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Oil and Gas Industry’s Top Lobbying Arm Considers Another Climate Policy

by Maxine Joselow and  Vanessa Montalbano (Washington Post) … American Petroleum Institute weighs clean fuel standard after backing carbon tax — The American Petroleum Institute will hold a workshop Thursday on the merits of a clean fuel standard, a policy aimed at slashing carbon emissions from transportation, the nation’s largest source

October 6, 2022 Read Full Article
Symposium on Biomaterials, Fuels and Chemicals   —   April 30-May 3, 2023   —   Portland, OR

Symposium on Biomaterials, Fuels and Chemicals — April 30-May 3, 2023 — Portland, OR

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October 4, 2022 Read Full Article

Zenith Energy Will Replace 100% of Its Crude Oil Storage with Renewable Fuels in Five Years

(Biofuels Central) Zenith Energy, a leading global operator of independent liquid storage terminals, announced it has agreed to immediately transition its Portland facility out of crude oil storage to renewable fuels in just five years. Renewable fuels can reduce carbon emissions by up to 80%, helping the City of Portland reach

September 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Canola Sector Eyes More Acres as Yields Stall

by Sean Pratt (Western Producer Magazine) The Canola Council of Canada is encouraging acreage expansion in the brown soil zone of Saskatchewan. However, council president Jim Everson says that does not represent a pivot in the council’s strategy for growing the crop. “We are very much focused on yield,” he said. That has

September 23, 2022 Read Full Article

Oregon, Washington Plan to Ban All New Gas-Powered Cars by 2035. What’s Next?

by Pat Dooris, David Mann (KGW8) In just over a decade, all new cars sold in Oregon and Washington will be electric vehicles (EVs) — that’s the plan at least. Earlier this year, California announced a statewide ban on new gas-powered cars by 2035. It’s the only U.S. state that’s allowed

September 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Fundraising Ramps up to Continue Development of Direct-Ethanol Fuel Cells for Vehicles

by Marcus Traxler (Mitchell Republic) Iowa Corn, the advocacy organization for Iowa corn growers, is leading a drive to raise funds to continue advancing technology in order to help get direct-ethanol fuel cells, or DEFC, to the point where they can realistically use corn products to turn from ethanol to

September 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Global Partners Expands Feedstock Capabilities at Oregon Terminal

(Biodiesel Magazine/Global Partners) Global Partners LP has received final approvals to expand storage capacity and transload renewable feedstocks at its Clatskanie, Oregon terminal, CPBR. With rail, deep water access, and the ability to handle ethanol, renewable diesel, and now renewable feedstocks, CPBR is one of the most diversified renewable fuels terminals

September 14, 2022 Read Full Article

1.3-Million-Mile Evaluation Proves 100% Biodiesel is Effective at Decarbonizing Heavy-Duty Trucking

(Optimus Technologies)  ADM conducts a 16-month field trial equipping Class 8 Mack trucks with Optimus Technologies Vector System  —   The Vector System is an advanced fuel system technology that enables heavy-duty diesel engines to reduce carbon emissions by using 100% biodiesel (B100). Already running on commercial and government fleets from

September 8, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Sustainable Aviation Fuel around the World 2022

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Many countries are now active with Sustainable Aviation Fuel — but how much where, and when, and what? The bulk of activity continues to come from the US — however, the EU has been gaining momentum, and Asia of late has been highly active. Several technologies

August 31, 2022 Read Full Article

Neste SAF Supplied to FBO with Help from Avfuel

(Biofuels International)  Hillsboro Aviation (KHIO) received its first load of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation FuelTM this month in collaboration with Avfuel Corporation. This has helped secure the first business aviation foothold for SAF in the state of Oregon. “The Pacific Northwest is more than just where we work,” said Ryan

August 25, 2022 Read Full Article

California Poised to Phase out Sale of New Gas-Powered Cars

by Kathleen Ronayne (Associated Press)  California is poised to set a 2035 deadline for all new cars, trucks and SUVs sold in the state to be powered by electricity or hydrogen, an ambitious step that will reshape the U.S. car market by speeding the transition to more climate-friendly vehicles. The California

August 25, 2022 Read Full Article

PTL Marine Prepares for Future Renewable Diesel Needs

by Shelley Byrne (The Waterways Journal Weekly) With its recent expansion to providing renewable diesel fuel at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, PTL Marine has taken another step toward eventually making it available on the Western Rivers. “Renewable diesel is becoming a more readily available product, particularly right

August 24, 2022 Read Full Article

World Class Holdings Issues One of the First Green Jet Biofuel Deals to Meet the Blockchain Technology

(Kingston Whig Standard) World Class Holdings ‘WCH’, a private fund concentrated on sustainable projects and raising capital with the use of advanced technology–World Class Holdings “WCH”, a private fund, is delivering one of the first green jet Biofuel deals to meet the blockchain technology. The deal involves a 5-year bridge

August 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Farm to Fuel Tank: How Used Cooking Oil Is Fueling Biodiesel

by Alex Bell (ABC10) VIDEO: Meet the people who make it all happen — Article: Find out how cooking oil is turned in into biodiesel  —  Jane Connors, general manager of the San Francisco Ferry Building told ABC10 that popular spots like Hog Island Oyster Co. are trying to be sustainable and practice what

August 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Red Rock Biofuels, Frontline BioEnergy Successfully Gasify Residual Woody Biomass into Syngas for Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(Red Rock Biofuels/Business Wire)  Red Rock Biofuels LLC, a next-generation producer of low-carbon biofuels, and Frontline BioEnergy, a leading provider of waste and biomass gasification solutions, announce that they have successfully tested their innovative technology that gasifies Red Rock’s residual woody biomass feedstock into high quality syngas for production of

