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Neste Lauded by East Bay Clean Cities Coalition (Ind. Report)
Neste,East Bay Clean Cities Coalition
Date: 2019-10-18
In the Golden State, the East Bay Clean Cities Coalition in California, US has awarded its 2019 Clean Air Champion Award to renewable diesel producer Neste for its "exemplary work with renewable fuels and focus on sustainability as a core part of your (its) mission and operations."

Neste supplies its "drop-in" Neste MY Renewable Diesel to 17 cities in the East Bay area, and other west coast areas.

The East Bay Clean Cities Coalition (Oakland) works with vehicle fleets, fuel providers, community leaders, and other stakeholders to save energy and promote the use of domestic alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies in transportation. (Source: East Bay Clean Cities Coalition, PR, 16 Oct., 2019) Contact: East Bay Clean Cities Coalition, www.cleancitieseastbay.org; Neste, +358 10 458 4128, (713) 407-4400 - Houston, Texas office, www.neste.us www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Clean Cities,  Renewable Diesel,  


Another "EPA Bait and Switch" (Opinions, Editorials & Aside)
NATSO
Date: 2019-10-16
Alexandria, Virginia-based NATSO, representing America's travel plazas and truckstops, today issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to implement the RFS deal that President Trump negotiated less than two weeks ago:

"Unfortunately, EPA's plan does not stay true to the President's promise to account for gallons that are waived as part of the RFS's small refinery exemption program.

"Specifically, today's plan would provide accounting relief for just a fraction of the gallons that have actually been waived and base that relief on the far smaller number of gallons that the DOE recommended be waived.

"When the deal was first announced on Oct. 4, many champions in the biofuels industry lauded the President because they thought that EPA received and understood the President's message. Apparently this is not the case.

"In the deal President Trump negotiated, EPA was supposed to ensure that it would account for all of the gallons that are waived as part of the small refinery exemption process. Today's plan simply does not do that. It is another 'EPA bait and switch' where the White House announces a deal that, at a high level, is favorable for the biofuels community, and EPA later decides to bail out refiners at the expense of farmers. I've seen this movie before.

"The math here is simple. In 2016, EPA waived 790 million gallons under the small refinery exemption program. In 2017, it waived 1.82 billion gallons, and in 2018 it waived 1.43 billion gallons. This averages out to 1.346 billion gallons waived per year over the past three years. To provide the accounting relief that President Trump negotiated in his deal just two weeks ago, EPA would need to ensure that 1.346 billion gallons are added to the 2020 renewable fuel obligations.

"Instead, the proposal EPA Administrator Wheeler issued today would provide accounting relief for just 580 million to 770 million gallons -- far less than the 1.346 billion gallons that President Trump promised. The irony in all of this is that by basing accounting relief on DOE's recommendations, rather than the actual volume waived, this proposal shines a bright light on the damage that EPA has directly inflicted on the biofuels community in recent years by disregarding DOE's recommendations and waiving more gallons than was recommended. It will undoubtedly generate the same level of opposition that the most recent round of small refinery exemption announcements generated, at a time when this Administration has enough on its plate already."

NATSO is the trade association of America's travel plaza and truckstop industry. Founded in 1960, NATSO represents the industry on legislative and regulatory matters; serves as the official source of information on the diverse travel plaza and truckstop industry; provides education to its members; conducts an annual convention and trade show; and supports efforts to generally improve the business climate in which its members operate. (Source: NATSO, PR, 15 Oct., 2019) Contact: NATSO, David Fialkov, VP Gov. Affairs, Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman, (703) 739-8578, www.natso.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  NATSO,  Trump,  


IRFA Dumps on Trump EPA's RFS Proposal (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Iowa Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2019-10-16
"The (Trump EPA) proposal today essentially asks Iowa farmers and biofuels producers to trust that EPA will do the right thing on SREs in 2021 when they have spent the last two years weaponizing SREs to unfairly undermine the RFS.

"It is unreasonable and counter productive to expect Iowans to put their faith in EPA to fix the SRE problem when they (EPA) were the ones who created the crisis in the first place." -- Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., Iowa Renewable Fuels Association.

