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Indonesia Revamping Palm Oil Levy to Support Biodiesel (Int'l. Report)
Indonesia Palm Oil, Palm Biodiesel
Date: 2020-09-11
In Jakarta, the Indonesia, Economic Affairs Ministry report it plans to revise its palm oil export levy rules to allow higher collection when prices increase. The levy supports the country's mandatory B30 biodiesel programme by financing the gap between the production cost of fuel made from palm oil and from the crude oil price.

Since June this year, Indonesia has collected a maximum $55 levy per tonne on palm oil exports, regardless of the price. The new levy will hinge on export prices, according to Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto. (Source: Minister for Economic Affairs, ZAWYA, 9 Sept., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  Indonesia Palm Oil,  B30,  


Ottawa Plans Fuel Carbon Cuts, Clean Fuel Standard (Reg. & Leg.)
Clean Fuel Standard
Date: 2020-09-11
In Ottawa, Reuters is reporting the Canadian Liberal Gov. of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to require reductions in carbon intensity of fuels by 12 pct by 2030.

The move would require refiners to blend cleaner ethanol and other renewable fuels with gasoline and fossil fuels under a Clean Fuel Standard aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 million tonnes by 2030. The requirement would come into force in 2022, according to the Reuters report. Presently, Canada imports about 40 pct of the ethanol it uses. (Source: Canada Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Reuters, 11 Sept., 2020) Contact: Canada Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Hon.Jonathan Wilkinson, 613-995-1225, Jonathan.Wilkinson@parl.gc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Low-Carbon Fuel,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel Blend,  Clean Fuel Standard,  


Indonesian Palm Oil Biodiesel Sales Expected to Fall (Int'l.)
Pertamina
Date: 2020-08-31
In Jakarta, Indonesia's oil and gas company PT Pertamina is estinating the country's total sales of biodiesel with 30 pct palm oil content will drop by roughly 12 pct to 28.2 million kilolitres (KL) this year.

Pertamina estimates Indonesia's biodiesel sales will total 31.5 million KL for 2021. (Source: Pertamina, Market Screener , 31 Aug., 2020) Contact: Pertamina, pcc@pertamina.com, www.pertamina.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pertamina,  Palm Oil. Biodiesel,  Indoneasia Biodiesel,  


Iowa Announces Biofuel Aid Packages (Funding, Ind. Report)
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds
Date: 2020-08-31
In the Hawkeye State, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) has allocated approximately $100 million in relief funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for a range of agricultural programs to offset the impact of COVID-19 on farmers, producers and agricultural industries.

The $100 million is part of Iowa's share of the $2 trillion CARES Act, which Congress approved in March. Of the $100 million allocated the following biofuel related concerns will receive funding:

  • $15.5 million, State Biofuel Grant Program -- Biofuels producers were excluded from receiving aid under other parts of the CARES Act; this program will provide relief to those Iowa ethanol and biodiesel producers based on gallons produced. Grants will also be awarded through IEDA's existing small business relief program and are capped at a maximum grant of $750,000 per producer. IEDA administers the program.

  • $7 million, Renewable Fuel Retail Recovery Program -- This previously announced funding supports a program that helps expand retail fueling infrastructure for higher blend renewable fuels, including E15 or higher, and B11 or higher. IDALS administers the program.

    Producers can apply for IEDA-administered programs at www.iowabusinessrecovery.com beginning today, Aug. 31. Apply for IDALS-administered programs Aug. 24 at www.iowaagriculture.gov/grants. (Source: Office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Wallaces Farmer, 31 Aug., 2020) Contact: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, 515-281-5211, www.governor.iowa.gov/contact

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds,  Biofuel,  


  • 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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  NBB,  RFS Waivers ,  


    Indian Researchers Developing Microalgae Biodiesel (Int'l, R&D)
    National Institute of Technology
    Date: 2020-08-24
    In New Delhi, Dr. T. Mathimani from the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, reports his research team have isolated predominant strains of marine microalgal species -- Picochlorum sp., Scenedesmus sp., Chlorella sp. -- from the coastal regions of Tamil Nadu for their potential in terms of total organic carbon content, and Triacylglycerides (TAG) content for biodiesel production.

    Researchers are focusing on other microalgal candidates for their multiple biotechnological potentials and switchable polarity solvent (SPS) system based lipid extraction. SPS is an energy-efficient switchable solvent that can be recovered devoid of any thermal processes and can be reused as green solvent for algal lipid extraction. Metabolic engineering approaches can be used to escalate TAG accumulation for increasing biodiesel yield, and magnetic nanocomposite can be used for several cycles of algal dewatering, and its treated culture suspension can be reused to scale down the biodiesel production cost significantly. The group will now formulate a roadmap by which biodiesel can be produced commercially and can be put in an energy market sustainably, according to the release. (Source: National Institute of Technology, India Educational Diary, 24 Aug., 2020) Contact: India National Institute of Technology, Dr. T. Mathimani, +91 172 509 0513, www.nitt.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Amicroalgae news,  Algae news,  BiodieselBiofuel news,  


    Biogas, Natural Gas Mix Considered in India (Int'l. Report)
    Biogas
    Date: 2020-08-10
    In New Delhi, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas reports it looking at blending biogas with natural gas to boost domestic availability of biofuels and cut reliance on imports. The plan is in keeping with the Ministry's mandated blending ethanol extracted from sugarcane with petrol and doping diesel with biodiesel extracted from non-edible oil.

    The Ministry is calling for financial institutions, stakeholders and corporations to fund the initiative. It is also looking for support from state governments which collect agricultural and municipal residues and wastes to supply waste feedstocks to biofuel production plants. (Source: Gov. India, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, PTI, 10 Aug., 2020) Contact: Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, www.petroleum.nic.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Ethanol,  Natural Gas,  


    UK Rendering Plant Announces Biodiesel Facility (Int'l.)
    SecAnim
    Date: 2020-08-05
    In the UK, SecAnim has unveiled its £15 million, category 1 animal by-product processing facility at its renewable energy and recycling site at Widnes in Cheshire.