August 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Oregon Prepares to Go Big on Another Climate Program

by Pete Danko (Portland Business Journal)  State environmental regulators eye a stronger 2035 Clean Fuels target than proposed in an executive order by Gov. Kate Brown — Environmental regulators’ draft rules go beyond the governor’s targets.  READ MORE Oregon DEQ proposes 37% fuel decarbonization by 2035 (Biofuels Digest) Proposed Targets:

July 27, 2022 Read Full Article

Coastal Effect: Comparable to California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Pro-Biofuel Policies in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia Offer a Vast Region of Opportunity for Reduced-CI Ethanol on the Pacific Coast.

by Melissa Anderson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Eleven years ago, California led the way with the implementation of its Low Carbon Fuel Standard, which continues to be a guiding force for clean fuel policy on the West Coast and beyond. Since it took effect, the structure and scale of the Golden

July 25, 2022 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Comments on Oregon’s Proposed Clean Fuels Program Extension

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley submitted comments to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in response to its proposal to update and extend its carbon reductions under the state’s Clean Fuels Program (CFP). The original CFP called for a 10% reduction in carbon intensity from

July 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Two Cheers for the EU’s New Fit for 55 Transport Fuels Policy — Um, Why Not 3 Cheers?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  The EU policy includes a blending obligation for fuel suppliers. Starting in 2025, the aviation fuel made available to EU airports should contain 2% SAF, increasing to 5% by 2030, 32% by 2040 and 63% by 2050. There’s a sub-mandate for synthetic aviation fuels, elsewhere

July 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Moving Stepwise toward State Clean Fuel Standards

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine) From Minnesota to Nebraska, discussions around performance-based fuel standards are bringing a broad range of stakeholders together. Progress requires coalition building and compromise. Movement towards state clean fuel standards in the Midwest inspired by a broader regional vision continues, albeit slowly. Brian Kletscher,

July 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Jacobson: Ethanol Production Critical to Nebraska Ag

by Mike Jacobson  (North Platt Telegraph) … In 2021, approximately 31% of Nebraska’s corn crop was utilized in ethanol plants. Nebraska ranks as the nation’s second largest ethanol producer. The state’s 24 ethanol plants have a total production capacity of more than 2 billion gallons annually. Combined, these plants use

July 15, 2022 Read Full Article
45th Symposium on Biomaterials, Fuels and Chemicals   —   April 30-May 3, 2023  —   Portland, OR

45th Symposium on Biomaterials, Fuels and Chemicals — April 30-May 3, 2023 — Portland, OR

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July 14, 2022 Read Full Article

Powering Progress Towards Net-Zero Emissions: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Shell Aviation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Shell’s focus on low carbon fuels for aviation is apparent and progress is being made towards more sustainable skies as Shell reaches key milestones and has plans for even bigger ones by 2030. Find out how Shell is investing in technology and innovation to produce

July 11, 2022 Read Full Article

What Is Flex Fuel and Why Don’t We See It More in Southern Oregon and Northern California?

by Tiffany Olin (KTVL News 10)  As people continue to feel pain at the pump, flex fuel has come to the forefront as a solution because of its typically cheaper sticker price. Flex fuel is a blend of gasoline and ethanol. While most regular gasoline in the country has up to 10% ethanol, flex fuel

July 6, 2022 Read Full Article

Fuels Institute Explores Carbon Benefits of Biofuels

(NACS) The white paper will help spark conversation on finding an answer to reducing emissions from all vehicles. — The Fuels Institute has published a new white paper that explores the carbon benefits of using biofuels, according to a news release. The paper, “Assessment of Biofuels Policy: Effectiveness of Emissions Reductions,”

June 15, 2022 Read Full Article

More than 7,000 Comments, Letters Support Clean Fuels Project in Oregon

(Next Renewable Fuels/Biobased Diesel Daily)  More than 7,000 public comments and letters were submitted to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality urging the agency to approve the air permit for Next Renewable Fuels. Comments revealed a groundswell of support for Next and its proposal to build a renewable diesel production facility

June 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Red Rock Biofuels Holdings, Inc. Awarded U.S. Forest Service Wood Innovations Grant

(Red Rock Biofuels/Business Wire) Award funds Red Rock Biofuels Holdings, Inc. (“Red Rock”) to Convert Post-Fire Charred Waste Woody Biomass to Sustainable Aviation Fuel & Renewable Diesel —  Red Rock is pleased to announce that it has received a Wood Innovations Grant from the U.S. Forest Service to fund its project

June 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Meeting 2030 SAF Targets in the US and Europe Needs Rapid Action on Capacity and Feedstocks, Says Report

by Tony Harrington (GreenAir Online) A new market report by SkyNRG, the Amsterdam-based global provider of sustainable aviation fuels, predicts that both the US and Europe will fall short of their 2030 SAF targets unless production capacity is increased and fuel feedstock sources are expanded, and estimates the need for more than

June 7, 2022 Read Full Article

LCFC and Secretary Mabus’s Thoughts on Russia, Oil, Fuels: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Decarbonizing Transportation Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  If you missed the recent Digest Connect with two of the most important energy security hawks in the United States (Graham Noyes, Executive director of the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition, and former Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, father of the Great Green Fleet) outlining practical actions

