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UAE Biodiesel Producer Neutral Fuels Touts Expansion (Int'l. Report)
Neutral Fuels
Date: 2020-04-29
Following up on our 27 May, 2017 coverage, Dubai-based biodiesel producer Neutral Fuels reports it is the first company in the world to commercialize an "enzymatic biodiesel" using a strain of enzyme derived from the fungus that grows on a soy bean to allow it to process poor quality used cooking oil into good biodiesel.

The company is now reporting the upcoming opening of 4,700 t/yr B100 certified to Europe's EN14214 biodiesel standard production plant in South Africa. In 2019 the company expanded into India's Delhi and Bahrain in 2019 with B100 plants of 4,700 t/yr and 2,400 t/yr respectively. Funds raised from green bonds listed on Germany's Frankfurt stock exchange in 2019 are partly financing the company's growth.

Neutral Fuels notes it has no plan to export to international markets but rather aims to enhance waste-based biodiesel consumption in the regions where it is located by replicating the localized supply chain model used in its Dubai operations. (Source: Neutral Fuels, Argus, 28 April, 2020) Contact: Neutral Fuels, Karl Feilder, CEO, kwf@theneutralgroup.com, www.tng.ae, www.biodiesel.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neutral Fuels,  Biodiesel ,  


India Increasing Ethanol Production, Blending Rate (Int'l.)
India Biofuel
Date: 2020-03-04
The Times of India is reporting the Indian federal government plans to increase the country's ethanol from sugarcane and molasses production capacity from 3.55 billion lpy to 9 billion lpy within two years. The government has also "approved in principle" 362 new ethanol facilities in sugar mills and an increase in the national ethanol-petrol blending rate to 10 pct (B10) by 2022.

The increases are intended to redirect 700,000-800,000 tpy of surplus sugar in each of the next two years for ethanol production, cut fuel and oil imports and to maximize profitability of sugar companies, according to officials. (Source: Economic Times India, 3 Mar., 2020)

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


B100 Biodiesel Technology Partnership Announced (Ind. Report)
Optimus Technologies,Archer Daniels Midland
Date: 2020-02-24
A wide range of organizations has announced a partnership to conduct a year-long validation project of revolutionary biodiesel technology to demonstrate its viability in real-world, high-mileage fleet applications.

Under this partnership, five trucks owned by Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) will be outfitted with Pittsburgh-based Optimus Technologies' Vector fuel system, an innovative technology that enables diesel engines to run almost entirely on sustainable biodiesel. The trucks will be used in daily fleet operations for a yearlong period, with each vehicle anticipated to travel 160,000-180,000 miles and reduce up to 500,000 pounds of CO2. Advanced monitoring protocols will compare the performance and results of the new technology with five other trucks comprising a control group operating on conventional diesel. All biodiesel used in the project will come from ADM's refinery in Mexico, Missouri.

While nearly all diesel engine manufacturers support at least 20 pct biodiesel (B20), the Optimus Vector System is designed to allow conventional diesel engines to run on 100 pct biodiesel in a wide range of climates. The system is already in use in shorter-mileage, local fleet applications. This new project is designed to evaluate its use for longer-haul over-the-road fleets, potentially opening a pathway to significantly higher volumes of biodiesel in the U.S. truck fleet.

Optimus' technology coupled with ADM's fuel provides heavy-duty fleets an immediate pathway to reduce these emissions over 80%. While the promise of heavy-duty fleet electrification is still decades off, this project demonstrates the ease, low cost, and efficacy of integrating biodiesel into existing fleet equipment and operations.

In addition to ADM and Optimus, this project is supported by the American Lung Association, the National Biodiesel Board, the Illinois Soybean Association, and the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council. (Source: Optimus Technologies, PR, Website, 20 Feb., 2020) Contact: Optimus Technologies, Colin Huwyler, CEO, 412.727.8228, 888.727.2966 - fax, info@optimustec.com,www.optimustec.com; Archer Daniels Midland, www.adm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Optimus Technologies,  Archer Daniels Midland,  


Malaysian B20 Palm Oil Biodiesel Initiative Launched (Int'l.)
Malaysian Palm Oil Board
Date: 2020-02-21
In Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian government reports it will be rolling out its B20 palm oil biodiesel B20 blend programme in stages to cover 3,400 petrol stations nationwide and expects the program to be fully implemented by mid 2021. The B20 program is part of a push towards greener energy and increasing palm oil production.

