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Lockheed Martin Invests $4Mn in Forge Hydrocarbons (Ind. Report)
Forge Hydrocarbons, University of Alberta,Lockheed Martin Canada
Date: 2018-12-05
Oakville, Ontario-based Forge Hydrocarbons Inc., a University of Alberta spinoff company producing the next generation of renewable fuels, reports receipt of a $4-million investment from Lockheed Martin Canada. The funding is intended to support a $25-million production facility in Sombra, Ontario.

The new facility is slated to be operational in late 2019 and produce 19 million litres of renewable biofuel annually.

Forge Hydrocarbons uses technology developed by University of Alberta bioresource scientist David Bressler. Bressler's technology heats waste lipids such as cooking oil, animal renderings and crop seed oil, with water at a high temperature, creating fatty acids and glycerol. The glycerol is removed and the fatty acids are heated at more than 400 degree C until the oxygen within is released. This turns the acids into hydrocarbons that are separated into various fuels, including gasoline and diesel. The result is a drop-in biofuel that doesn't need to be blended with petroleum-based fuel and can produce renewable fuel with 90 pct less greenhouse gases than conventional fuel. (Source: Univ. of Alberta, 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: University of Alberta, David Bressler, (780) 492-4986, dbressle@ualberta.ca; Forge Hysdrocarbons Inc., (905) 815-7786, thaig@forgehc.com, www.forgehc.com; Lockheed Martin, www.lockheedmartin.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Forge Hydrocarbons.Crop-in Fuel,  Lockheed Martin,  


Aemetis Newest Renewable Fuels Association Member (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Association,Aemetis
Date: 2018-11-30
The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is reporting Cupertino, California-based advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals specialist Aemetis, Inc. has been added to the RFA membership roster.

Aemetis operates a 60 million gpy ethanol and DDGs animal feed production facility in Keyes, California and operates a 50 million gpy distilled biodiesel and refined glycerin biorefinery on the East Coast of India. The company also maintains a research and development laboratory and holds granted patents on technology related to the production of renewable fuels and renewable chemicals. (Source: RFA, PR, 28 Nov., 2018) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org; Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, investors@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  Aemetis,  


Renewable Fuels Standard "Hardship" Waivers on Hold (Reg & Leg)
Renewable Fuels Standard
Date: 2018-11-30
It is being widely reported that the Trump Administration is reconsidering and temporarily frozen Renewable Fuels Standard "hardship" waivers exempting small oil refineries from biofuel blending requirements.

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: Various Media, 28 Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Standard,  Hardship Waiver,  Ethanol,  Biofuel Blend,  


EPA to Hold the Line on 2019 RFS Biofuel Blend Quotas (Ind. Report)
RFS,Renewable Fuels Standatd
Date: 2018-11-28
Bloomberg is reporting the Trump administration will likely order refiners to use 15 billion gallons of corn ethanol and other conventional renewable fuels in 2019 despite oil industry pressure to lower the mandate, The slate of biofuel blending targets, which are expected to be released on Friday, are unlikely to placate biofuel and agricultural interests that have denounced the EPA's generous issuance of RFS "hardship" waivers to small refineries. To date, 15 refineries have reportedly applied for "hardship" waiver relief from the 2018 quotas.

The EPA had proposed requiring refiners to blend 19.88 billion gallons of biofuels next year, a 3.1 pct increase over current quotas. That target included a 15 billion gallon quota for corn-based ethanol and other conventional renewable fuels, the maximum allowed under federal law and the same amount required in 2018. The agency also is set to finalize a 2020 requirement for using biodiesel, after proposing a 15.7 pct increase in the target.