    SecAnim provides a fully integrated "down animal" collection and processing-rendering service to the UK farming and meat production sector. The company's secure processing plants and combustion plant "finishes" products and converts waste bio-material into biodiesel. (Source: SecAnim, Website, Aug., 2020) Contact: SecAnim, +44 (0) 24 7639 7571, Fax: +44 (0) 24 7639 7266, customer.support@saria.co.uk, www.saria.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


    ISU Investigating Pennycress Biofuel Potential (R&D, Ind. Report)
    Illinois State University
    Date: 2020-08-05
    Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, is reporting genetics Prof. John Sedbrook will head-up a nation-wide collaboration of university's and scientists to develop field pennycress oil into bio-jet fuel or biodiesel The $13 million project is being funded by the US DOE.

    Field pennycress, a member of the mustard family, can develop up to 65 gallons of oil and yield more than 1,500 pounds per acre of seeds.

    Field pennycress is primarily a winter cover crop throughout the United States and requires few inputs, little labor, and no land charge. Pennycress seed meal remaining from biodiesel production can be further processed to yield aviation fuel, livestock feed or protein isolates for human food, or as an organic fertilizer or a biofumigant, according to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center. (Source: Illinois State University, 4 Aug., 2020) Contact: Illinois State University, Prof. John Sedbrook, (309) 438-3374, (309) 438-3722 - fax, jcsedbr@ilstu.edu, www.illinoisstate.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pennycress,  Biofuel,  


    Steeper, Calgary Ink Renewable Fuel-from-Sewage MoU (Ind. Report)
    Steeper Energy
    Date: 2020-08-05
    On the Canadian prairies, the City of Calgary and Denmark-headquartered Steeper Energy’s Steeper Energy Canada Ltd. unit are reporting a MoU for the transformation of the city's sewage sludge and other urban generated bio-organic wastes for the production of sustainable biofuels such as renewable diesel or jet fuel.

    Calgary and Steeper Energy are planning a demonstration plant at the Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in South-East Calgary. The plant will utilize Steeper's proprietary Hydrofaction® technology to produce renewable diesel or jet fuel from a small portion of the city's primary and secondary sewage sludge. (Source: City of Calgary, PR, Biofuel Digest, Aug., 2020) Contact: Steeper Energy Canada, info@steeperenergy.com, www.steeperenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel news,  RNG news,  Biodiesel news,  


    Notable Quote -- Grassley Comments on Hawkeye State Ethanol
    Ethanol
    Date: 2020-07-31
    "As the number one producer of corn, ethanol, biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol, the renewable fuels industry is an important sector of Iowa's economy. It generates nearly $5 billion of Iowa's GDP, over $2.4 billion in household incomes and supports 47,000 jobs across Iowa." -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) Contact: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), www.grassley.senate.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Chuck Grassley news,  Ethanol news,  Iowa Ethanol news,  


    PA. DEP Offers Alternative Fuels Project Funding (Funding Report)
    Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
    Date: 2020-07-22
    In Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently awarded more than $2.1 million in 2019 Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants (AFIG) to 18 cleaner fuel vehicle projects.

    The program supports liquefied propane gas, biodiesel, CNG, ethanol and other cleaner fuels as replacement for older gasoline -- or diesel-fueled vehicles with cleaner-fuel vehicles to reduce emissions of harmful pollutants. The program also provides fueling stations for these vehicles.

    Businesses, organizations, local governments, and schools are eligible for grants which are administered under the Pennsylvania Alternative Fuels Incentive Act of 2004. (Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, PR, Pennsylvania Business Report, 22 July, 2020) Contact: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, RA-GrantsCenter@pa.gov, www.dep.pa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel news,  Biodiesel news,  Alternative Fuel news,  Clean Fuel news,  Ethanol news,  


    Nuseed Suppling Carinata to European Biodiesel Producer (Int'l.)
    Nuseed,Carinata,Saipol
    Date: 2020-07-22
    Nuseed Limited, a subsidiary of Nufarm Limited, is reporting a new agreement with French oil seed processor Saipol, the largest biodiesel producer in Europe, to supply Nuseed Carinata as a feedstock for certified low carbon oil for renewable fuels and high protein non-GMO meal for livestock feed.

    The Nuseed Carinata production system achieves best in class greenhouse gas reduction (GHG), certified by the leading independent globally recognized Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), according to the company website.

    Nuseed plans to significantly scale-up production of carinata grain in Argentina over coming seasons, with longer term plans to develop the crop in additional South American markets and other parts of the world.

    Carinata mustard is a high-yield oil-seed crop that can be grown on poor quality land at low cost. Additional information on carinata can be found at www. growcarinata.com. (Source: Nuseed Limited, Website, 22 July, 2020) Contact: Nuseed Limited, Brent Javra, Nuseed Global Commercial GM, www. nuseed.com; Saipol, www.groupeavril.com/en/slider/saipol

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carinata,  Oil-Seed,  Biodiese,  Saipol,  Renewable Fuel,  


    Marathon Acquires Beatrice, Nebraska Biodiesel Plant (M&A)
    Marathon
    Date: 2020-07-20
    Findlay, Ohio-headquartered Marathon Petroleum Corp. is reporting acquisition of the idled 50 million gpy Duonix biodiesel plant in Beatrice, Nebraska.

    Marathon plans to use the facility to aggregate and pre-treat corn oil, soybean oil and rendered fats feedstocks prior to shipping them to its renewable diesel facility in Dickinson, North Dakota. The Dickinson plant is being upgraded to initially co-process renewable diesel and will eventually be converted to 100 pct renewable diesel production. (Source: Marathon Petroleum Corp., PR, July, 2020) Contact: Marathon Petroleum Corp., 419.422.2121 – Media, www.marathonpetroleum.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel news,  Marathon news,  


    Grand Forks Buses Running on B20 Biodiesel (Ind. Report)
    North Dakota Soybean Council
    Date: 2020-07-17
    In Fargo, the North Dakota Soybean Council is reporting public transit buses in the Grand Forks City area, have switched to B20 -- a 20 pct biodiesel and 80 pct petroleum diesel blended fuel.

