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Attis, Novozymes Collaborate on Biorefinery Technologies (Ind. Report)
Attis Industries,Novozymes
Date: 2019-01-18
Milton, Georgia-based Attis Industries Inc. reports it has inked an agreement with Copenhagen-headquartered Novozymes A/S under which Novozymes will supply enzymes to Attis' planned cellulosic ethanol biorefineries.

Attis has successfully converted the pulp extracted from its patented biomass processing into high yields of sugar using Novozymes' proprietary enzyme cocktails.

Initially, Attis and Novozymes will focus on optimizing the value of the biotechnology utilized in the Attis process. (Source: Attis Industries, Chemical Engineering, Jan., 2019) Contact: Attis Ind., Jeff Cosman, CEO, 678-580-5661, www.attisind.com; Novozymes, Peder Holk Nielsen, President and CEO, Tina Sejersgard Fano, VP Bioenergy, +45 44 46 00 00, www.novozymes.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Attis Industries,  Novozymes,  Biofuel,  


Etihad Flies First Flight Using UAE-made Biofuel (Int'l. Report)
Etihad Airways
Date: 2019-01-18
Following up on our November 3rd, 2017 coverage, Abu Dhabi, UEA-based Etihad Airways reports it has flown the world's first commercial flight using locally produced sustainable biofuel derived from plants grown in saltwater.

The biofuel was produced in the UAE by the not-for-profit Masdar Institute of Science and Technology's Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), a part of the Khalifa University of Science and Technology. The biofuel fuel was derived from oil in Salicornia plants grown on the two-hectare Seawater Energy and Agriculture System (SEAS) farm -- a desert ecosystem designed to produce fuel and food in saltwater -- in Masdar City. (Source: Etihad Airways, Trade Arabia News, 17 Jan., 2019)Contact: Etihad Aviation Group, Corporate Affairs, +971 50 818 9596, www.theetihadaviationgroup.com, www.etihad.com; Masdar Institute of Science and Technology Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), Masdar Institute, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ac.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News Etihad Airways,  Green Fuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  


Aemetis' Indian Plant Capacity Expansion Completed (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2019-01-16
Following up on our 23rd March, 2018 coverage, Cupertino, California-based Aemetis Inc. is reporting its Universal Biofuels subsidiary has completed a two-year upgrade of its biodiesel and glycerin plant in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India.

The work included a pre-treatment unit to process low-cost and low-waste feed stock into oil, the expansion of a boiler, and an environmental systems to enable the production of 50 million gpy of biodiesel and bio-oil while simultaneously operating the biodiesel, pre-treatment and glycerin refining units. At full capacity, the plant is expected to be able to refine approximately 5 million gpy of glycerin.

The Indian Government is seeking to increase domestic biodiesel consumption from the present 1 pct biodiesel blend to 5 pct of the total petroleum diesel consumption. To that end, the government reduced the Goods & Services Tax (GST) on biodiesel from 18 pct to 12 pct to support the industry. (Source: Aemetis, PR, Chemicals Technology, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, investors@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Biodiesel,  


Water Hyacinth, Oil Seed Tree Biofuels Investigated in India (Int'l)
Punjab Forest Department
Date: 2019-01-16
In the sub-continent, at the recent Punjab Forest Department Consultation on Tree-Borne Oilseed -based Biofuels conference held in Mohali, the Forest announced it has sent samples of several Indian invasive plant species -- including lantana, water hyacinth, and Arundonex -- to the Indian Institute of Petroleum (IPP) for investigation as possible biodiesel production feed stocks.

Punjab is preparing a baseline data base of the area's more than 400 oilseed -bearing trees as well as investigating indigenously designed and tested machinery and equipment suitable for bi -diesel transportation fuel production from lantana, water hyacinth, arundonex and oil seed bearing trees. (Source: Punjab Forest Department, Times of India, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: Indian Institute of Petroleum, +91 135 252 5722, www.iip.res.in; Punjab Forest Department, pbforests.gov.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  India Biofuel,  


VTT Touts New Woody Biomass Gasification Technology (Int'l)
VTT
Date: 2019-01-16
In Helsinki, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is touting its newly developed gasification technology for turning woody biomass and forest industry byproducts, such as bark, sawdust and forestry waste, into transport biofuels and chemicals. The new technique reduces CO2 emissions by approximately 90 pct compared to fossil fuels, according to VTT.

The new approach uses gasification to turn biomass into intermediate products -- liquid hydrocarbons, methanol or methane -- in production units integrated with communal district heating plants or forest industry power plants. The intermediate products are processed further in oil refineries to make renewable fuels or chemicals.

VTT developed and piloted the new gasification process and evaluated the competitiveness of plants based on the technique in the course of a recently concluded project called BTL2030. The distributed generation process developed by the project team makes efficient use of the energy content of biomass, according to VTT. (Source: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Canadian Biomass, Jan., 2019) Contact: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, +358 20 722 7070, info@vtt.fi, www.vttresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News VTT,  Woody Biomass,  Biofuel,  


Nigerian Sweet Sorghum Ethanol Production Set to Begin (Int'l)
Nigeria Raw Materials Research Council
Date: 2019-01-14
In Abuja, the Nigerian Raw Materials Research Council (RMRDC) reports Nigeria will soon begin the production of ethanol and glucose syrup from sweet sorghum for for industrial and energy uses.

The RMRDC aims to develop a sweet sorghum value chain in Nigeria and to promote the venture as small/medium enterprises in rural areas using the village model system.

Nigeria imported over 71,900MT of ethanol between 2011 and 2017 for various industrial applications. (Source: Nigeria Raw Materials Research Council (RMRDC Nigeria Daily Trust, Jan., 2019) Contact: Nigeria Raw Materials Research Council, +234 70988 05375, ceo@rmrdc.gov.ng, www.rmrdc.gov.ng

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sorghum Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


Conn. Firm Developing New Bio-Residual Oil (Ind. Report)
Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corp
Date: 2019-01-14
Conn.-based Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corp. is touting BRO, a new bio-residual oil produced from recycled vegetable grease and animal fat that it is using to power its 50,000-square-foot plant in Danbury this winter. The company is further developing the bio-residual oil on behalf of and in cooperation with Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group (REGI).

According to REGI, BRO produces up to 135,000 BTUs per gallon, a higher BTU value than coal or wood-fiber material, with approximately 100 to 125 pct more energy per pound than wood chips or pellets and burns cleaner by creating less particulate matter and significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to alternative fuels. BRO also has the lowest carbon intensity of any commercially available liquid fuel.