The EPA reportedly plans to establish new biofuel blending targets for 2020 through 2022 and is poised to lower congressional goals for cellulosic biofuels as part of the RFS "reset" process. (Source: EPA, Bloomberg, Farm Journal, 27 Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS news,  Biofuel Blend news,  Cellulosic news,  


EPA Updates RFS "Hardship" Waiver Applications (Ind. Report)
EPA,RFS
Date: 2018-11-21
On Nov. 16, the U.S. EPA released updated data on small refinery "hardship" waivers filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) showing that no new petitions were filed or approved between Oct. 10 and Nov. 10. As of Nov. 10, the EPA has received 15 petitions seeking small refinery "hardship" waivers for the 2018 compliance year. All 15 petitions are still pending.

For the 2017 compliance year, EPA received 36 small refinery petitions, 29 of which were approved and 7 are still pending. The 29 petitions approved to date have exempted approximately 1.46 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs), or approximately 13.62 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel from meeting the RFS blending targets.

For compliance year 2016, the EPA received 20 small refinery petitions, with 19 approved to date and one still pending. The 19 approved petitions have exempted approximately 790 RINs, or 7.84 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel from meeting RFS blending targets.

The EPA is expected to update data on small refinery hardship waivers monthly, with the next updated expected to be released in mid-December.

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, 16 Nov., 2018)

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


Green Plains Sells and Scuttling Ethanol Plants (Ind. Report, M&A)
Green Plains, Valero Renewable Fuels
Date: 2018-11-19
Following up on our Oct. 12th coverage, Omaha-headquartered ethanol producer Green Plains Inc. is confirming the closure of a previously announced sale of its ethanol plants in Lakota, Iowa; Bluffton, Indiana; and Riga, Michigan, to Valero Renewable Fuels Company LLC for a total $319 million, including net working capital and adjustments. The company is also shuttering its 60 million gpy ethanol plant in Hopewell, Virginia. (Source: Green Plains, 16 Nov., 2018) Contact: Valero Renewable Fuels, Joe Gorder, Pres., (800) 324-8464, www.valero.com; Green Plains, Jim Stark, VP-IR, (402) 884-8700, www.gpreinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Valero Renewable Fuels,  Green Plains ,  Ethanol,  


Finnish Airports Switching to Neste MY Renewable Diesel (Int'l)
Neste
Date: 2018-11-16
In Helsinki, Finland's national airline, Finavia, reports it will use Neste MY Renewable Diesel in vehicles at Rovaniemi, Kuusamo, Ivalo and Kittila airports in Finland. The switch to Neste renewable fuel is part of Finavia's commitment to airport carbon neutrality by 2020.

Neste's renewable diesel is currently available from 13 light traffic and 13 heavy traffic filling stations in southern Finland, Jyvaskyla and Seinsjoki. Neste plans to develop fuel stations in northern Finland. (Source: Finavia, Neste, Airport Technology , 14 Nov., 2018)Contact: Neste Oil Corp., Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Renewable Diesel,  


Biofuel Group Seeks RFS "Hardship Waivers" Freeze (Ind. Report)
Producers United,
Date: 2018-11-16
Reuters is reporting Producers United, a group of unidentified biofuel companies, has asked a federal judge to force the U.S. EPA Agency to stop granting "hardship waivers" exempting small refineries from Renewable Fuel Standard regulations until a lawsuit challenging the agency's actions is resolved.

The group claims the EPA almost secretly and illegally issued retroactive biofuel credits to HollyFrontier and Sinclair Oil this year, although not required to do so as part of a legal settlement. HollyFrontier received nearly $34 million worth of credits for this year to reverse denial of a waiver for one of its Wyoming plants dating back to 2015. Sinclair scored waivers for two facilities in the same state for 2014 and 2015.

As previously reported, "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: CNBC, Variuos Media, Reuters, 14 Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Hardship Waiver,  


UK DfT Releases Sustainable Biofuel Supply Data (Int'l.Report)
U.K. Department for Transport
Date: 2018-11-14
In London, the U.K. Department for Transport (DfT) has released preliminary data on its Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation for a portion of 2018, including data on how much ethanol met U.K. sustainability requirements.

