projects—operational, expanding, under construction and proposed—giving new purpose to aging oil refineries. The report represents a transformative volume of nearly 5.5 billion gallons of new or potential capacity. The appeal of stacking the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit on top

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Carbon-Neutral Airfreight Route from LA to Amsterdam Begins

(Biobased Diesel Daily/Air France KLM Martinair Cargo) To support the industry’s carbon reduction targets, Kuehne+Nagel has joined the Air France KLM Martinair Cargo SAF program, launching the first carbon-neutral airfreight lane between North America and Europe as of New Year’s Day. This forward-looking initiative marks another step towards the commercial deployment

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewed Focus on Climate Legislation Could Help Biofuels

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

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable DME: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Taking trash to treasure to a new level, renewable Dimethyl Ethercan be made from animal manure, food and agriculture waste, landfill gas and wood. Oberon Fuels’ President, Rebecca Boudreaux, PhD shared this illuminating slide guide that dives into Oberon’s small-scale production process, the 1st fuel-grade

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Neste and Avfuel Create Strategic Partnership for Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(Neste)  Neste and Avfuel Corporation announce a strategic partnership to create an efficient, continuous supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in the United States. Neste will provide Avfuel with SAF in volumes able to meet the growing demands of Avfuel’s customers, including fixed base operators (FBOs), airports, flight departments, original equipment

January 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Producer Settles with Air Resources Board over Low Carbon Fuel Standard Violations

(California Air Resources Board)  $132,500 settlement includes environmental project for Fresno area — The California Air Resources Board today announced a settlement with AltAir-Paramount, LLC addressing reporting violations under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). The settlement is valued at $132,500. “The Low Carbon Fuel Standard is a critical part of California’s effort

January 12, 2021 Read Full Article

DigestData DeepDive into Renewable Energy Group

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Renewable Energy Group is the largest operator of renewable diesel and biodiesel plants in the US, with 12 refineries and a fast-growing capacity, especially in red-hot renewable diesel. In today’s Digest, we take a DigestData DeepDive™ with Actionable, Relational, Granular, Global Hard Data on REG’s Bioeconomy

January 8, 2021 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2021

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 65 countries. Get the latest up to the minute new information on the Canada Clean Fuels Standard as well as a

January 8, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

January 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Higher Blending Mandate to Help Offset EU’s Lower Palm Oil Demand, Says Biodiesel Association

(Malay Mail) A nimble push into higher biodiesel blends such as B40 — 40 per cent blend of palm oil-derived biodiesel — by Indonesia and B30 by Malaysia will help to mitigate the negative effects of the European Union’s (EU) lower palm oil demand for biofuel, the Malaysian Biodiesel Association said.

January 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Op-Ed: Treat Fossil Fuels Like Nukes. Endorse a New Nonproliferation Treaty

by Jacques Leslie (Los Angeles Times)  The Los Angeles City Council is poised to endorse a call for a global Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty. … Signatory governments would agree to stop further expansion of the fossil fuel industry within their boundaries. … The treaty addresses a nearly universal failing of climate change

January 5, 2021 Read Full Article

‘Fiber Is the New Starch’

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Novozymes has released a platform to convert more fiber to ethanol, giving producers an attractive ‘D3 lift.’ The company is also helping its customers navigate the low-carbon fuels marketplace, streamlining certification and assisting where it can. … Novozymes has released its Fiberex platform, for

December 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Top 10 Slide Guides of 2020

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) … In today’s Digest, we look at the HOTTEST Digest Slide Guides like Corbion’s biobased Poly Lactic Acid (PLA), Gevo’s low carbon drop-in transportation fuels, Neste, an exclusive Digest Q&A with Clariant, and even some hydrogen. Check out what YOU, the readers, found the most

December 29, 2020 Read Full Article

OPIS by IHS Markit Launches First Voluntary Carbon Credit Price Assessments Providing Transparency Needed to Advance Paris Agreement Climate Goals

