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Lightsource bp Ads 845 MW Spanish Solar Portfolio (Int'l., M&A)
Lightsource bp
Date: 2021-02-17
In the UK, London-based solar energy developer and manager Lightsource bp is reporting acquisition of an 845 MW solar portfolio in Spain from Madrid-headquartered Iberia Solar, a portfolio company of Asterion Industrial Partners.

Lightsource bp and Iberia Solar will work in partnership to bring the project pipeline, which consists of five sites across the regions of Castilla la Mancha and Castilla y Leon, to "shovel-ready" status. Lightsource bp will then lead the projects to financial close and begin construction in 2022. (Source: Lightsource bp, Website, PR, 15 Feb., 2021) Contact: Lightsource bp, Kareen Boutonnat, CEO, Europe and Int'l., +44 0 333 200 0755, www.lightsourcebp.com; Iberia Solar, Erik Martel and Ignacio Martínez, founders, info@iberia-solar.com, www.iberia-solar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lightsource bp,  Iberia Solar,  Solar,  


Encina, Flint Hills Consider Corpus Christi Facility (Ind. Report)
Flint Hills, Encina
Date: 2021-02-17
In the Lone Star State, The Woodlands-based Encina Development Group LLC and Wichita, Kansas-headquartered ethanol and ingredients producer Flint Hills Resources are reporting a nonbinding term sheet that for the construction of a renewable chemicals and fuels from plastic waste facility in Corpus Christi.

Under the agreement, Flint Hills would market the plant's products and work with its affiliates to market renewable aromatic products from other Encina plants in the US.

Flint Hills Resources purchases over 240 million bpy of corn for its six ethanol manufacturing operations in Iowa and Nebraska, according to the company website. (Source: Encina Development Group, PR, 16 Feb., 2021) Contact: Flint Hills Resources, 229-522-2822, www.fhr.com; Encina Development Group, David A. Schwedel, Executive Director, (281) 210-0007, dschwedel@encina.com, www.encina.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Renewable Chemical,  Flint Hills Resources ,  Encina,  


Ethanol Ind. Leaders Comment on EPA's Last Minute RFA "Hardship" Waivers (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
RFS Waivers
Date: 2021-02-01
On Jan 19, the Trump administration's Andrew Wheeler-led EPA approved three small refinery "hardship" waivers to reverse one denial from 2018 and granting two for the 2019 compliance year. The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) was quick to respond with a petition for review and an emergency motion to stay EPA's action.

"Based on empirical evidence from SREs improperly granted in other compliance years, the new 2018-2019 SREs will likely have a sudden, negative impact on both ethanol sales volumes and prices. This would be devastating to America's ethanol producers, many of which are already on the brink of closure due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This action by EPA is completely without legal merit," RFA Pres. and CEO Geoff Cooper Noted:

"This midnight-hour attempt by the Trump administration to damage the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and sabotage the ethanol industry's recovery from the COVID pandemic simply cannot be allowed to prevail. With just hours remaining in his shameful term as EPA administrator, Wheeler couldn't stop himself from doling out a few more Clean Air Act compliance exemptions to his well-connected friends. But the fact remains that this action by EPA is completely without legal merit. It flouts both the statute and recent court decisions that clearly limit EPA's authority and ability to grant these exemptions. And while this action comes as one last sucker punch from the Trump administration, we are confident it will be a hollow victory for the politically connected oil companies receiving today's waivers, as the new Biden administration will most certainly act quickly to restore the volumes erased by these waivers," RFA president and CEO Geoff Cooper said.

"Farm families and biofuel workers across the country have worked tirelessly to make a living over the past few months despite a global pandemic. And yet, the Trump administration's SRE abuse has piled on to the uncertainty and difficulty that rural Americans are facing every day," according to Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor.

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: RFA, Growth Energy, AgriNews, 30January, 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org; RFA, Geoff Cooper, Pres., CEO, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  RFA,  Growth Energy,  RFS,  "Hardship" Waivers,  ,  


ECB, Shell Ink Aviation Biofuel Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
ECB Group
Date: 2021-02-01
Brazil's leading biodiesel producer, ECB Group Paraguay and Shell Trading (U.S.) are reporting a multi-year deal that will provide more than 500 million lpy of renewable diesel and renewable jet fuel to Shell. The contract is expected to run from 2024.

The renewable diesel HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) and renewable jet fuel (SAF) will be produced at ECB's planned Omega Green biorefinery in Paraguay, with a total production capacity of 20,000 bpd of HVO, SPK/SAF and green naphtha.

The ECB Group venture to build and operate the Omega Green biorefinery includes contractor Honeywell UOP, owner of the renewable fuel refining technology for UOP Process reactors, Crown Iron Works, a U.S. company that provides processing systems and technologies, including feedstock pretreatment technology, and Acciona, one of the world's largest engineering and construction companies. (Source: ECB Group Paraguay, PR, Website, 26 Jan., 2021) Contact: ECB Group Paraguay, +55 54 3632 0800, www.ecbgroup.com.br/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  ECB Group ,  


Qantas, BP Partnering on SAF, Carbon Emission Reduction (Int'l.)
Qantas, BP
Date: 2021-01-29
In the Land Down Under, Qantas Airways Ltd , Air New Zealand Ltd and BP PLC are reporting a strategic partnership to explore advanced sustainable fuels (SAF), advocate for further aviation sector decarbonisation, renewable power solutions and generation, carbon management and new technologies to cut aviation and to become carbon neutral companies by 2050. (Source: Quantas, BP, Nasdaq, 28 Jan., 2021) Contact: Qantas Group, Alan Joyce, CEO, (02) 9691 3636, info@qantas.com, www.qantas.com/au/en.html; BP PLC, www.bp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Qantas,  BP,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  Carbon Emissions,  


Maine Launches Solar, Energy Efficiency Online Resources (Solar)
Maine
Date: 2021-01-20
In Augusta, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has launched new Technical Guidance For Utility-Scale Solar Installation and Development on Agricultural, Forested, and Natural Lands to encourage solar development in ways that avoid or minimize impacts to agricultural and forested lands, as well as other ecologically sensitive natural lands in response to growing interest in solar development in the Pine Tree State. The document also provides technical guidance for solar developers when designing, installing, and removing solar projects.