The quarterly report, which covers the supply of renewable fuels from April 15 through Dec. 31, 2018, indicates 138.69 million gallons of renewable fuel were supplied during a period beginning April 15. That volume of renewable fuels accounted for 4 percent of total road and non-road mobile machinery fuel. Of the total, 59 pct was biodiesel, 38 pct was ethanol, 2 pct was biomethane and 1 pct was biomethanol.

During the period, 320 renewable transport fuel certificates (RTFCs) were awarded to transportation fuel suppliers that meet sustainability criteria. Of the fuel meeting sustainability requirements, 26 percent was made from U.K. feedstocks, primarily used cooking oil. For ethanol, almost half was made from low-grade starch slurry in France. (Source: UK Department for Transport, Ethanol Producer, Nov., 2018) Contact: UK Department for Transport, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sustainable Biofuel,  Biofuel,  UK Biofuel,  


Quebec's Xebec Adsorption Raises $6.16Mn (Ind. Report, Funding)
Xebec Adsorption
Date: 2018-11-14
Quebec-headquartered landfill gas purification technology specialist Xebec Adsorption Inc. reports it has closed a unit offering, raising $6.16 million (Cdn)($4.7 million US) gross. The proceeds are earmarked for new projects in the renewable gas generation sector, potential merger and acquisition opportunities, R&D, capital equipment and general corporate purposes, the company said. (Source: Xebec, PR, Renewables, 12 Nov., 2018)Contact: Xebec, Kurt Sorschak, Pres., CEO, (450) 979-8718, ksorschak@xebecinc.com, Sandi Murphy, Director, Investor Relations and Communications smurphy@xebecinc.com, www.xebecinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xebec Adsorption,  Renewable Fuel,  Renewable Gas,  Landfill Gas,  


Growmark Offers Pre-blended E15 at Six Terminals (Ind. Report)
Growmark Energy
Date: 2018-11-07
Bloomington, Illinois-headquartered Growmark Energy reports it is now offering pre-blended E15 at its company-owned terminals in Amboy, Ashkum, and Petersburg, Illinois, Fort Dodge, Iowa, and St. Joseph, Missouri. Growmark has been working with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) on a number of issues related to offering E15 at the terminals, including regulatory compliance, participation in the EPA's required fuel survey, and adoption of RFA's misfueling mitigation plan (MMP).

The RFA noted it will continue to work with interested retailers serviced by the six Growmark-owned terminals to assist them with the transition to offering E15 at retail. (Source: Renewable Fuels Association , Growmark Energy, 5 Nov., 2018) Contact: Growmark Energy, (309) 557-6000, contactus@growmark.com​, www.growmark.com; RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFA,  Biofuel Blend,  E15,  


Conservationists Upbraid EPA Over Biofuel Crop Legislation (Reg. & Leg., Ind. Report)
EPA
Date: 2018-11-02
Following on the heels of the Trump administration's allowance of year-round E-15 ethanol blend sales,several U.S. Conservation groups have petitioned and accused the US EPA of failing to enforce the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) and thus turning a blind-eye to the illegal destruction of wildlife habitat nationwide.

The petitioners contend that rather than follow the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, which only allows land cultivated before 2007 to grow corn and soybeans for biofuels, the EPA, at Trump's instruction, has been adhering to a change in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) which allows new land to be farmed as long as the total amount of U.S. farmland dedicated to biofuel feedstock production doesn't exceed 402 million acres.

The EPA estimates cropland in the U.S. has increased somewhere between 4 million and 7.8 million acres since 2007, but is uncertain how much of that is cultivated for biofuel feed stock production.

The petitioning conservation groups say recent mandates to increase the use of corn and soybeans in gasoline have led to more habitat destruction, water pollution, and greenhouse gases. (Source: wfiy, National Public Radio, Oct., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Feedstock,  E-15,  RFS,  


RFN Calls for Level Playing Field for High Octane Fuels (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Nebraska
Date: 2018-10-29
Renewable Fuels Nebraska (RFN), in response to the EPA's proposal to amend greenhouse gas standards in the existing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) rule is calling on the EPA to approve high octane fuels using 25 to 30 pct ethanol in the blend. The RFN is also calling for a "level the playing" field in what they say unfairly favors the electric vehicle industry over other advanced fuels such as high octane, ethanol blended fuels.