(OPIS/Business Wire) OPIS, an IHS Markit (NYSE: INFO) company and the leading benchmark provider for emissions and carbon markets data, will launch today the world’s first comprehensive daily pricing suite for global voluntary carbon offset credits to advance the global initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The OPIS Global Carbon Offsets Report will

December 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Top 20 Stories of 2020

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

December 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Aemetis Enters Electric Vehicle Market

(Aemetis/Ethanol Producer Magazine) …  High-capacity electric vehicles (HCEV’s) from Nevo Motors are designed for heavy cargo and long range by using on-board range extender generators powered by renewable natural gas (RNG), with future electric truck models designed to use patented hydrogen and ethanol range extenders.  The goal is to achieve major

December 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Microalgae for Recycling Water and Nutrients: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to MicroBio Engineering

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Wastewater treatment is a huge problem with about 30 billion gallons per day in the U.S. You’ve got pathogens in the water that could reach drinking water supplies. You’ve got nutrients causing excess algae growth. You’ve got organic matter causing low dissolved oxygen. But MicroBio

December 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels Association Hoping for a Successful 2021

by Cody Ronnfeldt (Norfolk Daily News)  … (Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO, Geoff) Cooper says following the election, they’ve seen a lot of momentum building toward a potential national low carbon fuel standard. “We’ve seen the role that ethanol has played in meeting the objectives of state LCFS programs

December 22, 2020 Read Full Article

SoCalGas, SDG&E’s Voluntary RNG Tariff Request Approved

(Bioenergy Insight)  On 17 December, the California Public Utilities Commission approved SoCalGas and San Diego Gas & Electric’s request to offer a voluntary Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Tariff. The programme will allow households and businesses to purchase RNG from the utilities. “The approval of the RNG Tariff is an important

December 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste Supplies DHL Express with Sustainable Aviation Fuel at San Francisco International Airport

(Neste) Neste, the world’s leading provider of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) has signed an agreement to supply SAF to DHL Express, the express service arm of Deutsche Post DHL Group, world’s leading mail and logistics company. The Group is renowned as a pioneer of green logistics, utilising its

December 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Clean Energy, Total Enter MoU to Expand RNG Infrastructure

by Matthew Mercure (NGT News)  Clean Energy Fuels Corp., a provider of renewable natural gas (RNG) as a transportation fuel in the U.S. and Canada, and Total S.E. have entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to create a 50/50 joint venture to develop carbon-negative renewable natural gas (RNG) production facilities

December 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Measuring the Uncertainty of Renewable Diesel Projects

by Dave Collings (1898 & Co./Burns & McDonnell) Renewable diesel — also known as green diesel, hydrotreated vegetable oil, or hydrotreated esters and fatty acids — has now gained widespread attention throughout the world. This growing interest is turning into action as existing renewable fuels companies build grassroots facilities and

December 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Carbon Intensity Is Important for Renewable Fuels Investments

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

December 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Is Your Renewable Diesel Project Sustainable?

by Dave Collings (1898 & Co./Burns & McDonnell) For organizations looking to develop, construct and commission a new renewable diesel plant, it’s important to understand the various market conditions at play to avoid poorly made investments and the pitfalls of lost future opportunities. Since 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) continued

December 21, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

December 21, 2020 Read Full Article

SAF Takes-off to the Next Level – United’s Bold SAF Commitment, Boeing, Etihad Airways, World Energy’s 50/50 Blend, Gevo’s SAF in Seattle

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … In today’s Digest, United Airlines ambitious goal by investing in sustainable fuels and new tech – NOT buying carbon offsets – to reduce GHG emissions by 100% by 2050, Gevo’s SAF delivered for the Pacific Northwest region, Boeing, Etihad and World Energy using

December 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Growth in Carbon Neutral RNG Spotlights Debate on Electric- vs. Renewable-Powered Trucks

by Linda Baker (FreightWaves)  Renewable natural gas volumes and carbon benefits are on the rise  —  … FreightWaves spoke to Gladstein (Cliff Gladstein, president of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA)) about how the California LCFS program works, the latest carbon negative stats and why the state should dedicate more resources

