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Daily on Energy: Trump Quietly Makes New Energy Inroads in Brazil

by John Siciliano and Josh Siegel (Washington Examiner)  The Trump administration is quietly negotiating an energy partnership with Brazil, the largest economy in South America, to encourage more oil and natural gas

March 22, 2019 Read Full Article

The Social and Economic Benefits of Pricing Carbon

(New Climate Economy)  70 governments around the world (both national and provincial) are putting a price on carbon. These cover almost 20% of GHGs, up from just 4% 15 years ago. This

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Innovative Waste to Biofutures Project Funding DEADLINE: April 8, 2019

by Elisa Iannunzio (Energy Magazine)  The Queensland Government has opened up expressions of interest for its new $5 million Queensland Waste to Biofutures Fund (W2B Fund). The fund will help Queensland companies

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Energy Vision Urges N.Y. to Include Biomethane in Climate Legislation

(Energy Vision/Waste 360)  Energy Vision filed testimony with the New York State Legislature to include biomethane made from organic waste as a renewable energy source in the CCPA. —  Energy Vision, which

March 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Rural America Is Ready for Some Sort of a New Deal, Preferably Green

by Art Cullen (The Guardian)  Here in farming country we have the opportunity to rethink our approach to renewable energy and food production  —  … Meanwhile, we’re losing our precious topsoil and

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

McConnell Tees up Vote on Green New Deal

by Jordain Carney (The Hill)  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is setting up a fight over the Green New Deal later this month.  McConnell, wrapping up the Senate’s work for the week,

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

New Bill Plans Rise in Heating Oil Biodiesel Requirement in Rhode Island

(Biofuels International)  Representative Deborah Ruggiero has introduced a legislation that could help Rhode Island meet its carbon emissions reduction goals by phasing in higher percentages of biodiesel in heating oil sold

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Washington House Passes Clean-Fuels Legislation Sought by Inslee

by Joseph O’Sullivan and Hal Bernton (Seattle Times)  Washington House Democrats approved clean-fuels legislation Tuesday night after overcoming fierce Republican opposition that was expressed in an hourslong floor debate. House Bill

March 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Vox Argues The Media’s Coverage of the GND Lacks Substance

by Yoel Fessahaye and Monica Medina (Our Daily Planet)  The Green New Deal has been the subject of an avalanche of media coverage.  But other than the bumper sticker labels that

March 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Indonesia Plans to Fuel All Diesel Power Plants with CPO within Two Years

(Jakarta Post)  Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan says the government is giving state-owned electricity company PLN two years to fuel all diesel power plants in the country with biodiesel

March 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Carbon Price Jailbreak?

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The Republican-backed Climate Leadership Council says it will have GOP co-sponsors for its carbon price initiative in the third quarter. CLC Chief Executive Ted Halstead

March 12, 2019 Read Full Article

4 Actions to Accelerate Biofuels: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  International Energy Agency is an autonomous organization that works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 30 member countries and beyond. Dr. Paolo

March 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump’s $4.7T Plan Slashes Energy, Environment Programs

by George Cahlink (E&E News)  … The decision means EPA would face a 31 percent cut over current spending, DOE an 11 percent reduction and Interior a 14 percent decrease, budget documents show.

March 12, 2019 Read Full Article

RNG: Most Efficient Approach to Decarbonizing Buildings

by Marcus Gillette (Biomass Magazine/Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas)  Critics of natural gas have begun to call for 100 percent electrification of buildings to reduce GHG emissions from the sector.The better approach

March 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels for Air Travel Waiting For Takeoff

(Our Daily Planet)  Last week, leaders in the aviation sector met to discuss how to speed the development of the infrastructure and technology needed to wean airplanes off fossil fuels and onto

March 11, 2019 Read Full Article

S.Korea to Allow Biofuel Oil for Power Generation from March 15

by Jane Chung    (Reuters)   South Korean utilities will be allowed to use biofuel oil for power generation as part of the government’s efforts to reduce emissions and encourage the usage