Last week Shaw commented: "We welcome the (Trump RFS) proposal to restore integrity to the RFS. We will work with our champions and the White House to make sure the EPA's final rules ensure that a 15 billion-gallon RFS will actually be a 15 billion-gallon RFS. If that is accomplished, the integrity of the RFS will have been restored and President Trump's promise to protect and uphold the RFS will have been redeemed." Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., (515) 252-6249, www.iowarfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Trump,  Iowa Renewable Fuels Association,  


Notable Quotes on Trump's RFS Action
RFS,Iowa Renewable Fuels Association,
Date: 2019-10-07
"We welcome the (Trump RFS) proposal to restore integrity to the RFS. We will work with our champions and the White House to make sure the EPA's final rules ensure that a 15 billion-gallon RFS will actually be a 15 billion-gallon RFS. If that is accomplished, the integrity of the RFS will have been restored and President Trump's promise to protect and uphold the RFS will have been redeemed." - Monte Shaw, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, (Source: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, 5 Oct., 2019)Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., info@IowaRFA.org, (515) 252-6249, www.iowarfa.org

"It's up to each individual entity, but the innovation of taking advantage of low-carbon markets. I think if we can differentiate ourselves within the state of North Dakota, to take advantage of those and be long survivors in this industry." - Gerald Bachmeier, CEO, Red Trail Energy (Source: Red Trail Energy, West Dakota Fox, 5 Oct., 2019) Contact: Red Trail Energy, 701-974-3308, www.redtrailenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  "Hardship" Waiver,  Ethanol.Ethanol Blend,  Iowa Renewable Fuels Association,  Red Trail Energy,  


EU Fossil Fuels Subsidy Growth Worth Noting (Int'l., Funding)
European Union
Date: 2019-09-25
"European governments often appear to champion low-carbon policies. Yet, In 2017, European Union countries collectively spent $87 billion subsidizing the cost of fossil fuels -- at a time when the world needs to act to stop climate change. The 2017 amount is nearly 2.5 times more than they spent in 2010." (Source: pressenza, Radek Stefanski, Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of St Andrews, 24 Sept., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Union,  Fossil Fuel Subsidies,  


UK Parliamentarians Call for B10 Ethanol Blend Rate (Int'l)
All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol
Date: 2019-07-22
In London, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Bioethanol has suggested increasing the ethanol-petroleum blend rate be increased fro the present 5 pct to 10 pct (E10). The parliamentarians suggest the increase would protect the jobs of the 6,000 or so people currently working to grow feed stock crops used to produce ethanol an thus help keep the country's struggling bioethanol industry afloat.

According to the APPG, "The British bioethanol industry is in a state of collapse, and ministers can not allow the fog of Brexit to distract them any longer from saving a £1 billion industry that will not only make our cars cleaner and greener, but provide thousands of green jobs in the North and prove that the government is serious about championing the green economy."

(Source: All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol, GIZMODO, 18 July, 2019)Contact: All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol, Nic Dakin, Chairman, info@britishbioethanol.com, www.britishbioethanol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News B10,  Ethanol,  UK Ethanol,  All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol,  


Notable Quote
Rep. Frank Pallone
Date: 2018-11-16
"We have very strong champions for addressing climate change -- not only on my committee, but the other committees of jurisdiction -- that are going to move very aggressively on the issue of climate change. So I don't think it's necessary to have a special committee."

"We have been fighting the Republicans for the last eight years, where they wouldn't even let us bring up the issue of climate change. Democrats haven't had a chance to demonstrate that they can handle climate issues in the normal committee structure because Republicans controlled the agenda for the last eight years." -- Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and new chairman of the House committee that oversees environmental policy and climate change. Contact: Ref. Frank Pallone, (202) 225-4671, https://pallone.house.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


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,  


Dem. House Hopeful Ocasio-Cortez Calls for Carbon Tax, Renewable Energy Economy (Ind. Report)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-07-30
Freshman democratic-socialist and congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez commented last Thursday that she wants a "carbon tax and trillions in government spending to transform the U.S. economy."

"I sat down with a Nobel Prize economist last week, I can't believe I can say that, it's really weird, but one of the things that we saw is if people pay their fair share if corporations and the ultra-wealthy ... For example, as Warren Buffett likes to say if he pays as much as his secretary paid, 15 percent tax rate, if corporations paid, if we reverse the tax bill, raised our corporate tax rate to 28 percent -- if we do those two things and also close some of those loopholes, that's $2 trillion right there," nominee Ocasio-Cortez added.