The B20 initiative kicked off in Langkawi and Labuan last month and will be expanded to Sarawak (April), Sabah (August) and Peninsular Malaysia (June 2021). Malaysia introduced the B10 and B7 biodiesel programmes in the transportation and industrial sector last year. In total, these two programmes will use 1.3 million tonnes of palm oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3.8 tpy. (Source: Malaysian Palm Oil Board,The Edge Markets, FMT , 20 Feb., 2020) Contact: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Dr. Ahmad Parveez Ghulam Kadir, www.mpob.gov.my

More Low-Carbon Energy News Malaysian Palm Oil Board,  B20,  Biodiesel,  Palm Oil,  


Colorado Senate OKs Limited Biodiesel Blend Rules (Ind. Report)
Biodiesel Blend
Date: 2020-02-05
Yesterday in Denver, the Colorado State Senate approved SB38 which allows the sale of biodiesel-diesel fuel blend sales during the summer months in non-attainment air quality regions of the state, which currently only includes the Denver metropolitan area.

Under the bill, diesel fuel must have a 5 pct blend with biodiesel starting next year, but only between June 1 and Sept. 15. The blend rate would increase to 10 pct in June, 2023. (Source: Colorado State Senate, PR, Daily Sentinel, 4 Feb., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel Blend,  B5,  B10,  


MCGA Announces Better Fuel Initiative (Ind. Report)
Minnesota Corn Growers Association
Date: 2020-01-27
The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has unveiled its Better Fuel Initiative aimed at increasing the state's B10 ethanol blend rate to B15, and generally touting the advantages of biofuel.

Minnesota was the first state to require ethanol blended fuels to improve air quality.

With nearly 7,000 members, MCGA is one of the largest grassroots farm organizations in the United States. Working in close partnership with the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council, MCGA identifies and promotes opportunities for Minnesota's 24,000 corn farmers while building connections with the non-farming public, according to the MCGA website. (Source: Minnesota Corn Growers Association, KDHL Radio, Contact: Minnesota Corn Growers Association, 952-233-0333, www.mncorn.org; Better Fuel Initiative, www.betterfuel.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnesota Corn Growers Association,  Ethanol,  B10,  B15,  


Thai Energy Ministry Calls for B20 Biodiesel Use (Int'l Report)
Thailand Ministry of Energy
Date: 2020-01-22
In Bangkok, Thailand Ministry of Energy is promoting the use of biodiesel B10 and B20 to help reduce a persistent smog problem by as much as 25 pct, according to the ministry's Department of Energy Business. The ministry release noted "biodiesel could effectively relieve the air pollution because emission from vehicles cause 70 pct of (particulate matter) PM2.5. B10 could cut PM2.5 by 3.5 to 13.5 pct and B20 could cut PM2.5 by 20 to 25 pct."

The release also noted consumption of B10 and B20 supports the Thai palm oil industry which is expected to invest $1.64 billion this year to improve the quality standard of their products from Euro 4 to Euro 5. Thia palm oil consumption in 2020 is expected to increase by 2 pct from last year to 132 million lpd, the release added. (Source: Thailand Ministry of Energy, Xinhua, 21 Jan., 2020) Contact: Thailand Ministry of Energy, weben.dede.go.th

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


Indonesia Set for B40 Palm Oil Biodiesel Road Tests (Int'l Report)

Date: 2020-01-10
In Jakarta, the Indonesian Energy Ministry reports it will start road tests for a 40 pct (B40) palm-oil biodiesel and gasoline blend in April, this year. Depending upon test result, the B40 blend would be launched in 2021-22.

In 2019 Indonesia, the world's largest palm oil producer, increased the mandatory bio-content of its biodiesel programme to 30 pct (B30) in a move to cut the country's energy imports and increase palm oil consumption. The ministry plans to run road tests for the B40 programme in April and launch the program in 2021-22. (Source: Successful Farming, Reuters, Jan., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  B10,  B20,  B30,  


Thailand Imposes Palm Oil B10 from Jan 2020 (Int'l. Report)
Thailand
Date: 2019-11-27
In Bangkok, the Ministry of Energy has announced that B10 palm oil diesel is to become the standard diesel type in Thailand from 1 January 2020. The move is intended to help raise crude palm oil prices and increase national biodiesel consumption by 2.1 million lpd -- roughly 40 pct.