Commercialization of the product could begin within a couple of years. Preferred notes it would partner with REGI to sell the product and that it previously worked to develop a "liquid wood" burner system for Canadian biocrude producer Ensyn Corp.,

Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corporation is an engineering-based manufacturer of products for commercial, institutional, industrial and nuclear power facilities. Products include fuel oil handling systems and components, boiler instrumentation and controllers, high quality burners and nuclear power plant outage reduction tools and component parts. (Source: Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corp., Jan., 2019) Contact: Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corp., David Bohn, Pres, CEO, (203) 743-6741, www.preferred-mfg.com; REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, Katie Stanley, 515-239-8184, katie.stanley@regi.com, www.regi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Renewable Energy Group,  ,  Biodiesel,  


Palm Oil Producing Countries Comment on Biofuels, Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries
Date: 2019-01-14
A recent meeting of the Jakarta-based Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) , issued the following policy developments in the EU on biofuel:
  • Under the proposed Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II), the Commission of the European Union is mandated to establish criteria to help distinguish between high and low risk Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) across the vegetable oil sector in general used for biofuels;

  • There are several EU models for ILUC that have been proposed none of which, nor could provide definitive evidence that would allow for a clear distinction between high and low risk ILUC. Nevertheless, the Commission is mandated to establish criteria by February 2019 to allow for such a distinction to be made;

  • The ILUC concept is of US and EU origin, but it is not a globally accepted approach or standard for assessing the impact of ILUC on climate change. It helps underpins EU policy, but it is not an international norm upon which palm oil producing countries could or should build their environmental policies;

  • CPOPC draws attention to the fact that there is over 1.7 billion hectares of land devoted to the production of crops globally, of which only 4 pct is devoted to biofuel. In our view, the very marginal use of land for biofuel calls in to question the very basis premises of indirect land use change resulting from the cultivation of vegetable oils for biofuel;

  • While CPOPC considers that the scientific community of palm oil producing countries should engage with the Commission, the Governments in the developing world should be fearful of being drawn in to acknowledging, accepting or offering legitimacy to the ILUC scheme within the RED II;

  • Palm oil producing countries should also be mindful in the weeks ahead of the objectiveness of the criteria being established and whether they are being applied impartially across all vegetable oils. In this respect, there is concern that palm oil will be targeted as several EU models are associated with the conversion of forests and peat lands with ILUC;

  • CPOPC is of the view that the use of ILC to target palm oil would represent a basic violation of the non-discriminatory principles upon which the WTO multilateral system is based; and that any related EU regulation or decision would likely constitute a Technical Barrier to Trade;

  • CPOPC does not necessarily subscribe to this concern, but we believe that criteria established by the EU should also address carbon retention in lands that have been converted from forests and peat in Europe; as well as to take account of the relative productivity of vegetable oils and the importance that this plays in protecting the global land bank;

  • There are wider concerns that have been expressed by palm oil producing countries that criteria should also take into-account the historical impact of mass deforestation in Europe;

  • CPOPC supports the UN global agreement to achieve Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 (SDGs);

  • CPOPC considers that the SDGs does not mean a trade off between social and economic progress and the environment, but rather the need to balance out these aims and CPOPC and other Palm Oil Producing countries are willing and open to engage with trading partners and stakeholders on how to achieve the SDGs in the vegetable oil sector;

  • In contrast to the direction of EU RED II, CPOPC believes that the promotion of first generation biofuel is an essential element for achieving the SDGs in palm oil producing countries. The use of vegetable oils in biofuel is essential to combating climate change and it is also important for all Governments in Palm Oil Producing Countries to reassure and give certainty to our industries that biofuel investment will not be undermined as is the case in the European Union. (Source: CPOPC, Neutral English, Oct, 2018) Contact: CPOPC, Mahendra Siregar, Executive Director, +62 21 391 5160, +62 21 391 3961, secretariat@cpopc.org, www.cpopc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  Climate Change,  


  • TOTAL Cautions Consequences of French Palm Oil Ban (Int'l Report)
    Total,Palm Oil
    Date: 2019-01-14
    According to a recent release from Paris-headquartered French energy giant TOTAL, a move by lawmakers to exclude palm oil as an approved feed stock for biofuel production would put its La Mede facility in southern France in serious jeopardy.

    In 2018, TOTAL won government approval for the use of palm oil at its former crude oil refinery at La Mede, which it is converting into a biofuel production site.

    In December, 2018, French lawmakers voted to remove palm oil from the country's biofuel scheme as of 2020, following longstanding controversy swirling about the environmental and climate change related impact of palm oil which is produced primarily in Asia.

    TOTAL previously pledged that palm oil would account for less than half of raw material used, with French rapeseed crops and recycled oil also being used.

    Editor's note; See the following Jakarta-based Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries previously published response to French and EU palm oil -- climate change concerns. (Source: TOTAL, Star online, 12 Jan., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  


    Aemetis' Indian Biodiesel Expansion Completed (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    Aemetis,Universal Biofuels
    Date: 2019-01-11
    Cupertino, California-headquartered biodiesel producer Aemetis, Inc. is reporting its Universal Biofuels subsidiary has completed a two-year upgrade of its Kakinada, India biodiesel and glycerin plant.

    The upgrades included installation of a pre-treatment unit to process lower-cost and waste feedstock into oil; expansion of boiler and other utility capacities; and the implementation of environmental systems to enable full production of 50 million gpy of biodiesel and bio-oil while simultaneously operating the biodiesel, pre-treatment and glycerin refining units. (Source: Aemetis, Inc., PR, 10 Jan., 2019) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, investors@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Biodiesel,  Universal Biofuels,  


    France Ups 2019-20 Biofuel Blending Mandate (Int'l. Report)

    Date: 2019-01-11
    In Paris, the French government has lifted the minimum mandatory blending rate of biofuels blended into gasoline to 7.9 pct in 2019 and 8.2 pct in 2020.

    In 2019, the minimum blending rate for biodiesel and ethanol was 7.5 pct. The bleand rate target for 2030 is 15 pct. (Source: Various Media,Renewables Now, 10 Jan., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend,  


    JAL Commits to Sustainable Aviation Biofuel Flights (Int'l)
    Japan Airlines
    Date: 2019-01-09
    Japan Airlines (JAL) is reporting it plans to operate select flights from San Francisco to Tokyo (Haneda Airport) with an aircraft fueled by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supplied by Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K., beginning the month. In January 2009, JAL operated a test flight in Japan with SAF using a mixture of three second-generation biofuel feedstocks and in November 2017, the airline operated a passenger flight with SAF from Chicago to Tokyo. The airline also reports it plans to operate a charter flight with SAF made from recycled clothes.

