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Eco-Energy Starts Work on Its New Ethanol Distribution Terminal

(Biofuels International)  Eco-Energy has announced that it has started construction on its ethanol distribution facility in Stockton, California. The facility is scheduled to commence operations in March next year and will be the 11th ethanol distribution terminal constructed by Eco-Energy over the past decade. The Stockton site will be equipped

June 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Sugar Valley Energy Project to Issue Green Bonds

(California Ethanol + Power/Ethanol Producer Magazine) California Ethanol + Power (CE+P) on June 7 announced that its Sugar Valley Energy advanced biofuel project has been verified for Green Bond Financing through the alignment of the project with the Green Bond Principles established by the International Capital Market Association.  Sugar Valley Energy

June 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Fenix Marine Services Goes “All-In” with Renewable Fuel

(Felix Marine Services/Yahoo! Finance) Fenix Marine Services (“FMS”) has made one of the largest commitments to environmental sustainability in the maritime sector by fully transitioning its fleet of over 300 pieces of container handling equipment from fossil-based diesel fuel to renewable diesel fuel, effective immediately. This transition also covers smaller, support

June 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Rise of Electric Vehicles Presents Questions about Transportation Funding

by Dania Maxwell (Bloomberg News/Transport Topics)  While electric vehicles and alternative fuels contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, their continued adoption forces states to rethink transportation funding sources that currently come from taxes on diesel and gasoline. States already charging fees on alternative fuels and vehicles are concerned the amounts do

June 14, 2021 Read Full Article
    Argus North American Biofuels & LCFS Markets Summit   —   October 18-20, 2021   —   Napa, CA

Argus North American Biofuels & LCFS Markets Summit — October 18-20, 2021 — Napa, CA

The Argus North American Biofuels & LCFS Markets Summit returns to Napa, California this October! The event will bring together over 300 regulators, key government, and industry participants across the entire biofuels supply chain for 3 days of networking and knowledge exchange. There will also be ample opportunities to meet

June 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Visit the Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU) in 3D Tour

The Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU) is a bioprocess scale-up facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory that enables early-stage advanced biofuels and bioproducts to successfully scale from the lab to commercial relevance. A new 3D virtual walkthrough of the ABPDU allows visitors from anywhere in the world to

June 9, 2021 Read Full Article

What Color Is Your Hydrogen?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) For an invisible gas, hydrogen seems to come in more colors than boy of crayons. And, you have to learn to weed out the greenwash and the cleanwash. And some of the hogwash.  —  Take for example the news from North Dakota, where Bakken Energy and

June 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Port of Los Angeles Rolls out Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Freight Demonstration

(North American Clean Energy)  The Port of Los Angeles and its partners are launching a new era of pollution-free goods movement with the debut of five new hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) and the grand opening of two hydrogen fueling stations. Under the $82.5 million Shore-to-Store (S2S) project, more

June 9, 2021 Read Full Article

On-Site Hydrogen Production Technology Accelerates to Market

by Susan Bauer (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  California hydrogen fueling stations could soon benefit from lower cost approach —  A new technology that generates hydrogen from conventional natural gas, or renewable natural gas made from biomass, could be the next big thing to advance California’s Hydrogen Highway, fuel cell vehicles and

June 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Is a Feedstock Crackdown Coming to California’s LCFS?

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily)  … But in the last rulemaking in 2018, CARB made a number of amendments to focus and strengthen the regulation, implementation and certainty of the carbon credit market, said Floyd Vergara, director of state governmental affairs for the National Biodiesel Board. Vergara spent three

June 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Sustainable Trucking Expands with Circle K, Trillium, Musket Partnership

(Trillium)  Refined products agreement leads to creative, low-carbon renewable natural gas solution —Musket and Trillium, members of the Love’s Family of Companies, have entered into an agreement with Circle K to expand sustainable trucking in California. A 2020 supply partnership between Musket and Circle K created a joint purchasing agreement and allowed Circle K

June 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Experts Predict Problems Coming for Electric Cars

by Jeena Cadigan (WBOY) With more companies coming out with electric cars, experts are predicting costly upgrades to towns and cities in West Virginia.    With more electric cars on the road, more charging stations are needed. Along with those stations, companies will have to build more power sources and lines to get and disperse that energy. 