March 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Green New Deal vs. Carbon Tax: A Clash of 2 Worldviews, Both Seeking Climate Action

by Marianne Lavelle (Inside Climate News)  The contest is elevating climate policy conversations on the campaign trail and in Washington. It could inspire compromises that bring together pieces of each. … On one

March 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Federal Agencies Release Framework for Advancing the Bioeconomy

(US Department of Agriculture)  The federal Biomass Research and Development (BR&D) Board today unveiled a multi-agency strategy to accelerate innovative technologies that harness the nation’s biomass resources for affordable biofuels, bioproducts,

March 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Nevada Bill Would Allow Gas Utilities to Engage in RNG Activities

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) Legislation recently introduced in Nevada would require the state’s Public Utilities Commission to adopt regulations authorizing natural gas utilities to engage in renewable natural gas (RNG)

February 27, 2019 Read Full Article

New Climate Resolution

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Senate Democrats remain divided on the Green New Deal as they face a vote on the nonbinding resolution before August recess. Their solution? Come

February 27, 2019 Read Full Article

UK’s AD Industry Welcomes Weekly Food Waste Collection in England

(Bioenergy Insight)  The UK government have published a consultation in which ministers have financially committed to funding local authorities to introduce weekly food waste collections for all households in England from

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Want a Green New Deal? Here’s a Better One.

(Washington Post)  We favor a Green New Deal to save the planet. We believe such a plan can be efficient, effective, focused and achievable. The Green New Deal proposed by

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Green for the Common Man

by Douglas L. Faulkner and Gerard J. Ostheimer (Biofuels Digest)  Out of the climate change cacophony, two notes that ring true for us are:  1) No climate fixes can be made without

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

The Next Money Crop for Farmers: Solar Panels

by Genevieve Bookwalter (Washington Post)  … Across the flatlands of Illinois, a new crop is rising among the traditional waves of grain as farmers increasingly make the same calculation as (Randy)

February 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Interests Comment on Canada Clean Fuel Standard

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Growth Energy, and the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) jointly submitted comments this week supporting the Canadian Clean Fuel Standard. The comments to

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Republicans Shift on Climate

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Republicans appear to be changing their tone and launching fewer attacks on climate science. Instead, some in the party have touted longstanding support for innovation

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels Basics: 6 Essential Points to Know about Biofuels

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Asked recently to summarize the most important points about biofuels, here’s my top 6 list:  Biofuels have a vital role to play in getting

February 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Success Stories: 20% in 2034, That Will Be Like Taking 175,000 Cars off the Road

(National Biodiesel Board)  Policymakers in New York City are determined to reduce harmful emissions from energy sources, and they have made biodiesel a linchpin in that effort. New York City

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Low Hanging Fruit on the Climate Change Tree: Renewable Fuels in Gas and Diesel Engines

(Diesel Technology Forum)  As more governors look to California for leadership on climate change, they should look to what’s working in California…and it doesn’t have to do with electric cars, but

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Putting Anaerobic Digestion at the Heart of Scotland’s Circular Economy

(Bioenergy Insight) Charlotte Morton, chief executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA), sets out the role that AD can play in helping Scotland meet its climate-change and waste targets. On

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

The Green New Deal Is Generating Lots of Left-Wing Enthusiasm. But Not Every Democrat Is on Board.

by Dino Grandoni (Washington Post)  … But fault lines within the Democratic caucus were already visible before the end of the day, with some members urging caution about setting vague and,

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Lisa Murkowski Sees ‘Green New Deal’ as Opportunity to Push Stalled Energy Bill

by Josh Siegel (Washington Examiner) Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said Wednesday the push for a “Green New Deal” could provide an opportunity for her to revive a comprehensive energy bill she

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA Could Immediately Increase Volume of Low-Carbon Biofuels by Over 50 Percent

by Jesse Stolark (Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  The EPA is leaving 200 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels on the table, according to the newly formed Biomass Power Coalition, a group of

February 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Wall Street Is More Than Willing to Fund the Green New Deal

by Katia Dmitrieva and Emily Chasan (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Investing in the environment is already a $12 trillion market. Now markets are just looking for guidance from Congress.  — … But those

February 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Aemetis Begins Permitting, Construction of RNG Project