    The SAF initiative is part of JAL's Medium Term Management Plan to actively contribute and tackle Global Sustainable Development Goals, including the reduction of CO2 emissions. (Source: Japan Airlines, PR, 8 Jan., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel news,  Jet Biofuel news,  Sustainable Aviation Fuel news,  


    Notable Quote
    Renewable Fuel Standard, Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2019-01-09
    "The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has been an unmitigated success, helping to clean the air, boost rural economies, lower fuel prices, and break up the oil industry's near monopoly at the pump." -- Geoff Cooper, Renewable Fuels Association Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard ,  Biofuel,  Renewable Fuels Association,  


    Thailand's MCE Plans Boost in Sugarcane Ethanol Production (Int'l)
    Mae Sod Clean Energy
    Date: 2019-01-09
    In Thailand, Bangkok-based e chemicals and ethanol producer Mae Sod Clean Energy Co. (MCE) is reporting it plans to ramp up sugarcane ethanol production at its plant in Tak province, Northern region, to full capacity of 260,000 lpd by the year 2021. The production increase is dependent upon local sugarcane production and availability. (Source: Mae Sod Clean Energy, Jan., 2019) Contact: Mae Sod Clean Energy Co. LTD,. +66 2 695-9499, https://msce.page.tl; www.facebook.com/pages/Mae-Sot-Clean-Energy-Company-Limited/107862185914285

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol news,  Sugarcane Ethanol news,  Biofuel news,  


    BIOD India Touting Biodiesel to Check Pollution (Int'l)

    Date: 2019-01-07
    Indian waste management company BIOD Energy Pvt. reports it is developing a 100 tpd waste cooking oil IS15607 or its equivalent European EN14214 standard biodiesel plant in the industrial town of Bawal, Haryana.

    According to the World Bank, India generates more than 150,000 tpd of municipal solid waste (MSW), 83 pct of which is collected and less than 30 pct is treated. The country's daily waste generation is projected to reach 377,000 tpd by 2025.

    The Indian government's Biofuel Policy of India 2018, stresses the future role of biofuels in addressing pollution and envisages a 20 pct biofuel and gadcia, Tech Panda, Jan., 2019) Contact: BIOD Energy India, Shiva Vig, CEO and Director, +91 11 4728 9966, /+91 11 4728 9900, info@biodenergy.in, www.biodenergy.in


    Global Biofuels Market $218.7Bn in 2022, says Report (Report Available)
    Biofuel
    Date: 2019-01-04
    The recently released Biofuels Market by Type (Bioethanol and Biodiesel), and by Form – Solid (Biocoal, Biochar), Fuel Pellets Liquid (Biodiesel and Bioethanol), and Gaseous (Biogas, Biopropane, and Syngas) -- Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis, and Forecast, 2016 -- 2022 biofuels market report from Zion Market Research provides complete global biofuels market information and statistics identifying opportunities for various product developers and services providers, industries, associations, firms and upcoming and established biofuel industry players.

    The report segments the market on the basis of region, the type services, technologies, products offered, and includes marketing and trade volumes.

    Report details HERE[endlink target=_blank>. (Source: Zion Market Research, Technology News Extra, Jan., 2019) Contact: Zion Market Research, www.zionmarketresearch.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Zion Market Research,  Biofuel,  


    Malaysian Domestic Palm Oil Consumption Promoted ( Int'l. Report)
    Malaysian Palm Oil Board
    Date: 2019-01-02
    Following up on our Oct. 19, 2018 coverage -- Malaysian Biodiesel Production, Exports Breaking Records -- the Malaysian Primary Industries Ministry is now reportedly urging the increased consumption of domestic palm oil in many forms, including biofuels. The ministry's palm oil push is intended to expand existing markets, explore new markets, boost domestic consumption and increase consumption in an effort to stabilize and boost domestic palm oil prices.

    Palm oil is one of, if not the largest revenue earners for the country, and is key to Malaysia' Biodiesel B10 programme, which kicked off on Dec 1, 2018.

    The Malaysian Palm Oil Board is conducting research to determine the percentage of domestic palm oil consumption and the segments and sectors that have yet to utilize palm oil as a raw material.

    The Malaysian Biodiesel Association notes that the country's palm oil biodiesel production is likely to hit record levels this year and next, with 2018 exports expected to double from 2017, due to higher oil prices. Malaysia is the world's second-largest producer of palm oil, which can be used as feedstock to make the bio components of biodiesel. According to the Malaysian Biodiesel Association, Malaysian biodiesel production could hit 900,000 tonnes and exports 475,000 tonnes if the current price differential between crude palm oil and gasoil remains at current levels. (Source: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, SunDaily, 1 Jan., 2019) Contact: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, www.mpob.gov.my; Malaysian Biodiesel Association, www.mybiodiesel.org.my

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Malaysian Palm Oil Board,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel ,  


    Japanese Woody Biomass Jet Fuel Demo Construction Underway (Int'l)
    Fischer-Tropsch,Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
    Date: 2019-01-02
    In December, a Japanese consortium led by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd., CEPCO, Toyo Engineering Corp., the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), with support from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), touted a planned demonstration facility that integrates high-performance entrained-flow gasification technology and Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) synthesis for the production of jet fuel from woody biomass. The consortium of the demo project is now underway for an expected trial production run later this year.

    When fully operational, the the demo facility will potentially process 0.7 tpd of woody biomass to produce about 20 lpd of "neat" biojet fuel. MHPS will be responsible for the entrained-bed gasification technology, Toyo for micro-channel F-T synthesis technology and the reforming of the synthesized oil, CEPCO for equipment operation and fuel procurement, and JAXA for evaluation of combustion characteristics.

    MHPS notes it has been developing coal-gasification technology since the 1980s, and has established high-performance gasification furnace technology. (Source: MHPS, Chemical Engineering, 1 Jan., 2019) Contact: MHPS, www.mhps.com; NEDO, www.nedo.go.jp; JAXA, global.jaxa.jp

    More Low-Carbon Energy News JAXA,  Fischer-Tropsch,  Woody Biomass,  Jet Biofuel,  Mitsubishi Hitachi Power ,  


    More RFS "Hardship" Waiver Applications Filed (Ind. Report)
    RFS,Renewable Fuel Standard
    Date: 2019-01-02
    According to a recently released US EPA list of small-refinery "hardship" waivers filed under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), seven new applications for waivers have been filed for the 2018 compliance year. All of the waivers were filed between November 10 and December 18, 2018, when the EPA reported receipt of 22 waiver requests for the 2018 compliance year.