December 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste Expands Renewable Diesel Fueling Network

by Michael Bates (NGT News) Neste, a producer of renewable diesel made from waste materials, has opened two new fueling stations in central California, providing greater accessibility to Neste MY Renewable Diesel.  The number of Neste MY Renewable Diesel fueling stations in the state has more than doubled since 2019. The

December 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Now Is the Time to Let Sustainable Aviation Fuel Take Off

by Chris Cooper (Aviation Pros/Neste North America)  … Globally, more than 40 airlines now have already implemented SAF at some level, with an estimated 200,000 commercial flights using SAF since 2011 and 1.6 billion gallons of SAF committed to forward purchase agreements. Put another way, sustainable aviation fuel is already here.

December 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Pete Buttigieg Tapped as Biden’s Transportation Secretary Pick

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

December 16, 2020 Read Full Article

5 Reasons Clean Fuel Standards Are the Secret Key to Decarbonizing Transportation

by Jeremy Martin (Union of Concerned Scientists) Clean Fuel Standards like the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) have been around for more than a decade but have not attracted the attention of more narrowly targeted policies promoting electric vehicles, biofuels, or renewable power. Recently, however, Clean Fuel Standards are enjoying something of

December 16, 2020 Read Full Article

California Ethanol + Power Finalizes Exclusive Purchase & Marketing Agreement With CHS for Imperial County Project

(California Ethanol + Power)  Minnesota Firm to Market and Sell 68 Million Gallons Annually of Essential EthanolTM to Be Produced at Sugar Valley Energy Campus near Brawley, CA — California Ethanol + Power announced today an exclusive 15-year contract was awarded to CHS Inc. to market and sell the 68

December 15, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

December 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Flying High with Aviation Biofuel – Continuous SAF Supply Arrives at SFO and LTN Airports, RSB Recognized by ICAO for CORSIA

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) … First, Signature Flight Support, Neste and NetJets celebrate the official launch of Sustainable Aviation Fuel at SFO and LTN airports which is now available for purchase. Second, RSB has officially been recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for the certification of

December 14, 2020 Read Full Article

New Legislation Sets Policy Menu for Sustainable Aviation Fuels

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

December 12, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

December 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Newsom Taps New Head of Powerful California Air Board

by Kathleen Ronayne (Associated Press) California Gov. Gavin Newsom tapped a veteran regulator Wednesday as the next chair of the powerful Air Resources Board, which implements the state’s ambitious climate change goals. Liane Randolph, 55, will begin the job in January. She takes over for Mary Nichols, who is termed out after

December 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Los Angeles County Producing RNG For Vehicle Fuel

(BioCycle Magazine) … The (Los Angeles County) Sanitation Districts recently started up its biogas purification system, supplied by Unison Solutions and designed and installed by TetraTech. “With this new biogas purification system, we now produce renewable natural gas (RNG) that is used to fuel vehicles like cars, buses and trucks,” noted

December 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Californian Cement Truck Fleet Aims for Zero Emissions, Will Use Bio-CNG

(CalPortland/NGV Journal) CalPortland® Company has launched its CNG powered bulk hauler truck fleet, which will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) and smog-causing emissions. The company commissioned 24 new “Near-Zero Emission” trucks that will transport cement to customers in Southern California. The green vehicles will be fueled with Clean Energy’s Redeem renewable fuel

December 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Chevron CEO Vows Higher Returns, Lower Carbon to Revive Big Oil

by Kevin Crowley and Caroline Hyde (Bloomberg/Yahoo! Finance)  … One thing investors can’t count on is for Chevron to announce any long-term targets to eliminate or severely reduce emissions, as rivals Royal Dutch Shell Plc and BP Plc have. Chevron’s carbon goals are linked to reducing methane leaks and so-called

December 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Sessions of BBEST 2020-21 / Biofuture Summit II Organized Virtually This Year

by Nathália Fernandes Pimentel* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  From 30th November to 3rd December this year, the BBEST / Biofuture Summit II was sponsored by Apex, the Brazilian Export and Investment Promotion Agency. The event took place on virtual platform Whova and was attended by several authorities, experts and researchers. Aiming