The ministry expects the energy sector to help absorb two thirds of the national production of crude palm oil (CPO), or at 2.2 million tpy and help the country save on oil imports by 1.8 million lpd. (Source: Thailand Ministry of Energy, Pattaya Mail, 26 Nov., 2019) Contact: Thailand Ministry of Energy, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ministry_of_Energy_(Thailand), www.energy.go.th/2015/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News B10,  Biodiesel,  Palm Oil Biodiesel,  


National Biodiesel Foundation B100 Project Funded (Ind. Report)
National Biodiesel Foundation,Optimus Technologies
Date: 2019-10-25
In the Show Me State, the Jefferson City-headquartered National Biodiesel Foundation is reporting receipt of grant funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its 2020 National Clean Diesel Project which is run in partnership with Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT), Pittsburgh-based Optimus Technologies and Renewable Energy Group (REGI) based in Ames, Iowa.

The project will retire older, more polluting vehicles in Iowa and replace them with new B100-optimised vehicles for the cities of Des Moines and Ames, Iowa. The replacement vehicles will use Optimus' Vector technology which allows the vehicles to operate exclusively on 100 pct biodiesel, with the exception of start-up and shutdown, to optimize fuel savings and emissions performance. REG will provide the refueling infrastructure for the fleet of new B100 vehicles. (Source: National Biodiesel Foundation, PR, 25 Oct., 2019) Contact: National Biodiesel Foundation Tom Verry, Exec. Dir., info@biodieselfoundation.org, www.biodieselfoundation.org; Iowa DOT, David May, Fleet Manager, www.iowadot.gov; Optimus Technologies, Colin Huwyler, CEO, 412.727.8228, www.optimustec.com; REGI, Cynthia J. Warner, President and CEO, 515-239-8000, www.regi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News B100,  Biodiesel,  National Biodiesel Foundation,  Optimus Technologies,  Renewable Energy Group,  


Palm Oil B20 Tests Slated for Malaysia (Int'l. Report)
Malaysian Palm Oil Board
Date: 2019-09-13
In Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) reports it and FGV Holdings Bhd will be embarking on a 6 month trial project involving the use of 20 pct palm biodiesel and 80 pct petroleum diesel blend (B20) for diesel vehicles.

The vehicle’s petroleum diesel engines will not be modified in any way to accommodate biodiesel fuel. The vehicles used for the project will be monitored in terms of their movements, fuel consumption of B20 and their maintenance costs. The B20 trial is intended to prove that using B20 will not affect vehicle engines.

Malaysia implemented B10 for its transportation sector beginning February and B7 for industrial sector in June this year in effort to reduce greenhouse gas emission released by diesel vehicles and to support the Palm oil industry. (Source: MPOB, New Strait Times, 12 Sept., 2019)Contact: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, www.mpob.gov.my

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


USDA Reports on Argentinian Ethanol, Biodiesel Production (Int'l.)
USDA
Date: 2019-08-09
The USDA is reporting Argentina's fuel ethanol production and consumption remains stable with 2019 forecast at 1.1 billion liters with no trade expected and the E12 mandate blend near 11.5 pct.

Biodiesel production in 2019 is projected to drop 9 pct year-over-year to 2.5 billion liters, following a 15 pct drop in 2018 with declining exports and production capacity use falling to 50 pct. Domestic consumption reflects little change at 1.3 billion liters, a near record high since 2017 but with no sustained upward movement since the B10 mandate was essentially met.

Exports are forecast at 1.2 billion liters, down 400 million liters from last year. Argentina's duty-free quota of 1.36 billion liters with a minimum set price to the EU is not expected to fill this year. No biodiesel exports are expected in 2019 to the US despite its preliminary lowering of countervailing duties due to remaining anti-dumping duties. (Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, GAIN Network, 7 Aug., 2019) Contact: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, gain.fas.usda.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fuel Ethanol,  Argentina Ethanol,  


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,  


UK's £1bn Bioethanol Ind. at Risk, claims APPG Report (Int'l Report)
All Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol
Date: 2019-06-12
In the UK, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Bioethanol is reporting release of its its interim Introducing E10 in the UK report considering the to barriers to the introduction of E10 ethanol blended transportation fuel into the UK. The report notes:
  • The UK economy will likely lose its £1 billion ($1,272,225,000 US) bioethanol industry without the introduction of E10 by 2020 at the latest, and will continue to decline and likely disappear.

  • Introducing E10 would help the UK meet its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets, saving the equivalent of taking 700,000 cars off the road.