    A 20 pct biodiesel blend cuts lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by 15 pct compared to straight petroleum diesel, according to the release. More than half of the biodiesel made in the U.S. is sourced from soybean oil, the release notes. (Source: North Dakota Soybean Council , 16 July, 2020) Contact: North Dakota Soybean Council, 701-566-9300, www.ndsoybean.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News North Dakota Soybean Council,  Biodiesel,  


    NAWCWD Awarded Biodiesel Production Patent (New Prod & Tech)
    Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division
    Date: 2020-07-17
    In the Golden State, scientists at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) in China Lake have been awarded a patent for breaking down lignocellulosic material into cheaper biodiesel using acid-catalyzed condensation of the food-grade flavor enhancer 2-tridecanone.

    The use of 2-tridecanone delivers a fuel with "comparable net heats of combustion (NHOCs) to conventional biodiesel, while maintaining derived cetane numbers between 82-91, values which are 20 - 30 units higher than conventional biodiesel and 40-50 units higher than petroleum--derived diesel fuel" , according to the release.

    NAWCWD has been conducting research on renewable jet fuels and high-density turbine fuels since 2007. (Source: NAWCWD, TechLink 16 July, 2020) Contact: NAWCWD, Dr. Ben Harvey , Heather Meylemans, 760-939-3511, www.navair.navy.mil/nawcwd

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel news,  lignocellulosic news,  


    Indonesia Claims 100 pct Palm Oil Biodiesel Success (Int'l. Report)
    Pertamina
    Date: 2020-07-15
    In Jakarta, Indonesian state oil company PT Pertamina is reporting production of its first 100 pct palm oil biodiesel (D100) at its refinery in Dumai last week. With this initial success, the company plans to quickly ramp up production to 1,000 bpd, according to a release.

    Indonesia, which has one of the world's most ambitious biodiesel programmes, raised the bio-content in its biodiesel mandate from 20 pct to 30 pct (B30) in 2019, with the goal of gradually reaching 100 pct.

    Indonesia is the world's largest palm oil producer. (Source: PT Pertamina, PR, Reuters, 8 July, 2020) Contact: Pertamina, pcc@pertamina.com, www.pertamina.com

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


    Petrobras Offloading Biofuels Biocombustivel Unit (Int'l. Report)
    Petrobras
    Date: 2020-07-06
    Brazilian state-run oil and gas giant Petroleo Brasileiro SA reports it is selling all of its shares in its wholly-owned subsidiary biofuels unit Petrobras Biocombustivel SA (PBIO) and its three biodiesel plants.

    According to Petrobras, PBIO is one of Brazil's largest biodiesel producers with 580,000 cubic metres of production capacity with 5.5 pct market share in 2019 (Source: Petrobras, 3 July, Renewables, 2020) )Contact: Petrobras , Pedro Parente, CEO, sac@petrobras.com.br, www.petrobras.com

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


    Biodiesel Production as a Renewable Resource for the Potential Displacement of the Petroleum Diesel (IntechOpen Ind. Report Attached)
    Biodiesel
    Date: 2020-07-06
    "In the quest to comply with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on reducing the global temperature to 1.5 -- 2.0 degrees C as a measure to minimize climate change caused by the emission of greenhouse gases from the combustion of fossil fuels, and the need to replace these fossil fuels, biodiesel is being studied as a potential replacement for the conventional petroleum diesel.

    "Biodiesel, among other desired properties, is renewable, biodegradable, sustainable, and emits less particles. It also contains no sulfur, in addition to possessing most of the good characteristics of petroleum diesel. At the moment, more than 95 pct of biodiesel produced globally is obtained from vegetable oil feedstocks, which are usually very expensive and thus, without tax waiver and subsidy, makes biodiesel non-competitive with the petroleum diesel.

    "Based on this, non-edible feedstocks are being investigated. Although, their oil yield is low, studies are carried out to ensure efficient extraction. The economics of the process is considered to determine the most economic variables that impact the profitability of biodiesel production.

    "The global production capacity of biodiesel is expected to reach 12 billion gpy by 2020 with Brazil, the United States , Malaysia, Argentina, Netherlands, Spain, Philippines, Belgium, Indonesia and Germany meeting more than 80 pct of the world demand. Countries like US, China and India are currently experiencing a great growth in the biodiesel market with their respective governments planning to replace about 15 pct of the conventional diesel with biodiesel by 2020.

    Download the Biodiesel Production as a Renewable Resource for the Potential Displacement of the Petroleum Diesel report HERE. (Source: IntechOpen, July, 2020) Contact: IntechOpen Ltd, +44 (0) 203 972 6202, info@intechopen.com, www.intechopen.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel news,  


    Indonesian Palm Biodiesel Producers Enjoy $195Mn Subsidy (Int'l.)
    Indonesia Palm Oil, Palm Biodiesel
    Date: 2020-07-01
    In Jakarta, in a move to support producers and artificially lower the price of biodiesel at the pump to keep it competitive with regular diesel, the Indonesian government reports it is earmarking $195 million from state palm oil fund (BPDP-KS) to subsidize palm oil and palm oil biodiesel producers.

    According to TuK Indonesia, an NGO advocate for environmental justice, the estimated total wealth of the top 27 families in the palm oil industry at more than $88 billion -- roughly 8 pct of the country's GDP . Among the top producers, Wilmar International, which produces 2.3 million kiloliters per year of palm oil biodiesel, is the major recipient of Indonesian government subsidies to the palm oil industry. Wilmar scored 55 pct of the total $530 million from the BPDP-KS distributed to five palm oil companies in 2017. (Source: Various Media, Mongabay, 1 July, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil news,  Biodiesel.Indonesia Palm Oil news,  


    McDonald's, Neste Announce Cooking Oil-to-Biofuel Project (Int'l.)
    Neste
    Date: 2020-06-26
    In the Nethlands, McDonald's restaurants reports it is partnering with renewable diesel specialist Neste Corp. to recycle used cooking oil from 252 Dutch McDonald's outlets into a low carbon biofuel.

    "The used cooking oil from McDonald's is an excellent raw material for our Neste MY Renewable Diesel. The fuel is a renewable low-emission alternative to fossil diesel and requires no modifications to existing diesel-powered engines," according to Neste VP Carl Nyberg. (Source: McDonald.s Netherlands, Energy Live, Various Media, 25 June, 2020) Contact; Neste, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Neste,  Biofuel,  Cooking Oil,  


    CUHK Generates Biocatalysts for Biodiesel Prod. (New Prod & Tech)
    Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Date: 2020-06-26
    In Hong Kong, supported by the Research Grants Council and the Innovation and Technology Fund, researchers at Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) are reporting development of a novel method for extracting enzymes from bacteria, which lowers the production cost and opens a new avenue for the enzymatic production of biodiesel.