December 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Altair Paramount Seeking Fuel Pathway Approvals from CARB

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In California, Altair Paramount, LLC has applied for fuel pathways for renewable diesel, renewable naphtha and renewable jet fuels derived from rendered animal fat feedstock and processed at their facility in Paramount, California. Altair sources rendered inedible animal fat from an integrated meatpacking and rendering facility owned

December 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Oil Refineries See Profit in Turning Kitchen Grease into Diesel

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

December 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Is RNG a California-Only Fuel?

by Jake Drake (ACT News/Trillium) … It is true that California continues to make great strides in RNG investment and production. In just the first half of 2020, RNG made up nearly 90% of all natural gas vehicle fuel consumed in the state. Accelerated by the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Understanding Bacteria’s Metabolism Could Improve Biofuel Production

by Jules Bernstein (University of California – Riverside/Phys.Org) A new study reveals how bacteria control the chemicals produced from consuming ‘food.’ The insight could lead to organisms that are more efficient at converting plants into biofuels. The study, authored by scientists at UC Riverside and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Is Not a Bridge— We Are a Main Road

by Dave VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Urban Air Initiative)  …In addition to power plants, singling out gasoline powered vehicles seems to be an easy target. The most recent example is California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order requiring all new passenger vehicles be zero emission by 2035. Obviously, this force-feeds electric vehicles

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

LA County Agency Using Biogas Purification System to Create RNG

by Matthew Mercure (NGT News) As part of its mission to convert waste into resources, the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts has started up a biogas purification system to recycle food waste into renewable vehicle fuel. Food waste includes dinner scraps and spoiled fruit and vegetables from grocery stores and restaurants.   “We’ve been

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Set to Grow outside California

by Jessica Dell (Argus Media)  New state-level low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) programs and Canada’s proposed Clean Fuel Standard will grow the market for renewable diesel and create demand centers out of California, biofuel producers said during Argus Biofuels Live virtual conference yesterday.  READ MORE

December 2, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Ford Says Automakers Should Consider Backing California Emissions Deal

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  Ford Motor Co is urging major automakers to consider backing a framework deal with California on vehicle emissions in a bid to reach industry consensus before President-elect Joe Biden takes office, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Monday.  Major automakers are set to discuss

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Could Ethanol Be a ‘Net-Zero’ Hero?

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

November 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Refineries Are Fighting over Used Cooking Oil and Animal Fat

by Haley Zaremba  (OilPrice.com)  … In the absence of gasoline demand, refineries have been casting around for alternate solutions to keep their plants up and running, and it looks like they may have found the answer: biofuels. Early on in the pandemic’s trajectory, things looked just as bad for the biofuel

November 30, 2020 Read Full Article

A National Zero Carbon Transportation Plan for the US

by Dan Sperling, Lew Fulton, and Vicki Arroyo (University of California Davis) …  Summary of Policy Recommendations Rapidly increase the sales of zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) by implementing the following: National ZEV sales requirements for cars National ZEV sales and fleet purchase requirements for trucks Incentives for ZEV vehicle purchases and

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Sempra Utilities Pitch Demonstration Program as First Step to California Hydrogen Injection Standard

by Kavya Balaraman (Utility Dive) – Sempra Energy subsidiaries Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) plan to launch California’s first hydrogen blending demonstration program as a first step toward creating a hydrogen injection standard for the state. – The first proposed project would begin with

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Choosing the Right Road to Lower Emissions Today

by Daniel Gage (NGV America/ACT News)  … NGVAmerica spent the last several months poring through fifteen years of public data obtained from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TXCEQ) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and California Energy Commission (CEC) to see how two different states with very different outlooks

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article

The TIPping Point: Technology, Investment, Policy, and the advanced bioeconomy, Dioxide Materials, Genomatica, ADM, InnovaFeed, Aemetis, Nova Pangaea, and the UK Are Showing the Way

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) It’s possible to summarize the advanced bioeconomy in three words, technology, investment, policy. These are the sine qua non, the foundational forces. Technology without investment and policy is a bunch of pretty things on a shelf, policy without technology or investment is bound to fail, and