    For 2017, EPA received a total of 37 small refinery "hardship waiver" petitions, 29 of which were approved, seven are still pending and one declared ineligible or withdrawn. The 29 approved petitions have exempted roughly 1.46 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs) keeping more than 13.6 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel from meeting the RFS blending targets.

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: US EPA, NAFB, 31 Dec., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RINs,  Hardship Waiver,  RFS,  US DOE,  


    EPA Waivers Costly for Ethanol Ind., says Study (Ind Report)
    EPA "Hardship Waivers"
    Date: 2019-01-02
    According to a recently released University of Missouri Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) study, the US EPA's small refinery "hardship" waivers of their obligations under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) could cost the ethanol industry nearly $20 billion annually.

    The study concludes that the small refinery waivers could account for as many as 4.6 billion gallons of domestic demand lost over the next six years, along with the hit to revenue. Conventional biofuel such as corn ethanol stands to fall in use, along with consumption of ethanol in flex fuels and mid-level blends, and wholesale ethanol prices could slip as much as 19 cents per gallon on average. The study also notes that U.S. ethanol consumption stands to drop 761 million gpy on average between 2018 and 2023 with a resulting decline in gross ethanol sales revenues, with an average of $3.3 billion lost per year. (Source: University of Missouri Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute, Transportation Today, 2018) Contact: University of Missouri Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute, (573) 884-4688, www.fapri.missouri.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  "Hardship Waiver",  Ethanol Biofuel,  


    PKN ORLEN Refocusing, Investing in Biofuels (Int'l Report)
    PKN ORLEN
    Date: 2018-12-21
    In Polnad, PKN ORLEN reports it is preparing preparing a new renewable energy directive (RED II) focused on second-generation biofuels made from algae, straw and other waste materials and, to that end, will increase its biofuel related R&D activities, construct biofuel production facilities and other support infrastructure.

    According to a statement, PKN ORLEN will use its existing refinery units in Płock and Litvínov to take the co-hydrotreatment process to an industrial scale. The process consists of co-feeding vegetable oils or used fats with petroleum distillates into refinery units. The output diesel oil contains a bio-component -- hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO).

    The decision to take the co-hydrotreatment process to an industrial scale was prompted by the successful completion of a test run carried out in September 2018 under the CO-BIO project, partly financed with a grant under the Inno-Chem programme. (Source: PKN ORLEN, Petrol Plaza, Dec., 2018) Contact: PKN ORLEN, Armen Artwich, Member of the Management Board, www.orlen.pl

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PKN ORLEN,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


    ExxonMobil Awarded RFS "Hardship Waiver" (Ind. Report)
    Exxon Mobil,Renewable Fuel Standard
    Date: 2018-12-21
    Reuters is reporting the oil juggernaut ExxonMobil, with more than $19 billion in net income for 2017, has been granted a Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) "financial hardship waiver" from the EPA for its 60,000 bpd Billings Refinery in Montana.

    ExxonMobil's poor cousin Chevron, with a net 2017 income of only $9.2 billion, also scored a "hardship waiver" for its refinery in Utah on the grounds that without the waiver its refineries would be "at disadvantage in this competitive market."

    Under the RFS, oil refiners must increasingly blend ethanol and other biofuels into their fuel each year or purchase blending credits from those that do. The 2005 regulation was intended to help farmers and to cut fuel imports. But small oil refineries can be exempted from the standard if they prove compliance would cause disproportionate hardship. The EPA granted 29 waivers for the 2017 compliance year, up from 14 in 2015 and 20 in 2016. (Source: ExxonMobil, OilPrice, Reuters, 20 Dec., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  RFS,  Hardship Waiver,  


    Pacific Ethanol Furloughs Workers, Idles Neb. Plant (Ind. Report)
    Pacific Ethanol
    Date: 2018-12-21
    According to Reuters, Pacific Ethanol Inc has idled 45 million gallons of production capacity and laid off 26 of 60 workers at an ethanol plant in Aurora, Nebraska, due to "poor economics in biofuel production." Another part of the plant, with capacity to make 110 million gpy continues to operate. With this and other closings, the company has reportedly mothballed approximately 20 pct of its total U.S. ethanol production capacity.

    Street Insider notes that U.S. ethanol producers have been suffering from declining biofuel prices, higher corn feedstock and natural gas prices and the uncertainty of ethanol exports to China,resulting from Trump's self imposed trade war with Beijing. (Source: Pacific Ethanol, StreetInsider, Reuters, 19 Dec., 2018)Contact: Pacific Ethanol, Paul Kohler, Pres., CEO, (916) 403-2790, Furlough investorrelations@pacificethanol.com, www.pacificethanol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuel ,  


    8 New RFS "Hardship" Waiver Applications Since 10 Nov. (Ind. Report)
    RFS
    Date: 2018-12-21
    In Washington, the US EPA is reporting receipt of seven new Renewable Fuel Standard “hardship” waiver petitions for the 2018 compliance year and one new petition for the 2017 compliance year as of Nov. 10 , 2018

    For the 2017 compliance year, the EPA has received 37 small refinery petitions, up from the 36 it had received as of Nov. 10. Twenty-nine of the 37 petitions have been approved , 7 ar pending and 1 was withdrawn. The 29 approved petitions exempted 13.62 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel from meeting the RFS blending targets.

    Under the RFS, oil refiners must increasingly blend ethanol and other biofuels into their fuel each year or purchase blending credits from those that do. The 2005 regulation was intended to help farmers and to cut fuel imports. But small oil refineries can be exempted from the standard if they prove compliance would cause disproportionate hardship. The EPA granted 29 waivers for the 2017 compliance year, up from 14 in 2015 and 20 in 2016. (Source: EPA, Dec. 20, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard,  Hardship Waiver,  Biofuel Blending,  


    Aussie Hardwood Waste-to-Renewable Diesel Explored (Int'l)
    BORAL,ARENA
    Date: 2018-12-19
    Further to our 27th August report, In the Land Down Under, lumber and building materials supplier BORAL and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) are reported to have joined forces to fund a $1.2 million (AUS) feasibility study of a proposed a second-generation woody biomass biorefinery in New South Wales (NSW).