June 4, 2021 Read Full Article

California Urges EPA to Let State Set Car-Emissions Standard

by Matthew Daly (Associated Press) Officials from California, New York and other states urged the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to allow California to set its own automobile tailpipe pollution standards, an action that would reverse a Trump administration policy and could help usher in stricter emissions standards for new passenger

June 3, 2021 Read Full Article

A First, California Fleets Fueled with Bio-CNG Achieve Carbon-Negativity

by Erick Sanchez (NGV America)  Bio-CNG Tallies Annual Average Carbon Intensity Score of -5.845 gCO2e/MJ for 2020 —  Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) and Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) today announced that California fleets fueled with bio-CNG achieved carbon-negativity for calendar year 2020. Ninety-two (92) percent of

June 3, 2021 Read Full Article

UrbanX Group Signs Engineering Design Contract for Its Renewable Diesel Facility in Bakersfield

(Urban X Group/Business Wire) UrbanX Renewables Group of Long Beach, CA, executed its front-end engineering design contract, an essential step for building the state’s first facility producing ultra-low carbon renewable diesel, a fuel essentially indistinguishable from the petroleum product it is replacing. The company will produce renewable diesel from vegetable oil,

June 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Executive Placement Shows Flyers Committed to Green Economy

(Flyers Energy) Flyers Energy, LLC announced today that Chief Operating Officer Ken Dwelle will assume the role of President of Flyers Sustainable Energy, signaling increasing emphasis on the renewable energy sector. Flyers Energy leadership sees the green revolution as one of their biggest opportunities. “Renewables made up about 25 percent

June 2, 2021 Read Full Article

California Math Shows Internal Combustion Beating Electric on Emissions

by Tom Quimby (CCJ)  … Data released recently by CARB indicate that low carbon fuels, like renewable diesel and biodiesel, are actually rendering the best reductions in transportation-related sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. While federal and state policies continue to lavish praise and plenty of funds on all-electric technologies, biodiesel

June 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Microalgal Biofuel Intermediates Production: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Algal Biomass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MicroBio Engineering, Heliae, Sandia National Labs and Cal Poly shared how they developed the capability for over 3,700 gal/ac-yrof biofuel intermediates through microalgal strain improvement, mixotrophic approaches and novel conversion technology, demonstrated annual productivity of improved strains, and more.  READ MORE

June 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Vertex Energy to Acquire Alabama Refinery and Related Logistics Assets

(Vertex Energy/IRDirect.net) Vertex to acquire 100% of Mobile Chemical LP Refinery; Transforms Vertex into a Leading Independent Refiner of Renewable and Conventional Products; Multi-phase Renewable Diesel Project to Drive Superior “Clean Refining” Economics; Anticipate $3 billion in Annual Revenue and more than $400 million in Gross Profit by Year-End 2023;

May 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Jeanne McCaherty’s Testimony to MN House Conference Committee on the Future Fuels Act

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) …  Jeanne McCaherty, CEO of Guardian Energy and board member of MN Bio-Fuels, testified in support of the Future Fuels Act to the Minnesota House Conference Committee.  Here’s her testimony in full: … Specifically, we have discussed strategies that can harness the power of our region’s rich agricultural,

May 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Equilibrium, GGP Select Amp Americas to Manage Arizona Dairy RNG Project

by Matthew Mercure (NGT News) Amp Americas has entered a deal with Equilibrium and Green Gas Partners (GGP) to operate and manage their dairy RNG project in Maricopa, Ariz. The project, in operation since 2018, was developed by Equilibrium and GGP. It is designed to capture dairy waste from approximately 30,000 milking cows across three dairy

May 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Meet the Startup Producing Oil to Fight Climate Change

by Emily Pontecorvo  (Grist)  How Charm Industrial became a go-to in Big Tech’s mission to offset its carbon footprint.  —  … The friends, all engineers by training, had designed a machine that could turn agricultural waste, like almond shells, into renewable hydrogen fuel. They’d even found a partner, the owner

May 25, 2021 Read Full Article

No, We Don’t Need ‘Miracle Technologies’ to Slash Emissions — We Already Have 95 Percent

by Mark Z. Jacobson (Stanford University/The Hill) … Let’s examine the claim that we “need” new technologies such as carbon capture, direct air capture, modern bioenergy and modern nuclear to reduce sufficiently energy and non-energy emissions. … Wind and solar are also so plentiful that they can each power the world’s

May 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Greasezilla Announces $8 Million Investment from Sheltowee CleanTech Fund for New Site Development

(Greasezilla) Greasezilla is actively seeking new FOG (fats, oils and grease) processing locations nationwide for joint ventures with government and private operators — Downey Ridge Environmental Company, developer of Greasezilla™ FOG separation and processing systems, announces that Sheltowee CleanTech Fund I, LLC, is investing over $8,000,000 to expand Greasezilla technology nationwide. Greasezilla will

May 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Phillips 66 Begins Renewable Diesel Production at San Francisco Refinery

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) Phillips 66 has completed the hydrotreater conversion at its Rodeo, California, petroleum refinery near San Francisco and has begun to produce renewable diesel. “Earlier this month, we commenced renewable diesel production at the San Francisco Refinery with the completion of the diesel hydrotreater conversion,” said