"One of the wide estimates is that it's going to take $3 trillion to $4 trillion to transition us to 100 percent renewable economy," the 28-year-old concluded.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez is championing Ocasio-Cortez as "the future of our party." Its no wonder that politics is so addictive. (Source: Various Media, Beitbart, 27 July, 2018) Contact: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, https://twitter.com/Ocasio2018; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandria_Ocasio-Cortez

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Renewable Energy,  


Rampion Offshore Wind Farm Nearing Commissioning (Int'l)
Offshore Wind
Date: 2018-05-30
In the UK, the BBC is reporting the £1 billion, Rampion offshore wind farm off Brighton is expected to come online within months. When fully operational, the 116-turbine project will generate sufficient electric power for approximately 350,000 homes.

The Rampion project is the first offshore wind project on the south coast and is two-thirds the size of the 175-turbine London Array, the biggest offshore wind farm in the world. Rampion is a JV between E.ON, which developed the project, Canadian energy company Enbridge and a consortium of US, Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund and Macquarie Capital. (Source: E.ON, BBC, 29 May, 2018)Contact: E.ON, Michael Lewis, CEO Climate and Renewables, +49 2 11 45 79 4170, www.eon.com; Enbridge, Al Monaco, Pres., CEO, (403) 231-3900, www.enbridge.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rampion,  Offshore Wind,  


Ottawa Launches $500Mn Low Carbon Economy Challenge (Ind. Report)
/www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.htm
Date: 2018-03-28
In Ottawa, the Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Hon.Catherine McKenna, has launched the Low Carbon Economy Challenge. The will consider projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, under two streams:
  • Champions: Valued at over $450 million, the champions stream is open to applicants of any size. Eligible applicants include all provinces and territories, municipalities, Indigenous communities and organizations, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations.
  • Partnerships: Valued at $50 million, the partnerships stream is limited to Indigenous communities and organizations, small and medium-sized businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and small municipalities. The partnerships stream will help ensure a broad range of Canadians are able to participate in the challenge.

    Successful projects will be selected based primarily on their ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to the growth of clean energy. The funding is available until 2021-22.

    Download details HERE. (Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada , Mar., 2018) Contact: Environment and Climate Change Canada, (800) 668-6767, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.htm


  • Notable Quote
    Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2018-02-14
    "The bottom line is this: There is no reason for the ethanol industry or its champions in Washington to accept demand destruction as a necessary or legal path to the future to accommodate the failed business plans of a few independent refiners. The facts are on our side. The success of the RFS is on our side. And the president is on our side." -- Renewable Fuels Association President Bob Dinneen, 13 Feb., 2018 Contact: RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

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


    REGI Comments on Federal Biodiesel Mixture Excise Tax Credit for 2017 Reinstatement (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Renewable Energy Group, Inc
    Date: 2018-02-12
    In Ames, Iowa, Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) president Randy Howard released the following statement with regards to Federal Biodiesel Mixture Excise Tax Credit for 2017 Reinstatement:

    "We are pleased that Congress recognized the importance of biomass-based diesel and its place in the value chain and passed a retroactive extension of the biodiesel mixture excise tax credit for 2017. This credit will allow needed infrastructure investments to grow the production and distribution of these valuable renewable products. However, we are disappointed that despite strong bi-partisan support, Congress did not complete the job and continue the biodiesel tax credit into the future. Though frustrated with the partial outcome, we would like to thank all of our supporters and champions; a large group of members worked tirelessly on our behalf and we appreciate their efforts. Specifically, we would like to thank Sen. Grassley, Sen. Cantwell and their allies for their unwavering support for our industry.

    "We are pleased our supporters in Congress continue to recognize the value the biodiesel tax credit brings, like lower RIN costs, continued economic development, jobs, support of our nation’s farmers and a cleaner environment. We will continue to work alongside our elected officials and the administration on a long-term extension of the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax incentive. Doing so is not only smart energy policy, it's smart tax policy." (Source: Renewable Energy Group, Inc.,PR, Feb., 2018) Contact: REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, (703) 822-1972, Scott Hedderich Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, (515) 710-6248, Scott.hedderich@regi.com, www.regi.com

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


    Mass. Sets New Solar Development Incentive (Ind. Report)
    Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
    Date: 2018-01-29
    The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) reports it has released, and Boston-based solar management and renewables software specialist Ampion has reviewed, the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) procurement establishing incentive prices for new solar development in the Bay State.