The department also launched Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Financial Resources for Farms, a webpage that highlights opportunities that may help keep farms productive, reduce costs, and lessen environmental impacts.

Download Technical Guidance For Utility-Scale Solar Installation and Development HERE.

Access Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Financial Resources for Farms, HERE. (Source: Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, PR, Jan/. 2021) Contact: Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, www.maine.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Energy Efficiency,  


Novel Biofuel Recovery Process Investigated (New Prod. & Tech.)
Imperial College London
Date: 2021-01-20
In the UK, Imperial College London, Livingstone Group researchers, in collaboration with BP, report development of a cost-effective and energy-efficient membrane-based extraction method that reduces energy requirements by 25 pct and produces ten times more transportation biofuel with more than 99.5 pct purity.

Researchers chose 2-ethyl-hexanol (2EH) as the extractant based on several attractive properties including water-immiscibility, high boiling point, low viscosity, and high partition coefficient for the target product. A high partition coefficient of extractant increases the effective driving force of membrane-based extraction and improves productivity. Additionally, 2EH is inexpensive and readily available.

The membrane separates the fermentation broth from the extractant 2EH, which is highly selective but toxic to microorganisms. Alcohol product can be extracted through the membrane keeping the alcohol concentration low at the fermentation broth, preventing toxicity and promoting biofuel production. Furthermore, the membrane enables continuous production leading to increased productivity compared to conventional techniques.

Imperial College is further developing the technology by scaling up membrane fabrication and immobilizing microorganisms, working to reduce the thin-film layer to improve extraction rate and investigating the effects of temperature on the extractant. (Source: Imperial College London, PR, Chem Engineer, Jan., 2021) Contact: Imperial College London, Andrew Livingston, Professor of Chemical Engineering, +44 (0)20 7589, 5111www.imperial.ac.uk/livingston-group

More Low-Carbon Energy News Imperial College London,  Biofuel,  


VGS Focuses on Smart Energy, Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Vermont Gas
Date: 2021-01-20
In South Burlington, Vermont Gas Service (VGS) has filed its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) reaffirming its commitment to climate change action, a decarbonized thermal energy future and an affordable pathway to Net Zero by 2050.

The filing represents a shift from prior planning models. While the Company will continue to add customers within its existing footprint, this plan considers decreasing natural gas loads and strategies under which VGS can promote such further reductions through efficiency and weatherizations, as well as meeting the needs of customers through expanded energy services.

VGS serves over 54,000 homes, businesses, and institutions in Franklin, Chittenden and Addison counties and plays an important role in Vermont's clean energy future by displacing higher-emitting fuels, offering renewable natural gas service, and delivering award-winning energy efficiency programs. VGS is leading the country in the development of local renewable energy generation and has targeted a 30 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and full elimination by 2050. (Source: Vermont Gas, PR, 18 Jan, 2021) Contact: Vermont Gas, Neale Lunderville, CEO, Beth Parent, Brand Manager, (802) 865-1460 / (802) 578-2776, bparent@vermontgas.com, www.vgsvt.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vermont Gas,  Energy Efficiency,  Smart Energy,  


Vermont Gas Committed to Net-Zero by 2050 (Ind. Report)
Vermont Gas
Date: 2021-01-20
In South Burlington, Vermont Gas Service (VGS) has filed its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) reaffirming its commitment to climate change action, a decarbonized thermal energy future and an affordable pathway to net-zero emissions by 2050.

The Filing represents a shift from prior planning models. While the Company will continue to add customers within its existing footprint, this plan considers decreasing natural gas loads and strategies under which VGS can promote such further reductions through efficiency and weatherizations, as well as meeting the needs of customers through expanded energy services.

VGS serves over 54,000 homes, businesses, and institutions in Franklin, Chittenden and Addison counties. The company plays an important role in Vermont's clean energy future by displacing higher-emitting fuels, offering renewable natural gas service, and delivering award-winning energy efficiency programs. VGS is leading the country in the development of local renewable energy generation and has targeted a 30 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and full elimination by 2050. (Source: Vermont Gas, PR, 18 Jan., 2021) Contact: Vermont Gas, Neale Lunderville, CEO, Beth Parent, Brand Manager, (802) 865-1460 / (802) 578-2776, bparent@vermontgas.com, www.vgsvt.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  


Equinor Contracted for NY Offshore Wind Project (Ind. Report)
Equinor
Date: 2021-01-18
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) state will contract with Equinor Wind for the $8.9 billion development of two new offshore wind farms totaling 2,490 MW more than 20 miles off the shore of Long Island

Under the award, Equinor and incoming strategic partner BP will provide generation capacity of 1,260 MW renewable offshore wind power from Empire Wind 2, and another 1,230 MW of power from Beacon Wind 1 -- adding to the existing commitment to provide New York with 816 MW of renewable power from Empire Wind 1 -- totaling 3.3 GW of power to the state.

As part of the award by NYSERDA, the companies will partner with the state to transform the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT) and the Port of Albany into large-scale offshore wind working industrial facilities that position New York to become an offshore wind industry hub. (Source: NYDERDA, Equinor, Renewable Energy Mag., 15 Jan., 2021) Contact: Equinor, www.equinor.com; NYSERDA, Doreen Harris, Acting CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Offshore Wind,  NYSERDA,  


EPA Proposes Extension of RFS Deadlines (Ind. Report)
EPA, Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2021-01-18
In its just published draft rulemaking, the EPA proposed extending the deadline for refineries to prove compliance with federal renewable fuel standard (RFS) blending mandates in 2019.