    Enzymes can act as a catalyst to produce biodiesel while generating less waste and requiring lower temperatures than traditional base catalysts. Enzymes are presently too expensive to compete with base catalysts because enzymes require tedious purification procedures and subsequent immobilization to be easily recycled and reused, according to the CUHK research report.

    According to Dr. Bradley Heater, the lead author of the paper, "The real elegance of this technology is that the bacteria cells do all the hard work of producing the catalyst -- all we have to do is separate the crystals from the cell debris. Currently, we can use this method to produce an enzyme that converts waste cooking oil to biodiesel, but we should be able to trap other enzymes to perform different chemistry as well." (Source: Chinese University of Hong Kong, BioSpectrum Asia, 25 June, 2020) Contact: Chinese University of Hong Kong, Dr. Bradley Heater, Report Author, Prof. Michael Chan, +852 3943 1487, michaelchan88@cuhk.edu.hk, www.cuhk.edu.hk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Enzymes,  


    Biodiesel Board Urges EPA to Reject RFS "Gap" Waivers (Ind. Report)
    National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2020-06-19
    The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is urging EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to immediately reject the flood of 52 small refinery exemption petitions for previous years going back to 2011.

    "EPA's consideration of small refinery exemption petitions going back to 2011 flies in the face of the recent 10th Circuit decision. By rolling back the clock, there appears to be no length EPA won't go to help refiners undermine the RFS. Make no mistake -- this handout to the oil industry comes at the expense of biodiesel producers and soybean farmers across the country, and particularly the Midwest. Allowing these gap filings renders the program completely unpredictable for renewable fuel producers. The agency must immediately reject these petitions to restore confidence that it will abide by the law in administering the RFS." NBB VP for Federal Affairs Kurt Kovarik said.

    NBB sent a June 1 letter to Administrator Wheeler saying, "EPA's first step upon receiving any petition for a small refinery exemption should be to evaluate its timeliness and validity before transmitting it to the Department of Energy." The letter makes the case that "gap" petitions or re-submissions of previously rejected petitions are inconsistent with the 10th Circuit's ruling. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, PR, NBB Website, 18 June, 2020) Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP of Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.nbd.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  RFS,  RFS Waiver,  EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler ,  


    Iowa Legislators Extend Biodiesel Fuel Tax Differential (Reg. & Leg.)
    Biodiesel
    Date: 2020-06-08
    Legislators in the Hawkeye State have voted to extend the biodiesel Fuel Tax Differential which was set to expire on June 30, this year.

    The differential reduces taxes on the cost of 11 pct biodiesel (B11) and ethanol by about 3 cents per gallon. As of Jan. 1, biodiesel blends of B10 or lower were taxed at 33 cents per gallon. Blends of B11 or higher were taxed at about 30 cents per gallon. The bill awaits Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) signature to come into force. (Source: Farms.com, Various Trade Media, 5 June, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel news,  Biodiesel Blend news,  Biodiesel Tax news,  


    UK Biofuel Supplier Scores HSBC Support During COVID Crisis (Int'l.)
    Biofuels and Oils Ltd
    Date: 2020-06-05
    In the UK, South Yorkshire-based biofuel supplier Biofuels and Oils Ltd, Britain's oldest registered International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) company, reports it has secured six-figure funding from HSBC UK to provide biofuel to a NHS hospital during the Covid-19 crisis.

    The funds will ensure the company can keep backup generators at hospitals fueled with a sustainable alternative to diesel, pay staff, delivery and related operating expenses, according to the company release. (Source: Biofuels and Oils Ltd, PR, EnergyLIive, 4 June, 2020) Contact: Biofuels and Oils Ltd., +44 0 20 3289 1062, Colin Campbell, Managing Dir., sales@biofuelsandoils.com, www.biofuelsandoils.com

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


    IRFA Seeks Legislative Biofuel Tax Action (Ind. Report, Reg & Leg)
    Iowa Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2020-05-29
    In the Hawkeye State, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) is calling for legislators to act on House File 2279 and Senate File 2403 that would extend and modernize fuel tax differentials for E15 and higher ethanol blends and B11 and higher biodiesel blends, which are set to expire on June 30, 2020.

    With the passage of either bill, Iowa will not only continue to support renewable fuels but put millions of dollars back into the road use tax fund each year for vital infrastructure projects, according to IRFA. "If the legislature allows the biofuel tax differentials to expire, not only will it raise prices on consumers at the pump, it will also hurt Iowa's farmers and biofuels producers who are suffering as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and trade disputes. Since the implementation of the current tax differential, we've seen biofuel blend sales increase dramatically, but with June 30 just around the corner, it is imperative the legislature take action now. Iowa cannot afford to take a step backward in promoting the use of renewable fuels," according to IRFA Policy Director Nathan Hohnstein, (Source: Iowa Renewable Fuels Assoc., 27 May, 2020) Contact: IRFA, Nathan Hohnstein, Policy Director , (515) 252-6249, (515) 225-0781 -- fax, www.iowarfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iowa Renewable Fuels Association,  Biofuel,  


    SK Chemicals Unloading Biodiesel Business (Int'l., M&A)
    SK Chemicals
    Date: 2020-05-27
    Pangy, South Korea-based SK Chemicals reports it is selling its bioenergy business for 382.5 billion won ($309.4 million) to private equity fund Hahn & Co and suspended its bioenergy business as of Feb. 5, this. Proceed of the sale will be directed to "green materials" investments.

    SK Chemicals had a 33.4 pct market share of the Korean domestic biodiesel market in 2018. (Source: SK Chemicals, The Korea Herald, 26 May, 2020) Contact: SK Chemicals, 02-2008-2008, 02-2008-2009 - fax., www.skchemicals.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SK Chemicals,  Biodiesel,  


    Higher Biofuel Blends Infrastructure Grants Offered (Funding)
    USDA
    Date: 2020-05-19
    In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports the launch of an online portal to begin accepting applications for Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) grants.