According to RFN Exec. Dir. Troy Bredenkamp, "Our comments to the EPA pointed out that Nebraska's ethanol industry would strongly support the EPA if they were to establish minimum octane standards for future fuels that would utilize 25 to 30 pct ethanol blends, and approve a corresponding alternative certification fuel so automakers can begin testing future engines on a high-octane blend. it is our belief that high octane E25-30 blends would help bring down the cost for consumers compared to the premium-priced octane level manufactured and advocated by oil refiners, while being significantly better for the environment." said Bredenkamp. (Source: Renewable Fuels Nebraska, NTV/ABC, 26 Oct., 2018) Contact: Renewable Fuels Nebraska, Troy Bredenkamp, Exec. Dir., (402)325-0045, (402) 310-8038, troyb@renewablefuelsne.org, www.renewablefuelsne.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Nebraska,  


World Energy Invests $350Mn in Cal. Renewable Fuel Plant (M&A)
World Energy,AltAir,Delek
Date: 2018-10-26
Boston-headquartered biodiesel producer World Energy is reporting a $350 million investment over the next two years to complete a conversion of its Paramount, Calif. petroleum refinery to a 305 million gpy renewable fuel refinery.

As previously reported, World Energy purchased Delek US Holdings Inc.'s interests in renewable jet fuel and renewable diesel producer AltAir Paramount LLC. The deal included AltAir's Paramount Petroleum LLC refinery assets in Paramount, as well an adjacent tank farm, and most of Delek's California pipeline assets. Founded in 1998, World Energy operates biodiesel manufacturing plants in Houston; Natchez, Miss.; Rome, Ga.; Harrisburg, Pa.; and Hamilton, Ontario. In addition to its renewable diesel refinery in Paramount, the company also operates distribution hubs throughout the U.S. and Canada. (Source: World Energy, NGT News, 24 Oct., 2018) Contact: Delek US Holdings, Keith Johnson VP Investor Relations, (615) 435-1366, www.delekus.com; AltAir Fuels, Tom Todaro, CEO, (843) 720-8920, (562) 748-4726, www.altairfuels.com; World Energy, Gene Gebolys, CEO,(617) 889-7300, www.worldenergy.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Delek,  World Energy,  Renewable Fuel,  


NBB Calls for Stronger, More Accountable RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2018-10-26
"In June, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) expressed appreciation that the U.S. EPA proposed increases in the 2020 biomass-based diesel and 2019 advanced biofuel categories under the RFS. While the proposed increases sent a positive signal to the industry, EPA's granting of dozens of retroactive small refinery (hardship) exemptions undercut prior year volumes and could still have a negative impact on future year standards.

"We welcome the administration's proposal to grow the biodiesel volumes, following two flat-lined years. This is a positive signal for our industry and we're pleased the EPA has acknowledged our ability to produce higher volumes. We've consistently demonstrated that we can do much more. The fact remains, though, instability in the RFS program caused by the EPA has done significant damage that can only be rectified for biodiesel through consistent and predictable growth in volumes, according to Kurt Kovarik, NBB VP Federal Affairs.

"Kovarik pointed to decisions by the EPA administrator to provide numerous (hardship) waivers to petroleum refiners that release them from their obligations under the RFS, effectively reducing the overall volumes under the program in 2016 and 2017. Those exemptions have effectively destroyed current demand for biodiesel by 300 million gallons.

"As a candidate on the campaign trail, Donald Trump pledged he would support biofuels and protect the RFS, Kovarik added. While this is just a proposal, we hope the administration is serious about growing biodiesel volumes and will fulfill the president's promise to support and grow the RFS.