(Aemetis) Aemetis Inc. announced today that it has initiated the permitting and construction phase of its multi-dairy renewable biomethane digester cluster.  In July 2018, the California Department of Food & Agriculture

February 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Canada Invests in Biomass Research Cluster to Grow Bioeconomy

by Maria Church (Canadian Biomass Magazine)  The federal government is investing of up to $7 million in a biomass research cluster led by the BioFuelNet Canada Network. Funding for the research

February 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels in the 2019 Minnesota Legislative Session

by Timothy J. Rudnicki (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) … To keep the focus on lowering barriers for biofuel producers and providing the growing number of motorists greater access to biofuels, we

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Republican Lawmakers Face Pressure to Propose ‘Green New Deal’ Alternative

by Josh Siegel (Washington Examiner)  Republicans who want to combat climate change say their party should avoid the temptation of rejecting the progressive “Green New Deal” without proposing an alternative. “If

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Agricultural Biomass: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Ag Waste and Purpose Grown Crops

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Glenn Farris, of Farris Advisory Services and a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting offers this illuminating prediction of the future of ag waste and purpose grown

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Clean Energy’s Dirty Secret

(Energy Today/The Economist)  … To get from here to there requires huge amounts of investment over the next few decades, to replace old smog-belching power plants and to upgrade the pylons

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

2. The Green New Deal Resolution Is Here

by Mike Allen and Alexi McCammond (Axios)  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) have unveiled their Green New Deal resolution — a call to arms on climate and

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Early Version of Ocasio-Cortez Green New Deal Touts Clean Power

by Ari Natter and Katia Dmitrieva (Bloomberg)  Draft of plan calls for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions; Final Ocasio-Cortez resolution expected to be released soon  —  Guaranteed jobs, health care, and housing are in a

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuel Sustainability Criteria ‘Blocked’ in EU Commission

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)  A delegated act determining the sustainability criteria of biofuels under the new renewable energy directive (RED II) has been blocked in the European Commission as some Commissioners found

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Potential Trade‐Offs of Employing Perennial Biomass Crops for the Bioeconomy in the EU by 2050: Impacts on Agricultural Markets in the EU and the World

(ResearchGate)  Perennial biomass crops (PBC) are considered a crucial feedstock for sustainable biomass supply to the bioeconomy that compete less with food production compared to traditional crops. However, large‐scale development of

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

UFOP Report on Global Market Supply 2018/2019: Combining Economically Viable Agriculture with Appropriate Agricultural Market and Climate Protection Policies

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Crops (UFOP))  The Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Crops (UFOP) has formulated its policy expectations on the occasion of the

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Global Action: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA Bioenergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergyhas several new tasks moving forward including Flexible Bioenergy and System Integration, climate and sustainability effects of bioenergy within the broader bioeconomy (broadening of Task

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Climate Change 2020: Can the Democrats Make It an Election Issue?

by Emily Holden and David Smith (The Guardian)  Several hopefuls are embracing the effort for a Green New Deal – but success will require overcoming legislative hurdles  —  … It (Kentuckians for the

February 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Expands “Disappearing Gas Tax” Proposal to Highlight Environmental Justice Issues

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  With so much talk about carbon taxes, carbon pricing, carbon cost and highway user fee increases, Advanced Biofuels USA updated its proposal for a

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Ocado Invests £3 Million into Biomethane

(Bioenergy Insight)  UK fuel supplier Gasrec announced in a press release that British online supermarket Ocado has launched a £3 million (€3.4 million) investment into a natural gas refuelling station at

January 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Seattle International Airport Switches to Renewable Natural Gas

(NGV Journal/Port of Seattle)  The Port of Seattle’s latest environmental innovation is pushing to make Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) International Airport the nation’s first airport heated entirely by renewable natural gas. The Port

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

New York Sets New Goals for 100% Clean Power, 70% Renewables

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Jan. 17, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the Green New Deal, a clean energy and jobs agenda that calls for the state to achieve

January 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Koda Energy Urges EPA to Process eRIN applications