    USDA plans to make available up to $100 million in competitive grants for activities designed to expand the sale and availability of ethanol and biodiesel fuels. The funds will be directly available to help transportation fueling and biodiesel distribution facilities convert to higher ethanol and biodiesel blends by sharing the costs related to the installation of fuel pumps, related equipment and infrastructure.

    Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program details HERE. Application information HERE.

    (Source: USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, 15 May, 2020) Contact: USDA, www.rd.usda.gov/hbiip

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  Biofuel Blend,  Biofuel Infrastructure,  


    Renewable Diesel Plant Planned for Newton, Illinois (Ind. Report)
    St. Joseph Renewable Fuels
    Date: 2020-05-15
    In the Land of Lincoln, St. Joseph Renewable Fuels LLC and the City of Newton, (pop 3,000 +-) in Jasper County have announced plans to construct a $400-million renewable diesel plant.

    The new plant, which will process used restaurant "brown" grease into renewable diesel, is expected to break ground this year.

    As previously reported, the company cancelled a similar $190 million renewwable diesel project agreement with the city of St. Joseph, Missouri in October, 2018. (Source: St. Joseph Renewable Fuels, WTWO/WAWV, Wabash Valley, 13 May, 2020) Contact: St. Joseph Renewable Fuels LLC., (316) 977-8585

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  Biodiesel,  St. Joseph Renewable Fuels,  Renewable Fuel,  Biodiesel,  


    $2.25Bn for Biofuels Included in U.S. House Economic Pkg (Ind Report)
    Iowa Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer
    Date: 2020-05-15
    In the nation's capitol, the office of U.S. Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa) reports the House's recently introduced $3 trillion economic aid plan includes $2.25 billion for the biofuels industry.

    Under the plan, ethanol and biodiesel plants would get payments based on the gallons each produce. "At a rate of 45 cents per gallon for fuel produced between January and May of this year, and then for plants forced to shut down, the bill provides 22.5 cents per gallon on the amount produced during the same period last year in 2019," Finkenauer noted.

    Congresswoman Finkenauer's congressional district hosts 8 biofuel plants. (Source: Office of Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer, Radio Iowa, 13 May, 2020) Contact: Office of Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer, (202) 225-2911, (319) 364-2288, finkenauer.house.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Abby Finkenauer,  Biofuel,  


    Crude Tall Oil Refiner Licensing Neste Technology (Int'l, Report)
    Neste Engineering Solutions,Fintoil Oy
    Date: 2020-05-13
    Neste Engineering Solutions Oy, a unit of the oil refiner and biodiesel producer, is reporting a licensing agreement with Crude Tall Oil (CTO) refiner Fintoil Oy.

    Neste's technolgy will be incorporated into Fintoil's previously announced 200,000 tpy biorefinery in Hamina, Finland. The plant is expected to come online late in 2022. (Source: Neste Engineering Solutions, May, 2020) Contact: Neste, www.neste.com; Fintoil Oy, Jukka Ravaska, CEO, +358 50 310 4437, jukka.ravaska@fintoil.com, www.fintoil.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tall Oil,  Neste Engineering Solutions,  Fintoil Oy,  


    Jakarta Delaying Boost in B30 Biodiesel Mandate (Int'l. Report)
    Indonesia Palm oil
    Date: 2020-05-11
    In Jakarta, the Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs Indonesia has announced the government will likely delay its planned raising of its present 30 pct (B30) palm oil blend rate to 40 pct (B40) by 2022, as previously reported. The Indonesian biodiesel programme is a key part of the government's strategy to use excess palm oil and curb fuel imports, one of the main contributors to the country's current account deficit problem.

    The delay is being attributed to disruptions in world fuel demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs Indonesia, The Star, 9 May, 2020) Contact: Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs Indonesia, www.developmentaid.org/#!/donors/view/143865/coordinating-ministry-for-economic-affairs-indonesia

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  B40,  B30,  Indonesia Palm oil,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel Blend,  


    Trump Urged to Reject Waiver Requests (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    EPA,Renewable Fuel Standard
    Date: 2020-05-11
    In the nation's capitol, a bipartisan group of 24 U.S. senators -- including Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Tina Smith(D-Minn) Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich) have written the following to the White House:

    "We are writing to urge you to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and immediately reject the requests for a waiver of the RFS under Section 211(o)(7) of the Clean Air Act recently received by the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) from five state governors.

    "Across our states, biofuels lower fuel prices, create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the new energy economy, many of which are in rural areas, provide an important market for farmers, cut our reliance on foreign oil, reduce emissions and harmful air pollutants, and provide critical inputs to our food supply.

    "Our nation is facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the global health pandemic caused by COVID-19, with the impacts being felt across all of society. Waiving the RFS would cause further harm to the U.S.economy, especially our most vulnerable rural communities. It would also exacerbate the effects experienced by the biofuel sector as a result of COVID-19, causing far-reaching detrimental impacts on employment, farmers, food security, fuel prices, and the environment. The resiliency of America's renewable fuel industry has already suffered as a result of the EPA's drastic expansion of the small refinery waiver program in recent years.

    "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security identified the biofuels sector as an essential critical infrastructure workforce during the COVID-19 response. However, as motor fuel demand has plummeted, prices have slumped to record lows and producers are suffering heavy losses. At this point more than 70 ethanol facilities with an annual production capacity of 6.1 billion gallons have been fully idled, and approximately 70 more plants have reduced their operating rates by a combined amount of 1.9 billion gallons annualized. At least 46 pct of the ethanol industry's total production capacity is now idled, and eight biodiesel and renewable diesel facilities remain offline. Highly-skilled jobs across the country are being lost at an alarming rate.

    "Biofuel plant closures have ripple effects through the U.S. economy. Farm income is directly linked to the health of the renewable fuel industry. Plant shutdowns are causing commercial CO2 supply shortages and inhibiting the ability of meat packers and other food sectors to refrigerate, preserve,and supply food and beverages at current, affordable rates. Ethanol plants also produce low cost, high-protein animal feed (distillers grains). Supply shortages as a result of biofuel plant closures are impacting livestock feed procurement, rations, and prices. Biodiesel producers provide value to surplus and waste oils, fats and greases from food, feed and other biofuel production. Without the biodiesel industry, excess feedstocks will clog the supply chain, causing livestock producers to potentially raise prices for consumers. Removing biofuels from gasoline and diesel will also lead to an increase of greenhouse gas emissions, particulate matter, and toxics-causing degradation to our air quality.