April 27, 2022 Read Full Article

Why These Fleets Use Renewable Diesel Fuel

by Ronnie Wendt (Heavy Duty Trucking Info)  Titan Freight Systems, a regional less-than-truckload carrier in the Pacific Northwest, found renewable diesel was the key to meeting its emissions goals. — Titan Freight Systems has provided overnight services across the Pacific Northwest since 1968. Today, the fleet has 45 trucks, 120 trailers,

April 21, 2022 Read Full Article

Oregon Approves Key Permit for $2 Billion Renewable Diesel Project

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) The Oregon Department of State Lands recently approved the Removal-Fill permit for Next Renewable Fuels’ $2 billion renewable diesel project in Columbia County, Oregon. The approval is a key step in the project’s development. “This approval is a pivotal milestone for our clean fuels project

March 25, 2022 Read Full Article

50 Hottest Projects in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2022

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) On Day 2 of ABLC in Washington, DC, The Digest announced the 50 Hottest Projects in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2022. This year, the focus was on advanced bioeconomy manufacturing sites, completed or in development, at pilot, demonstration or commercial scale for intermediates or finished products, rather

March 18, 2022 Read Full Article

The EV Grass Isn’t Always Greener

by Sara Counihan (NACS/Convenience.com/Convenience Matters podcast episode)  In some regions, an EV emits more carbon than an internal combustion engine vehicle. — … John Eichberger leads the Fuels Institute, and the question he is often asked is why the push for EVs? After all, they’re not always a greener solution than an

March 17, 2022 Read Full Article

Carbon and Hydrogen Hubs Part 2: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to GPI’s Atlas

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In part 2 of the Great Plains Institute’s just published Atlas of Carbon and Hydrogen Hubs, we look at where these 14 key carbon and hydrogen hubs are in the U.S., how can they offer the capacity to help the country expand and accelerate emissions

February 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel & Sustainable Aviation Fuels 2030, Vol 2

by Will Thurmond (Emerging Markets) Renewable Diesel & Sustainable Aviation Fuels 2030, Vol 2. (249 pages, September 2021) provides a detailed analysis and outlook for low-carbon feedstock availability, and a feasibility assessment for technology commercialization pathways in sustainable aviation fuels and low-carbon renewable diesel production. INTRODUCTION AND TABLE OF CONTENTS

February 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Bill to Give Tax Breaks to Carbon Capture Facilities Runs into Opposition

by Paul Hammel (Nebraska Examiner)   … A bill to ensure that Nebraska ethanol plants can qualify for state tax incentives for building carbon-capture facilities is running into opposition from a leading environmental group. The Bold Alliance, which includes Bold Nebraska, the group that led the fight against the Keystone XL crude

February 10, 2022 Read Full Article

As Minnesota Explores a Clean Fuel Standard, There’s Pushback against Ag

by Jeff Beach (AgWeek) State agencies have been meeting with stakeholder groups, including farm groups. A report will be sent to Gov. Tim Walz in February. — Minnesota is exploring the possibility of joining the likes of California by creating a clean fuel standard to help reduce the state’s carbon score.

January 31, 2022 Read Full Article

Clean Fuel Standards: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Low Carbon Fuels Coalition

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) What clean fuel standards are on the horizon? Graham Noyes, Executive Director of the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition shared this illuminating slide guide on clean fuel standard fundamentals, LCFS and how it promotes investment in low carbon fuels, 6 big state clean fuel standards in progress,

January 13, 2022 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuel Station Network for Trucks under Development in the US

(Cyclum/NGV Journal) Cyclum Renewables LLC announced plans to construct a national network of renewable fuel truck stops, with the goal to utilize 100% renewable natural gas, for real green fueling of America’s future transportation industry. Cyclum will be partnering with sister company GESS RNG Biogas USA to both purchase carbon-negative biomethane

January 13, 2022 Read Full Article

How Six States Could Transform the U.S. Trucking Industry

by Tom Whipple (Bloomberg)  The U.S. trucking industry is set to be transformed by a handful of states adopting zero-emission vehicle requirements. Oregon, Washington , New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts followed California in approving the Advanced Clean Truck (ACT) rule late last year, requiring a growing percentage of all

January 7, 2022 Read Full Article

Complete Global Guide: The Digest’s Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2022

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  65 countries have targets or mandates–how much, where, when and what?  READ MORE Commodities 2022: European biofuel mandates to structurally shift ethanol demand higher in the year (S&P Global Platts) European Biofuel Mandates to Structurally Shift Ethanol Demand Higher in The Year (Biofuels Central) Malaysia

January 4, 2022 Read Full Article

Regulatory and Policy Analysis of Production, Development and Use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels in the United States

Ekrem Korkut and Lara B. Fowler (Frontiers in Energy Research)  The United States, spurred in part by international developments, is expanding its law and policy to incentivize the use of sustainable aviation fuels. While the U.S. has agreed to participate in the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO’s) Carbon Offsetting and

January 3, 2022 Read Full Article

In an East Coast First, New Jersey Will Phase out Diesel Trucks

by María Paula Rubiano A. (Grist)  New Jersey joins California, Oregon, and Washington in setting ambitious goals to electrify trucks by 2035. — The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection earlier this week adopted a rule to phase out diesel-powered trucks – meaning anything bigger than a delivery van – starting in

January 3, 2022 Read Full Article

Top 10 Predictions for the Advanced Bioeconomy in 2022

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we sail into 2022? Not the good ship Digest! Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and offer our predictions for the year ahead. As the sunset of 2021 gives way to the dawn of 2022, once again roll