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Shakopee, Minnesota-based Koda Energy LLC is urging the U.S. EPA to promptly process applications to allow biomass power facilities to participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard

January 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Sugar Has Potential to Be Energy Future of SA

by Francois Baird (FairPlay/Saturday Star/IOL) … There is so much more to sugar cane than sugar, and its potential to create a healthier energy future is but one of many good

January 23, 2019 Read Full Article

REA Launches Bioenergy Review with New Call for Evidence

(Renewable Energy Association)  The Renewable Energy Association has launched a major new review of the future of bioenergy in the UK;  The new review follows the Committee on Climate Change’s estimate that

January 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Proposed Solar Energy Developments Draw Opposition Over Loss of Farmland

by Alison Knezevich (Washington Post)  Gary Atkinson sees new potential for the fields that have long yielded corn and soybeans on his northern Baltimore County farm. A Seattle-based energy company, OneEnergy

January 20, 2019 Read Full Article

2019: We Need an All-In Climate Strategy

by Seth Ginther (U.S. Industrial Pellets Association (USIPA)/Biofuels Digest)  … There is no one panacea for climate change; rather, we need an all-of-the-above renewable energy strategy that includes wood biomass combined with

January 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Final Version Published of Renewable Energy Directive – RED II: DIRECTIVE (EU) 2018/2001

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  The final version of the Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (RED IIi) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

January 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Government Levels up Use of Biofuel in Power Generation

(Jakarta Post)  The government is working to further increase the domestic use of biofuel as part of the policy to reduce oil imports. After requiring the use of biofuel for transportation,

January 9, 2019 Read Full Article

A Rightful Role in the RFS: The Electric Vehicle Market Is Predicted to Soar, and, Pending Overdue Action by the U.S. EPA, Biomass Power Producers Are Positioned to Help Meet Goals Set Forth in the Renewable Fuel Standard.

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  … The vast complexities of the RFS extend far beyond these components, but a much lesser-known provision is beginning to attract attention—the role of renewable

January 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Pelosi Says House to Revisit Climate Plan Based on 2009 Bill

by Ari Natter and Anna Edgerton (Bloomberg) Bill with cap-and-trade plan passed House but died in Senate; Comments come as Democrats return climate change to agenda — The U.S. House will take up climate

January 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Republicans Push ‘Innovation’ as Climate Change Solution

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  GOP lawmakers are increasingly turning to a new refrain for their position on climate change, calling

January 7, 2019 Read Full Article

California Hydrogen Fuel Cell Summit

by Cory Shumaker (California Hydrogen Business Council/ACT News)  The California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC) hosted its 6thannual California Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Summit

January 7, 2019 Read Full Article

California Needs to Cut Emissions Now While Planning for the Future

by Thomas Lawson (California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition)  A new report from the California Air Resources Board confirms earlier data showing that greenhouse

January 7, 2019 Read Full Article

The Perpetually Expanding Veteran Startup: Armed with a Scrappy, Do-It-Yourself Attitude, New Leaf Biofuel’s Success Is a Testament to Its—and the Biodiesel Industry’s—Perseverance.

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  … One major difference, however, is that this vertically integrated biodiesel company has Jennifer Case at

January 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Wood Pellets: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to IEA Bioenergy Task 40

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) IEA Bioenergy Task 40’s aim is to focus on international bioenergy technology potential, barriers, and trade as

January 4, 2019 Read Full Article

State of the Bioeconomy

by Wayne Lee and Mark J Riedy (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP/Biofuels Digest) At present, the

January 4, 2019 Read Full Article

India Makes Breakthrough in Biofuel Development

by Haley Zaremba (OilPrice.com)  … The latest headline to come from efforts of scientists around the globe is a new discovery by

January 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Europe’s Next Biofuels Move: Promoting European Ethanol Key to Europe’s Long-Term Environmental Goals.

by Emmanuel Desplechin (ePURE, the European Renewable Ethanol Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   … First, it opens the door to a more effective approach

January 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Creating Trust in Bioenergy: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to IEA Bioenergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy conducted research on various approaches to creating trust in sustainability of bioenergy through effective governance.