    "Recent requests for a waiver of the RFS are unjustified and clearly do not satisfy the rigorous requirements necessary for EPA consideration. RFS waivers can only be granted by EPA if there is a demonstration of 'severe harm' to the economy or environment of a state, region or the United States that is directly caused by the RFS. None of these standards are met today and the following reasons clearly demonstrate the case for rejecting the waiver requests:

  • Challenging market conditions in the oil sector are the directresult of oversupply from international competitors combined with falling gasoline, diesel and jet fuel demand as a result of the COVID-19, not the RFS.

  • The RFS already accommodates demand reductions and provides flexibility to reflect the reality of motor fuel demand. EPA translates the annual RFS requirements into a percentage share of gasoline and diesel. Thus, the existing structure of the RFS regulations already results in an oil refiner's renewable volume obligations being proportionally reduced if overall motor fuel demand drops over the year

  • EPA has repeatedly found that RIN prices do not negatively impact refiners, a position reinforced by the 10th Circuit court in January 200. In addition, a record-large supply of RINs is available to refiners today, largely as a consequence of EPA's abusive expansion of the small refinery exemption program, so the threat of high RIN prices is currently non-existent.

    "We urge you to direct the EPA to reject all calls to waive the RFS. The RFS is more important now than ever as farmers, the biofuel sector, and rural America struggle to remain operational during the COVID-19 crisis." (Source: US Senate, 8 May, 2020)

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


  • GCEH Converting Calif. Refinery to Biodiesel Production (M&A)
    Global Clean Energy Holdings
    Date: 2020-05-11
    In the Golden State, Torrance-based Global Clean Energy Holdings (GCEH) Inc. is reporting the $40 million purchase of the idled Alon USA Energy Inc. Big West gasoline and diesel refinery in Kern County.

    GCEH plans to convert the 70,000 bpd facility to produce biodiesel from used cooking oil, soybean oil and camelina. The refinery has not run for 12 consecutive months since 2012. (Source: GCEH, PR, The Bakersfield Californian, 8 May, 2020) Contact: GCEH, Richard Palmer, CEO, www.gceholdings.com; Alon USA Energy www.delekus.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Clean Energy Holdings,  DELEK,  Delek,  Biodiesell,  


    $100Mn Biofuel Blends Infrastructure Incentives Available (Funding)
    USDA,Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2020-05-06
    In the Nation's capital, the USDA reports it intends to make up to $100 million available in competitive grants under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program to support activities designed to expand the availability and sale of ethanol and biodiesel.

    According to the USDA release, funds will be made directly available to assist transportation and fueling and biodiesel distribution facilities with converting to higher ethanol and biodiesel blends by sharing the costs related to and/or offering sales incentives for the installation of fuel pumps, related equipment and infrastructure. distribution facilities.

    Of the total $100 million, $86 million will be available for implementation activities related to ethanol blends above E10 and $14 million will be available for implementation activities related to blends of biodiesel above B5. Grants for up to 50 percent of total eligible projects costs, up to $5 million, are available to vehicle fueling facilities, including local fueling stations/locations, convenience stores, hypermarket fueling stations, fleet facilities, fuel terminal operations, midstream partners and/or distribution facilities.

    The agency expects the $100 million in funding to support approximately 150 awards and provide assistance to approximately 1,500 locations.

    As an aside, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper offered the following statement in response: "U.S. ethanol producers today are facing the worst economic conditions in the industry's 40-year history due to COVID-19, and they need immediate emergency relief to survive this catastrophe. Once the pandemic is over and fuel markets are showing signs of recovery, expanding infrastructure via the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program will be important to the long-term future of the ethanol industry and rural America. We thank the USDA for its efforts to support the future of renewable fuels." (Source: USDA, May, 2020)Contact: USDA, Sonny Perdue, Sec., www.usda.gov; Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  USDA,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  


    Neste Nails Mahoney Environmental Acquisition (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Neste,Mahoney Environmental
    Date: 2020-05-06
    Following up on our 13 March report, Espoo, Finland-headquartered Neste, the world's largest producer of renewable diesel and renewable jet fuel refined from waste and residuesis, now reports compleyion of its acquisition of Mahoney Environmental, a leading collector and recycler of used cooking oil in the United States, and its affiliated entities.

    Alongside used cooking oil collection and recycling, Mahoney also provides cooking oil equipment installation and design, fresh oil delivery and grease trap cleaning. (Source: Neste, PR, Renewable Energy 4 May, 2020) Contact: Neste US, Jeremy Baines, Pres, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; Mahoney Environmental, 800-892-9392, www.mahoneyes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Mahoney Environmental,  Biodiesel,  


    Clean Fuels Deployment Act of 2020 Introduced (Reg & Leg)
    Biofuel
    Date: 2020-05-01
    In Washington, U.S. Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (Dem, IA-01)is reporting the introduction of the bipartisan Clean Fuels Deployment Act of 2020 authorizing $600 million over six years to help retailers offer higher ethanol blends, expand the geographic area selling ethanol blends, support biodiesel, bioheat, and sustainable aviation fuel markets, and accelerate the deployment of fueling infrastructure.

    The legislation, co-sponsored by Reps. Angie Craig (D-MN), Don Bacon (R-NE), and Roger Marshall (R-KS), would provide funding for installing and converting fuel pump infrastructure to deliver higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel.

    The bill, given recent uncertainties in the renewable fuels industry, is more important than ever to fund infrastructure improvements and remove market barriers to accessing clean and renewable fuels. In addition to supporting the distribution of higher ethanol and biodiesel blends at fueling stations, the program could also be used to enhance pipelines and terminals to blend and carry ethanol and biodiesel.

    Program grant funding could be used to incentivize the deployment of ethanol and biodiesel fueling infrastructure and convert existing infrastructure to deliver ethanol blends greater than 10 percent and biodiesel blends greater than 20 pct. (Source: Office of Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer, Website, 28 April, 2020) (202) 225-2911, (319) 364-2288, www.finkenauer.house.gov

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


    UK Biofuels Consumption on the Rise (Int'l. Report)
    Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2020-04-29
    In the UK, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is reporting biodiesel consumption set records in both 2018 and 2019 when liquid biofuel consumption reached 621.07 million gallons -- up 24 pct from 2018.