    The study will explore the potential conversion of up to 50,000 tonnes of sawmill hardwood residues from a BORAL owned sawmill near Port Macquarie, NSW, into renewable transport-grade diesel and bitumen using world-first technology. The study will consider a mechanical catalytic conversion technology, developed by Spanish-based Global Ecofuel Solutions, combined with the potential biorefinery. The process has never before been used in a production-scale facility.(Source: BORAL, ARENA, AggNet, 18 Dec., 2018) Contact: ARENA, Ivor Frischknecht, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, http://arena.gov.au; Boral Limited, www.boral.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  Biofuel,  Renewable Fuel,  ARENA,  BORAL,  


    Neste, ScanOcean Partner on Marine Fuel Distribution (Int'l)
    Neste
    Date: 2018-12-19
    In Helsinki, Finnish renewable fuel producer Neste reports it is partnering with bunker and marine fuel supplier ScanOcean AB to deliver and resell Neste's low-sulfur marine fuel in the Stockholm area on the east coast of Sweden.

    With this agreement, Neste's marine fuels are now available at all Finnish ports and through ScanOcean cooperation, according to the press release. (Source: Neste, PR, Biofuels Int'l, 18 Dec., 2018)Contact: Neste Oil Corp., Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , Jacob Granqvist, Marine Fuels & Services Manager, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; ScanOcean AB, Jonatan Karlstrom, GM, www.scanocean.se

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewabole Fuel,  Renewable Diesel,  Neste,  Marine Fuel,  Biofuel,  


    American GreenFuels' Bioheat® Reduces CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
    American GreenFuels
    Date: 2018-12-19
    New Haven, Conn.-based biodiesel producer American GreenFuels, LLC is touting its You Are What You Heat campaign to promote their biodiesel Bioheat® blended heating oil -- a renewable, lower carbon cleaner-burning alternative to diesel fuel.

    According to American GreenFuels, Bioheat® provides greenhouse gas savings of minimum 78 pct up to 93 pct as compared with ultra low sulfur heating oil and meets ASTM D6751 specification standards. (Source: American GreenFuels, LLC, PR, 18 Dec., 2018) Contact: American GreenFuels, Raf Aviner, Pres., www.AmericanGreenFuelsCT.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American GreenFuels,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Green Plains Idling Otter Tail Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
    Green Plains
    Date: 2018-12-19
    NEW YORK, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Further to our 19th November coverage, Omaha-headquartered ethanol producer Green Plains Inc plans to idle its 55 million gpy Otter Tail ethanol plant in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, until Spring 2019, amid weak margins, according to a Reuters report.

    As previously reported, Green Plains has idled several plants and sold others, in response to a downturn in the ethanol market. (Source: Green Plains, Reuters, 18 Dec., 2018) Contact: Green Plains, Jim Stark, VP-IR, (402) 884-8700, www.gpreinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Otter Tail,  Green Plains,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  


    Bosselman Opens New E-15, E-85 Fueling Stations (Ind. Report)
    Bosselman
    Date: 2018-12-17
    Grand Island, Nebraska-headquartered Bosselman Enterprises is reporting the opening of its new E15 and E85 retail facility in Iowa. With the opening, the 75-year old company now has 45 outlets spread across 22 states.

    There are 25 ethanol plants producing approximately 2.5 billion gpy of ethanol from more than 700 million bushels of corn grown by Nebraska farmers. (Source: Bosselman Enterprises, Grand Island Independent, 14 Dec., 2018) Contact: Bosselman Enterprises, (308) 381-2800, www.bosselman.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Ehanol Blend,  


    House Republicans Call for Axing RFS Ethanol Mandate (Reg & Leg)
    RFS
    Date: 2018-12-17
    The Houston Chronicle is reporting US House Republicans are pushing to eliminate the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandating the blending of ethanol into the nation's fuel supply by 2032 in favor of a requirement that cars built from 2023 on run only on gasoline with a minimum octane level of 95.

    The new octane requirement is being pitched as a fuel-neutral mechanism that would retain demand for ethanol into the future while improving vehicle engine efficiency.

    Under present legislation the EPA would take over the RFS in 2022 with authority to reduce the ethanol mandate first set by Congress in 2005. Industry players have described the Republican proposal as "unworkable" especially with the possibility of Trump winning a second four-year term. (Source: Various Media, Houston Chronicle, 12 Dec., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Biofuel Blend,  


    Fulcrum Commits to $600Mn Centerpoint Biofuels Plant (Ind. Report)
    Fulcrum Bioenergy
    Date: 2018-12-17
    California-based waste-to-fuels specialist Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc. reports it will invest an estimated $600 million in a 50-acre trash-to-biofuels plant in northwest Indiana. The 50-acre Centerpoint Biofuels facility will process 700,000 tpy of garbage into approximately 33 million gpy of transportation fuel.

    The project will receive $2.1 million support from the state' Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) conditional tax credits as well as local incentives. Construction is expected to break ground in 2020. (Source: Fulcrum Bioenergy, WBAA, 14 Dec., 2018) Contact: Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fulcrum Bioenergy,  Waste-to-Biofuel,  


    Norwegians Ban Palm Oil Biofuels (Int'l Report)
    Palmoil
    Date: 2018-12-14
    In Oslo, the Norwegian parliament has voted to ban the country's biofuel industry from purchasing palm oil and other dangerous biofuel feedstocks and biofuels that are linked to deforestation and harmful environmental practices, effective 1 Jan., 2020. The EU has also banned palm oil biofuels beginning in 2030.

    Norwegian palm oil consumption reached an all-time high in 2017 when fully 10 pct of the country's diesel consumption was based out of palm oil. (Source: Good News Network, 12 Dec., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  


    Neste Expanding Renewable Diesel Production in Singapore (Int'l)
    Neste
    Date: 2018-12-14
    In Helsinki, Finnish biofuel producer and oil refiner Neste reports it will invest €1.4 billion to boost its biofuel production capacity in Singapore. The expansion will increase Neste's production capacity to 4.5 million tpy by 2022 from a current 2.7 million tonnes.

    Neste currently produces biofuels in Singapore, Rotterdam and Porvoo, Finland. The new production line is due to start in 2022. (Source: Neste, Various Media, Dec., 2018) Contact: Neste, Peter Vanacker, CEO, Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  Renewable Diesel,  


    Univ. Arkansas Nitrogen, Biofuel Production Research Funded (Funding)
    University of Arkansas,National Science Foundation
    Date: 2018-12-14
    In Fayetteville, the University of Arkansas is reporting Assoc. Professor Daniel Lessner has been awarded $686,000 in grant funding from the National Science Foundation to support research that could decrease the need for nitrogen agricultural fertilizers and boost the production of biofuels Lessner also received $397,000 from the U.S. DOE to study ways the technology can improve energy production.