The agency proposed a new 2019 compliance deadline of 30 November 2021, with a 1 June 2022 deadline for refineries processing less than 75,000 b/d of crude a year. The 2020 mandates would have deadlines of 31 January 2022 and 1 June 2022 for small refineries, under the proposal. Deadlines to prove compliance for the 2019 mandates were last March, and for the 2020 compliance year March of this year.

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: EPA, PR, 14 Jan., 2021)

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


Pertamina's 100 pct Palm Oil Biodiesel Tests Underway (Int'l.)
PT Pertamina
Date: 2021-01-18
In Jakarta, Indonesian state energy company PT Pertamina reports it has begun trials to produce as much as 3,000 bpd of 100 pct :green" biodiesel from palm oil at its Cilacap refinery on Java island.

While the B30 programme uses fatty acid methyl ester (FAME), green diesel uses refined, bleached and deodorized palm oil (RBDPO), which is palm oil that has been refined to remove free fatty acids and purification to remove color and odor. Indonesia, the world's largest palm oil producer, currently has a mandatory B30 biodiesel blending programme but is keen to expand the use of palm oil for energy as it aims to slash fuel imports.

Indonesia, the world's largest palm oil producer, currently has a mandatory B30 biodiesel blending programme but is keen to expand the use of palm oil for energy as it aims to slash fuel imports, according to the release. (Source: PT Pertamina, PR 15 Jan., 2021) Contact: PT Pertamina, pcc@pertamina.com, www.petramina.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PT Pertamina,  Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  


PSE&G Investing $700Mn in NJ Smart Meter Installations (Ind. Report)
PSE&G
Date: 2021-01-11
The Garden State's largest utility PSE&G reports the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has approved the utility's $700 million, 4-year plan to install a communications network and smart meters for its 2.3 million customers.

The project's first phase well see the deployment of 80,000 smart meters and a communications network for the entire territory this year. PSE&G will ramp up to about 300,000 meters in 2022 and the remaining 1.8 million meters in 2023 and 2024. (Source: PSE&G, PR, 10 Jan., 2020) Contact: PSEG, Ralph Izzo, Pres., CEO, www.pseg.com; New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.stste.nj.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News New Jersey Board of Public Utilities,  PSE&G,  


Supreme Court to Review RFS Biofuel Waivers (Reg. & Leg.)
RFS Waivers
Date: 2021-01-11
The US Supreme Court will review the ability of oil refineries to win exemptions from federal biofuel-blending quotas under Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) legislation.

Under the January 2020 ruling that the Supreme Court will now review, the EPA was found to have wrongly waived three refineries from the renewable fuel requirements. A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit also said that refineries are only eligible for relief if they have received uninterrupted, continuous extensions of the exemptions -- an exclusion that means only a handful nationwide will qualify.

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: Various Trade Media, 8 Jan., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS Waiver,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  Hardship Waivers,  


Ingredion Kills Cedar Rapids Plant Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
Ingredion
Date: 2021-01-08
Westchester, Illinois-based global ingredients supplier Ingredion Inc. reports it has ceased ethanol production at its manufacturing facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, due to "current market conditions aggravated by the coronavirus pandemic."

According to the US Energy Information Administration, U.S. ethanol production capacity as of Jan. 1, 2020 stood at 1.13 million bpd and ethanol margins in the Corn Belt have fallen over the last two months negative 9 cents, near the lowest since April, 2020. (Source: Ingredion Inc., PR, Jan., 2020) Contact: Ingredion Inc., James P. Zallie, CEO, 800-713-0208, www.ingredion.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ingredion,  Ethanol,  


Biofuels Coalition Challenges 2018 RFS Hardship Waivers (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2020-12-09
A coalition of the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, National Biodiesel Board, American Coalition for Ethanol, and National Farmers Union have filed a brief to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging EPA's August 2019 decision to exempt 31 small refineries from their obligations to comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in 2018.

The filing argues the EPA was not authorized to issue the exemptions and that it acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner in its decision.

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.

Download the coalition's brief HERE. (Source: Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, National Biodiesel Board, American Coalition for Ethanol, National Farmers Union, 8 Dec., 2020) Contact: National Farmers Union, Rob Larew, Pres., (202) 554-1600, www.nfu.org; Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, Pres., CEO, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS Hardship Waiver,  Renewable Fuels Association,  RFS,  National Farmers Union,  


Marathon Confirms Renewable Diesel Project Progress (Ind. Report)
Marathon Petroleum
Date: 2020-12-02
Following up on our Oct. 7th report, Ohio-headquartered oil industry giant Marathon Petroleum is in the process of starting up its renewable diesel facility in Dickinson, North Dakota, and advancing plans to covert its Martinez, California, refinery to renewable diesel.

When fully operational in 2022, the Dickinson facility is expected to produce 12,000 bpd of renewable diesel from animal fat, soybean oil and corn oil feedstocks, and the Martinez, California facility will to produce 736 million bpy of renewable diesel. (Source: Marathon, Nov, 2020) Contact: Marathon Petroleum Corp., 419.422.2121, www.marathonpetroleum.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Marathon,  Renewable Diesel,  


BPCL Reports 2G Ethanol Bio-Refinery Progress (Int'l. Report)
Bharat Petroleum Corporation
Date: 2020-11-25
In New Delhi, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) is reporting it will begin work on its planned 2G Ethanol Bio-refinery Odisha in 2022. The bio-refinery will produce fuel-grade ethanol from agricultural waste.