December 31, 2018 Read Full Article

A Carbon Price Can Benefit the Poor While Reducing Emissions

by Helen Mountford and Molly McGregor (World Resources Institute)  …  Recent research from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds

December 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Waste to Energy Major Priority of Govt: Vijay Raghavan

(SME Times)  Principal Scientific Advisor K Vijay Raghavan recently said that waste to energy and scaling up of commercially available technologies

December 27, 2018 Read Full Article

The Wonders Down Under: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Australia and the Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy Task 42’s goal is to contribute to the development and deployment of integrated biorefineries as

December 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Waste Accumulation Problems and Opportunities

by Zoltan Kish (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Biofuels Digest)  … In 2016, the Ontario government released its Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario [2], diverting our

December 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Assessing Bioenergy Sustainability: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to IEA Bioenergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy conducted work on sustainability assessments of bioenergy systems and the carbon balance of forest-based

December 26, 2018 Read Full Article

ABC: Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard Takes Step Forward

(Advanced Biofuels Canada/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In a significant development for the clean fuels sector, Environment and Climate Change Canada released today

December 21, 2018 Read Full Article

PKN ORLEN Invests in Biofuels of the Future

(Petrol Plaza)  PKN ORLEN is launching an operational programme for biofuels to be based on three pillars – building biofuel production

December 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Environmental Benefits of Energy Crops: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to University of Illinois Research

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign has been researching the economic incentives and policy implications of energy crops

December 21, 2018 Read Full Article

COP24, 2018 Farm Bill Give Agriculture a Voice, Climate Smart Tools

(Solutions from the Land)  As 2018 closes out, advocates for the role agriculture can play in facing a changing climate can

December 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Newsletter IEA Bioenergy Task 37: 12/2018

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  The latest IEA Bioenergy Task 37 Newsletter has been released. Highlights from the newsletter are: 11% more Swiss biogas

December 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Bioenergy in California: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to California Energy Commission R&D

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  California Energy Commission Research & Development aims to improve bioenergy’s value proposition and role in supporting California’s

December 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Senate Bill Seeks To Transition U.S. To 100 Percent Zero-Emission Vehicles:

(Bergeson & Campbell’s Clients and Friends Memorandum)  On November 28, 2018, Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), both senior

December 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Exclusive: Oil Giant ConocoPhillips Backs Carbon Tax Push

by Amy Harder (Axios)  In the latest sign of a global oil industry shifting on climate change, ConocoPhillips is now

December 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Opinions: Why the Time Has Come for a Green New Deal

by Katrina vanden Heuvel (Washington Post)  Almost 20 years ago, writer Mark Hertsgaard suggested a bold idea to upend the climate debate. Arguing that

December 18, 2018 Read Full Article

5,000 Compressed Bio Gas Plants Will Be Set up by 2023

(India Brand Equity Foundation)  Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan Sunday said around 5,000 Compressed Bio Gas (CBG) plants will

December 18, 2018 Read Full Article

The Blues of the Green: How Can Biofuel Be Used

by Shailaja Tripathi (The Hindu)  Close on the heels of the experiment done by a SpiceJet flight using biofuel, we take

December 17, 2018 Read Full Article

California Supports Pilot Projects to Demonstrate Biogas-to-Grid Potential

(California Public Utilities Commission/NGV Journal)  … Forty-five dairies will participate in the pilot projects, which will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions

December 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuel to Be Part of Lawmaker Energy Discussions

by Trey Mewes (Mankato Free Press)  Renewable fuels will likely play a role in environmental legislation DFL lawmakers bring to the

December 17, 2018 Read Full Article

British Airways Launches Sustainable Aviation Fuels University Challenge DEADLINE 1: January 18, 2019

(GreenAir Online)  British Airways is challenging UK academics to create a new generation of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) based on carbon

December 15, 2018 Read Full Article

The FORBIO Project: A Sustainable Alternative for Contaminated and Underutilized Lands

(Global Bioenergy Partnership)  The FORBIO (Fostering Sustainable Feedstock Production for Advanced Biofuels on underutilized land in Europe) Project gave stakeholders in