May 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Scientists Uncover Surprising Behavior of a Fatty Acid Enzyme with Potential Biofuel Applications

by Jennifer Huber (Stanford University/SLAC)  Derived from microscopic algae, the rare, light-driven enzyme converts fatty acids into starting ingredients for solvents and fuels. — Although many organisms capture and respond to sunlight, it’s rare to find enzymes – proteins that promote chemical reactions in living things – that are driven by

May 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Aemetis Notified of US Forest Service Grant for Patented Process Enabling Use of Waste Wood for the ‘Carbon Zero’ Jet/Diesel Plant

(Aemetis/Globe Newswire)  Finalizing Grant for “Valorizing Forest Waste for Cellulosic Ethanol Production” to Extract Sugars from Waste Forest and Orchard Wood Using Ionic Liquids Technology Licensed Exclusively to Aemetis from DOE-Funded Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) — Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX), a renewable natural gas and renewable fuels company focused on negative

May 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Fueling a Renewable Future

by Trevor Hoag (The Iola Register)  Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly toured the East Kansas Agri-Energy ethanol plant in Garnett on Wednesday, part of a series of stops at industries around Southeast Kansas. — Imagine the smell of baked bread, then beer. That’s the air at the East Kansas Agri-Energy ethanol plant, which

May 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuel Project Proposed in McFarland Would Bury Carbon from Ag Waste, Produce Alternative to Diesel

by John Cox (Bakersfield.com) An Iowa technology company has proposed a first-of-its-kind bioenergy project in McFarland that’s expected to help cut a significant source of local air pollution while also reducing diesel emissions, burying carbon and employing about 50 local residents. The project spearheaded by Iowa-based technology company Frontline BioEnergy

May 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Revives Refinery on Rosedale

by John Cox (Bakersfield.com) A major industrial property that has sat idle for years in the heart of Bakersfield is coming back to life to refine used cooking oil, rendered animal fats and a canola-related grain called camelina. Torrance-based biofuels company Global Clean Energy Holdings Inc. is refurbishing equipment and

May 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Valadao Helps Introduce Bill to Extend Federal Tax Credits on Biodiesel, Renewable Fuels

by John Cox (Bakersfield.com) Legislation introduced Tuesday by congressmen including Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, would extend federal tax credits supporting the production of biodiesel and other renewable fuels seen as key to Kern’s economic diversification push. The bill, dubbed the Biodiesel, Renewable Diesel and Alternative Fuels Extension Act of 2021,

May 20, 2021 Read Full Article

SoCalGas to partner with SunLine Transit Agency to Test Combination of Technologies to Produce Hydrogen from RNG

(Green Car Congress) Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) will demonstrate a combination of technologies that will produce hydrogen from renewable natural gas (RNG) at SunLine Transit Agency’s hydrogen fueling station in Thousand Palms, California. The research project, called “H2 SilverSTARS,” will produce renewable hydrogen to fuel SunLine’s fleet of 17 hydrogen fuel cell

May 19, 2021 Read Full Article

More Research to Back the Bills: University of Nebraska Researchers Have Proven E30 Is Safe

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) University of Nebraska Researchers have proven E30 is safe for long-term use in non-flex fuel vehicles. The findings could bolster the push for state- and federal-level low-carbon fuel legislation.  —  Two researchers from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln are eager to continue sharing their results

May 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Oakland’s Used Cooking Oil Is Being Turned into Renewable Fuel for Buses and Trucks

by Talib Visram (Fast Company)  …  In Oakland, California, the circularity of the model is most clear. Since 2019, it’s been in a partnership with the city, where it’s helping Oakland’s plans to reduce carbon emissions by nearly 56% by 2030, compared to its 2005 levels. Here’s how it works. Neste’s collection partner

May 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Bulk of Greenhouse Gas Reductions from Transport Sector in California Delivered by Renewable Diesel, Biodiesel

(Diesel Technology Forum)  New data from California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) Program confirms the substantial role of internal combustion engine technologies in CO2 reductions, outpacing EV technologies 3:1 — Newly-released data from the California Air Resources Board, shows that low carbon transportation fuels powering internal combustion engines deliver the state’s

May 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Roughly USD 912m Earmarked for Clean Energy in California Budget Revision

(Renewables Now)  California governor Gavin Newsom has presented a revision plan for the state’s 2021-2022 budget that earmarks USD 912 million (EUR 749.6m) for energy investments, including offshore wind, storage and green hydrogen. … Investments in the energy sector will seek to speed up California’s progress towards meeting its clean