    Lessner is investigating how methanogens, organisms similar to bacteria, use nitrogen directly from the atmosphere to live and grow. Understanding the mechanism that enables methanogens to access nitrogen from the atmosphere also holds promise for more efficient production of biofuels, methane and hydrogen, according to the press release. (Source: University of Arkansas, PR, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Assoc. Prof. Daniel Lessner, Biological Sciences, J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, (479) 575-2239, dlessner@uark.edu, www.uark.edu; National Science Foundation, www.nsf.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Nitrogen,  National Science Foundation,  


    UMass Wood Byproducts Renewable Fuel Additive R&D Funded (R&D)
    US DOE
    Date: 2018-12-14
    The US DOE Co-Optima initiative has awarded a three-year, $1 million grant to a team of researchers led by a UMass Lowell for the development of renewable fuel additives from sawdust and other wood byproducts. The University of Maine and Rockledge, Florida-based Mainstream Engineering Corp. are also participating in the project.

    The additive is intended to be mixed with diesel and other petroleum-based fuels to displace some volume of diesel with something renewable and help cut down the vehicle's carbon footprint. The biofuel-blend formulation will offer the same engine performance, but will ideally be easier and more environmentally friendly to produce. (Source: U Mass, US DOE, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: UMass, Prof. Hunter Mack, Research Team Leader, http://uml.academia.edu/JohnHunterMack; Mainstream Engineering, (321) 631-3550, Fax: (321)631-3552, info@mainstream-engr.com, www.mainstream-engr.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


    Anaergia's Anaerobic Digestion Rialto Bioenergy Facility Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Anaergia Inc
    Date: 2018-12-14
    Anaergia Inc. is reporting construction is underway at the Rialto Bioenergy Facility east of Los Angeles, California. The facility will divert 300,000 tpy of organic waste from landfills and, using Anaergia's anaerobic digestion technology, produce the equivalent of 13 mw of clean energy per year. The net CO2 emissions reduction will be approximately 220,000 metric tpy.

    The Rialto projectis being developed in collaboration with Waste Management, Republic Services, Southern California Edison, Anaheim Public Utility, Southwest Gas Utility, City of Rialto, the Sanitation Bureau of the City of Los Angeles, and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, and of Orange County. The project is co-funded by the California Energy Commission, U.S. DOE, CalRecycle, State of California and significant private investment. (Source: Anaergia Inc., PR, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Anaergia Inc., Andrew Benedek, CEO, (905) 766-3333 -- Burlington Ontario, info@anaergia.com, www.anaergia.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaergia,  Anaerobic Digestion,  Biofuel,  


    Indian State Plans Cashew Ethanol, CNG Pilot Projects (Int'l)
    Ethanol
    Date: 2018-12-12
    The government of the west-central Indian state of Maharashtra is reporting a proposal to produce ethanol and compressed natural gas (CNG) from the fermentation of cashew apple and cashew apple cake and has, to that end, has identified several regional large-scale cashew nut producers to establish two pilot projects. The government also established a ten-member committee comprised of industry players, academics and others to make recommendations and to see the projects to completion.

    Maharashtra state produces approximately 2.5 lakh tpy of cashew cake and 22 lakh tpy of cashew apple, as well as 60,000 tpy of cashew nuts. It has been estimated that the state can produce nearly 4.5 lakh lpy of ethanol. (Source: Gov. of Maharashtra, DNA, Dec., 2018) Contact: Gov. of Maharashtra, www.maharashtra.gov.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  India Biofuel,  CNG,  Biofuel,  


    Finnair Touts Biofuel, CO2 Emissions Offset Service (Int'l)
    Finnair,Nordic Environment Finance Corporation
    Date: 2018-12-12
    Further to our July 30th coverage, Finland's national air carrier Finnair reports it will offer a new service allowing customers to offset the CO2 emissions of their flights by funding emissions reduction projects or carbon sinks, or by supporting the use of biofuels, beginning in early 2019. Finnair's partners for its offset service will include Dutch SkyNRG company and for emission reduction projects, Finnairand the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), an international financial institution backed by the Nordic states.

    The Helsinki-headquartered airline is part of an initiative driven by Shell, SkyNRG, World Energy, San Francisco Airport and several other airlines, which aims to pave the way for a longer term, more resilient supply chain for sustainable aviation fuels, and thus supporting the aviation industry's common CO2 emission reduction targets. (Source: Finnair, Travel Daily, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: Finnair, Kati Ihamaki, Director, Corporate Sustainability, www.finnair.com; Nordic Environment Finance Corporation, www.nefco.org; www.nefco.org; SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, Director, Merel Laroy, +31 6 3083 3505, merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SkyNRG,  Finnair,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Carbon Emissions,  ,  


    NREL, Forest Concepts Collaborate on Biofuel Feedstocks, Biomass Conversion (R&D, Ind. Report)
    Forest Concepts
    Date: 2018-12-12
    Recognizing the importance of enhancing biomass conversion processes for industry, a team of NREL scientists partnered with Auburn, Washington-based Forest Concepts to perform detailed thermochemical conversion simulations for biomass feedstocks. The simulations relate feedstock attributes to expected product yields and necessary pyrolysis conversion process conditions. The work by NREL will allow Forest Concepts to better convey the value of their feedstocks to biorefinery customers.

    Forest Concepts, a manufacturer of precision woody and herbaceous feedstocks for bioenergy and bioproduct applications, leveraged NREL's capabilities in biomass conversion modeling to help quantify the impact of their feedstock characteristics based on various particle shapes and sizes. The NREL team is part of the Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry (CCPC), which uses high-performance computing to support the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO).

    Prior to the development of the NREL models, Forest Concepts provided feedstock pricing based on volume and size of the biomass particle. Using the NREL models, Forest Concepts can now provide information to their customers such as standardized performance, required conversion conditions, and expected yields based on the size and shape of feedstock particles.

    BETO recognized early on the value of developing detailed biomass feedstock particle models to understand how the properties of each particle impact the yield and composition products from the conversion process. Moving forward, these capabilities will be leveraged by the newly established Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) whose mission is to quantify, understand, and manage variability in biomass from field through downstream conversion and to understand how biomass composition, structure, and behavior impact system performance.