    Under SMART, solar projects are assigned a value based subscriber class, location,storage compatibility and other variables. A portion of that value is determined by the contract of the project, whether it be the net metering, alternative on-bill crediting, qualifying facility, or behind-the-meter contract. Any remaining value is issued to the developer.

    Three investor-owned utilities are currently working with the Department of Public Utilities to finalize tariffs for the SMART program which is expected to come into force this June. (Source: Ampion, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources , SolarPower, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: MDOER, www.mass.gov/org; Ampion, Nate Owen, CEO, (800) 277-3631, https://ampion.io

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources,  Ampion,  Solar,  Solar Incentive,  Energy Storage,  


    Companies Quickly Adopting Carbon Pricing Schemes (Int'l Report)
    CDP,OECD
    Date: 2018-01-15
    The Economist is reporting that 41 OECD and G20 governments have announced either a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade scheme, or both. Add state and local schemes, and they cover 15 pct of the world's emissions, up from 4 pct in 2010.

    Of the approximate 6,100 worldwide companies that report climate-related data to CDP, 607 now claim to use "internal carbon prices" while 782 say they will introduce similar measures within two years. Total annual revenues of these 1,389 carbon-price champions amount to $7 trillion, according to the Economist.

    CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, is an international non-profit that runs a global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to help manage their environmental impacts. (Source: CDP,Economist, Jan., 2017) Contact: CDP, (212) 378 2086, info.northamerica@cdp.net, www.cdp.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CDP,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Pricing,  


    Israeli Researchers Tout Poultry Liter for Bioenergy (Int'l, R&D)
    Zuckerberg Institute
    Date: 2017-12-06
    Researchers at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel are championing the use of poultry liter which when treated and converted to combustible solid biomass fuel, could replace about 10 pct of the coal currently used for electric power generation.

    Led by professor Amit Gross, chair of the Department of Environmental Hydrology and Microbiology at the Zuckerberg Institute, a team analyzed two biofuel types and found poultry waste processed as hydrochar produced 24 pct higher net energy generation. The solid product of hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) of hydrochar generates heat at high temperatures, and mimics natural coal formation, the researchers say. (Source: Ben-Gurion University, GEEK.com. 4 Dec., 2017) Contact: Ben-Gurion University, +972 8 646 1600, Phd. Candidate, in.bgu.ac.il; Zuckerberg Institute, Prof. Amit Gross, amgross@bgu.ac.il

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  


    Biodiesel Board Responds to EPA's Proposed RFS Cuts (Ind. Report)
    National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2017-10-18
    "The EPA's proposal earlier this summer was inadequate, underestimating the power of domestic biodiesel production and ignoring the intent of the law. This additional request for comment is even more disappointing. It is critical that our members, champions in Congress and stakeholders again demonstrate to EPA the industry's proven success record and capacity for continued growth. There will be serious impacts to the tens of thousands of American biodiesel workers who were promised that this administration had their back.

    "What's most frustrating is it appears that EPA has not bothered to look at the facts we've put before them in our formal comments on the original proposal for the RFS -- facts that support higher volumes of biodiesel and other advanced biofuels. This is not the first year the biodiesel industry has been without the tax credit, or the first year there's been uncertainty in the biodiesel industry. But every year we have prevailed, providing volumes above and beyond the requirements," NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen said. (Source: National Biodiesel Board , October 16, 2017)Contact: NBB, Donnell Rehagen, CEO, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  RFSBiodiesel,  


    Hurricane Impacted Johnson Controls HVAC Equipment Owners Offered Rebates (Ind. Report)
    Johnson Controls
    Date: 2017-09-25
    Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls reports that homeowners living in Texas counties effected by Hurricane Harvey -- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Area (DR-4332) -- will qualify for rebates on the purchase of replacement HVAC equipment, effective immediately.