The EPA proposed to raise the renewable volume obligations (RVO) for the biomass-based diesel category from 2.1 billion gallons in 2019 to 2.43 billion gallons in 2020. The agency also proposed to slightly increase the advanced biofuel category, for which biodiesel also qualifies, from 4.29 billion gallons in 2018 to 4.88 billion gallons in 2019.

"The RFS requires the EPA to grow the volume of advanced biofuels like biodiesel delivered to U.S. consumers. Since taking office, Trump's EPA has recommended zero growth for the biomass-based diesel category.

"This summer, 39 U.S. senators sent a letter to EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging him to increase biomass-based diesel and advanced volumes and accurately account for small refinery hardship exemptions in the annual RFS volumes. NBB specifically thanked Sens. Patty Murray, D-Washington; Roy Blunt, R-Missouri; Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota; and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, for leading the letter.

"Noting that EPA proposes to set the 2020 biomass-based diesel volume at 2.43 billion gallons, the senators wrote, 'While these proposed increases are encouraging, these volumes continue to underestimate the existing potential of the biodiesel and renewable diesel industries in our states. We believe the biodiesel industry can do more and that EPA should demonstrate more confidence in the RFS program's ability to drive growth.' Comments from the senators and NBB demonstrate that the increased biomass-based diesel volume is achievable with available feedstocks. Calling on EPA to accurately account for small refinery hardship exemptions, the senators added, 'It is critical that EPA appropriately account for any small refiner economic hardship exemptions that it reasonably expects to grant during the 2019 compliance year in the final rule, or EPA will not be able to fulfill its duty to ensure RVOs are met.'

"We (NBB) join the senators in calling on EPA to raise biomass-based diesel volumes to an appropriate level that will drive additional growth. Biodiesel production has consistently exceeded the annual volume obligations set by EPA. The industry continues to operate below capacity, which limits job creation and economic growth. Moreover, EPA must fully and accurately account for small refiner hardship exemptions under the RFS. NBB estimates that the exemptions granted by EPA for 2016 and 2017 reduced demand for biodiesel and renewable diesel by about 300 million gallons. That lost demand is equal to or greater than the annual production of some of the nation's top biodiesel-producing states, including Washington, Missouri, North Dakota and Iowa. The volumes that EPA sets are meaningless if the agency does not ensure they are met at the end of the year.

"NBB and its members continue working to move the needle for higher volumes, meeting with the administration, working with biodiesel champions on the Hill, and collaborating with key industry stakeholders. The EPA is set to finalize volumes before Nov. 30." (Source: NBB, 24 Oct., 2018) Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard,  National Biodiesel Board,  


Planned St. Joseph Mo. Biodiesel Plant Cancelled (Ind. Report)
St. Joseph Renewable Fuels LLC
Date: 2018-10-24
In the Show Me State, the city of St. Joseph -- pop. 76,200 -- mayor's office is reporting a planned $190 million biodiesel plant in the city has been scrapped by the developer St. Joseph Renewable Fuels LLC. The plant would have used an adjacent railroad to transport biodiesel produced from used restaurant and other waste greases. (Source: City of St. Joseph, St. Joseph Renewable Fuels LLC 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: St. Joseph Renewable Fuels LLC., (316) 977-8585, www.icmbiofuels.com; City of St. Joseph, St. Joseph Mayor Bill McMurray, www.ci.st-joseph.mo.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  ,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  ,  


Is the Renewable Fuel Standard enough to spur progress in advanced Biofuels? Probably not. (Ind. Report)
International Council on Clean Transportation
Date: 2018-10-19
Production of cellulosic biofuel is expected to fall nearly 7 billion gallons short of meeting the statutory Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume for this type of advanced biofuel in 2018, which has forced the EPA to lower targets for the program. Although cellulosic biofuel production has lagged behind the ambitious RFS schedule, it has exhibited an overall upward trajectory, with year-over-year increases in output since 2011 and new cellulosic biofuel companies coming online. Given that other government support, such as grants and loan guarantees, also influence cellulosic biofuel development, we wanted to know if this modest success is due to the RFS or other forms of direct support.