May 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Biogas, RNG from Waste Is a Hit: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Greenlane Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Greenlane Renewables made headlines this week when it reported record revenue growth of over 300% in Q1 2021 over Q1 2020. Ok, 317% to be exact. If that’s not impressive enough, check out this slide guide to get the latest info on this biogas company

May 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Green Hydrogen: Can It Power a Carbon-Free Economy?

by Jim Robbins (Energy Today) Saudi Arabia is constructing a futuristic city in the desert on the Red Sea called Neom. The $500 billion city — complete with flying taxis and robotic domestic help — is being built from scratch and will be home to a million people. And what

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article

More U.S. Trucking Fleets Speed up Transition to Low-Carbon Biomethane

(NGV Journal/Clean Energy Fuels Corp.) Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced new renewable natural gas contracts as fleets across North America increasingly continue to adopt the clean, low-carbon fuel to power heavy- and medium-duty trucks. “Fleets are learning that renewable natural gas, together with natural gas engine technology, is a proven

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article
    2021 Air Quality Awards   —   June 17, 2021   —   ONLINE

2021 Air Quality Awards — June 17, 2021 — ONLINE

Our 50th Anniversary & the California Air Quality Awards! The Coalition for Clean Air was founded in the days when smog was so thick you could cut it with a knife. In the 50 years since, we’ve managed to cut smog by a whopping 70%. But we didn’t do it alone.

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Energy Invests $35 Million to Dramatically Reduce Carbon Footprint of Biofuel Production

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today (May 14, 2021) announced $35 million in funding that will help slash carbon emissions and scale up the volume and efficiency of renewable biofuel. The 15 awarded research projects are housed at colleges, universities, and labs across nine states and

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Former Kansas Abengoa Ethanol Plant to Produce Renewable Diesel, Seaboard Energy, Neste, Phillips 66, Alto Ingredients, Haldor Topsoe, Renewable Diesel News

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) … Seaboard Energy, formerly known as High Plains Bioenergy, is building a renewable diesel plant in Hugoton, Kansas at the former Abengoa ethanol plant site that was purchased in February 2019. Using Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex tech, the plan is to make 6,500 barrels-per-day and

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Sapphire Gas Solutions Secures RNG Transportation, Logistics Contracts

by Michael Bates (NGT News)  Sapphire Gas Solutions, a Texas-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) solutions service company, has been awarded transportation and logistics contracts for seven farm-based renewable natural gas (RNG) operations in central California. … Biomethane is a renewable methane collected from animal waste

May 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Chevron, Clean Energy Fuels Extend Adopt-a-Port Initiative to Reduce Emissions

(Chevron/Business Wire) Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary Chevron U.S.A. Inc. (Chevron) is investing an additional $20 million in the Adopt-a-Port initiative with California renewable natural gas (RNG) provider Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE). Chevron has now invested a total of $28 million in the initiative,

May 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Report: 10 Years of California’s LCFS

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard being implemented with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the state’s transportation sector, while also lessening dependence on petroleum by using alternative fuels, like ethanol. A new Renewable Fuels Association white paper looks at how, for

May 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Is SAF Finally Taking Flight? Slides from ICF Presented at the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office “Accelerating SAF” session at ABLC Digital.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) ICF’s managing director for Fuels & Power, Mike McCurdy, prepared one of the most compact reviews of Sustainable Aviation Fuels key metrics and issues we’ve seen in quite some time. These were seen just a few days ago on The World Stage at ABLC Digital

May 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Propane Bill: Renewable Propane Bill Ready to Support Renewable Propane?

(Western Propane Gas Association) Californians desperately need more renewable electricity. The state is on a path to provide utility customers with renewable electricity; however, challenges remain for customers who are off the electric-grid. Renewable propane addresses this clean energy gap while also providing a reliable, sustainable, and affordable energy source. The

May 13, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA Responds to Oregon Clean Fuels Program Scenarios

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association today submitted feedback related to a planned expansion of the Oregon Clean Fuels Program. The Oregon CFP currently requires a 10% reduction in the carbon intensity (CI) of transportation fuels by 2025, and the state intends to expand the reductions to 20% by 2030 and 25%

May 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Neste Opens New Renewable Diesel Fueling Stations in Southern California

(Neste) Growing fueling network makes it easier for fleet operators to fill up their existing diesel powered vehicles with net-zero renewable fuel  —  Neste, the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel and largest renewable diesel supplier into California, announced it has opened two new Neste MY Renewable Diesel fueling stations in

May 10, 2021 Read Full Article

10 Years of the LCFS: Ethanol Leads the Way as California Climate Solution

(Renewable Fuels Association) A new Renewable Fuels Association white paper looks at how, for the past decade, ethanol has been the go-to fuel to decarbonize transportation in the Golden State. The use of ethanol under California’s low-carbon fuel standard has generated over a third of the state’s greenhouse gas savings since implementation of