January 3, 2022 Read Full Article

Viewpoint: RD, Fuel Demand Weigh on California LCFS

by Elliott Blackburn (Argus Media) New low-carbon fuel supplies will add pressure in 2022 on California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credits already trading near three-year lows. California this year recorded some of the nation’s largest drops in transportation fuel demand compared with pre-pandemic levels in 2019. The slump in associated

December 30, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. Reverses Trump Effort to Quash California Vehicle Emissions Rules

by David Shepardson (Reuters) The Biden administration on Tuesday finalized a reversal of a rule issued under then-U.S. President Donald Trump that sought to pre-empt California’s vehicle emissions regulations. The Department of Transportation said it was issuing final rules rescinding the Trump action, which sought to bar the most populous state

December 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Producers, Advocates Aim for Net-Zero Ethanol by 2050

by Susanne Retka Schill (Great Plains Institute) As US and world leaders engage on climate change and carbon reduction efforts, leaders in the American ethanol industry have announced pledges and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The country’s largest ethanol producer, POET LLC, and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA),

December 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Portland, Oregon, Metro Area Buses Begin Fueling with Renewable Diesel

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) TriMet announced it has begun using a blend of 99 percent renewable diesel and 1 percent petroleum in its buses running routes throughout the tri-county metro area of Portland, Oregon. The transit-service provider says it had previously used a biodiesel blend. “As Oregon’s largest consumer

December 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Arlington, OR Awarded Third BDO Zone Designation in North America

(BDO Zone)  Port of Portland, SkyNRG Americas and Ecostrat are pleased to announce the issuance of a new Bioeconomy Development Opportunity Zone (BDO Zone) designation for Arlington, Oregon. The ‘A’ Rating for the biogenic portion of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) supply in Arlington’s BDO Zone is expected to drive new market

December 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Oregon Finalizes E15 Rule, to Take Effect in January

(Growth Energy) Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor applauded the State of Oregon for finalizing its rule to allow the sale of a fifteen percent ethanol blend (E15) throughout the state. The rule will take effect in January 2022. “Access to higher blends of renewable fuels is a win for Oregon drivers and the environment. By

December 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Research Pushes Auto Industry Closer to Clean Cars Powered by Direct Ethanol Fuel Cells

by Steve Lundeberg (Oregon State University/TechXplore)  Alternative-energy research at Oregon State University is charting a path toward the mass adoption of clean cars powered by direct-ethanol fuel cells. Zhenxing Feng of the OSU College of Engineering helped lead the development of a catalyst that solves three key problems long associated with

November 30, 2021 Read Full Article

SkyNRG Americas Highlights Pathway to Global Aviation’s Sustainable Future During COP26 Climate Summit

(SkyNRG Americas/PR Newswire) – Urges aviation stakeholders to coalesce around a shared vision that materially reduces the industry’s environmental footprint –  SkyNRG Americas, a leader in sustainable aviation fuel (“SAF”) and pioneer of SAF sourced from biogas methane, today reinforced the vital importance of forging a truly sustainable future for global

November 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Biogas Now & Beyond

by Anna Simet  (Biomass Magazine) Market momentum, potential and policy were some of the main discussion topics at the virtual Biogas Americas conference.  —  … With 2,200-plus operating systems in all 50 states, the U.S. biogas market seems sizeable. According to the American Biogas Council’s tally, it currently consists of

November 8, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. DOE Announces $199 Million to Reduce Emissions from Cars & Trucks

(U.S. Department of Energy/Clean Technica)  25 Research, Development, and Demonstration Projects Will Advance Electrification of Freight Trucks, Reduce Vehicle Emissions and Improve Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure —  Vice President Kamala Harris joined U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm in New York yesterday to announce the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

November 4, 2021 Read Full Article

As Demand for Green Energy Grows, Solar Farms Face Local Resistance

by Ellen Rosen (New York Times) Developers say industrial-scale farms are needed to meet the nation’s climate goals, but locals are fighting back against what they see as an encroachment on their pastoral settings.  READ MORE As Demand for Green Energy Grows, Solar Farms Face Local Resistance (Lightlynews.com)  As Solar

November 3, 2021 Read Full Article

TriMet Drives Oregon’s Transportation Industry toward a Cleaner Air Future with Shift to Renewable Diesel

by Roberta Altstadt (TriMet News) Oregon’s largest consumer of diesel to cut carbon footprint by more than half in less than a year’s time  — On Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, TriMet’s Board of Directors unanimously supported TriMet’s latest step to reduce our carbon footprint—shifting to renewable diesel to power our diesel fixed-route

November 2, 2021 Read Full Article

California Spill Triggers New Calls against Drilling

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy)  … The California oil spill is drawing scrutiny in Washington, with the White House closely monitoring the situation and Democratic lawmakers pushing to curtail offshore drilling. … OC OIL SPILL SPURS CALLS FOR ENDING OFFSHORE DRILLING: Local, state and federal forces are joining with industry

October 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Shell Starts Production at Its First U.S. Renewable Natural Gas Facility

(Shell U.S./NGV Journal) Shell Oil Products US, subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, has successfully achieved startup and production at its first U.S. biomethane facility, Shell New Energies Junction City in Oregon. The plant utilizes locally sourced cow manure and excess agricultural residues to produce an expected 736,000 MMBtu a year

September 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Democrats Prep Carbon Tax Option to Pay for Spending Bill

by Laura Davison, Ari Natter, and Jennifer A Dlouhy (Bloomberg) Carbon tax gains momentum as talks on spending bill heat up; Plan would use tax proceeds to send cash payments to Americans —  Senate Democrats are developing a carbon-tax proposal that could potentially be used to offset some of the costs