    According to BEIS data, ethanol accounted for 32 pct of the UK's liquid biofuels consumption in 2019 ewhile biodiesel accounted for 68 pct. (Source: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Biofuel Int'l., 27 April, 2020) Contact: BEIS, +44 0 20 7215 5000, enquiries@beis.gov.uk, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Department for Business,  Energy and Industrial Strategy,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Ethanol,  Alternative Fuel,  


    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 ,  


    Avril Slashing Biodiesel Production (Int'l. Report)
    Groupe Avril
    Date: 2020-04-22
    Paris-headquartered biodiesel producer Groupe Avril reports it is cutting an unspecified amount of its production and has shut down 3 of its 6 biodiesel plants due to falling demand and plummeting profits resukting from the COVID-19 crisis. Covid-19 pandemic and resulting movement restrictions. The company produces roughly 1.4 million t/yr of biodiesel.

    "The prices are catastrophic and are at a level where we should stop everything. We have had prices drop below zero," according to Avril CEO Jean-Philippe Puig. Avril is also a major rapeseed crusher and vegetable oil producer, but its volumes of rapeseed oil destined for production of biodiesel are now lying spare, according to the release. (Source: Avril, PR, 20 April, 2020) Contact: Avril, Jean-Philippe Puig, CEO, +33 1 4069 4800, www.groupeavril.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Groupe Avril,  Biodiesel ,  


    COVID-19 Stymies Malaysian B20 Biodiesel Program (Int'l. Report)
    Malaysian Biodiesel Affiliation
    Date: 2020-04-17
    In Jakarta, the Malaysian Biodiesel Association is reporting the postponement of the nationwide implementation B20 biodiesel palm oil program due to additional travel restrictions aimed at curbing the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Malaysian B20 mandate was first rolled out in January and was scheduled to be totally carried out throughout the nation by mid-June 2021. (Source: Malaysian Biodiesel Association, Global News Hut, 16 April, 2020) Contact: Malaysian Biodiesel Association, www.mybiodiesel.org.my; 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,  


    Alternative Fuels for Int'l Shipping Study Launched (Int'l)
    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Maritime Institute
    Date: 2020-04-17
    In Singapore, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) are reporting release of their 12-month study covering the technological, environmental and economic considerations in adopting alternative fuels.

    The comprehensive study evaluates the characteristics of liquefied natural gas (LNG), methanol, biodiesel, and hydrogen, and outlines ways to incorporate them into existing ship systems. The study also provides short-, medium- and long-term measures, for shipping companies to overcome challenges in incorporating alternative fuels into their value chain and outlines how companies can use alternative fuels to help meet the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets of at least 50 pct, compared to the levels in 2008.

    Download the Alternative Fuels for International Shipping studyHERE.(Source: NTU, SMI, Sea News, 16 April, 2020) Contact: NTU, Dr. Prapisala Thepsithar , Professor Louis Phee, Dean of College of Engineering, +65 6791 1744, www.ntu.edu.sg; Singapore Maritime Insitute, +65 6270 2885, www.maritimeinstitute.sg

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Maritime Alternative Fuel,  


    Congressional Biofuels Caucus Seeking Direct Biofuels Industry Relief (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    USDA
    Date: 2020-04-13
    Iowa Congressman Steve King (R), a member of the Congressional Biofuels Caucus, reports he has signed the attached bi-partisan letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting that the USDA use "funds from the CARES Act to provide direct relief to the biofuels industry."

    Dear Secretary Perdue,

    "The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided USDA with additional resources to support farm income and prices during this economic downturn. The CARES Act included a reimbursement of $14 billion to the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), and $9.5 billion for the Secretary to respond to the economic impacts of COVID-19. As the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prepares to address financial hardship in agriculture, we urge you to use funds from the CARES Act to provide direct relief to the biofuels industry.

    "Demand for fuel is declining as states implement stay-at-home orders and discourage travel. This sudden shift in demand is worsening market conditions to the point ethanol plants are halting production. The biofuels industry is a vital market for the commodities our farmers produce, and USDA must take immediate action to ensure plants can retain skilled workers and continue production when market conditions improve.

    "The biofuels sector provides a direct and significant boost to the value of corn and soybeans. Ethanol plants purchase two out of every five bushels of U.S. corn and biodiesel producers use over 8 billion pounds of soybean oil a year. Ethanol plants produce dried distillers grains (DDGs) as a byproduct, providing livestock farmers with a low-cost, high-protein component of animal feed. To assist with the response to COVID-19, some ethanol and biofuels plants have volunteered to produce hand sanitizer and disinfectant products to address nationwide shortages. And, ethanol plants produce high purity carbon dioxide that is critical for medical facilities and food processing. The biofuels sector plays a large role in the livelihood of America's commodity and livestock producers, and biofuels plants are major employers in many rural communities.

    "USDA should take immediate action to stabilize the biofuels industry with resources provided by the CARES Act. We look forward to working with you on this issue as USDA assists producers through this challenging time. Thank you for considering this request." (Source: Congressman Steven King, KIOW Radio, 12 April, 2020) Contact: Rep Steve King, steveking.house.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  USDA,  


    Senators Seeking Ethanol Ind. Support (Editorials, Opinions & Asides)
    Ethanol,Chuck Grassley
    Date: 2020-04-10
    In a recent letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue Iowa's Sen. Chuck Grassley (R )and Sen. Joni Ernst(R) and a group of midwest senators, called for additional biofuel industry funding through the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC).

    "As the country follows the advice of local and state governments and remain at home, motor fuel use has rapidly decreased. The decrease in fuel consumption has left (biofuel) production facilities little choice but to idle production or close completely.

    "Farm income and prices for corn and other crop commodities are directly linked to the health of the renewable fuel industry. Ethanol plants use 40 percent of all corn grown in the United States. Among other feedstocks, biodiesel and renewable diesel producers currently use over 8 billion pounds of soybean oil a year, creating demand that adds 13 percent to the cash price of a bushel of soybeans.