    FCIC is an integrated and collaborative network of eight national laboratories dedicated to addressing technical risks and understanding how biomass properties influence collection, storage, handling, preprocessing and conversion technologies with the goal of improving the overall operational reliability of integrated pioneer biorefineries. (Source: NREL, PR, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: NREL, Peter Ciesielski, Scientist, www.nrel.gov; US DOE BETO, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office; Forest Concepts, James H. Dooley, CTO, (253) 333-9663, www.forestconcepts.com; Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium, https://fcic.inl.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL,  Forest Concepts,  Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  Biomass,  BETO ,  


    NATSO Comments on Draft Legislation to Reform Renewable Fuel Standard (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    NATSO,RFS
    Date: 2018-12-12
    Alexandria, Virginia-headquartered truck stop and travel plaza industry group NATSO testified before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment, Congress on Tuesday to discuss new legislation that would reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and transition the gasoline market to a high octane fuel performance standard.

    In his testimony, NATSO VP of Government Affairs David Fialkov focused on the diesel market and the opportunities for policymakers to incentivize diesel retailers to incorporate increasing amounts of advanced biofuels such as biodiesel into the nation's diesel fuel supply.

    "NATSO supports the provisions of the 21st Century Transportation Fuels Act that would facilitate market conditions and opportunities for its members to lower prices for consumers for advanced biofuels. Fialkov also recommended revisions to the draft legislation that would eliminate unnecessary obstacles to market investment in renewable fuels infrastructure and that undermine the returns on those investments that industry has already made.

    "Specifically, Fialkov testified in favor of the provisions that would extend the advanced biofuels mandate for another decade. But Fialkov strongly urged lawmakers to revise the draft legislation to address NATSO's concerns about the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) practice of issuing small refinery waivers that exempt small refineries from their obligations under the RFS, including small refineries that are owned by profitable refining entities.

    "The bill's rules-based Renewable Volume Obligations system will only achieve the objectives of enhanced certainty and less volatility if it addresses the Program's current flawed small refinery exemption regime," Fialkov testified. "The fact that the Legislation is silent on this topic is a real flaw. Any legislation to reform the RFS must remedy this situation." (Source: NATSO Inc. , PR, 11 Dec., 2018) Contact: NATSO, David Fialkov, VP Gov. Affairs, Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman (703) 739-8578, www.natso.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  NATSO,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  


    VW Dumping Fossil Fuels Following $27Bn in Emissions Fines (Int'l)
    VW
    Date: 2018-12-10
    Wolfsburg, Germany-based auto juggernaut Volkswagen Group reports it plans to end production of petrol, biofuel and diesel powered vehicles for all of its auto marquees -- VW, Audi, Seat, Skoda, Porsche, Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti and others -- from 2026.

    The decision to completely stop production of petrol and diesel powertrains showcases the company's shift in focus towards battery-driven vehicles.t may also be influenced by VW's recent "diesel-gate" emissions scandal that cost the company €27 billion in fines and penalties. (Source: VW, DriveSpark, Others, Dec., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News VW,  Vehicle Emissions,  


    Indian Ethanol Blend Rate Raised to 8 pct (Int'l Report)
    Ethanol Blend
    Date: 2018-12-10
    In New Delhi, the Indian Petroleum Ministry reports the "blending of ethanol with petrol has reached 4 pct from 1-1.5 pct in the last four years. In the 2018-19 sugar year (October-September), the blending level will reach 7-8 pct." The Indian government launched a pilot biofuel-petrol blending program to promote the use of alternative and environment-friendly fuels in 2003. The original programs 10 pct ethanol blend goal has not yet been met met. (Source: Indian Petroleum Ministry, PTI, First Post, 7 Dec., 2018) Contact: Indian Petroleum Ministry, petroleum.nic.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  India Ethanol,  


    Celtic Renewables Partners with Indian Brewing Industry (Int'l)
    Celtic Renewables
    Date: 2018-12-07
    Edinburgh Napier University pin-out Celtic Renewables is reporting a partnership with New Delhi-based Indian renewables firm, Dross Energy Pvt. Ltd . The partnership will use Celtic's technology to convert whisky production residues into advanced biofuel transp[ortation fuel.

    A Dross Energy spokesperson said, "We are hugely excited to be the company to bring this ground-breaking technology to India. The technology is innovative and exciting, and we want to be the second country in the world, behind Scotland, to commercialise the process for the benefit of the environment." (Source: Celtic Renewables, insider.uk.co, 5 Dec., 2018) Contact: Celtic Renewables, Martin Tangney, Pres., CEO, +44 (0) 141 548 4417, www.celtic-renewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Celtic Renewables,  Biofuel,  


    Biofuel Players Comment on New RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    RFS,Advanced Biofuels Business Council
    Date: 2018-12-07
    "Specifically, I'm glad levels for biodiesel are maintained and slightly increased. And although the levels for advanced biofuels and cellulosic biofuels don't represent the full potential of the industry, they are very promising and will help significantly." -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R), www.grassley.senate.gov

    "It is time to get our America First fuel policy back on track, and we encourage the acting EPA administrator to hold oil refiners accountable and maintain the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard." -- Kyle Gilley, Snr VP External Affairs and Communications, POET, www.poet.com

    "The final targets open new possibilities for advanced and cellulosic biofuels, but without a check on abusive EPA waivers, we'll continue to see plants closing their doors or idling production. The agency cannot fulfill the president's commitments in the heartland without putting a lid on handouts to oil giants like Chevron and Andeavor." -- Brooke Coleman, Exec. Dir., Advanced Biofuels Business Council, www.advancedbiofuels.org

    "It reflects continued growth in the renewable natural gas industry. The growth in production of renewable natural gas and the completion of nearly 50 new production facilities from coast to coast since 2014 is proof positive that the RFS is working as intended for cellulosic and advanced biofuels." -- Johannes Escudero, CEO, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, www.rngcoalition.com

    "While the numbers are a positive step forward and they hold promise with a 15-billion-gallon commitment to starch ethanol and 418 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels, the billions of lost gallons due to excessive small refinery exemptions need to be accounted for." -- Emily Skor, CEO, Growth Energy, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Grassley,  POET,  RFS,  Growth Energy,  


    CleanBC Cimate Plan Stresses Renewable Fuels (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Fuel, Biofuel
    Date: 2018-12-07
    In Vancouver, the Government of British Columbia's just released CleanBC climate plan, which charts a path to 19 million tonnes of GHG emissions reductions by 2030 , puts low-carbon biofuels at the forefront of the Province’s climate efforts. The CleanBC plan includes:
  • Strengthening the low carbon fuel standard to a 20 pct reduction in fuel carbon intensity by 2030;
  • Supporting the ramp-up of new renewable fuel production to 650 million litres by 2030;
  • Zero-Emission Vehicles to make up 10 pct of new light duty vehicle sales in 2025, 30 pct in 2030, and 100 pct in 2040;
  • 15 pct minimum renewable content in industrial natural gas consumption, and cleaner industrial operations through electrification, CO2 storage, and direct air capture.