December 15, 2018 Read Full Article

US Ethanol Producers: We Are Oil’s Biggest Competitor, Cleaner Too

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EURACTIV)  Increasing ethanol use will help countries around the world meet their Paris Agreement climate goals in a cheaper

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Energy Department Seeks Information on Algae, Biomass, and Waste Feedstock Research — DE-FOA-00002020 FY 2019 Bioenergy Technologies Multi-Topic RFI DEADLINE: extended to January 18, 2019

(Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Study: ‘No Scientific Basis’ For Challenges To EPA Endangerment Finding

by Barbara Moran (WBUR News)  There’s more proof that greenhouse gases are dangerous to human health. That’s the conclusion of a study published Thursday in the

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Algae Agriculture Triumphs in Farm Bill Compromise

(Algae Biomass Organization)  In a historic day for the algae industry, the U.S. Senate Tuesday approved a Farm Bill compromise that dramatically expands

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Democrats Shift toward Impact on Jobs as Climate Change Moves to Front of 2020 Agenda

by Michael Sherer (Washington Post) … Democrats preparing to run for president have been rushing to shift their plans for combating climate

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

The Climate Battle: Fuels vs Emissions

by Amy Harder (Axios)  Getting off fossil fuels or reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a central sticking point emerging here

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Benefuel Looking to British Columbia for New Biodiesel Facility

(Benefuel Inc./Biodiesel Magazine)   Benefuel Inc. responded to British Columbia’s recently publicized climate change plan that included an expanded Low Carbon Fuel Standard

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Farm Bill Energy Title Contains Climate Tweaks, Slimmer Funding

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute) … While the bill is largely viewed as a status-quo farm bill, the

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Batteries Could Worsen CO2 Emissions — Study

by Christa Marshall (E&E News)  Home batteries like the Tesla Powerwall could spike greenhouse gas emissions significantly unless current policies governing

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Congress Urged to Investigate Why DOE Is Sitting on $600 Million in Clean Energy Funding

(Natural Resources Defense Council) The Natural Resources Defense Council today urged Congress to investigate why the Department of Energy (DOE) still

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Year of the Tree, CORSIA Fuels, Mabus’ Remarks, a Breakthrough on Woody Biomass?: Heard on the Floor at the CAAFI General Meeting

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  When the world’s leaders for sustainable aviation fuels have a general meeting the week before the

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels Lead Efforts to Protect the Climate

by Craig Willis (EurActiv/Growth Energy)  With every passing year, the pathway to a stable climate gets narrower and more difficult to

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

I’m Just a Bill: Incoming House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio Signaled He Was on Board with Nancy Pelosi’s Plan to Establish a Select Committee

(Politico’s Morning Energy) Incoming House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio signaled he was on board with Nancy Pelosi’s plan

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Pre-Flight Checklist for Biofuture Takeoff: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Biofuture Platform

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biofuture platformwas launched at COP22 by 20 countries and top representatives of FAO, IEA, IRENA, UNIDO,

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

2018 Farm Bill Helps Rural America Become More Resilient: Rural Economies Crucial to Combating Climate Change

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) commends the Farm Bill conferees and the House and Senate

December 12, 2018 Read Full Article

G20 Countries Must Act Quickly to Decarbonise The Transport Sector

(Agora Verkehrswende)  According to a new report, CO2 emissions from transport are still rising. If immediate action is not taken, more

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Rising Energy Consumption Slows EU Progress on Renewables and Energy Efficiency Targets

(European Enviroment Agency)  Progress on increasing the use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency is slowing across the European Union,

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Here’s How to Win on Climate-Change Policy

by Ted Halstead (Washington Post/Climate Leadership Council) … The real lesson to learn from these setbacks is that the political

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Congress Should End Electric Car Subsidies, Not Expand Them

by Liam Sigaud  (American Consumer Institute) … These subsidies overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy. Tesla buyers, for example, had an average household income of

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Clean Electricity, Clean Buildings and Clean Transportation: Inslee Plan Would Launch Comprehensive Clean Energy Transition and Significantly Drive Down Emissions