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited is an Indian public sector oil and gas company headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The Corporation operates two large refineries of the country located in Kochi and Mumbai, India. (Source: BPCL, PSU Connect, 25 Nov., 2020) Contact: Bharat Petroleum Corporation, www.bharatpetroleum.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol news,  


More Refiners Seeking RFS Biofuel Hardship Waivers (Ind. Report)
EPA, RFS
Date: 2020-11-20
In Washington, the EPA is reporting over the past 30 days, US refiners added five requests for "hardship waiver" exemptions of 2020 renewable fuel blending requirements and one to exempt 2019 requirements . There are nine pending applications to waive Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirements for 2020 and 32 pending applications to waive 2019 requirements.

EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler stated that the agency would not act on waiver requests for compliance years since 2019 until ongoing court challenges to prior decisions are settled.

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. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was denied.

On Sept 18 we reported Trump had suggested he'd provide $300 million to oil refiners and that those funds would come out of the USDA Commodity Credit Corp. (CCC) which is intended to provide farmers with Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments. Trump later denied suggesting cash payments to refineries whose waiver applications had been rejected. (Source: EPA, Various Media, 19 Nov., 2020)

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


Suez, BP to Explore UK CCS, CCUS Project (Int'l. Report)
Suez SA, BP
Date: 2020-11-16
Paris-based French waste and water management specialist Suez SA is reporting a memorandum of understanding with BP PLC to explore the feasibility of a carbon-capture, utilization and storage project in the U.K.

The project would develop a system to capture carbon-dioxide emissions from an energy-from-waste facility in the Teesside area. The captured carbon would be supplied to the CCUS project to then be transported and stored in a storage site in the North Sea. The project would allow the capturing of up to 10 million tpy of CO2 emissions -- equal to the annual energy use of over three million UK households, according to Suez. (Source: Suez SA, PR, Market Screener, 16 Nov., 2020) Contact: Suez AS, www.suez.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BP,  Carbon Emissions,  CCS,  CCUS ,  


Oil and Gas Majors Agree on GHG Emissions Cuts (Int'l. Report)
Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
Date: 2020-11-13
As previously reported, the 12-member Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) is reported to have agreed to reduce the average carbon intensity of their aggregated upstream oil and gas operations to between 20 kg and 21 kg of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) per barrel of oil by 2025.

OGCI members include: Saudi Aramco, ExxonMobil, BP, China's CNPC, Total, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell, Repsol, Petrobras, Occidental Petroleum, Eni and Equinor. (Source: OGCI, July, 2020) Contact: Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, +44 (0)203 922 0853, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Oil and Gas Climate Initiative news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


2020 Global Biofuel Production Falling (Ind. Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2020-11-11
A new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) notes that 2020 global transport biofuel production was expected to be 2,480 thousand bpd -- an 11.6 pct drop from 2019's record output.

The greatest year-on-year drops in output were for US and Brazilian ethanol, and European biodiesel. (Source: International Energy Agency, Nov., 2020) Contact: International Energy Agency, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency ,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


$1.2Bn Renewable Diesel Facility Slated for Baton Rouge (Ind. Report)
Port of Greater Baton Rouge
Date: 2020-11-11
The Port of Greater Baton Rouge is reporting a long term lease proposal with Coral Gables, Florida-based Gron Fuels LLC for 141 acres of port property for construction of a 60,000 bpd renewable diesel from canola, soybean and used cooking oils facility. The estimated $1.2 billion facility, which will also serve as the company's headquarters, will also have the capacity to produce 6,000 bpd of renewable jet fuel.

Gron Fuels is a portfolio company of the Houston-based infrastructure investment firm Fidelis Infrastructure, which invests in complex greenfield projects and has been working with the Louisiana Economic Development agency on the project since 2019. If the lease is approved by the port, as expected, the next step in the process will be for Gron to secure environmental permits. (Source: Port of Greater Baton Rouge, PR 11 Nov., 2020) Contact: Port of Greater Baton Rouge, 225.342.1660, www.portgbr.com; Gron Fuels, Fidelis Infrastructure, (832) 551-3300 , info@fidelisinfra.com, www.fidelisinfra.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel news,  


Diamond Green Diesel Doubling Norco La. Plant Capacity (Ind. Report)
Diamond Green Diesel
Date: 2020-11-04
Diamond Green Diesel reports it will more than double its production of renewable diesel to 675 million gpy at its Norco, Louisiana plant with the completion of a second Honeywell Ecofining process unit with a capacity of 30,000 bpd The facility converts inedible oils and other waste fats into a high-quality renewable diesel fuel. When the second unit is expected to be completed in 2021.

Honeywell Green Diesel can be used as a drop-in replacement in diesel-powered vehicles with no engine modifications, and features up to an 80 pct lifecycle reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared with diesel from petroleum.

Diamond Green Diesel is owned by Valero Energy Corp. and Darling Ingredients Inc.(Source: Diamond Green Diesel, PR, GreenCar Congress, 2 Nov., 2020) Contact: Darling Ingredients, Melissa A. Gaither, VP IR , (972) 281-4478, mgaither@darlingii.com, www.darlingii.com; Diamond Green Diesel, sales@diamondgreendiesel.com, www.diamondgreendiesel.com; Valero Renewable Fuels, Joe Gorder, Pres., (800) 324-8464, www.valero.com; Honeywell UOP, Rebecca Liebert, Pres.,CEO, www.uop.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UOP Honeywell,  Diamond Green Diesel,  


Malaysian Oil Giant Targets Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Int'l.)
Petronas
Date: 2020-11-04
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian oil and gas giant Petronas is reporting plans to be the first state-owned Asian energy company to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

To that end, Petronas reports it will optimize hydrocarbon efficiency and carbon capture, employ more low-carbon and renewables-based solutions, and advance emission reduction technologies as part of its strategy to achieve its carbon neutrality goal.