Download the report HERE. (Source: International Council on Clean Transportation, Chelsea Petrenko and Stephanie Searle, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: ICCT, www.theicct.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Council on Clean Transportation,  RFS.Biofuel,  Advanced Biofuel,  


Valero Renewable Fuels Snares Green Plains Ethanol Plants (M&A)
Valero Renewable Fuels, Green Plains, Ethanol
Date: 2018-10-12
In Omaha, Green Plains Inc. reports it will sell its ethanol production facilities in Lakota, Iowa, Bluffton, Ind., and Riga, Michigan to San Antonio-headquartered Valero Renewable Fuels Company LLC for $300 million in cash, plus $28 million of working capital also paid in cash.

The sale involves 280 million gallons of nameplate capacity -- roughly 20 pct of Green Plains' reported ethanol production capacity -- and is slated for closure prior to the year end. (Source: Green Plains Inc. , StreetInsider, Others, 10 Oct., 2018) Contact: Valero Renewable Fuels, Joe Gorder, Pres., (800) 324-8464, www.valero.com; Green Plains, Jim Stark, VP-IR, (402) 884-8700, www.gpreinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Valero Renewable Fuels,  Green Plains,  Ethanol,  


Washington Should Eliminate Costly Boondoggles Like the RFS, says Americans for Prosperity (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Americans for Prosperity
Date: 2018-10-12
In response to President Trump's announcement that his administration will be promoting the use of ethanol by allowing year-round sales of E15, Americans for Prosperity Chief Government Affairs Officer Brent Gardner issued the following statement:

"President Trump has revitalized our economy in part by rolling back counterproductive, job-killing federal mandates and regulations, but this move would undo some of that success by preserving the harmful renewable fuel standard (RFS) at the expense of taxpayers and consumers. Rather than trying to make this market-distorting boondoggle viable with yet another rule written by bureaucrats in Washington, DC, he (Trump) should consign the costly and misguided RFS to the dustbin as well. The best way to make a mandate easier to meet is to eliminate it."

Americans for Prosperity, founded in 2004, is a U.S. libertarian/conservative political advocacy group funded by David H. Koch and Charles Koch. As the Koch brothers' primary political advocacy group, it is one of the most influential American conservative organizations. (Source: Americans for Prosperity, 11 Oct., 2018) Contact: Americans for Prosparity, Brent Gardner, Gabrielle Braud, Press, GBraud@afphq.org, www.AmericansForProsperity.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Renewable Fuels Standard,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  


Trump Admin. Expected to Change E15 Biofuel Rules (Reg & Leg)
E15,Trump
Date: 2018-10-10
It is being widely reported that U.S. Pres. Donald Trump will order acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to lift the Renewable Fuel Standard summertime ban on the sale of E15 and thus help limit market speculation in biofuel credits.

E15 sales are currently blocked from the beginning of June through the middle of September because the fuel blend does not meet ozone standards spelled out in the Clean Air Act.

It is even more widely speculated that Trump's move is focused on stroking his biofuels and farm belt base before for the November mid-term elections. (Source: CNBC, Various Media, 8 Oct., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News E15,  Trump,  RFS,  Biofuel,  


N.H. Legislators Want Biomass Power Included Under RFS (Ind Report)
New Hampshire
Date: 2018-10-10
New Hampshire federal legislators Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D), Maggie Hassan (D) and Reps. Carol Shea-Porter (D) and Annie Kuster (D) have asked Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to resolve outstanding issues impeding the agency's ability to process biomass and waste-to-energy fuel pathways submitted under the RFS program. Expanding the RFS program to include power from biomass sources will incentivize renewable biomass power generation while simultaneously reducing pollution and GHG emissions, according to the letter.

