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RFA Offers EPA Advisory Committee Recommendations (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2020-09-11
At a recent EPA Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Advisory Committee meeting Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Pres. and CEO Geoff Cooper suggested the following steps the EPA needs to take immediately to support U.S. ethanol producers and rural America:

  • adopt the recent Tenth Circuit Court decision (Renewable Fuels Association et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency) nationwide;

  • deny all pending so-called "gap year" small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions;

  • decide the 31 pending SRE petitions for 2019 and 2020 according to the Tenth Circuit Court criteria;

  • publish the proposed rule for 2021 renewable volume obligations (RVOs);

  • as ordered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in ACEI v. EPA, restore the 500 million-gallon conventional renewable fuel volume that was illegally waived from the 2016 RFS requirements, (Source: RFA, AgWired, Sept., 2020 Contact: Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Advisory Committee,; Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, Pres., CEO, (202) 289-3835,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  Ethanol,  Renewable Fuel,  Geoff Cooper,  

  • Trump Reportedly Denies Retroactive RFS Waivers (Ind. Report)
    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)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump,  RFS,  Refinery Waivers,  Biofuel Blend,  

    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,

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

    Sweet Sorghum Ethanol Market Predicts 2026 Growth (Ind. Report)
    Report Ocean
    Date: 2020-09-09
    Sweet Sorghum Ethanol Market, the latest report from Report Ocean offers in-depth study of Market Size and Share, Product and Services, Regional Forecast, Consumer Preference, Market Competition, and Industry Chain Structure. It also identifies sweet sorghum ethanol industry companies or players along with product specifications, revenue generated, pricing strategies, contact information and other relative information.

    Sweet Sorghum Ethanol Market report information is HERE. (Source: Report Ocean, PR, 9 Sept., 2020) Contact: Report Ocean, 888 212 3539 (US), +91-9997112116 (Outside US),,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sweet Sorghum Ethanol ,  

    NCGA Helps Build Ethanol Blend Pumps, Infrastructure (Ind. Report)
    National Corn Growers Association
    Date: 2020-09-04
    In the Show Me State, the Chesterfield-headquartered National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) reports it is working with Austin, Texas-based Wayne Fueling Systems to produce and sell fuel pumps certified to deliver fuel containing up to 25 pct ethanol.

    As previously reported, NCGA also recently partnered with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), assisting fuel retailers in applying for the USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP). The $100 million program included $86 million to expand the availability of higher blends of ethanol, like E15 and E85.

    NCGA support for this program helped deliver program awareness and technical assistance for applications representing more than 1,100 fuel dispensers across 21 states and 222 locations dispensing more than 250 million gallons of gasoline annually. (Source: NCGA, Sept., 2020) Contact: NCGA, PR, Wayne Fueling Systems, (512) 388-8311,; National Corn Growers Assoc., Mark Palmer, Renewable Fuels Dir., (636) 733-9004, (636) 733-9005-fax,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Corn Growers Association,  Ethanol Blend,  E15,  E85 ,  

    Adv. Biofuel Show Promise for Replacing Fossil Fuels (Ind. Report)
    Advanced Biofuel
    Date: 2020-08-31
    A new study led by Colorado State University is predicting significant climate benefits stemming from the use of advanced biofuel technologies. Accounting for all of the carbon flows in biofuel systems and comparing them to those in grasslands and forests, the team found clear strategies for biofuels to have a net carbon benefit.

    John Field, research scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Lab at CSU, said it has been a challenge for the biofuel industry to demonstrate commercial viability for cellulosic biofuels created from switchgrass and other non-edible plants.

    The research team used modeling to simulate switchgrass cultivation, cellulosic biofuel production and carbon capture and storage (CCS), tracking ecosystem and carbon flows. Scientists then compared this modeling to alternative ways to store carbon on the land, including growing forest or grassland.