Petronas produces roughly 1.8 million bpd of oil equivalent (boe/d), is a major LNG exporter and operates about 400,000 bpd of refining capacity. (Source: Petronas, PR, 3 Nov., 2020) Contact: Petronas, www.petronas,com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


WCSB Plans Alberta Battery Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
WCSB
Date: 2020-10-28
On the Canadian prairies, Calgary-headquartered privately-held electric power generation company WCSB Power reports it has agreed to acquire and build Canada's largest battery energy storage system through three 20 MW projects in Alberta.

For the project, WCSB has procured three Tesla Megapack Batteries, the first of which will be connected to the grid in Rycroft where it will store and distribute renewable energy as needed. The Megapack can also be used as a microgrid if disconnected from the main power grid. In addition to the Rycrft installation, WCSB plans to install 20 MW Megapack's in Grande Prairie and Buffalo Creek, both of which are expected to be completed in 2021. (Source: WCSB, PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: WCSB, (587) 747-4050, www.wcsbpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla news,  Energy Storage news,  Tesla Battery news,  Tesla Power Pack news,  


BP, Eni, Equinor, Shell,Total Bid on CO2 Storage Pipeline (Int'l)
BP, Eni, Equinor, Shell,Total
Date: 2020-10-28
International energy giants BP, Eni, Equinor, Shell and Total and National Grid are reporting their formation of the Northern Endurance Partnership, a joint alliance, and the submission of a £75 million bid for government funding from the second round of the UK's £170 million Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge for a project that will shuttle carbon emissions captured from the Teesside and Humber industrial hubs to a porus rock aquifer beneath the seabed for permanent sequestration. The partnership claims Endurance could potentially cut the UK's emissions in half.

The planned offshore pipeline network is key to the success of two major industrial decarbonisation projects being plotted on the UK's east coast -- Zero Carbon Humber and Net Zero Teesside -- aimed at capturing CO2 from local industry and then either finding other industrial uses for the CO2 or storing it under the North Sea. Both projects, Zero Carbon Humber and Net Zero Teesside, plan to capture and transport 17 million and 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions respectively every year, with commissioning in both cases earmarked for 2026. (Source: BP, UK Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge, Business Green, 27 Oct., 2020) Contact: UK Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge, www.idric.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  BP,  Eni,  Equinor,  Shell,  Total,  UK Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge ,  


Europe's Largest Bank Aims for Net-Zero Carbon by 2050 (Intl. Report)
HSBC Bank
Date: 2020-10-12
London-listed, Asia-focused HSBC Bank reports it aims to "align its financed emissions -- the carbon emissions of its portfolio of customers -- to the Paris Climate Agreement goal to achieve net zero by 2050 or sooner." The bank -- Europe's largest with €2,219 billion in assets -- also aims to be net-zero in its operations and supply chain by 2030, according to a release.

HSBC has earmarked between $750 billion and $1.0 trillion to assist the transition. Banking major Barclays committed to zero-carbon by 2050 in March as have oil giants BP and Shell which recently confirmed their commitment to meet the Paris Climate Agreement goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. (Source: HSBC, The Edition, 9 Oct., 2020) Contact: HSBC, www.hsbc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News HSBC Bank,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Net-Zero Emissions,  Climate Change,  BP,  Shell,  


Marathon Planning Calif. Renewable Diesel Production (Ind. Report)
Marathon Petroleum
Date: 2020-10-07
Ohio-headquartered Marathon Petroleum reports it has applied for permits to convert its presently shuttered petroleum refinery in Martinez, California to produce 736 million bpy of renewable diesel from animal fat, soybeans, corn oil and similar feedstocks beginning in 2022.

Marathon's renewable fuels projects include ethanol production through a Midwest joint venture, investment in its biofuels subsidiary Virent and the conversion of a refinery in Dickinson, North Dakota, to renewable diesel. (Source: Marathon Petroleum, PR, 7 Oct., 2020) Contact: Marathon Petroleum Corp., 419.422.2121, www.marathonpetroleum.com; Virent Inc., Lee Edawards, CEO, Jeff Moore, Exec. VP, Operations, (608) 663-0228, www.virent.com

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Lightsource BP Nails 300-MW Solar Farm Financing (Ind. Report)
Lightsource BP
Date: 2020-10-05
Lightsource BP reports it has closed on $285-million financing round for its 300-MW Bighorn Solar project which is underway in Pueblo, Colorado.

The project will incorporate 750,000 Canadian Solar crystalline PV panels mounted on NEXTracker single-axis trackers and is expected to come online in late 2021. (Source: Lightsource BP, Renewables, 2 Oct., 2020) Contact: LighthouseBP, Kevin Smith, CEO, Mary Grikas, (732) 429-3906, mary.grikas@lightsourcebp.com, www.lightsourcebp.com

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BP Moves Towards Zero Carbon and Sustainability (Ind. Report)
BP
Date: 2020-10-05
In response to growing public concern over sustainability and climate change, global energy giant British Petroleum (BP) recently announced it plans to reduce its oil and gas outputin the next 10 years by 40 pct from the present levels, with an emphasis on low carbon technologies especially on renewables, bioenergy, hydrogen and carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCS). Similarly, global oil major Shell has announced similar moves to a zero carbon future.

Sustainability and climate change has become an integral strategy of all the global firms, especially in the energy and downstream area, thanks to public pressure as well as due to the sustained efforts of think tanks and activist organizations like Greenpeace, according to the BP release. (Source: BP, Sept., 2020)Contact: BP, www.bp.com

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Pertamina Opts for Honeywell Tech for Biofuel Production (Int'l.)
PT Pertamina,Honeywell
Date: 2020-09-30
Honeywell has announced the Jakarta-based Indonesian state-owned oil and natural gas corporation Pertamina (Persero) will use Honeywell UOP's Renewable Jet Fuel Process™ technology at its Plaju refinery in Palembang, South Sumatra, and UOP Ecofining™ technology at its Cilacap refinery in Central Java.