(Office of Washington State Governor Jay Inslee)  Gov. Jay Inslee was joined today by Democratic legislators and climate action supporters to

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

CleanBC Climate Plan Boosts British Columbia’s Signal for Renewable Fuel Use and Production

(Advanced Biofuels Canada/EIN Presswire)  Advanced Biofuels Canada lauds the Government of British Columbia for its new climate plan, with critical

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

The Hypocrisy Award II, EU Edition: 

(American Energy Society) 2nd place: More than nine countries and a dozen cities in Europe have announced they are going to

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“We’ve been intervening at every point to say (a) the UN’s Special Report says bioenergy is as important as electromobility

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

What’s the Buzz? Heard on the Floor at the COP24, on Renewable Fuels and More (Biofuture Platform)

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … “Pretty intense I’d say. Good.” notes Climate Ethanol Alliances’s James Cogan. “We’ve been in a

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Q&A: RED II Offers Flexibility to EU Member States

(Argus Media)  Angel Alvarez Alberdi is secretary general of the European Waste-to-Advanced Biofuels Association (EWABA). He spoke to Argus about the EU’s Renewable

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Why North Carolina’s Poultry Industry Isn’t Creating Biogas Like Hog Farms Are

by Elizabeth Ouzts (Energy News)  Poultry growers are under less pressure and have fewer incentives than hog farms to convert animal waste

December 8, 2018 Read Full Article

What’s Happening with Biomass?

by Hilary Crisan-Heavilin (Waste Today)  When a construction and demolition (C&D) recycling facility separates wood from other processed debris, it can

December 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Meet the Scholar Crafting the ‘Green New Deal’

by Hannah Northey (E&E News)  Think of it as the policy muscle behind the promised “Green New Deal.”  A policy group is

December 7, 2018 Read Full Article

New Report Finds EPA Could Be Doing Much More to Unlock Growth of Low-Carbon Biofuels

by Jesse Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … The industry has been unable to produce the volumes called for

December 7, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to ARPA-E’s Agro-Energy Programs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) advances high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

‘A Kind of Dark Realism’: Why the Climate Change Problem Is Starting to Look too Big to Solve

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  … William Nordhaus, the Yale University professor who just won the Nobel Prize for his

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

British Columbia Details Plan to Shift Homes, Cars to Clean Energy

by Julie Gordon (Reuters)  The Western Canadian province of British Columbia on Wednesday outlined the first measures it will take to

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

What Will it Take?: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Policies for the Biofuture Take-off

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Promote short term deployment of mature options, stimulate the development and deployment of new technologies, deliver

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

UPM and LSB Speak out over Finalised REDll Policy

(Biofuels International) The revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDll) policy, first outlined by The European Commission at the end of 2016, has now been

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Comment: Why BECCS Will Be Critical to Deliver an Affordable Energy System Transition in the UK

by Geraint Evans (Energy Technologies Institute (ETI)/Bioenergy Insight) … ‘Focus on locking away CO2’ says the CCC about the future of biomass

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Even in a Carbon-Constrained World, Fossil Fuels Remain Dominant: WoodMac

by Robert Walton (Utility Dive)  Even with rapid deployment of electric vehicles and the accelerated development of renewable energy resources,

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

NYSERDA Announces $19 Million Available to Accelerate the Use of Clean Energy Technologies on Farms

(North American Clean Energy/New York State Energy and Research Development Authority)  The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority(NYSERDA) announced

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

A Carbon Tax Wave? 7 States Considering Carbon Pricing to Fight Climate Change

by Marianne Lavelle (Inside Climate News)  Democratic election victories raised the odds of climate change policies succeeding, activists and analysts say.