May 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Red Rock Out of Money, Looks to Bonds

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

May 5, 2021 Read Full Article

The 10 Big WOWs from ABLC Day 2

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

May 5, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

May 4, 2021 Read Full Article

SoCalGas & California Energy Commission to Provide Funding to Test Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology for Marine Vessels

(Southern California Gas/PR Newswire)  Led by Zero Emission Industries, the project will test hydrogen fuel cell marine vessel technology designed to significantly reduce GHGs and air pollution from fishing, fire, ferry and other small boats in California —  Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced the company will provide $200,000 in funding for Zero

May 3, 2021 Read Full Article

New Technology to Make Green Hydrogen Enters Next Phase

(Southern California Gas) New technology being tested by H2U Technologies and SoCalGas to make green hydrogen from water and renewable electricity —  Hydrogen continues to gain traction as a viable and important tool to address climate change in California. Now, thanks to new technology being tested by H2U Technologies and SoCalGas, a new,

May 3, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

May 3, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

May 3, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

May 1, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

May 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Atlantic Aviation Introduces Renewable Diesel at LAX

(Aviation Pros/Atlantic Aviation) Renewable diesel will be utilized primarily in ground support equipment, operated by Atlantic Aviation and its customers. —  Atlantic Aviation announced the introduction of renewable diesel and the elimination of fossil-based diesel at its Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) fixed base operation. The change is part of Atlantic

April 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Aemetis Selects Axens Vegan® Technology for Its Carbon Zero Project in Riverbank, California for the Production of Renewable Diesel and Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(Aemetis) Aemetis, Inc.(NASDAQ: AMTX), a leading producer of below zero carbon intensity dairy Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) and developer of the “Carbon Zero” renewable jet/diesel biorefineries using negative carbon intensity cellulosic hydrogen, announced today that Aemetis has selected Axens Vegan® Renewable Hydroprocessing technology for its “Carbon Zero 1” production plant in

April 28, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

April 27, 2021 Read Full Article

All Aboard: From NorCal to SoCal, New Generation of Diesel to Deliver Clean Air, Climate Benefits to California Rail Commuters and Residents

(Diesel Technology Forum)  LA’s Metrolink and Bay Area’s Capitol Corridor Commuter Rail Service Both Invest in New Advanced Diesel Engines Powered with 100% Renewable Diesel  —  Key commuter rail providers in both Northern and Southern California have each recently announced new investments in the latest and fourth generation of advanced diesel

April 27, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

April 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Center Working on Converting Municipal Waste to Biofuel

(Advantage News) The NCERC at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is leading the way in converting municipal solid waste to biofuel through two proposals submitted for funding. The NCERC has received funding from a grant proposal that was submitted to SIUE’s Transitional and Exploratory Projects grant program by Jie Dong, NCERC’s fermentation scientist

April 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Scientists Uncover Structure of Light-Driven Enzyme with Potential Biofuel Applications

U.S. Department of Eneryg/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)  Although many organisms capture and respond to sunlight, enzymes – proteins that catalyze biochemical reactions – are rarely driven by light. Scientists have identified only three types of natural photoenzymes so far. The newest one, discovered in 2017, is fatty acid photodecarboxylase (FAP). Derived

April 27, 2021 Read Full Article

California Scores Tailpipe Emissions Win

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

April 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Decarbonizing California Transportation by 2045

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

April 27, 2021 Read Full Article

ExxonMobil, Global Clean Energy Expand Renewable Diesel Agreement

by Matthew Mercure (NGT News) ExxonMobil and Global Clean Energy have expanded their five-year agreement to increase ExxonMobil’s purchase of renewable diesel up to 5 million barrels per year.  ExxonMobil will be the exclusive buyer of renewable diesel from Global Clean Energy’s biorefinery in Bakersfield, Calif., which is on schedule to begin production in

April 27, 2021 Read Full Article

SoCalGas Transitioning Service Pickup Truck Fleet to RNG

by Matthew Mercure (NGT News) Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), the largest gas distribution utility in the U.S., says it will convert 200 new Ford F-250 service pickup trucks to run on renewable natural gas (RNG). The trucks will be outfitted with the newest Landi Renzo Eco Ready equipment, a California Air Resource Board (CARB) certified

April 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Phillips 66 and Southwest Airlines Collaborate to Advance Sustainable Aviation Fuel

by Bernardo Fallas (Phillips 66) Phillips 66 and Southwest Airlines have signed a memorandum of understanding to advance the commercialization of sustainable aviation fuel, focusing on public awareness and research and development. The memorandum of understanding also sets the framework to explore a future supply agreement involving Phillips 66’s Rodeo