UOP will provide technology licenses, basic engineering, specialty equipment, catalysts and training for the two Indonesian projects. The biorefinery in Plaju will process 20 000 bpd of vegetable oils and fats to produce renewable jet fuel, renewable diesel fuel and green liquefied petroleum gas. UOP also will revamp the existing refinery at Cilacap to process 6000 bpd of vegetable oils and fats to produce advanced biofuels.

Indonesia imports roughy 1.5 million bpd of refined products -- roughly 30 pct more than its domestic production capacity. According to the National Energy Policy in Indonesia, more than 5 pct of all energy must come from biofuel by 2025. (Source: Honeywell, Hydrocarbon Eng., 28 Sept., 2020) Contact: PT Pertamina, pcc@pertamina.com,www.petramina.com; Honeywell UOP, Bryan Glover, VP Petrochemicals & Refining Technologies, www,uop.com

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Atlantic City Electric Proposes Energy Saving Programs (Ind. Report)
Atlantic City Electric,New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Date: 2020-09-30
In the Garden State, Atlantic City Electric has proposed numerous energy efficiency programs to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) that offer a range of incentives for energy efficiency upgrades, rebates on energy-efficient products, and a mixture of other offerings to help people use less energy. The programs will help the state's Clean Energy Act energy savings goal and help the state meet its climate goals for a clean and sustainable energy future. According to Atlantic City Electric, every dollar invested in these energy efficiency programs customers will receive nearly $4 in benefits.

Atlantic City Electric's programs are anticipated to result in more than 6,000 job-years, provide more than $500 million to New Jersey's GDP and support local businesses. Participating businesses can also reduce their operating costs by lowering their energy bills. The programs are expected to significantly cut customer energy demands and reduce CO2 emissions by 1.5 million tpy , SOX emissions by 885 tpy and NOX emissions by 783 tpy. (Source: Atlantic City Electric, Jersey Shore Online, 30 Sept., 2020) Contact: Atlantic City Electric, www.atlanticcityelectric.com; New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.stste.nj.us

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ECB Planning Paraguay Omega Green Biofuel Plant (Int'l. Report)
ECB Group
Date: 2020-09-18
In Sao Paulo, ECB Paraguay, an ECB Group company is reporting an agreement with the government of Paraguay that authorizes a Free Zone regime for ECB's Omega Green advanced biofuel plant in Paraguay .

The new Free Trade Zone is part of Paraguay's national investment program and is the first of an industrial nature with a focus on exports to countries in Europe, Asia and North America -- the destination of Omega Green products. The decree highlights the initiative's ability to boost foreign trade and add value to raw materials produced in Paraguay, such as animal fats, vegetable oils and waste oils, generate jobs and bring cutting-edge technology to the country.

Launched in February 2019, the $800 million, 20,000 bpd Omega Green project will produce renewable diesel and aviation kerosene (SPK) for export. The engineering project is expected to be completed by the end of the year. (Source: ECB Group, Sept., 2020) Contact: ECB Group, +55 54 3632-0800, www.ecbgroup.com.br

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US Ethanol Stockpiles, Weekly Production Decline (Ind. Report)
Ethanol,
Date: 2020-09-18
Ethanol stockpiles dropped to the lowest level in more than a month, and production declined week-to-week, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) Inventories of the biofuel fell from 19.993 million to 19.798 million barrels in the seven days that ended on Sept. 11, 2020.

Daily ethanol production fell to an average of 926,000 for the week ending 11 Sept. In the Midwest, output dropped to 879,000 bpd on average, from 892,000 barrels a week earlier. West Coast production was down from 10,000 to 8,000 bpd while East Coast output increased was up from 12,000 to 13,000 bpd in the prior seven-day period and Gulf Coast production rose from 16,000 to 17,000 bpd. (Source: US EIA, 17 Sept., 2020) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

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Could Trump Use USDA Funds for RFS Waiver Payoffs? (Ind. Report)
RFS Waivers
Date: 2020-09-18
Further to our 16 Sept. coverage, the Trump EPA denied 54 of the pending 99 small refinery exemption (SRE) requests from oil refiners to blend less ethanol under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). However, EPA still hasn't acted on 44 waivers, 14 of which are also gap-year waivers and 31 of which are for the 2019 and 2020 blending requirements.

In a blatant move to win support and placate the biofuels and refinery interests, Trump has suggested he'd provide $300 million to oil refiners and that those funds would come out of the USDA Commodity Credit Corp. (CCC) which is intended to provide farmers with Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments.

Commenting on Trump's possible cash payments to refiners scheme, former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he "strongly expects that no action will be taken on the remaining waivers until after the election." Vilsack was critical of the reports that the President indicated that he would offer $300 million through the CCC fund in lieu of the waiver approvals, as the CCC is designed specifically to be used by USDA for the purpose of helping farmers.

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: EPA, Feedstuffs, 17 Sept., 2020)

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54 Pending RFS Biofuel "Hardship" Waivers Denied! (Ind. Report)
RFS Waivers
Date: 2020-09-16
In Washington, the Trump Administration's EPA has rejected 54 retroactive renewable fuel standard biofuel "hardship waiver" petitions that were pending review.

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. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was denied.

Interestingly, it is being widely reported that Trump is suggesting cash payments to refineries that have had waiver applications rejected, thus placating the biofuels and oil industries in a thinly-veiled move to win re-election in Nov. (Source: Various Media, OilPrice, 14 Sept., 2020)

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Trump Reportedly Denies Retroactive RFS Waivers (Ind. Report)
RFS
Date: 2020-09-11
Reuters is reporting U.S. Pres. Trump has instructed the EPA to deny dozens of oil refiner requests for retroactive "hardship waivers" under the Renewable Fuels Standard.

The president's could be seen as an effort to shore up his support in the Corn Belt states.