September 27, 2021 Read Full Article

ECB Group Renewable Diesel Project in Latin America Uses Unique Hydrogen Integration Design

by Dan Szeezil (Renewable Fuels, Honeywell/Biofuels Digest) The first renewable diesel project in South America will be built in Paraguay. The Omega Green renewable fuel complex developed by ECB Group has an investment cost of more than $800 million and is the largest private investment in the country’s history. The facility

September 15, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Announces Nearly $65 Million for Biofuels Research to Reduce Airplane and Ship Emissions

(U.S. Department of Energy) Projects align with administration’s new goal of decarbonizing the aviation sector by 2050 – –  As part of a White House roundtable to launch the Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) Grand Challenge to decarbonize the aviation sector by 2050, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $64.7 million in funding for projects focused on producing cost-effective, low-carbon biofuels. These investments will advance technologies to create replacements for petroleum fuels used in heavy-duty forms of transportation, like airplanes and

September 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Fuel Refinery Project to Break Ground in 2023, Looks to Invest $1.5 Billion in Natchez

(The Natchez Democrat) Velocys could break ground on a $1.5 billion bio-refinery plant at the Belwood Industrial Park as early as 2023, officials have said. The Bayou Fuels project in Natchez would specialize in the production of environmentally friendly fuel, especially jet fuel, made from woody biomass that would otherwise be waste

September 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Big Changes in Renewable Diesel & SAF Feedstock Partnerships

by Will Thurmond (Emerging Markets Online/Biofuels Digest) A new study titled Renewable Diesel and Sustainable Aviation 2030, Vol 2  (September, 2021) has discovered some surprising answers and useful insights to key questions regarding feedstock availability, scale up, partnerships and from 2020 to 2030 where many states and nations have targets. For example,

September 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Sustainable Jet Fuel Incentives Make Wish List for Spending Bill

by Lillianna Byington (Bloomberg Government) Lawmakers and industry are pushing for incentives to make flying greener as part of a $3.5 trillion tax and spending bill. Democrats, who are prioritizing environmental projects in budget negotiations, say they see support for provisions such as a sustainable aviation fuel tax credit among their caucus. American

September 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Zenith Energy Announces Significant Increase in Supply of Renewable Fuel for the Pacific Northwest

(Zenith Energy/PR Newswire) Zenith Energy, a global operator of independent liquid storage terminals, announced today a nearly three-fold increase in the amount of low-carbon, renewable diesel to be handled and stored at the Portland facility. This increase is the result of a new, long-term commitment with an existing customer who is committed to

August 31, 2021 Read Full Article

Minnesota Lawmakers Look to Low-Carbon Fuel Standards as a Way to Address Transportation Emissions

by Walker Orenstein (MinnPost)  Unlike the Clean Cars regulations — a controversial mandate from Gov. Tim Walz’s administration — the low-carbon fuel standard is noteworthy for its broader political support. — Brian Jennings, CEO of the American Coalition for Ethanol: “Since California enacted the Low Carbon Fuel Standard in 2011,

August 25, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $24 Million to Capture Carbon Emissions Directly From Air

(U.S. Department of Energy) Nine Research Projects Will Advance Cost-Effective Carbon Capture Technologies  — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $24 million in funding for nine research projects to explore and develop new methods of capturing and storing carbon from the air. Direct Air Capture (DAC) is an expanding field in decarbonization and a key facet of the plan to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.  “Finding ways to remove and store carbon directly from

August 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Faster and Cheaper Ethanol-to-Jet-fuel on the Horizon

(Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/Phys.Org) A patented process for converting alcohol sourced from renewable or industrial waste gasses into jet or diesel fuel is being scaled up at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with the help of partners at Oregon State University and the carbon-recycling experts at LanzaTech.

August 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Project Developer GCEH Provides Preliminary Q2 Financials, Camelina Update

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily)  Global Clean Energy Holdings Inc., the project developer retrofitting a petroleum refinery in Bakersfield, California, into a renewable diesel plant scaled at 230 million gallons a year, provided preliminary financials for the second quarter as well as an update on camelina development by its

August 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Scientists to Develop CO₂-Free Fermentation Technology amid Surging Demand for Low-Carbon Biofuel

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory) By Combining Electrochemistry With Fermentation, NREL’s Biorefining Process Could Both Increase Fuel Yields and Recycle Carbon Dioxide —  As much as one-third of the carbon in sugar is lost as carbon dioxide (CO2) during fermentation processes that use biomass to make renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel

July 29, 2021 Read Full Article

California’s LCFS Is Successfully Proliferating. Is It Also Successfully Decarbonizing Transport?

by Kendra Seymour (Stillwater Associates) As explained in our LCFS 101 Beginner’s Guide and LCFS 101 Update articles, California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) aims to reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses (GHGs) by reducing the average carbon intensity (CI) of transportation fuels that are used in California. Overall program compliance is generally achieved through the

July 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Metro’s Waste Hauler Switches to Renewable Diesel, Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

by Arashi Young (Oregon Metro)  … Last August Metro made the switch to renewable diesel in its waste hauling operations resulting in at least a 65% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions. Jenna Garmon, Metro’s sustainability manager, visited the Metro Council work session Tuesday, June 29, to report about the impacts of

July 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Avangrid Outlines US Green Hydrogen Vision

(ReNewsBiz)  Avangrid has submitted green hydrogen project concepts on the US east and west coasts in response to the Department of Energy’s request for information (RfI). The green hydrogen project concepts are in the states of Connecticut, New York, Maine, Oregon and also on the US Gulf Coast in the south-west. The

July 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Modeling for Biorefineries: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Red Rock Biofuels De-Risking Feedstock