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Bamboo: A Sustainable Alternative for Bioenergy Production in Indonesia?

by Monica Evans (Forest News)  Perennial plant grows well on degraded land, allows farmers to diversify income streams — … So, say

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Long-Term Decarbonisation Strategy: Bioenergy Recognised as a Key Contributor to Achieve a Net-Zero Carbon Economy by 2050

(Bioenergy Europe)  Today, the Commission has published its long-term strategy for emissions reduction looking at different options to reduce greenhouse gas

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

EEA Report Confirms: Electric Cars Are Better for Climate and Air Quality

(European Environment Agency)  Battery electric cars emit less greenhouse gases and air pollutants over their entire life cycle than petrol and

November 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Fueling the Future: Developing a More Efficient Process for Producing Biobased High-Octane Gasoline

by Zia Abdullah (U.S. Department of Energy)  Over the past five years, the market share for premium gasoline in the United

November 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Bipartisan Climate Fee Backers to Plant Flag During Lame Duck

by Dean Scott (Bloomberg Environment)  Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), two Republicans to introduce carbon fee bill that would return money to consumers; With

November 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Republicans Say They Want Free-Market Innovation. Then They Should Want a Carbon Tax.

by Catherine Rampell (Washington Post) … Alternatively, some Republicans suggest that, yes, the planet may be warming and, yes, humans may

November 27, 2018 Read Full Article

What Exactly Is the ‘Green New Deal’?

by Hannah Northey (E&E News Climatewire)  The proposal, drawing inspiration from President Franklin Roosevelt’s Depression-era New Deal, is one that progressives —

November 26, 2018 Read Full Article

ADBA Responds to Committee on Climate Change Reports

(Bioenergy Insight)  The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has published two new reports on land use and biomass and the Anaerobic

November 25, 2018 Read Full Article

European Parliament Admits Role of Biomethane to Decarbonize Mobility

(IVECO/NGV Journal)  The European Parliament, in its plenary session, has voted its official opinion and amendments to the European Commission’s proposal

November 24, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Aemetis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Aemetis owns and operates 110 million gallons per year of ethanol and biodiesel facilities in the

November 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Demanding Action: Youth Climate Activists Flooded Congressional District Offices

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Youth climate activists flooded congressional district offices around the country Tuesday at more than

November 21, 2018 Read Full Article

G20 Nations Still Led by Fossil Fuel Industry, Climate Report Finds

by Jonathan Watts (The Guardian)  Coal, oil and gas subsidies risking rise in global temperatures to 3.2C, well beyond agreed Paris

November 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Dems to Hold Two Days of Hearings on Climate

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  House Democrats are planning to hold two days’ worth of hearings on the impacts of climate change and

November 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Energy: New Ambitious Targets on Renewables and Energy Efficiency

(European Parliament)  32.5% increase in energy efficiency by 2030; Renewables must make up 32% of energy consumed by 2030; Push for second-generation

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

European Parliament Approves REDII

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Nov. 13, the European Parliament approved new targets for renewables, energy efficiency and second-generation

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Advice from the Environmental and Energy Study Institute: In the House, the key for biobased stakeholders will be 1) presenting

November 10, 2018 Read Full Article

2018 Midterm Elections—Implications for the Bioeconomy

by Jesse Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  And while the bioeconomy – biofuels, biobased products, chemicals, and more –

November 10, 2018 Read Full Article

APPA Claims Biofuel a Key Ingredient in Spain’s Energy Plan

(Renewable Energy Magazine)  Even if the ambitious goal to reach five million electric vehicles in Spain by 2030 is fulfilled, the

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

The Biofuture We Need: A Brief Video Introduction

(Biofuture Platform)  This short documentary film, prepared in partnership with BluOrange, presents an introduction to the main goals of the Biofuture

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Electricity and Biofuels Needed in Tandem to Meet Climate Goals, UN Report Says

by Gerardo Fortuna (EURACTIV) Some first generation biofuels like palm oil diesel gave bioenergy a bad name but recent scientific reports

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Lee Lynd issued a call to action in a recent Nature Biotechnology commentary: Three key measures should be part of any

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

The Grand Challenge of Cellulosic Biofuels

by Lee R. Lynd (Energy Today/Nature Biotechnology/Dartmouth College)  Why cellulosic biofuels have fallen short of expectations and what we can do

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Acting Administrator Wheeler, USDA Secretary Perdue, and DOE Secretary Perry Send Letter to Congress on Biomass Carbon Neutrality — Managed Forests Can Bolster Domestic Energy Production

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, along with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article
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