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. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was denied.Under the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard, the nation's oil refineries are required to blend billions of gallons of biofuels such as ethanol into the fuel or buy credits from those that do. But the EPA can waive their obligations if they prove compliance would cause them financial distress. (Source: Chronicle Herald, 10 Sept., 2020)

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BP, Equinor Ink U.S. Offshore Wind Deal (Int'l. Report, M&A)
BP, Equinor
Date: 2020-09-11
In the UK, London-headquartered oil industry major BP is reporting an agreement to purchase a 50 pct stake in two US projects -- Empire Wind and Beacon Wind -- from Norway's Equinor for $1.1 billion. Under the agreement, BP and Equinor will also jointly develop four assets located offshore New York and Massachusetts. The deal is expected to close in early 2021.

BP plans to increase renewable power development from 2.5 GW in 2019 to roughly 50 GW by 2030 as part of its effort to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. (Source: BP, PR, Financial Times, Sept., 2020) Contact: Equinor, www.equinor.com; BP, www.bp.com

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Private Sector Cooperates to Scale Carbon Offsetting Markets (Int'l.)
Carbon Markets,Institute of International Finance
Date: 2020-09-04
The Institute of International Finance (IIF) is reporting Unilever, Nestle, BP and Shell are among the 40 top private sector members of a new Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets spearheaded by former Bank of Canada and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney.

The Taskforce will work to take stock of existing voluntary offsetting schemes and identify key challenges to scaling them up while helping businesses meet their own commitments and to align with legally binding climate targets in the markets where they operate. It is also hoped the Taskforce will play a role in boosting carbon prices which stood at a global average of $2 per ton in Oct., 2019.

According to Carney , the current market for offsets will need to grow by at least 15-fold by 2030 if the private sector is to align with the Paris Agreement's 1.5C trajectory by 2050. Carney noted it may need to be up to 160 times bigger than in 2020, should corporates rely on offsetting rather than emissions reductions. (Source: IIF, Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets, edie, PR, Sept., 2020) Contact: Institute of International Finance, Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets, info@iif.org, www.iif.com/tsvcm/Main-Page/Publications/ID/4061/Private-Sector-Voluntary-Carbon-Markets-Taskforce-Established-to-Help-Meet-Climate-Goals

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Memphis Landfill RNG Production Underway (Ind. Report)
Republic Services,Aria Energy
Date: 2020-08-31
Following up on our 16 Nov., 2018 report, landfill management firm Republic Services is reporting landfill gas-to-renewable natural gas (RNG) production is underway at the South Shelby Landfill in Memphis, Tennessee. The landfill can produce 4,000 MMBtu per day -- roughly 33,250 gpd of gasoline.

Michigan-based Aria Energy operates the project which processes and purifies biogas into RNG which will be transported by BP into interstate natural gas pipelines and marketed it to RNG customers. The project is Aria's and BP's fourth RNG project at a Republic Services' landfill. (Source: Republic Services, PR, Kallanish, 31 Aug., 2020) Contact: Republic Services, 702-735-5151, www.republicsaervices.com; Aria Energy, Richard DiGia, CEO, (248) 380-3920, www.ariaenergy.com

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NBB Launches RFS Support Ad Campaign (Ind. Report)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2020-08-26
The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) reports the launch of a two-week radio advertising campaign in six states including Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota urging Pres. Trump to direct the EPA to reject the gap small refiner waivers from the Renewable Fuel Standard.

NBB wants farmers to go to their website and complete a pre-written request to the President and EPA administrator to reject those gap small refiner waivers, 85 bof which have been issues over the past three years.

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. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was denied. (Source: NBB, WNAX 26 Aug., 2020) Contact: NBB, Paul Winters, Pres., Kurt Kovarik, VP of Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.nbd.org

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Calif. Refiners Refocusing on Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report)
Renewable Diesel
Date: 2020-08-21
Further to our August 14 report, Phillips 66, Global Clean Energy, and Marathon Oil are reporting plans to convert their petroleum refineries in the Golden State to renewable diesel production.

Phillips66 plans to use fats and greases, along with used cooking oil and soybean oil, at its San Francisco Refinery in Rodeo to produce 19 million bpy of renewable diesel, gasoline, and aviation fuel starting in 2024. A refinery conversion in Bakersfield will use camelina sativa, an oilseed crop grown in rotation with wheat. Global Clean Energy bought the facility in May. It plans to make renewable diesel starting in 2022 and has a deal to sell 2.5 million bbl per year of the fuel to ExxonMobil.

Marathon says it may convert its idled refinery in Martinez to renewable diesel, though it has not given an estimate of the plant's expected capacity or when it will come on-line. Neste, Valero, and REG are also supplying renewable diesel to California where fuel companies are required to purchase enough certified low carbon fuel to reduce the carbon intensity of the state's pool of transportation fuel 20 pct from 2011 to 2030. (Source: Phillips 66, Chemical & Engineering News, 18 Aug., 2020)Contact: Phillips 66, Brian Mandell, VP Marketing, Joe Gannon, 832-765-4547, joe.gannon@p66.com, www.p66.com

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Sustainable Aviation Fuel Guide Launched (Ind. Report)
Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel
Date: 2020-08-21
The Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel has published a new guide on how to incorporate sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) into operations from the perspective of the business aviation community. According to the coalition, the free online guide was designed to serve as a resource on topics such as the practicalities of SAF development, industry adoption and pending expansion of supply and use. Fueling the Future is an updated edition of a SAF guide published by the coalition in 2018.

In addition to the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the SAF Coalition is made up of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and National Air Transportation Association (NATA). The coalition is supported by a steering committee, whose participants include Air BP, Bombardier Business Aircraft, Dassault Falcon Jet, Embraer Executive Aircraft, Gulfstream Aerospace and Phillips 66.