    The program assigns rebates according to equipment efficiency -- expressed as Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio or SEER for air conditioners and heat pumps and as a percentage for furnaces -- with more efficient products earning larger rebates. The program applies to many YORK®, Coleman®HVAC, Luxaire®, Champion®, Fraser Johnston®, Guardian® or Evcon™ air conditioners/heat pumps and furnaces. Rebate details are HERE. (Source: Johnson Controls Building Technologies & Solutions, 20 Sept., 2017 Contact: Johnson Controls Building Technologies, (855) 324-3650 www.johnsoncontrols.com, www.johnsoncontrols.com/harvey

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls ,  


    Growth Energy Counters Oklahoma Senator's Anti-Ethanol Claims (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2017-07-24
    Growth Energy issued the following statement in response to Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe's (R) opposition to the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act, which aims to extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to fuel blends with more than 10 pct ethanol. Inhofe claimed the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) harms the environment and that ethanol increases food prices and damages vehicle engines:

    "E15 is a federally approved fuel for all cars made since 2001. It boosts octane, saves consumers up to 10 cents per gallon, and improves the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and displacing toxic additives in gasoline. Consumers have recently surpassed 1 billion miles driven on the fuel, and it is now available at more than 900 retail sites across 29 states. Drivers are demanding E15, and more retailers are offering it every day.

    "However, due to an outdated regulation that hasn’t been updated since 1990, gas stations are forced to restrict their sales to flex-fuel vehicles only, or remove it from sale altogether between June 1 and Sept. 15. That means that when gas prices are at their peak, consumers are denied the choice of an affordable, cleaner option for their cars.

    "A vote against this bill is a vote against consumers -- it's saying that you don't trust consumers to make their own choices at the pump. In fact, Growth Energy released a survey showing that U.S. small engine owners are pleased with the performance of their fuel and find it easy to pick the best option, including regular unleaded blends of 10 pct ethanol (E10).

    "This legislation is a common-sense fix that has bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. We applaud the bill's champions in the Senate for keeping the focus where it needs to be -- ensuring year-round consumer savings at the pump." (Source: Growth Energy Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  RFS,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  


    Climate Science Denier Appointed to DOE Renewable Energy Office (Ind. Report)
    Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
    Date: 2017-05-05
    In Washington, Pres. Donald Trump has appointed a climate science skeptic and fossil fuels champion, David Simmons, as Acting Assistant Secretary to the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. The agency has a $2 billion budget which Trump is proposing to slash by more than one-half, according to E&E News.

    The appointment is the latest in a string of appointments where the fox is put in charge of the hen house. Simmons -- the fox -- is well known for comments such as:

    "We have to look at the track record of the oil and gas industry [which is] producing low-cost, reliable energy, particularly when the alternative is much, much higher prices."

    "The most simple of all points is that no matter what the renewable (energy) guys say, what they will admit is that their type of power -- wind and solar -- is more expensive and will increase the price of electricity. And in an economy that is struggling, it is critical that we do everything we can to keep prices low."

    "It is unseemly that the American taxpayer has contributed billions of dollars to these (wind and solar energy) facilities." (Source: The Independent, 3 May, 2017) Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy,  


    E.ON's Rampion Wind Farm Turbine Installations Underway (Int'l)
    E.ON,Enbridge,U.K. Green Investment Bank
    Date: 2017-03-15
    German energy giant E.ON is reporting that the first of the 116 turbines slated for the 400-MW Rampion offshore wind farm off the coast of Sussex have been installed. All 116 foundations for the turbines were anchored in the English Channel as of November, 2016. Upon completion and commissioning in 2018, the Rampion project will generate sufficient energy for 347,000 average households.

    E.ON is developing the Rampion wind farm in partnership with Canadian energy company Enbridge and the U.K. Green Investment Bank. (Source: E.ON, Various Media, March 13, 2017) Contact: U.K. Green Investment Bank, 011 +44 (0) 330 123 3021, www.greeninvestmentbank.com; E.ON, Michael Lewis, CEO Climate and Renewables, +49 2 11 45 79 4170, www.eon.com; Enbridge, Al Monaco, Pres., CEO, (403) 231-3900, www.enbridge.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rampion,  U.K. Green Investment Bank,  E.ON,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Enbridge,  


    Notable Quote
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2016-12-07
    "While our industry has shown that higher volumes of biomass-based diesel can and will be produced and consumed, this final rule elevates the growth trajectory for our cleaner, lower carbon intensity advanced biofuel. Biomass-based diesel will continue to lead the way. We appreciate the support of those at the EPA, many others throughout the Administration and our bi-partisan champions on Capitol Hill who all helped make this possible." -- Daniel J. Oh, Pres., CEO, Renewable Energy Group Inc., commenting on the EPA's increase in the Advanced Biofuel Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) released in late November. Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Daniel J. Oh, Pres., CEO, Anthony Hulen, (703) 822-1972, anthony.hulen@regi.com, www.regi.com

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

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