The letter, dated October 3, notes that EPA issued its proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule in 2016 in an effort to gather additional information about the potential configurations of this new renewable electricity pathway but to date has failed to finalize the REGS rule or issue an approved renewable fuel pathway for biomass, waste-to-energy and other fuel sources.

The letter calls for Wheeler to immediately address all outstanding RIN registration requests and finalize a regulatory structure for biomass and waste-to-energy fuel pathways under the RFS program.

New Hampshire is currently home to There are currently seven biomass power facilities in New Hampshire that are on the verge of closing due to challenging power markets, the letter notes. (Source: Office of Sen Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), 3 Oct., 2018) Contact: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, www.shaheen.senate.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  New Hampshire Biomass,  RFS,  


NATSO Alt. Fuels RFS RIN Management Service (Ind. Report)
NATSO
Date: 2018-10-03
NATSO Inc., the Alexandria, Virginia-headquartered national association representing the travel plaza and truckstop industry, and the Alternative Fuels Council are reporting the launch of a new RIN Management Service designed to help fuel retailers that blend and sell renewable fuels -- ethanol, biodiesel, renewable cng -- to more efficiently participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program and manage their compliance and Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs). Under the RIN Management program, participants will:
  • consult with experts on the RFS and Low Carbon Fuel Standard compliance;

  • get help registering for EPA's RFS program as well as for the IRS Blenders License;

  • access sources for fuel supply options;

  • secure advice and assistance for state incentive programs;

  • monitor the status of impending IRS Blender's Tax Credits;

  • participants can access an exclusive software program that provides real-time RIN management, a system of record for all RIN transactions, as well as RIN account reconciliations. Through this software, blenders and marketers can reduce the staff time that it takes to comply with the RFS by as much as 75 pct;

  • knowledgeable Alternative Fuels Council staff will perform EPA-required quarterly reporting as well as end-of-year third-party CPA audits.

    The new RIN Management Service marks the second offering from the Alternative Fuels Council this year. The Alternative Fuels Council previously unveiled a Biodiesel Fuel Quality Plan designed to help those who blend, market, and distribute biodiesel blends ensure the final product meets a minimum standard of quality. A step-by-step guide to the blending process directs users through fuel quality management, including sampling procedures, protocols and proposed schedules, to help ensure that alternative fuel meets the required ASTM fuel quality standards. The Alternative Fuels Council also helps facilitate fuel testing and analysis for marketers at a substantially discounted price.

    The Alternative Fuels Council is a NATSO, Inc. subsidiary created to help NATSO members and the entire retail fuels industry understand alternative fuels markets, including available government incentives, to effectively incorporate alternative fuels into their supply offerings. (Source: NATSO, PR, Oct., 2018) Contact: NATSO, Lisa Mullings, Pres., CEO, Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman, (703) 739-8578, twlazlowski@natso.com, www.natso.com; Alternative Fuels Council, Jeff Hove, jhove@natsoaltfuels.com, www.NATSOAltFuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NATSO,  Biofuel,  Alternative Fuel,  


  • Velocys Loss Deepens as Renewable Fuels Plan Progresses (Int'l)
    Velocys
    Date: 2018-09-26
    Renewable fuels firm Velocys PLC is reporting for the six months ended June, pretax loss deepened to £25.0 million from £10.6 million in the previous year , despite significantly rising revenues. Profit performance was hurt by £15.1 million in exceptional costs during the period, up from £701,000 a year prior. Of these, £14.3 million of the one-off costs were associated with an impairment of loans receivable. Underlying loss -- excluding exceptional costs -- remained broadly flat at £9.9 million, the company reports.

    Even so, the company's CEO claimed "In the first half, Velocys continued to make excellent progress against its renewable fuels strategic plan. We continue to drive forward our two main projects to develop biorefineries in the US and UK and implement the supply chain that will deliver our reactors and catalyst to the Red Rock Biofuels facility now under construction." (Source: Velocys, Morningstar, Alliance News, 26 Sept., 2018) Contact: Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  ,  

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