April 27, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

April 26, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

April 23, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

April 23, 2021 Read Full Article

XPRIZE Announces the Two Winners of $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, with Each Team Creating Valuable Products out of CO2 Emissions

(XPRIZE)  Both $7.5M Grand Prize Winners Developed Technologies Focused on Decarbonizing Concrete, the World’s Largest Material Industry   – XPRIZE, the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world’s grandest challenges, today announced that CarbonCure Technologies and CarbonBuilt have won the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a prize

April 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Why Science Needs the Humanities to Solve Climate Change

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

April 22, 2021 Read Full Article

SoCalGas Announces Plans to Convert 200 New Field Service Trucks to Run on Renewable Natural Gas

(Sempra Energy)  Fleet vehicles will use Eco Ready System from Landi Renzo USA and renewable natural gas to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions — Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced it will convert 200 new Ford F-250 service pickup trucks to run on renewable natural gas (RNG) – a renewable form

April 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Second Food Scraps-to-RNG Project Certified Under California LCFS GREET 3.0

by Nathalie Hoffman (LCFS Consulting Services, Inc./BioCycle Magazine) Before January 2021, no food scraps-to-renewable natural gas (RNG) pathways had been certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) under CA-GREET 3.0 — the version of the life cycle analysis model used by the agency since 2019 to certify Low Carbon Fuel

April 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Former Political Leaders Urge 50-State Strategy on Green Energy

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

April 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Eco-Energy Commences Construction on Its Stockton, California Ethanol Distribution Terminal

(Eco-Energy/Business Wire)  Eco-Energy, a leading biofuel supply chain company, is pleased to announce that it has started construction on its ethanol distribution facility located in Stockton, California. The facility is scheduled to commence operations in March 2022 and will be the eleventh (11th) ethanol distribution terminal constructed by Eco-Energy over the

April 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Crowley Begins Use of Biofuel to Power Tug Veteran

(Crowley)  Lower Carbon Energy Source from Shell Trading (US) Company Supports Crowley’s Sustainability Strategy  — Crowley Shipping and Shell Trading (US) Company (“STUSCO”) recently initiated use of low carbon biofuel to power the Crowley tugboat Veteran, a ship assist and escort tug serving the Bay of San Francisco. The fueling contract between the companies reflects their

April 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Kicks off 2021 with Conversions, Capacity Increases, New Feedstocks and More

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) … What is the overall demand and market like? What about feedstock innovations? Are there clear technology winners? In today’s Digest, some new facilities, some conversions, some increased capacity, what are the key trends we are seeing in renewable diesel, what might the future

April 19, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

April 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Neste, NuStar Expand Renewable Fuel Hub in Northern California

(Neste)  NuStar’s Selby Terminal expansion project increases access to sustainable aviation fuel and renewable diesel  —  Neste and NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE: NS) announced today that supply trucks are now able to load Neste MY Sustainable Aviation FuelTM at the NuStar-operated Selby Terminal near San Francisco, California. The first gallons have been safely

April 14, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

April 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Atmosphere-Friendly California Legislation in 2021

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

April 8, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

World Energy and Community Fuels Partner to Speed Access to Low-Carbon Fuel throughout California

(World Energy/PR Newswire)  Both Companies Broaden Scope of Reach Through Partnership —  World Energy, a low-carbon fuel provider for the transportation sector, and Community Fuels, a leading advanced biofuel production and distribution company based in Stockton, California, today announced a partnership to enhance access to low-carbon fuels throughout California. World Energy, which owns

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

LA Metro Names Trillium as Bus Depot RNG Supplier

by Matthew Mercure (NGT News) Trillium, a provider of alternative and renewable fueling solutions, has entered a new partnership with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to provide renewable natural gas (RNG) to two bus depots. “We at Trillium are excited to partner with Metro to achieve short-term and long-term sustainability goals,”

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Coprocessing at Diesel Refinery: bp Products, North America — Cherry Point Refinery | Blaine, Washington

(EcoEngineers) bp’s Cherry Point Refinery is the first refinery in the Pacific Northwest capable of manufacturing diesel made from biomass-based feedstocks, which are processed alongside conventional feedstocks in an existing ultralow-sulfur diesel unit. Renewable diesel has the same properties as conventional ultralow-sulfur diesel, but with a lower carbon footprint. Producing and distributing

April 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Waste-to-Hydrogen Tokyo Facility Ready to Rock – Is 2021 the Year of Hydrogen?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) News comes from the Land of the Rising Sun that a first-of-its-kind Tokyo facility will convert sewage sludge into renewable hydrogen fuel is now complete. Ways2H Inc. and its shareholder and technical partner Japan Blue Energy Co. say the waste-to-hydrogen facility will process 1 ton