Download the guide details HERE. (Source: Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel, PR, AVweb, 19 Aug., 2020) Contact: Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel, www.futureofsustainablefuel.com

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ExxonMobil, GCEH Ink Renewable Diesel Offtake Deal (Ind. Report)
Global Clean Energy Holdings,ExxonMobil
Date: 2020-08-14
ExxonMobil is reporting a 5-year off-take agreement with Long Beach, California-based Global Clean Energy Holdings (GCEH) to purchase 2.5 million bpy of renewable diesel from Global Clean Energy's Bakersfield, California, refinery which is being re-tooled to produce renewable diesel from camelina, cooking oil, soybean oil and distillers corn oil and other non-petroleum feedstocks.

Following scheduled production startup in 2022, ExxonMobil plans to distribute the renewable diesel within California and potentially to other domestic and international markets. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, 12 Aug., 2020) Contact: ExxonMobil, Bryan Milton, Pres. ExxonMobil Fuels and Lubricants Co, www.exxonmobil.com/en/aviation; Global Clean Energy Holdings, Richard Palmer, CEO, 424-318-3618, contact@gceholdings.com, www.gceholdings.com

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U.S. Ethanol Production Down, Stocks UP (Ind. Report)
EIA,Ethanol
Date: 2020-08-07
According to data from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), in the week ended 31 July US ethanol production averaged 931,000 bpd for a week-on-week decrease of 27,000 bpd. Ethanol production was also down 109,000 bpd year on year while US ethanol stocks rose 74,000 barrels to 20.346 million barrels.

For the same period, East Coast stocks rose 24,000 bpd, Gulf Coast stocks dropped 171,000 bpd and West Coast inventories fell 88,000 bpd.

Gasoline demand fell and the four-week rolling average of the refiner and blender net ethanol input dipped 1,000 bpd to 839,000 bpd for the same period while the weekly average declined 9,000 bpd to 844,000 bpd. The four-week rolling average of the ethanol blending rate rose slightly from 9.66 to 9.69 pct. (Source: US Energy Information Administration, S&P, 5 Aug., 2020) Contact: Energy Information Administration, www.eia.gov

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BP Plans Major Bioenergy Production Increase (Ind. Report)
BP
Date: 2020-08-07
In the UK, London-headquartered oil industry major BP is reporting a new strategy to transform from an international oil company focused on producing resources to an integrated energy company and become a net zero company by 2050.

Specific to bioenergy and biofuel, BP aims to increase its bioenergy production from 22,000 bpd to more than 100,000 bpd, including a 20 pct biojet market share. The target for 100,000 barrels per day will include advantaged co-processing in BP's refineries and third-party facilities. BP is aiming for 50,000 bpd by 2025 and will seek to grow its ethanol production through its Brazilian joint venture, BP Bunge Bioenergia, and refinery bio co-processing production. (Source: BP, PR, 4 Aug., 2020) Contact: BP, www.bp.com/en/global/corporate/contact-us.html; Bunge, www.bunge.com

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Oil and Gas Majors Agree on GHG Emissions Cuts (Int'l. Report)
Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
Date: 2020-07-22
The 12-member Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) is reported to have agreed to reduce the average carbon intensity of their aggregated upstream oil and gas operations to between 20 kg and 21 kg of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) per barrel of oil by 2025.

OGCI members include: Saudi Aramco, ExxonMobil, BP, China's CNPC, Total, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell, Repsol, Petrobras, Occidental Petroleum, Eni and Equinor. (Source: OGCI, July, 2020) Contact: Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, +44 (0)203 922 0853, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com

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Algae Oil Specialist Euglena Biofuels Startup Announced (Ind. Report)
Chevron Lummus Global
Date: 2020-07-22
Bloomfield, New Jersey-based Chevron Lummus Global -- a joint venture between Chevron and engineering firm McDermott -- and Albuquerque, New Mexico-headquartered Applied Research Associates Inc. are reporting the startup of Euglena Co. Ltd.'s integrated Biofuels Isoconversion unit in Yokohama, Japan.

The 5 bpd, first-of-its-kind demonstration unit employs Euglena's isoconversion technology which was jointly developed by CLG and ARA, to produce renewable jet fuel and renewable diesel out of an algae oil blend and waste vegetable oil.

Biofuels Isoconversion technology consists of hydrothermal conversion and hydroprocessing operations that convert waste fats, oils and greases into jet fuel and diesel that are virtually indistinguishable from their petroleum counterparts. This will result in more than 80 pct reductions in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions compared to petroleum, once it is commercialized.

ReadiJet and ReadiDiesel, produced from the Biofuels Isoconversion technology, contain a uniform distribution of all hydrocarbon types observed in petroleum fuels, including aromatic, cycloparaffin, isoparaffin and normal paraffin compounds, and are able to be directly blended with petroleum fuels, according to the release. (Source: Chevron Lummus Global , PR, 21 July, 2020) Contact: Chevron Lummus Global, 973-893-1515, www.chevronlummus.com; Applied Research Associates, www.ara.com; Euglena Co. Ltd. www.euglena.jp

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NJ Energy Efficiency, Renewables Legislation Advances (Reg.&>Leg.)
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Date: 2020-07-22
In Trenton, the New Jersey Clean Energy Equity Act (SB 2484) that creates the Office of Clean Energy Equity within the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), is reported to have passed the New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

The legislation, which gives low and mid-income community residents equal access to clean energy , would allow $50 million a year for energy efficiency and renewable energy and energy storage projects and technologies totaling more than 400 MW in low-income communities within 10 years. The legislation also requires new construction in low-income communities to be built "solar ready" and recommends the establishment of solar programs to benefit 250,000 low-income households by 2030 as well as clean energy, energy efficiency and energy storage training programs. (Source: NJPUB, Daily Energy Insider, 22 July, 2020) Contact: NJ BPU, Joseph L. Fiordaliso, Pres., 800-624-0241, www.bpu.state.nj.us

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