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)Optimizing and de-risking the deployment of biomass gasification processes by implementing physics-based simulations of feed handling and transportation unit operations was NREL’s goal as they did modeling and simulations to support Red Rock Biofuels during design and build of their commercial facility. Find out more about

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article
Carbon Solutions Lunch & Learn: Rethinking Biodiesel   —   July 15, 2021   —   Portland, OR and ONLINE

Carbon Solutions Lunch & Learn: Rethinking Biodiesel — July 15, 2021 — Portland, OR and ONLINE

Rethink what you know about biodiesel! Join us for lunch on July 15th to learn about how your fleet could be sustainable! Rethink what you know about biodiesel! Learn how Optimus Technologies is making biodiesel possible again. Their advanced fuel system technology can solve carbon emissions problems by enabling diesel trucks

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Oregon to Allow E15 Sales

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed into law legislation enabling the sales of 15 percent ethanol blended fuel (E15) in Oregon. Under current law, Oregon requires that gasoline sold for use in motor vehicles be blended with up to 10 percent ethanol (E10). The new legislation sets 10 percent

June 24, 2021 Read Full Article

NEXT Updates Timeline, Budget for Fuel Plant

by Anna Del Savio (Pamplin Media Group/Columbia County Spotlight)  NEXT Renewable Fuels now aiming for 2024 opening for Port Westward fuel production facility. READ MORE Port Westward Renewable Diesel Project (Oregon.gov) Renewable diesel fuel refinery will be union built and operated (NWLaborPress.org) Controversial biofuel plant planned on 118 acres of

June 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Star Oilco Delivers Sustainable Fuels to Oregon, in Near-Zero Carbon Trucks Using Optimus Technologies’ Vector System

(Morning Ag Clips/Optimus Technologies) Star Oilco demonstrates Oregon’s 2050 80% GHG emission reduction target is achievable today by implementing 100% biodiesel advanced fuel system  —  Optimus Technologies announced today that Star Oilco, one of Oregon’s leading oil and fuel service providers, has achieved massive carbon emission reductions in their heavy-duty fleet operations

June 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Roadmap Lays out Path to Renewable Hydrogen Growth in the Pacific Northwest

by David Wagman (PV Magazine)  The plan calls to “lead with projects” that produce renewable hydrogen and deliver it to customers. — The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure (CSI) and the Renewable Hydrogen Alliance released what they are calling the Pacific Northwest Renewable Hydrogen Action Plan, which offers an agenda for policy,

May 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuels Industry Wary of Tech-Neutral Tax Credit Absent CI Model Changes

by Patrick Newkumet (OPIS)  Alternative low-carbon fuel producers would receive tax credits for reaching net-zero emissions under a U.S. Senate bill introduced last month, but biofuel industry stakeholders are concerned they will find it difficult to reach that target by 2030 unless the government revises its count of the carbon intensity

May 21, 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

Representatives Introduce Legislation Aimed at Reducing GHG Emissions

by Matthew Mercure (NGT News) U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., have introduced the Green Transportation Act.  The legislation directs cities and states to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the transportation sector. The sector represents the single largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S., which makes tracking

May 18, 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

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

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

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

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

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

April 22, 2021 Read Full Article

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

Biofuel Groups, States File Amicus Briefs in SCOTUS SRE Case

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The Advanced Biofuels Association, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, the National Biodiesel Board and a group of eight states on March 31 filed amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court urging the court to affirm the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals’ January 2020 ruling

April 1, 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

Ardmore Shipping Confirms JV To Deliver Hydrogen Fuel Cells to the Marine Sector

(Marine Insight/MI News Network)  Ardmore Shipping Corporation has announced that it has formed and invested in a new joint venture with Element 1 Corp. (E1) and Maritime Partners, LLC to bring E1’s unique methanol-to-hydrogen technology to the marine sector. The three parties will establish an equal share partnership to form ‘e1

March 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Oregon Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Ban the Sale of ‘Petroleum’ Diesel at Gas Stations Starting in 2024

by Ashley (cdl life) Oregon House Republicans have called the bill a “declaration of war against the working class.” — A member of the Oregon House of Representatives has introduced a bill that would outlaw the sale of “petroleum” diesel fuel in some counties in just a few years —

March 11, 2021 Read Full Article

5 Key Tech Takeaways: Highlights from Tech Presented at ABLC 2020

by Iacovos Vasalos (Center for Research and Technology-Hellas/Biofuels Digest) This report summarizes highlights from the ABLC 2020 Biofuels Digest Virtual Conference, which took place in July 7-10, 2020. (And if you haven’t already registered for this year’s ABLC Digital on May 3-7, 2021, check it out now here.) There were almost 100

March 10, 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

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: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Going beyond the utilization of difficult to process solid waste feedstocks to produce advanced, sustainable biofuels, Velocys is also now using carbon capture usage and storage of CO2 at their plants that will enable net negative emissions transportation fuels. Find out the limits, the scale-up

February 16, 2021 Read Full Article

In Motion: Renewable Diesel Moves through Clatskanie

(The Chief)  Global Partners has received and will ship its first load of renewable diesel at the Port of Columbia County in Clatskanie. Since 2016, Global Partners has been storing and handling another biofuel, ethanol, at the Clatskanie facility. In July, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality approved permits for Global

February 10, 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

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

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

Will 2021 Be the Year for Environmental Justice Legislation? States Are Already Leading the Way

by Kristoffer Tigue (Inside Climate News) The new state laws address the disproportionate impact of climate change and pollution on communities of color. Joe Biden is promising to do the same in Washington. — In Oregon, new legislation would require state officials to consider the “cumulative” impact on neighborhoods already overburdened