    "We have seen a significant drop in the price of corn and soybeans because of the decline in demand. Keeping plants open is vital for our states and we ask that you use the authority given by Congress to assist the biofuel industry during extremely difficult times. We are supportive of the proposals the biofuel industry has put forward to reimburse feedstocks and also believe that adding additional CCC funds to the Higher-Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program will drive future biofuel demand,” the senators continued," the letter said. (Source: Various Media, Atlantic News Telegraph, 8 April, 2020)Contact: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), www.grassley.senate.gov; Sen. Joni Ernst, www.ernst.senate.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Chuck Grassley,  Ethanol,  


    EU Biofuel Groups Concerned Over Possible Biofuel Blending Cutbacks (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    European Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2020-04-06
    The European Biodiesel Board, ePURE and several other European biofuel trade organizations have penned the following outlining their concerns that some EU countries were considering "derogations" to their blending operations:

    "If implemented, such derogations would exacerbate the negative effects already experienced by our sectors. The resulting reduction in demand would cause the shutdown of biofuel plants. It would also jeopardize the supply of products needed to produce hand sanitiser products, impact the proper function of the EU internal market for fuels and reduce the supply of animal feed. In addition, European renewable energy and climate commitments would be jeopardized."

    "The production of the European biofuels value chain is (already) severely affected by the strong drop in fuel consumption and the corresponding reduction for the demand for our products, accentuated by the drop in fuel prices. (Source: European Biodiesel Board, ePure, Various Trade Media, April, 2020) Contact: European Biodiesel Board, ; ePURE, Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. General, +32 2 657 6679, info@epure.org, www.epure.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blending,  European Biodiesel Board,  ePure,  Biodiesel,  


    Alfa Laval Announces St1 Biodiesel Plant Equipment Order (Int'l.)
    Alfa Laval, St1
    Date: 2020-03-30
    Lund, Sweden-headquartered Alfa Laval is confirming receipt of a SEK 60 million ($6,015,924) order from Nordic energy supplier St1 for a process line for St1's new biodiesel plant in Gothenburg. The equipment will remove impurities from fats that will be processed into biodiesel.

    Alfa Laval is a global supplier of products and solutions for heat transfer, separation and fluid handling through heat exchangers, separators, pumps and valves. The company's products are used in the manufacturing of ethanol, biodiesel and various other applications, according to the company website. (Source: Alfa Laval, Mar., 2020) Contact: St1, +46 771 369 369, kundservice@st1.se, www.st1,eu; Alfa Laval, +46-46-36-72-31, www.alfalaval.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News St1,  Alfa Laval,  Biodiesel,  


    Chinese Indonesian Palm Oil Imports Slashed (Int'l. Report)
    Palm Oil Producers Association
    Date: 2020-03-30
    In Jakarta, the Palm Oil Producers Association (GAPKI) is reporting Indonesian palm oil exports to China fell from 3.72 million tons in December 2019 to 2.39 million tons in January this year -- a staggering 35.6 pct drop.

    In 2019, China imported a total 6 million tons of palm oil from Indonesia, representing 16.5 pct of Indonesia's overall palm oil exports during the year.

    Outside of CPO, palm oil kernel (PKO) and palm oil-based biodiesel exports also declined while palm oil oleochemicals exports rose by 22.9 pct, according to GAPKI data. Despite the export slowdown, domestic palm oil consumption increased slightly to 1.47 million tons in January from 1.45 million tons in December 2019, in line with the government's mandatory upping of the biodiesel blend rate to B30 in Jan this year -- rising to B50 by the year end. (Source: Palm Oil Producers Association, Jakarta Post, 30 Mar., 2020) Contact: Palm Oil Producers Association, www.gapki.id; Indonesian Biodiesel Producers Association, +62 2129380882, office@aprobi.co.id, www.aprobi.or.id

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Indonesian Biodiesel Producers Association ,  Biodiesel,  B30,  B40,  B50,  Palm Oil,  


    PTG Energy Increased Palm-Oil Biodiesel Investment (Int'l Report)
    PTG Energy
    Date: 2020-03-18
    In Bangkok, Thailand's largest transportation fuel distributor PTG Energy reports it will invest an additional $15.4 million its PPP Green Complex, a palm cooking oil and biodiesel plant in Prachuap Khiri Khan. (Source: PTG Energy, PR, Mar., 2020) Contact: PTE Energy, 0 2168 3377, +66 0 2168 3388, +66 0 2168 3379, 0 2168 3389 - fax, www.ptgenergy.co.th

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


    Falling Petroleum Oil Prices Diminish Palm Oil Profitability (Int'l.)
    Biodiesel,Palm Oil Analytics
    Date: 2020-03-16
    According to Singapore-headquartered Palm Oil Analytics (POA)-- an independent online publisher of palm oil market news, price, data and analytics -- OIL firms could be absorbing significant costs of fuel blending with the plunge in Brent crude and crude palm oil (CPO) prices.

    "Although CPO prices have also fallen, the price spread of CPO to gas oil to date is $140 US on average, which indicates the government must step in and offer a subsidy to make CPO blending into biodiesel an attractive option. The low CPO benchmark is expected to drag palm futures in the first half of 2020 as lower exports and continued restriction of refined palm oil products by India weigh on the commodity. (Source: Palm Oil Analytics, Malaysian Reserve, 10 Mar., 2020) Contact: Palm Oil Analytics, www.palmoilanalytics.com

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


    Neste Acquiring Ill. Grease Collector-Recycler (Ind Report, M&A)
    Neste,Mahoney Environmental
    Date: 2020-03-13
    Espoo, Finland-headquartered Neste, the world's largest producer of renewable diesel and renewable jet fuel refined from waste and residuesis, reports it will acquire 100 pct of Joilet, Illinois-based Mahoney Environmental, a collector and recycler of used cooking oil and its affiliated entities. The deal is subject customary closing conditions and regulatory approval.

    Neste operates renewable diesel refineries in Singapore, Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and Porvoo in Finland where it produces Neste MY Renewable Diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). (Source: Neste Corp, 11 Mar.,2020) Contact: Neste US, Jeremy Baines, Pres, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; Mahoney Environmental, 800-892-9392, www.mahoneyes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Neste,  Biofuel,  Cooking Oil,  

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