    CCS technology is being used by at least one facility in Illinois that is processing corn to ethanol as a conventional biofuel to create ethanol, but these systems are not yet widespread. As part of the study, researchers created models to simulate what this would look like at a cellulosic biofuel refinery. "What we found is that around half of the carbon in the switchgrass that comes into the refinery becomes a byproduct that would be available for carbon capture and storage. The resulting byproduct streams of high-purity CO2 would not require much separation or clean-up before being stored underground," the study noted.

    The research team analyzed three contrasting U.S. case studies and found that on land where farmers or land managers were transitioning out of growing crops or maintaining pastures for grazing, cultivating switchgrass for cellulosic ethanol production had a per-hectare mitigation potential comparable to reforestation and several-fold greater than grassland restoration.

    Using switchgrass can be particularly helpful in parts of the country where planting more trees is not an option.

    This research was partially funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the US DOE via the Center for Bioenergy Innovation, and the Sao Paulo Research Foundation in Brazil.

    The study illustrates how deliberate land use choices support the climate performance of present-day cellulosic ethanol technology and how technological advancements and CCS addition could produce several times the climate mitigation potential of competing land-based biological mitigation schemes. These results affirm the climate mitigation logic of biofuels, consistent with their prominent role in many climate stabilization scenarios, the study concludes. (Source: Colorado State University, Green Car Congress, Aug., 2020) Contact: Colorado State University, Natural Resource Ecology Lab, John Field, (970) 491-1604,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuel,  Cellulosic Biofuel,  Switchgrass,  

    LBNL Explores Cheaper Biofuels Production Costs (Ind. Report, R&D)
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Date: 2020-08-31
    As previously reported, researchers at the US DOE Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) have designed simulations to determine how much biofuel is needed for the whole bioproduct extraction process to decrease the demand for petroleum-based gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels and to be labeled as "cost-efficient." Their study results found the target levels to be modest and that Biofuels can compete with petroleum-based fuels in terms of cost production, according to a release.

    Conventional biofuel production often involves genetically engineered plants that can produce essential chemical compounds, or bioproducts. These bioproducts are extracted from the plant, and the remaining plant parts are converted into fuel. This led LBNL scientists to investigate exactly how much bioproduct does a plant need to determine if the whole extraction process to be determined efficient, and how much bioproduct should be produced to reach the target ethanol selling price of $2.50 per gallon.

    To do this, the researchers studied existing data of well-studied plant-based bioproduct production. They used this data to make simulations that will determine the factors involved in extracting bioproducts using the context of bioethanol refinery, which means that bioproducts will be extracted from the plant and the remaining plant materials will be converted to ethanol. Their results determined that the bioproduct levels needed to accumulate in plants to offset the production cost recovery is quite feasible. Using limonene as an example, they calculated that an accumulated 0.6 pct of biomass dry weight would already produce net economic benefits to biorefineries. To illustrate, it means harvesting 10 dry metric tons of sorghum mass from one acre will only need 130 pounds of recovered limonene from that biomass to say that the whole production process is efficient, according to the release.

    The LBNL researchers note this new finding can provide new insights into the role of bioproducts to improve biorefinery economics and offer the first quantitative basis for implementation of this cost-saving strategy for future studies on plant-based biofuel breeding and engineering. The scientists also recommended that crops need to be engineered to produce a broad range of bioproducts in order to provide options and diversify products in the market. (Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, April, 2020) Contact: LBNL, Laurel Kellner, Media, 510-590-8034,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory news,  Biofuel news,  

    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 beginning today, Aug. 31. Apply for IDALS-administered programs Aug. 24 at (Source: Office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Wallaces Farmer, 31 Aug., 2020) Contact: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, 515-281-5211,

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

  • Rex Optimistic on Improving Ethanol Markets (Ind. Report)
    Rex American Resources
    Date: 2020-08-28
    "It looks like the worst is behind us", according to Dayton, Ohio-headquartered Rex American Resources Inc. chairman Stuart Rose in reference to the recent challenges faced by the ethanol industry. Rose noted the ethanol industry is currently profitable and prices are up compared to last quarter.