April 5, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

April 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Aemetis Establishes Carbon Capture Subsidiary for CO2 Sequestration to Further Reduce the Carbon Intensity of Dairy RNG and Renewable Fuels

(Aemetis/Globe Newswire)  California Central Valley is an Established CO2Injection Region Supporting Carbon Sequestration Projects for Aemetis Dairy RNG Projects, Ethanol Plant, and Renewable Jet/Diesel Plant Under Development  — Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX), a renewable natural gas and renewable fuels company focused on negative carbon intensity products, announced today that the company’s board

April 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Fitting Renewable Fuels into Your Fleet’s Sustainability Strategy

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

April 2, 2021 Read Full Article

US Gain Builds Public RNG Fueling Station in Compton, California

(U.S. Gain/Biomass Magazine) AJR Trucking has partnered with U.S. Gain, a division of U.S. Venture, to build a renewable natural gas (RNG) fueling station in Compton, California, near the port of Long Beach. The station will help AJR Trucking and its sister company, MDB Transportation, produce greater emission reductions for the areas of California

April 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Avfuel Now Supplying Neste MY SAF at Monterey Jet Center

(Avfuel Corp./Biomass Magazine) Avfuel Corp. is proud to now supply Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel on a consistent basis to its branded FBO, Monterey Jet Center (KMRY), in Monterey, California. The FBO received its first load of the fuel on March 11, marking the beginning of a new era for the Avfuel Network

April 1, 2021 Read Full Article

American Airlines Builds on Commitment to Sustainable Fuels with Kuehne+Nagel

(American Airlines)  Airline aims to signal demand for sustainable fuels in aviation — American Airlines has reached an agreement in principle with Kuehne+Nagel to allocate a portion of the carbon reduction benefit the airline generates through its use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to the logistics company, one of American’s leading

April 1, 2021 Read Full Article

RNG and Renewable Fuels: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Aemetis is building 45 mgy “Carbon Zero” renewable diesel/jet fuel plants in California using negative CI hydrogen and expanding a -416 carbon intensity dairy RNG project that replaces petroleum diesel – all this on top of expanding 65 mgy biofuels plant in California and 50

March 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Clay Lacy Teams with World Fuel Services and World Energy to Offer Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) at Van Nuys and Orange County FBOs, Transitions Ground Support Vehicles to Renewable Diesel

(Intrado Globe Newswire/Clay Lacy) Clay Lacy Aviation will offer Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) at the company’s two FBOs at Van Nuys Airport and John Wayne Orange County Airport. SAF is an important component of Clay Lacy’s comprehensive sustainability strategy . World Fuel Services (World Fuel) begins monthly SAF deliveries to both locations this

March 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Meeting Emissions Goals Will Save Consumers A LOT of Money — Fact Sheet: Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards

(Consumer Reports) The Biden-Harris Administration has committed to getting the U.S. on a path to a low-carbon economy by 2050, bringing back the Obama-Biden vehicle standards, and setting new, ambitious ones. Meeting those commitments will require steady progress on gasoline vehicle fuel economy and zero emissions vehicle market share. Consumer Reports

March 23, 2021 Read Full Article

New Clean Energy Process Converts Methane to Hydrogen with Zero Carbon Dioxide Emissions

by Lynne Roeder (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Novel bimetallic catalyst also yields valuable solid carbon co-products for manufacturing industries  —  … Researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and West Virginia University (WVU), in collaboration with industry partners Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) and C4-MCP, have developed a process that converts methane—the primary

March 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Two States Tax Some Drivers by the Mile. Many More Want to Give It a Try.

by Ian Duncan (Washington Post)  … Widespread production of hydrogen-powered cars has not come to pass, but GM is eyeing an all-electric fleet by 2035 with the backing of the Biden administration. That has lawmakers in state capitals across the country and in Washington increasingly confronting the question that troubled Starr

March 22, 2021 Read Full Article

TeselaGen Partners with Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit to Accelerate the Bioeconomy

(Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU)/CISION)  Collaboration deploys the TeselaGen AI-enabled operating system to close the gap between promising research and large-scale fermentation-based production of renewable bioproducts  — TeselaGen Biotechnology and the Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU) of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) announced today a partnership to advance

March 22, 2021 Read Full Article

bp and Aria Energy to Capture Methane at California Dairy Farms as Part of Renewable Natural Gas Project

(bp) Partnership advances innovative solution to reduce emissions and produce cleaner fuel — bp and Aria Energy today announced a project to capture methane from waste at three California dairy farms and process it into renewable natural gas (RNG), which will then be supplied as fuel for the US transportation