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

NW Natural and BioCarbN Form Innovative Renewable Natural Gas Partnership with Tyson Foods

(Business Wire) RNG supply will be dedicated to NW Natural Oregon customers —  NW Natural, a subsidiary of NW Natural Holding Company (NYSE: NWN), is partnering with BioCarbN, a developer and operator of sustainable infrastructure projects, to convert methane from some of Tyson Foods facilities into renewable natural gas (RNG) to

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: Supreme Court to Hear Small-Refinery Exemption Appeal

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) The Supreme Court will review a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver that found EPA mishandled the small-refinery exemptions program in the Renewable Fuel Standard. The 10th Circuit ruling in January 2020 led the EPA to reject more

January 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Drop-in Sustainable Aviation Fuel: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Red Rock

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Red Rock Biofuels’ 8-year offtake agreements with FedEx and Southwest Airlines are driving the advanced biofuels production facility to convert waste woody biomass into renewable drop-in jet, diesel and gasoline blendstock fuels at a conversion rate of about 166,000 BDT/year of woody biomass into about

January 9, 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

‘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

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

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

How Natural Gas Utilities Are Developing the RNG Market in a Decarbonizing World—Webinar Review

by Hannah DelSordo* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The December 15th webinar discussed how natural gas utilities are developing the renewable natural gas (RNG) market in a decarbonizing world. This event featured speaker Philip Sheehy, the technical director of transportation and energy at ICF, Josh Linton strategic planning analyst at ONE Gas,

December 17, 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

Carson Inks Extended Renewable Fuel Agreement with Neste

by Matthew Mercure (NGT News) Carson, a company that specializes in the fuel, lubricant, trucking and vehicle industries, has extended its renewable diesel agreement with Neste, a producer of renewable fuels, into a multi-year contract. Through this partnership, Carson will be able to continue to provide its government and commercial customer base

December 10, 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

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

Capito to Confront Climate in EPW Role

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso’s decision to relinquish the Environment and Public Works Committee gavel in favor of the Energy and Natural Resources chair has shifted new attention to Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.). She is widely assumed to be his successor at EPW, although committee

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

Wyden Introduces Legislation to Improve Soil Health, Crop Resilience and Address the Climate Crisis

(Office of Senator Ron Wyden, D-OR)  U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. introduced legislation to help address the climate crisis by encouraging farming practices that improve soil health and crop resilience and lower the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. “In 2020 alone, the climate crisis has delivered devastating wildfires, severe droughts and floods

November 16, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. Gain to Supply RNG to Oregon Bus Fleet

(Bioenergy Insight)  U.S. Gain has been chosen to supply renewable natural gas (RNG) to Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD) to fuel its bus fleet. The agreement will support RVTD’s mission of providing quality public transport while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. RVTD’s general manager, Julie Brown, said the company was excited

October 27, 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

National Laboratories Point to Sugars as a Key Factor in Ideal Feedstock for Biofuels

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  NREL, Oak Ridge Scientists Reveal Economics Must Include More Than Size of Poplar Trees  — Popular wisdom holds that tall, fast-growing trees are best for biomass, but new research by two U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories reveals the size of trees is only part of the

October 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Shell Takes off with New SAF Deal alongside Red Rock

(Biofuels International)  Red Rock and Shell have entered into a cellulosic fuel purchase and sale agreement. The agreement will see Shell purchase Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and cellulosic renewable diesel fuel from Red Rock’s new biorefinery in Lakeview, Oregon. Shell will distribute the SAF to Red Rock’s existing airline customers

October 16, 2020 Read Full Article

DEQ Agrees to Review Global Air Quality Permit: State Reconsidering Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery Air Emissions Permit Following Petition from Environmental Groups

by Anna Del Savio (Columbia County Spotlight) The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has agreed to reconsider an air quality permit it approved for the Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery earlier this year. The environmental advocacy groups Columbia Riverkeeper, Northwest Environmental Defense Center and Neighbors for Clean Air formally petitioned DEQ to reassess the permit

October 14, 2020 Read Full Article

The Roundest Fuel That Ever Was – Suburban Propane Acquires a 39 Percent Stake in Oberon Fuels – the How, the Why, the Progress with DME Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … DME doesn’t stand for Doesn’t Make Emissions or Dirty Methane Eliminated but might as well, since Dimethyl Ether has the potential to do both. Lots of fuels can reduce or eliminate greenhouse gas emissions, and several technologies use methane. What makes this one so special?

October 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste MY Renewable Diesel Available at More than 100 Sales Points in the Netherlands

(Neste) Neste, the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel and the 3rd most sustainable company in the world*, celebrates reaching the milestone of 100 Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ sales points in the Netherlands. Neste MY Renewable Diesel, produced from 100% renewable raw materials, was launched on the Dutch market in October

September 28, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

September 7, 2020 Read Full Article

How Farming Has Changed in Every State the Last 100 Years

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

September 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Senate Climate Crisis Committee Report Supports Biofuels in New Report

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

August 27, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

August 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Biogas Offtake Opportunities for Digesters

(BioCycle Magazine) On July 29, 2020, NW Natural, the largest natural gas utility in Oregon, issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for renewable natural gas (RNG) procurement. The RFP follows the adoption of final rules for 2019’s Oregon Senate Bill 98, which established a pathway for natural gas utilities in Oregon to procure

August 12, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

August 7, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

July 30, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

July 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Emerging Markets Publishes Renewable Diesel 2030 Report