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Clean Fuel Standard Model Demonstrates Biofuel Demand, Signals Need to Expand Production Capacity in Canada

(Advanced Biofuels Canada/EIN Presswire)  WAEES incorporates Canada’s CFS into their global model to profile impacts on supply chains, biofuels, and compliance credit markets — Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC) announced the release of detailed expert modelling of Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard (CFS). The modelling, conducted by Dr. John Kruse, Principal and Director of

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

UK Ban on ICE Vehicles Highlights How ‘Policymakers Need to Pay Attention to What’s Working Today’

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily)  … U.K.’s government announced it is going one step further by banning the sale of new spark- and compression-ignition vehicles by 2030. A two-phased approach was announced Nov. 18. Phase 1 will see the phase-out date for the sale of new petrol and diesel cars

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste Acquires Seattle-based General Biodiesel

(Biobased Diesel Daily/Neste) This is Neste’s and Mahoney’s first entry into Washington and part of a bold ambition to establish a circular economy along the U.S. West Coast that can reduce emissions from transportation, a major contributor to climate change. General Biodiesel will operate under the Mahoney brand, collecting UCO from

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

New Biofuel-Trading Venue Sees Untapped Demand in Green Revival

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

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

GM Reverses on Trump, Exits Suit Challenging California’s Tougher Emissions Standards

by Rebecca Beitsch (The Hill)  … General Motors will no longer be siding with the Trump administration in a legal battle to hinder California’s ability to set tougher vehicle emissions standards. In a letter to environmental groups involved in the same suit, General Motors said they have withdrawn from the litigation,

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Solutions from the Land Unveils Video Showing the Solutions Farmers Can Offer to Meet Global Challenges

(Solutions from the Land)  A 20-minute video presentation in which Solutions from the Land farmer leaders offer a vision of solutions that farming operations can deliver to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) promoted by UN member nations is now available on YouTube. This presentation, Solutions from the Land: Enabling Farmers

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

How to Move Your Business Forward in a Time of Too Much Ethanol

by Jim Ramm (EcoEngineers)  Many hardships facing ethanol producers, but there is a silver lining  —  … A silver lining in this near-perfect storm is the ability to lower the life cycle carbon emissions of ethanol and take advantage of low-carbon fuel markets such as California’s LCFS.  … In order for

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Non-Profit Spearheads Land Repatriation Through Community Revitalization and Forest Stewardship

(Native News Online)  … To further their efforts, CHIPS (Calaveras Healthy Impact Product Solutions) has approval to convert an old mill site into a community scale biomass power plant. Collected forest biomass will generate clean energy they will sell to PG&E and create byproducts such as biodiesel and biochar. “The

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Brownley Introduces Sustainable Aviation Fuel Act

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

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

How to Build a Green Hydrogen Economy for the US West

by Jeff St. John (GreenTechMedia)  The Intermountain and ACES projects may be the start of a regionwide green hydrogen generation and transmission network.  — Out in Utah, a coal-fired power plant supplying electricity to Los Angeles is being outfitted with natural-gas-fired turbines that will eventually be able to run on hydrogen,

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Landi Renzo USA Secures CARB Certification for the Heavy Duty 7.3L CNG/RNG Engine

(Landi Renzo/Business Wire)  The ecomobility revolution includes F-450/550, F-650/750, F-53/59 and E-450 — Landi Renzo, the American subsidiary of Landi Renzo Group, the global leader in eco-fuel advanced systems for the automotive industry received California Air Resources Board (CARB) Certification for the Heavy Duty Ford CNG/RNG 7.3L engine, which covers Class

November 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Advanced Fuels Production from Engineered Biology: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Seawater-to-Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As part 2 of the seawater-to-fuels discussion from DigestConnect last week, get an insider look at the breakthroughs the U.S. Navy project to produce renewable fuels from seawater using synthetic biology, as shared by Professor Nigel Scrutton of the UK Future Biomanufacturing Research Hub. Details