    The 19 million tonnes of reductions in the CleanBC plan represent approximately 75 pct of the Province's overall emissions reduction goal in 2030. The remaining 25 pct of the reduction measures will be determined over the next 18 to 24 months and will include new clean energy options, waste management, and reducing emissions in forestry, land use and agriculture. The plan also suggests that by 2030, over 40 pct of diesel and 10 pct of gasoline could come from biofuels.

    Download CleanBC lan details HERE. (Source: Government of British Columbia, PR, EIN, 6 Dec., 2018) Contact: Government of British Columbia, (604) 660-2421, www2.gov.bc.ca; Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thompson, (604) 947-0040, www.advancedbiofuels.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels,  ,  


  • Harvestone Adds Ethanol Plants to Marketing Platform (Ind. Report)
    Harvestone
    Date: 2018-12-07
    Franklin, Tenn.-headquartered Harvestone Group LLC reports the commencement of its first four ethanol production facilities making the transition to its marketing, logistics and trading platform.

    The new facilities -- Iroquois Bio-Energy, Siouxland Energy, Red River Energy and Quad County Corn Processors -- produce a combined 210 million gpy of ethanol. These facilities will be exclusively marketed through the Harvestone platform under five-year agreements.

    Harvestone Group, and its affiliated companies, is a global commodity merchant focused in the biofuels sector. The company is backed by a community of producers representing over 1.3 billion gpy in partnership with strategic commodity investors in the energy and agriculture sectors. Harvestone transacts across the supply chain to include production, marketing, storing, distributing, and trading as well as invests in physical assets that create meaningful long-term value. (Source: Harvestone Group, PR, Dec., 2018) Contact: Harvestone Group, (615)716-1020 , info@harvestonegroup.com, www.harvestonegroup.com; Iroquois Bio-Energy, www.ibecethanol.com; Quad County Corn Processors, www.quad-county.com; Red River, www.ibecethanol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Harvestone,  Siouxland,  Quad County Corn Processors ,  Energy,  Red River Energy,  Iroquois Bio-Energy,  ,  


    Ontario Upping Biofuels Blend to E15 as soon as 2025 (Ind. Report)
    Ontario, E15
    Date: 2018-12-05
    The province of Ontario is touting its "Greener Gasoline" plan to move from a E5 blend to a E10 ethanol fuel blend by 2020. Key elements of the Greener Gasoline plan include: increasing renewable fuels content in gasoline to 15 pct as early as 2025; the increased use of renewable natural gas and other lower-carbon fuels will be encouraged; large emitters will be subject to emission performance standards; and a $350 million Carbon Trust Fund and a $50 million Ontario Reverse Auction Fund will provide financial assistance for emission reduction initiatives.

    The plan builds on the amended Ethanol in Gasoline & Greener Diesel regulations that will come into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

    Download details of Canada's Clean Fuel Standard HERE. (Source: Prov. of Ontario, Farm Progress, 3 Oct., 2018) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thomson, Pres., (604) 947-0040, info@advancedbiofuels.ca, www.advancedbiofuels.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Canada,  E15,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  


    RFA Helps Consumers Track Flex Fuel Models, Stations (Ind. Report)
    RFA
    Date: 2018-12-05
    The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) reports there are now more than 24 million flex fuel vehicles (FFV) vehicles on U.S. roads today are flex fuel vehicles (FFV) capable of running on fuel blends containing up to 85 percent ethanol (E85). To assist FFV owners and drivers,the RFA has updated its annual FFV brochure that compiles FFV models available in the current model year (MY2019), as well as previous years going back as far as MY1998.

    According to the brochure, "There are now approximately 4,500 retail stations throughout the country that offer E85 or other ethanol flex fuel blends, at least 500 more than last year and growing every week."

    Consumers can locate E85 stations to fuel their FFVs at E85prices.com, and also view what pricing experiences other users have reported. RFA offers hard copies of the brochure to fuel retailers and member companies at no cost.

    View a copy of the brochure HERE (Source: Renewable Fuel Association, 4 December, 2018) Contact: RFA, Robert White, VP Ind. Relations, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  ,  Biofuel,  Flex Fuel,  


    British Airways Announces Sustainable Fuels Challenge (Int'l)
    British Airways
    Date: 2018-12-05
    In the UK, air carrier British Airways, In collaboration with Cranfield University, is touting its new "BA 2119: Future of Fuels" challenge aimed at encouraging academics across the U.K. to develop a sustainable alternative fuel able to power a commercial aircraft on a long-haul flight, with up to 300 customers and zero net emissions. BA's challenge is the first time the industry has tasked experts from both aerospace and fuel fields to work in collaboration to tackle this environmental issue.

    The Challenge winning team will receive £25,000 ($31,000) to support further research and a commitment from British Airways to work together to advance the idea. Nominations will be judged by a panel of industry experts based on the potential carbon reduction, innovation, value to the U.K. economy and feasibility of the idea.

    As an early proponent of renewable jet fuels, IAG -- BA's parent company -- has committed to invest as much as $400 million on alternative sustainable fuel development over the next 20 years -- the highest ever financial commitment from an airline group. (Source: British Airways, Airline Geeks, 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: British Airways, www.britishairways.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Biofuel,  Sustainable Fuel,  Renewable Fuel,  


    EPA 2019 Final Renewable Fuel Standards Quota (Summary Report)
    EPA,RFS
    Date: 2018-12-05
    On November 30, 2018, the US EPA finalized volume quotas under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for 2019 for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, total renewable fuel, and biomass-based diesel for 2020.

    In brief,the conventional renewable fuel quota, which is met primarily by corn-based ethanol, will be maintained at 19 billion gal in 2019, while required advance biofuel volumes will climb by 630 million gal from 2018 to 19.92 billion gal. The 2019 quota for cellulosic biofuels increased nearly 130 million gal to 418 million gal.

    Download the EPA RFS summary HERE. (Source: EPA, Dec., 2018) Contact: US EPA, www.epa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Biofuel,  Biomass,  Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel Blend,  

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