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

July 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Oregon Approves Permit Adding Renewable Diesel To Columbia River Transloading Facility

by Monica Samayoa (Oregon Public Broadcasting) The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has approved a final permit for an ethanol terminal to begin transloading renewable diesel. That’s despite receiving thousands of comments arguing against the permit, which still allows the facility to process crude oil. On June 30, the DEQ approved a renewal for

July 7, 2020 Read Full Article

CSI’s 2040 Blueprint for Pacific Northwest: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Clean Materials from Waste

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This slide guide offers a vision and roadmap — a ‘blueprint’ — for the Pacific Northwest to transform its increasingly outdated solid waste management system by 2040, at a time when waste leaders are grappling with the most profound set of challenges they have faced in

June 30, 2020 Read Full Article

CARB Adopts Rule Requiring State Transition from Diesel Trucks

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

June 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Oregon DEQ Releases Timeline for Clean Fuels Program Expansion

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on May 18 announced it has submitted detailed information to Gov. Kate Brown on how it plans to carry out her March 10 executive order that set a new goal for greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction. The plans submitted by DEQ include

June 2, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

June 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Increasing Renewable Natural Gas Adoption in Pacific Northwest Fleets

(U.S. Gain/NGV Journal) U.S. Gain is now the largest renewable natural gas supplier in Oregon, through supply agreements with Salem Area Mass Transit District, Gresham Sanitary Service, Heiberg Garbage & Recycling and Pride Disposal. This news comes shortly after U.S. Gain announced their biomethane supply agreement with the Port of Seattle

May 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Oregon State University: Researchers Make Key Advance Toward Production of Important Biofuel

(The Register Guard) An international research collaboration has taken an important step toward the commercially viable manufacture of biobutanol, an alcohol whose strong potential as a fuel for gasoline-powered engines could pave the path away from fossil fuels, according to news release from Oregon State University. The key breakthrough is the

May 25, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

May 20, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. Gain Supplies Oregon Companies with RNG

by Matthew Mercure (NGT News) U.S. Gain, a company that specializes in the development, procurement and distribution of renewable natural gas (RNG) for the transportation and energy markets, says it has become the largest RNG supplier in Oregon through supply agreements with Salem Area Mass Transit District, Gresham Sanitary, Heiberg Garbage

May 19, 2020 Read Full Article
WEBINAR:  Forum Insights: Looking at Key Sectors of the Pacific Northwest’s Economy – Ag, Construction, Goods Movement and More  —  May 27, 2020    FREE

WEBINAR: Forum Insights: Looking at Key Sectors of the Pacific Northwest’s Economy – Ag, Construction, Goods Movement and More — May 27, 2020 FREE

Exploring air quality, climate and energy profiles in key sectors of the region including transportation, ports, agriculture, construction, power generation and more. This session is designed for anyone interested in learning more about trucks, construction and farm equipment use in Oregon and Washington State and the clean air, climate and

May 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Researchers Make Key Advance toward Production of Important Biofuel

(Oregon State University/Phys.Org) An international research collaboration has taken an important step toward the commercially viable manufacture of biobutanol, an alcohol whose strong potential as a fuel for gasoline-powered engines could pave the path away from fossil fuels. The key breakthrough is the development of a new metal organic framework, or MOF,

April 28, 2020 Read Full Article

15 Newest Projects – Who’s Got What Underway?

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

April 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Now: Cost-Effective Solutions Include Diesel Engines and Advanced Biofuels

(Diesel Technology Forum)  States that have enacted greenhouse gas emissions reduction programs for the transportation sector, including low-carbon fuel requirements, are realizing significant reductions in carbon dioxide emissions thanks to the use of advanced biofuels including biodiesel and renewable diesel fuel in diesel engines, vehicles and equipment.   “As state leaders

April 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Now: Cost-Effective Solutions Include Diesel Engines and Advanced Biofuels

(Diesel Technology Forum) States that have enacted greenhouse gas emissions reduction programs for the transportation sector, including low-carbon fuel requirements, are realizing significant reductions in carbon dioxide emissions thanks to the use of advanced biofuels including biodiesel and renewable diesel fuel in diesel engines, vehicles and equipment.   “As state leaders

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Oregon Climate Change: Governor’s New Plan Leans on Supersizing the Clean Fuels Program

by Ted Sickinger (The Oregonian/OregonLive)  … The Clean Fuels Program has been humming along in the background for four years now, helping tamp down Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions at a nominal cost – pennies on the gallon so far. That’s a promising result. And it’s one the governor hopes to build on,

March 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Oregon Climate Change: Governor Signs Executive Order to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

by Ted Sickinger (The Oregonian/Oregon Live/Herald and News) With Republicans determined to block any movement on climate change in the Legislature, Gov. Kate Brown, as promised, has decided to end run them with a far-reaching use of her executive powers to achieve the same goals on a different path. Brown

March 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Gov. Jay Inslee’s Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Faces Tough Road ahead in Washington State

by Hal Bernton (Seattle Times) Gov. Jay Inslee’s campaign to clamp down on greenhouse gas emissions from the state’s transportation fuels, a high-profile goal throughout his two terms in office, faces a difficult road as the Washington state Legislature heads into the final two weeks of its session. Legislation passed by

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Port of Seattle Supports State-Wide Low Carbon Fuel Standard in Washington, US

(Biofuels International)  The Port of Seattle in the US state of Washington has supported the state-wide implementation of a low carbon fuel standard. The Port of Seattle Commission and executive director Stephen Metruck sent a letter to the Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee urging continued progress towards securing enactment

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

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