    Rex has ownership stakes in six ethanol plants including: Gibson City, Illinois-based One Earth Energy LLC, Marion, South Dakota-based NuGen Energy LLC, Big River Resources West Burlington LLC, Big River Resources Galva LLC, Dyersville, Iowa-based Big River United Energy LLC, and Big River Resources Boyceville LLC in Wisconsin. (Source: Rex American Resources, Aug., 2020) Contact: Rex American Resources, Zafar Rizvi, CEO, (937) 276-3931, Fax: (937) 276-8643,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rex American Resources,  Ethanol,  

    Haldor Topsoe Joins Danish Sustainable Fuel Project (Int'l. Report)
    Haldor Topsoe
    Date: 2020-08-28
    Denmark-headquartered Haldor Topsoe reports it is partnering with Orsted, Copenhagen Airports, A.P. Moller- Maersk, DSV Panalpina, DFDS, SAS, Nel, and Everfuel to develop a electrolysis-based hydrogen and sustainable fuels -- jet fuel, ammonia, and methanol -- production facility in the Greater Copenhagen .

    The three-phase project is expected to be finalized by 2030. The first stage, which could be operational by as early as 2023, will comprise a 10 MW electrolysis plant producing renewable hydrogen for trucks and potentially buses. By 2027, the stage two facility equipped with a 250 MW electrolysis plant will combine the production of renewable hydrogen with captured CO2 from combustion of municipal waste or biomass to produce renewable methanol for maritime vessels and renewable jet fuel for planes. The last phase will upgrade the electrolysis plant's capacity to 1.3 GW and capture more CO2.

    In addition to major partner investments, the project is seeking substantial funding from Innovation Fund Denmark. (Source: Haldor Topsoe, PR, 27 Aug., 2020) Contact: Haldor Topsoe, Roeland Baan, CEO, +45 4527 2000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Haldor Topsoe ,  Hydrogen,  Sustainable Fuel,  

    Sugar Trader Czarnikow Enters Brazilian Ethanol Market (Int'l.)
    Czanikow Group
    Date: 2020-08-28
    London-headquartered sugar trader and supply chain services provider Czanikow Group Ltd reports it has received Brazilian regulatory approval for CzEnergy, a new company aimed at expansion and operations in the Brazilian ethanol fuel and power markets.

    Ethanol accounts for roughly 40 pct of the fuel used by Brazil's light vehicle fleet -- the world's second largest market for the biofuel behind the United States. The majority of Brazilian car engines can run on 100 pct hydrous ethanol, according to the release. (Source: Czarnikow, Reuters, 17 Aug., 2020) Contact: Czanikow Group, Rebecca Spencer, +44 7534 010784,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Czanikow Group,  Ethanol,  Brazil Ethanol,  

    Ethanol Ind. Stabilization Quotes from Growth Energy CEO
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2020-08-28
    "We have to make sure the (Trump) administration follows through on commitments that it has made. Last October, the administration made a series of commitments in terms of evaluating things like E15 labeling. An additional hurdle for us to have unfettered market access for higher blends is making sure the president has EPA follow through on its commitment to uphold a strong Renewable Fuel Standard.

    "We want to be building stronger global markets with free trade. We want expansion of E15. As drivers are hitting the road again as we are recovering from Covid, there's more opportunity to get higher blends like E15. We, ultimately, want to focus on that road to recovery conversation because that's what our future is going to be all about.

    "At this point, I think we may be okay. I think it will have different impacts in different areas regionally, and then certainly in the value chain. We're going to have to just wait and see. It's very disheartening to know what everybody has gone through." -- Emily Skor, Growth Energy, CEO , discussing ethanol industry stability.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Growth Energy,  

    Global Lignocellulosic Feedstock-based Biofuel Market Expected to Reach CAGR of 27.84 pct (Ind. Report
    Date: 2020-08-26
    According to 360 Market Updates' recently released Global Lignocellulosic Feedstock-based Biofuel Market report, the market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 27.84 pct from 2020 to 2023, driven in great part by the growing adoption of bioethanol as a transport fuel.

    The report notes the global lignocellulosic feedstock-based biofuel market is poised to grow by $7.83 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of 32 pct during the forecast period.