  • Petrol fuel sales volumes in the UK are now increasing, due to the decreasing popularity of diesel cars. With widespread adoption of electric vehicles still decades away, the use of increasing blends of biofuels in petrol to make cars greener and cleaner must be a priority.

  • E10, or a higher blend of bioethanol, could help tackle the UK's air quality problems and health issues caused by high particulate levels.

  • If the British bioethanol industry is lost, the UK is unlikely to attract further investment, including for the next generation of biofuels and enhanced animal feed co-products, which would deliver further economic and environmental benefits.

  • Lose of the UK Biofuels industry could also increases the country's dependence on imported biofuels, force British farmers to source animal feed from less sustainable sources, and contribute the the UK missing its fuels quality directive target -- 4 pct rising to 6 pct in 2020 -- and miss its GHG emissions targets. (Source: All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Bioethanol, June, 2019) Contact: All Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol, info@britishbioethanol.com, www.britishbioethanol.com/about-the-appg

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Bioethanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  B10,  


  • Malaysian Palm Oil Biodiesel to be Tested in Beijing Pilot (Int'l)
    Malaysian Palm Oil Board
    Date: 2019-05-31
    In Beijing, 180 sanitary trucks will be fueled with Malaysian palm oil biodiesel in a 20 month pilot project carried out by Tsinghua University in collaboration with Beijing TUS-Deqing Bioenergy and the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB). The tests will be conducted with blended biodiesel containing 5 pct, 10 pct and 20 pct of palm oil respectively.

    Beijing TUS-Deqing Bioenergy is a subsidiary of TUS Clean Energy, a commercial arm of Tsinghua University. Beijing TUS-Deqing Bioenergy plans to invest in a project to modify an existing biodiesel plant in Malaysia using its enzymatic technology.

    . Malaysia has implemented a domestic 10 pct palm biodiesel and 90 pct petrol diesel (B10) program in its national transportation sector. (Source: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, The Star, 28 May, 2019) Contact: Tsinghua University, www.tsinghua.edu.cn; Beijing TUS-Deqing Bioenergy, en.tusholdings.com/index.php/59682c1b03b?zid=3; Malaysian Palm Oil Board, www.mpob.gov.my

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


    Malaysia Committed to Palm Oil Biodiesel (Int'l. Report)
    Palm Oil
    Date: 2019-05-27
    In Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in a statement reported that his country, the world's largest exporter and second largest producer of the palm oil, will continue to play a key role in ensuring palm oil remains a sustainable and eco-friendly fuel replacement for domestic use and worldwide export.

    The minister noted that while there had been opposition to the current practices of planting oil palm, the market is strong and "Malaysia is equipped with the necessary infrastructure and market size to improve the quality and production of palm-based energy products." He also noted agencies such as the Malaysia Palm Oil Board, Malaysia Automotive Robotics and IoT Institute and SIRIM Bhd had the technological capabilities necessary to make make palm oil biodiesel a "leading biofuel contender."

    Malaysia introduced B10 biodiesel to the domestic transportation market in December 2018, increasing its blend from seven per cent (B7 Biodiesel) to 10 per cent. The government plans to introduce B20 biodiesel by 2020. (Source: Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malay Mail, 24 May., 2019)Contact: Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Darell Leiking, www.miti.gov.my

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  


    Maine Governor's B10 Ethanol Blend Veto Upheld (Reg. & Leg.)
    B10,Ethanol Blend
    Date: 2019-05-13
    In Augusta, Maine's legislators have sustained Democratic Governor Janet Mills' veto of a bill to ban the sale of B10 ethanol-blended gas in the Pine Tree State. The Republican-sponsored bill initially sailed through the Legislature last month.

    According to the Governor, B10 is not presently sold in Maine and there's not enough evidence that ethanol-blended gas harms public health. (Source: Various Media, WABI5, 11 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News B10,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  


    Malaysia Doubles Palm Oil Biodiesel Blend Rate (Int'l)
    Palm Oil Biofuel
    Date: 2019-02-18
    In Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Ministry of Plantations is reporting the Malaysian demand for crude palm oil is expected to rise by 1.3 million tons in 2020. The Ministry also notes it is increasing the transportation fuel palm oil biodiesel-to-petroleum fuel blend rate from B10 to B20 in an effort to stabilize palm oil supply, stockpiles and prices.

    Malaysia's palm oil inventory dropped 6.7 pct to 3 million tons in January from a month earlier and palm oil exports surged 21.2 pct to 1.68 million tons in January, 2019.