March 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Mess with Texas: Time for a 2nd Look at Electric Vehicles

by Burl Haigwood (Clean Fuels Development Coalition)  … Imagine it is 2050 and Texas gets hit by another winter storm, flood, heat wave, or God forbid, a physical or cyber terrorist attack on a vulnerable electric power system. As news cameras roll with footage of citizens lined up to evacuate, or

March 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Food Scraps to RNG Pathway in California’s LCFS

by Nathalie Hoffman (BioCycle Magazine)  The California Air Resources Board sends signal to the marketplace about importance of RNG produced from food waste in its Low Carbon Fuel Standard program. — While renewable natural gas (RNG) produced from dairy and swine manure has received a lot of attention due to

March 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Clean Energy Fuels, BP Create JV for RNG Fuel Production

by Roger Gilroy (Transport Topics) Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced it finalized a joint venture with BP Products North America Inc., a subsidiary of BP, to develop, own and operate new renewable natural gas projects at dairies and other agriculture facilities. Each company will retain 50% voting control in the joint

March 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Aemetis India Renewable Fuels Plant Selected for $3 Million Per Month Supply of Biodiesel to Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport

(Aemetis/Globe Newswire) Expected 10 million gallons per year is approximately 20% of biodiesel plant capacity  — Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today that its Universal Biofuels subsidiary located in the Andhra Pradesh state of India was selected by the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corp. (“APSRTC”) to supply approximately 800,000 gallons per month

March 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Fuel Industry Experts Share Expectations for 2021

by Steve Klein (C Store Decisions/Renewable Energy Group) … The transportation industry will be a key factor in reaching those goals. There are also many new policies being debated. New York is considering a low-carbon fuel standard similar to California’s. Many believe this is the year Washington State will pass a

March 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Aemetis Discusses Plans for Renewable Diesel, Cellulosic Ethanol

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …  McAfee (Eric McAfee, CEO of Aemetis Inc.) provided an update of the many improvement projects underway at the Keyes plant that will reduce the carbon intensity (CI) of the fuel it produces, including the use of renewable natural gas (RNG), a membrane dehydration unit,

March 16, 2021 Read Full Article

The Green Secrets of Goat Poop – Smarter Materials, Better Medicines, and Sustainable Biofuels

(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/SciTechDaily) Microbes found in the goat gut microbiome could help humans convert plant material into valuable, eco-friendly commodities. Converting the tough fibers and complex sugars in plants into biofuels and other products could be humanity’s ticket to smarter materials, better medicines, and a petroleum-free, sustainable future. But harnessing

March 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas from Waste: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Greenlane Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Decarbonizing natural gas for transportation and utility/pipelines by taking organic waste from landfills, dairy and hog farms, food waste and wastewater treatment plants and converting it to biogas and low-carbon RNG is what Greenlane Renewables is all about. From the renewable natural gas ecosystem, market

March 16, 2021 Read Full Article

California City Bans Construction of New Gas Stations in Climate-Fight First

(CBS News)  A Northern California city is believed to be the first in the country to ban all new gas stations in an effort to curb carbon emissions. The Petaluma City Council voted unanimously Monday to prohibit the creation, expansion, reconstruction and relocation of gas stations, encouraging owners of gas stations

March 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuels Producer Expands Facility

(Biofuels International)  A leading provider of low carbon biodiesel to the California market hosted a ribbon cutting event for its newly expanded facility in Barrio Logan. New Leaf Biofuel collects used cooking oil from more than 2,000 local area restaurants and converts it into biodiesel – an ecofriendly alternative to

March 12, 2021 Read Full Article

New Biomethane Station for Trucks that Serve Ports of LA & Long Bech

(Clean Energy Fuels Corp./NGV Journal) Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has opened a new public fueling station in Carson, California, that will provide renewable natural gas to fuel trucks in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and service many Carson-area truck terminals and warehouses. “This station will allow more vehicles

March 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol: The Original Solar Energy

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Mother Nature has already given us an extraordinary solar panel that covers several hundred million acres of cropland in America’s breadbasket, where energy absorbed from the sun is stored for later use in a perfect battery: an ear of corn. — As

March 10, 2021 Read Full Article

LCFS Upcoming Reporting: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to LCFS

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s up with Low Carbon Fuel Standards? Stefan Unnasch of Life Cycle Associates & Lee Enterprises Consulting gives us the scoop on upcoming reporting, LCFS verification requirements, common biofuel fuel pathway questions, and more.  READ MORE DigestConnect #46 – E-Fuels, Low Carbon Fuel Standards  We’re joined

March 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Working Together towards Net Zero – Origin Materials to Combine with Artius in IPO

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In California and New York, two companies are coming together for a match made in heaven to create the first publicly traded pure play carbon negative materials company. Origin Materials and Artius Acquisition Inc., signed a definitive agreement for a business combination – the combined

March 8, 2021 Read Full Article

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
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