November 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Waste to Fuels and Plastics: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Brightmark

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  W2X sounds like a new rock band name, but it’s what Brightmark’s CEO, Bob Powell, talked about at last week’s DigestConnect on fuels and plastics from dairy and MSW wastes. How do the technologies work? What are the economics? Where are the markets? When are

November 17, 2020 Read Full Article

California: Natural Gas Vehicle Fuel Is Carbon Negative for the First Time

(California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership/NGV Journal) … Renewable natural gas has the lowest carbon intensity rating of all fuels in the CARB’s LCFS program. Many forms of biomethane, such as that produced from food and green waste, have a carbon neutral and even a carbon negative rating. Other forms, such as

November 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Anaergia Begins Construction of California RNG Project

(Anaergia Services/Biomass Magazine) Anaergia Services LLC and veteran impact investing firm North Sky Capital LLC, are pleased to announce the start of construction of a renewable natural gas facility at the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority, located in San Bernardino County, California. The public private partnership involving VVWRA, Anaergia and North Sky

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

California Official Sees State Auto Emissions Deal as ‘Template’ for Biden

by Nichola Groom, David Shepardson  (Reuters)  California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols, who sources say could be the next federal environment chief, said on Thursday her state’s agreement with manor automakers for fuel efficiency requirements could serve as a “good template” for federal standards through 2025. The Trump administration in

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Rolls-Royce to Test 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel in Next Generation Engine Demonstrator

(WebWire)  Ground tests with 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to demonstrate Rolls-Royce engines can unlock SAF’s potential to reduce emissions  —  As part of its ongoing decarbonisation strategy, Rolls-Royce is to use 100% sustainable aviation fuel for the first time in engine ground tests on next-generation engine technology. The tests will

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Fuels from Seawater: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Office of Naval Research

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Check out the U.S. Navy’s new gambit and get an inside look at the U.S. Navy’s breakthroughs to produce renewable fuels from seawater using synthetic biology. How does the technology work? What’s the future? Find out what Dr. Patrick Rose from the Office of

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

SAF’s California LCFS Credit Value Tumbles as Average Carbon Score Climbs

by Josh Pedrick (S&P Global Platts)  Average SAF CI climbs to 47.02 from 31.4; Value of LCFS credits per gallon of SAF weakens  —  The value of California Low Carbon Fuel Standard credits generated by a gallon of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) tumbled in the second quarter amid higher average carbon intensity

November 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Microbe ‘Rewiring’ Technique Promises a Boom in Biomanufacturing

(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/Phys.Org) Researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have achieved unprecedented success in modifying a microbe to efficiently produce a compound of interest using a computational model and CRISPR-based gene editing. Their approach could dramatically speed up the research and development phase for new biomanufacturing processes, and get cutting-edge

November 11, 2020 Read Full Article

JAL to Use Biofuels Made from Household Garbage in 2022

(Kyodo News/Bangkok Post)  Japan Airlines will use biofuels made from household garbage starting as early as fiscal 2022 as part of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, company sources said on Thursday. The airline plans to refuel in San Francisco its aircraft connecting the United States and Japan and will use

November 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Evolve or Die: US Refiners Grasp Renewables Lifeline to Stay Viable

by Janet McGurty (S&P Global Platts) Government incentives drive renewable diesel projects growth; Demand up as regional low carbon regulations increase — Once the scourge of the US refining industry, some refiners are now looking to renewable fuels to help their bottom lines and keep their facilities operational. Despite many millions spent

November 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Greener Fuels on the Way to Zero Emissions

by Deborah Lockridge  (HDT Trucking Info) …  Renewable Diesel Offers Drop-In Sustainability —  Use renewable diesel fuel in that cleaner-burning modern diesel engine, and you have an even “greener” truck. Renewable diesel is made from sustainable sources such as natural animal fats, vegetable oils, greases, plant waste, and other sources. Neste, which makes renewable