    Malaysia's neighbor Indonesia introduced B20 -- a blend of 20 pct palm oil and 80 pct fossil fuel -- to its transport sector in 2016. (Source: Malaysian Ministry of Plantations, Nikkei, 12 Feb., 2019)Contact: Malaysian Ministry of Plantations, www.mpoc.org.my

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Malaysia Palm Oil,  B10,  B20,  Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  B7,  


    Malaysian Transportation B10 Biodiesel Mandate in Force (Int'l)
    Biodiesel
    Date: 2019-02-04
    The Government of Malaysia is reporting the implementation of the B10 biodiesel mandate for the country's transport sector went into full force on Friday, February 1, 2019.

    The B10 program initially kicked off on December 1, 2018 while the B7 blending mandate for the industrial sector will begin from July 1, 2019. Implementation of the B10 mandate is expected to increase demand for biodiesel by 100,000-250,000 mty. (Source: Gov. of Malaysia, Platts, Various Media, Feb., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Malaysia Biodiesel,  B10,  Biodiesael,  


    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 ,  


    REA Resource Recovery Systems, U Conn Partner on Wastewater Biodiesel Project (Ind. Report)
    REA Resource Recovery Systems
    Date: 2018-10-15
    REA Resource Recovery Systems reports it is working with the University of Connecticut and the Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority on a project using REA's proprietary technology that turns fats, oils and grease into "B100" rated biodiesel fuel. The project aims to use U Conn food service waste vegetable oil as feed stock for biodiesel production. REA has targeted other potential plants in Danbury, Hartford, New Haven and Waterbury, Conn. to move the project forward.

    REA's proprietary process converts feedstock with high Free Fatty Acids (FFA's) into high quality biodiesel. This process handles feedstock with FFA's from 0 pct to 100 pct and is designed to process a mixture of available feedstocks, according to the company website. (Source: REA-Systems, Whitman, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: REA Resource Recovery Systems, Eric Metz, (203)590-3838, www.rea-systems.com; Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority, (203)466-5280, https://gnhwpca.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


    CA Gov. Inks 2045 Zero-Carbon Electricity Bill SB100 (Reg & Leg)
    California SB100
    Date: 2018-09-12
    In Sacramento, California's Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's office reports the governor has signed bill SB100 mandating the Golden State's zero-carbon electricity by 2045 target into law. SB100 pushes California's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to 50 pct by 2025 and 60 pct by 2030 with a zero-carbon electricity grid in place by 2045.

    At the signing, Governor Brown noted, "To get to 100 pct clean energy in a manner that ensures reliability and reduces cost, we must use a variety of strategies -- energy storage, increased efficiency and adjusting energy use to the time of day when we have most power will all help with the transition." (Source: Office of Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, Various Media, Energy Storage, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Office of Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, (916) 445-2841, http://gov.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gov. Jerry Brown,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  SM100,  


    California "Carbon-Free" Legislation SB100 Awaits Governor's Signature (Reg & Leg, Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-09-07
    In the Golden State, with the expected signing of state legislation SB100, California will join Hawaii in going carbon-free by 2045. When signed into law, SB100 will replace fossil fuel generated electric power in California with 100 pct renewable energy.

    Another climate law, SB 32, requires California to limit statewide greenhouse gas emissions to 40 pct below 1990 levels by 2030. SB 100 further advances the state's goal to reduce carbon emissions by mandating that 50 pct of the state's energy must come from eligible renewable sources by 2026, increasing to 60 pct by 2030. To reach 100 pct clean energy by 2045, California can also draw upon nuclear, large hydroelectric, and natural gas plants with carbon capture and storage -- all of which do not emit carbon dioxide.

    In 2017, about 29 pct of California's electricity was sourced from renewables. Natural gas and coal made up 34 and 4 pct of the state's electric generation in 2017, down from about 46 and 17 pct in 2007.

    Download the Solutions Project Renewable Energy Roadmap for California HERE. California SB110 details are HERE. (Source: Legal Info, Various Media, Popular Science, Sept., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  


    Dubai's Sustainable City Opts for B-100 Biodiesel (Int'l Report)
    Sustainable City, Diamond Developer
    Date: 2018-07-20
    In Dubai, The Sustainable City project developer, Diamond Developers, reports it has adopted B100 biodiesel to fuel the construction of new buildings as part of the community's second phase.

    The initiative will allow The Sustainable City project to reduce its carbon footprint by up to 150 tpy of CO2 during the construction period.