    The report identifies the top manufacturers/players including: Abengoa SA, China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., Clariant International Ltd., DuPont de Nemours Inc., Fiberight LLC, Gevo Inc., GranBio Investimentos SA, Iogen Corp, Neste Oyj, and New Energy Blue LLC. (Source: 360 Market Updates, 26 Aug., 2020) Contact: 360 Market Updates,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioethanol,  Ethanol,  Lignocellulosic,  Biofuel,  

    EPA Admin. Wheeler Comments on RFS Waivers -- Notable Quotes
    RFS Waivers
    Date: 2020-08-26
    "I have talked personally with a number of small refiners all over the country -- (the agency is) working with them to see what we can do to help them during this time.

    "We have extraordinary circumstances this year and we are looking at what relief we can provide everyone -- the ethanol industry is hurting as well." -- U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, 20 May, 2020

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS Waivers news,  Andrew Wheeler news,  

    Aemetis Completes RNG Dairy Digester, Pipeline Project (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-08-24
    Cupertino, California-based Aemetis, Inc. is reporting the completion of construction of the first two dairy digesters and four mile pipeline for the production of renewable natural gas (RNG) to supply below-zero carbon intensity RNG to displace petroleum based natural gas used at the Keyes ethanol production facility, and to provide fuel for RNG trucks and buses.

    The company is currently commissioning Phase I of the Central Dairy Digester Project. After Phase I of the project is operational, construction will begin on the additional 15 dairies that have signed agreements with Aemetis and approximately 30 miles of private pipeline. (Source: Aemetis, Website PR, 21 Aug., 2020) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis ,  Ethanol,  RNG,  

    GEVO Announces $50Mn Registered Direct Offering (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-08-21
    Englewood, Colorado-based Gevo, Inc. reports it has entered into definitive agreements with institutional and accredited investors for the sale of an aggregate of 38,461,545 shares of common stock at a purchase price of $1.30 per share in a registered direct offering priced at-the-market under Nasdaq rules. The offering is expected to close on or about August 25, 2020, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

    Offering proceeds are expected to be $50 million, before placement agent (H.C. Wainwright & Co.) fees and other offering expenses. GEVO intends to use the net proceeds for working capital and general corporate purposes, which may include the repayment of outstanding indebtedness.

    GEVO is commercializing the next generation of renewable premium gasoline, jet fuel and diesel fuel with the potential to achieve zero carbon emissions, addressing the market need of reducing greenhouse gas emissions with sustainable alternatives. Gevo uses low-carbon renewable resource-based carbohydrates as raw materials, and is in an advanced state of developing renewable electricity and renewable natural gas for use in production processes, resulting in low-carbon fuels with substantially reduced carbon intensity, according to the company. (Source: GEVO, PR, Website, 20 Aug., 2020) Contact: Gevo Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Ethanol,  Biobutanol,  Biofuel,  

    Aemetis Upgrading CA Ethanol Plant for Alcohol Prod.(Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-08-21
    Cupertino, California-based biofuels producer Aemetis reports it is upgrading its Keyes, California, ethanol plant to produce 65 million gpy of US Pharmacopeia (USP) grade alcohol by Q1, 2021. A new subsidiary, Aemetis Health Products, will blend gel and liquid sanitizer.

    Aemetis also notes the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed project financing for a planned 12-million gpy cellulosic ethanol facility in Riverbank, California, construction of which is anticipated to take roughly 18 months to complete. (Source: Aemetis, OPIS, 21 Aug., 2020)Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis ,  Ethanol,  

    Clariant, Chemtex to Collaborate on China Biofuels (Int'l. Report)
    Clariant, Chemtex
    Date: 2020-08-19
    Muttenz, Switzerland-based Clariant AG is reporting a strategic partnership with Chemtex Global Corp. to market and sell Clariant's Sunliquid technology licenses, as well as services and supplies for advanced biofuel plants in China.

    In 2017, the State Council of PRC endorsed a new strategic plan to utilize bioethanol converted from agricultural residue as gasoline for motor vehicles. Under the nationwide blending mandate proposed, all gasoline used for motor vehicles will need to contain bioethanol as an additive. Clariant, with its innovative sunliquid technology that offers an efficient process for converting agricultural residues into low-emission, carbon negative biofuel, is fully supporting the rollout of the mandate.