November 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Michelle Fischbach Ousts Collin Peterson in Minnesota’s Seventh District

by Briana Bierschbach (Star Tribune) Republican Michelle Fischbach ousted DFL Rep. Collin Peterson in Minnesota’s Seventh District on Tuesday, ending a three-decade career in Congress and toppling Democras’ powerful chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. Fischbach, a former lieutenant governor and state senator from Paynesville, benefited from President Donald Trump’s popularity

November 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Marathon Petroleum Corp. Reports Third-Quarter 2020 Results…Starting up Dickinson, N.D. Renewable Fuels Facility

(Marathon Petroleum Corp.)  … “As we navigate these challenges, we remain focused on the aspects of our business within our control. First, we strengthened the competitive position of our assets by advancing our investments in renewables. Our Dickinson renewable fuels facility is starting up. With respect to the conversion of

November 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Movements at Ginkgo BioWorks, Pacific Ethanol, Lygos, LanzaTech Show Where the Bioeconomy Is Heading

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  So many re-naming and brand extension efforts are underway this week, let’s look at those to see what’s working, what’s popular, when it comes to building trusted brands. … The Re-Branding: Pacific Ethanol This past week we reported that Pacific Ethanol announced the company’s strategic

November 4, 2020 Read Full Article

SoCalGas Dispenses California-Produced RNG for the First Time

(Bioenergy Insight)  Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) has dispensed California-produced renewable natural gas (RNG) for the first time at many of the natural gas fuelling stations it operates across the state. The company recently began purchasing RNG from Calgren Dairy Fuels in Pixley, California, which captures dairy manure from farms to

November 3, 2020 Read Full Article

RNG Revolution: The North American Renewable Natural Gas Industry Has Boomed over the Past Decade and Potential Remains Vast.

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine) … Particularly for those feeling the heat when it comes reducing carbon footprints, interest in renewable natural gas (RNG) as an alternative vehicle fuel is an all-time high, and for good reason. Not only does it meet the most stringent emissions requirements, but for utilities

November 3, 2020 Read Full Article

RNG Biogas, Low-Carbon Ethanol: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  If you missed DigestConnect last week, take a look at this illuminating slide guide from Aemetis CEO Eric McAfee on their newest biogas venture, making renewable natural gas from dairy waste, the switch to making hand sanitizer as they adapted to COVID-19, and future plans

November 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Promise and Peril: California’s EV-Only Policy

by Leticia Phillips (Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association, UNICA /Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Any EV solution should consider a combined approach of the available alternatives and technologies. It is important to remember that vehicles powered by ethanol are already among the best performers in the world and are helping to reduce GHG

October 30, 2020 Read Full Article

7 Big Deals, and Why They’re Big — Microsoft, Cargill, ADM, Aemetis, Lygos, Alaska Airlines, SkyNRG, Biofine, and Ways2H

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) There’s been a barrage of big deals this week and here’s The Digest’s exclusive take on the biggest 7 deals, why they are big, and more. In today’s Digest, we’ve got the latest deal details that include Microsoft, Cargill, ADM, Aemetis, Lygos, Alaska Airlines, SkyNRG, Biofine,

October 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Top 5: Solar Costs Are Dropping. How Does It Impact Fuels?

by Tammy Klein (Future Fuel Strategies) … Items I selected this month include: •  Solar Costs Declining Quickly: More quickly than even the IEA has projected. That will have consequences in transport that includes cheaper EV charging, green hydrogen and electrofuels. Car Bans in the U.S.: Could we see other states follow

October 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Combining Agricultural Emissions Reduction Policies to Balance Biodiversity Conservation and Food Security

(CIRAD) Sharing efforts between biofuel production, the transition to reduced-meat diets and the reforestation of pastures would be a far better option for tomorrow’s agriculture than focusing on just one of these strategies. This mix would simultaneously address the goals of food security, biodiversity conservation and emissions reductions, according to a

October 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Biogas Markets and Applications: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of the top 5 registered producers of cellulosic biofuel in the U.S., Iogen’s Brian Foody shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC 2020 on what cellulosic biogas is and how is it used today, RNG’s market segment, renewable hydrogen, transportation applications and technology, transportation