    Compared to conventional gasoline and petroleum diesel, B100 cuts harmful emissions such as carbon monoxide by 50 pct, polyaromatic hydrocarbons by 90 pct, nitrogen oxides by 95 pct, and particulate matter by 99 pct, according to the company release. (Source: Diamond Developers, Arabian Industry, 19 July, 2018)Contact: Sustainable City, Diamond Developers, Faris Saeed, CEO, www.thesustainablecity.ae

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


    Hawaiian Legislators Mulling B10 Biofuels Blend (Reg & Leg)
    Biofuel Blend
    Date: 2018-02-23
    In January,In the Aloha State, the Hawaiin legislature is reported to be considering Senate Bill 2019 (SB2019), and several amendments to the original bill, requiring transportation fuel sold in the state to contain no less than 10 percent biofuel by volume.

    Originally, SB2019 called for a percentage of the biofuel used in the blending be produced in Hawaii and defined biofuel as ethanol and biodiesel. The bill includes stiff penalties for distributors or others that violate the blend requirement. Violators would be subject to a fine of $2 or more per gallon of nonconforming fuel up to a maximum of $1 million per infraction. The legislation is now awaiting state Senate approval. (Source: Biodiesel Mag, Various Media, 21 Feb., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend,  B10,  


    Western Iowa Energy Acquires Agron Bioenergy Biodiesel Plant (M&A)
    Agron Bioenergy,Western Iowa Energy
    Date: 2017-11-17
    Agron Bioenergy LLC reports it has closed on the sale of its biodiesel plant located in Watsonville, California, to Western Iowa Energy LLC. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    The assets include a biodiesel refinery designed to produce 15 MMgy and patents encompassing Agron's centrifuge system and distillation steps to eliminate water washing in the production of distilled B100 biodiesel that meets or exceeds ASTM D-6751 specifications. Western Iowa Energy is a BQ-9000-accredited biodiesel producer whose Wall Lake, Iowa, plant can produce 45 MMgy. (Source: Agron Bioenergy, Ocean Park Advisors, 15 Nov., 20170 Contact: Western Iowa Energy , Brad Wilson, Pres. GM, Agron Bioenergy, (831) 728-1300, www.agronbioenergy.com; Western Iowa Energy LLC, (717) 664-2173, www.westerniowaenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Western Iowa Energy news,  Agron Bioenergy news,  Biodiesel news,  


    New Biodiesel Fuel Center Open in Norfolk, Nebraska (Ind. Report)
    Sapp Bros.
    Date: 2017-09-01
    In Norfolk, Nebraska, Sapp Bros. Inc. is reporting the acquisition and activation of a new 30,000-gallon B100 biodiesel tank located along Highway 81, north of Norfolk. The facility will handle B100 fuel made predominantly from locally grown and processed soybeans. (Source: News Channel Nebraska, 30 Aug., 2017) Sapp Bros. Inc., Andy Richard, Pres., www.sappbros.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioodiesel,  Soybean Biodiesel,  


    Minnesota Introduces B20 Biodiesel Mandate (Ind. Report)
    Biofuel Blend
    Date: 2017-08-28
    The Governor of Minnesota's office reports that effective May 2018, diesel fuel marketed in the state will contain 20 pct biodiesel during warm weather months and 5 pct during the winter.

    The B5 mandate and the B10 mandate have added an estimated 63 cents to the price of each bushel of soybeans sold by Minnesota growers, according the the Governonr's office. (Source: Minnesota Farm Guide, 25 Aug., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  B20,  Biofuel Blends,  


    REGI Lauds Ill. Biodiesel Incentive Extension (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2017-07-10
    Ames, Iowa-headquartered biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) praised Illinois lawmakers for approving a five-year extension of a significant biodiesel incentive that was slateed to expire at the end of 2018. Under present legislation, Illinois biodiesel retailers are granted a 20 pct exemption of the state's 6.25 pct excise tax for selling biodiesel blends of 1 to 10 percent (B1 to B10). A full exemption of the state excise tax is provided for blends of 11 percent (B11) or more.

    The Illinois House and Senate over rode Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of the tax package, which extends through 2023 the full excise tax exemption for B11 and higher biodiesel blends. (Source: REGI, Globe Newswire, 7 July, 2017) Contact: REGI, Gary Haer, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, + (703) 822-1972, gary.haer@regi.com, www.regi.com

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