October 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Limited Impact on LCFS and RIN Prices: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to COVID-19 Impact on Renewable Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) COVID-19 has impacted every industry in some way, but Mike McCurdy from ICF shared this slide guide at ABLC2020 demonstrating how COVID-19 has had limited impact on some areas for renewable fuels and how compliance fuels’ three-legged stool has reduced volatility, which has thus piqued interest

October 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Cows and Cannabinoids: Aemetis’ Dairy Digestor Biogas, Hyasynth’s Yeast-Based Cannabinoids

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Things are heating up with Aemetis now producing dairy digester biogas from the first two dairies in a 17 dairy digester biogas project that will be used for ethanol production and added four miles of private pipeline that is moving forward transportation fuel. And cannabinoids

October 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Aemetis Begins Production of Below Zero Carbon Intensity Dairy Biogas

(Aemetis)  First Two Dairies and Private Pipeline Operating; Below Zero Carbon Intensity Gas Now Producing Transportation Fuel   — Aemetis, Inc.(NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today that it is producing dairy biogas from the first two dairies in a 17 dairy digester biogas project.  The below-zero carbon intensity gas is initially being utilized for

October 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Alaska Airlines and Microsoft Sign Partnership to Reduce Carbon Emissions with Flights Powered by Sustainable Aviation Fuel in Key routes

(Microsoft)  Sustainable aviation fuel supplied by industry leader SkyNRG signals new approach for business travel  –Microsoft Corp. employees who fly between their global headquarters in Redmond, Washington, and California on Alaska Airlines will fly more sustainably thanks to the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to cover their business travel.

October 23, 2020 Read Full Article

California E15 Testing to Start

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com )  …  To that end, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), state corn organizations, ethanol groups and the auto industry, are working with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to conduct vehicle testing using 15 percent ethanol (E15) at the University of California at Riverside (UCR). The Renewable Fuels

October 22, 2020 Read Full Article

UW Oshkosh, Agra Energy Bring Biofuel Technology to Dairy Farms

(University of Wisconsin Oshkosh/Biomass Magazine)  The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has partnered with Agra Energy Corp. to promote a new technology that converts biogas to fuel. The renewable solution makes use of Agra Energy’s Micro-GTL (gas-to-liquids) technology that converts methane-rich biogas into liquid fuels that meet diesel fuel specifications. “Agra Energy’s

October 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Column: There’s a Burning Mandate for Change, Green Jobs

by George Miller (Columbus Dispatch)  … From geothermal steam in Nevada to the low-carbon biofuel feedstocks harvested across Ohio, carbon savings are available through the labor and ingenuity of green energy workers in every community. We’ve seen this strategy work in California, where the clean energy industry already supports 475,000 jobs

October 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Senator Merkley, Congressman Levin Introduce Legislation to End U.S. Sale of Gasoline-Powered Vehicles by 2035

(Office of Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR))  The Zero-Emission Vehicles Act of 2020 will position U.S. to lead global auto industry —  Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative Mike Levin (D-CA-49) today introduced in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act of 2020, path-breaking legislation that

October 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Alfa Laval Wins SEK 130 Million Renewable Energy Order in the US

(Alfa Laval/PR Newswire) Alfa Laval – a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling – has won an order to supply a processing line to HollyFrontier Corporation to support the production of renewable diesel in the US. The order has a value of approximately SEK 130 million and is booked

October 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Jet Fuel Tech: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to UOP

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) You’ve probably heard of Honeywell UOP, but did you know they are working on making commercial renewable aviation biofuels a reality? At ABLC Digital, they shared this illuminating slide guide on their latest projects, including ones with AltAir, United Airlines, World Energy, and others. Also take

October 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Facing Wave of Closures, Oil Refiners Turn to Biofuels

by Ron Bousso and Laura Sanicola (Reuters)  European and U.S. oil refineries face a wave of closures due to plateauing fuel demand, tightening environmental rules and overseas competition, prompting some owners to opt for an easier alternative – converting plants to produce biofuels. … The International Energy Agency (IEA) said in

October 20, 2020 Read Full Article
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