    The combined offerings of Clariant and Chemtex will provide a comprehensive package of 2G ethanol technology licenses and Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) services, enabling customers in China to successfully design, build and operate their own full-scale plants. While Clariant will offer its sunliquid technology licenses, technical services and the supply of starter cultures from its proprietary enzyme and yeast platform, Chemtex will be responsible for engineering, procurement and construction. (Source: Clariant, PR, Chemical Engineering, Aug., 2020) Contact: Clariant, Christian Librera, Head of Business Line Biofuels and Derivatives, Stefanie Nehlsen, Global Trade Media Relations, +41 61 469 63 63,; Chemtex, Sean Ma, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunliquid,  Clariant,  Chemtex ,  Biofuel,  

    GEVO, Praj to Commercialize SAF in India (Int'l. Report)
    GEVO, Praj Industries
    Date: 2020-08-19
    Following up on our April, 2019 coverage, isobutanol producer GEVO Inc. and Pune, India-based Praj Industries Ltd are reporting a binding, definitive Master Framework Agreement (MFA) to collaborate on providing renewable, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable premium gasoline in India and neighboring countries.

    Under their agreement, Gevo will license its technology to Praj which will provide technology, plant equipment and EPC services to sugar mills and ethanol plants to produce renewable isobutanol from sugar cane juice, cane molasses, sugar syrup as well as cellulosic biomass such as straws, bagasse, and others. Praj will also provide technology, plant equipment and EPC services to refineries for converting renewable isobutanol into SAF and premium gasoline through the ASTM-approved pathway of alcohol-to-jet fuel(ATJ). The agreement also allows Praj to carry out basic engineering and design package services, supply equipment, build plants and use jointly developed process design package to produce renewable isobutanol for plant operators who are licensed by Gevo. (Source: GEVO, PR, Green Car Congress, 18 Aug., 2020)Contact: Gevo Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358,,; Praj Industries Ltd., Dr. Ravindra Utgikar , Bus. Dev.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Praj Industries,  Isobutanol,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  

    Austrocel Bioethanol Production Slated for Dec, Start-up (Int'l.)
    Date: 2020-08-19
    Austria's dissolving pulp producer AustroCel Hallein GmbH reports construction is underway on its 30 million lpy bioethanol production facility at the pulp mill in Hallein. The plant is expected to be commissioned in November for biofuel production in December, this year.

    As previously reported , Autrocel has a multi-year biotehanol supply agreement with Austria's Vienna-headquartered oil and gas company OMV which will blend Autrocel supplied biofuel with gasoline to reduce the carbon intensity of OMV's fuel products and fulfill legal additive requirements under the Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II).

    The REDII consumption target of 32 pct was introduced for the EU member states for 2030. The directive also requires fuel suppliers to supply a minimum of 14 pct of the energy consumed in road and rail transport by 2030 as renewable energy. (Source: Austrocel, EUWID Pulp & Paper, 19 Aug., 2020) Contact: AustroCel Hallein GmbH, Jorge Harbring, CEO, +43 6245 8900,; OMV,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Austrocel,  Ethanol,  Bioethanol ,  

    EPA Urged to Stop Penalizing Ethanol Blends ( Editorials & Asides)
    Urban Air Initiative,American Coalition for Ethanol
    Date: 2020-08-17
    In Washington, the Urban Air Initiative (UAI) -- a coalition of state corn grower organizations -- along with the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) and the Clean Fuels Development Coalition last Friday filed comments asking the EPA not to penalize ethanol's ability to reduce carbon emissions.

    The EPA is proposing to penalize the current Tier 3 test fuel that all automakers will use to meet CO2 emission standards because it contains 10 pct ethanol. This Tier 3 test fuel lowers CO2 emissions compared to the prior E0 test fuel from 1975. The EPA is creating this new penalty against ethanol by manipulating test procedures to inflate the tailpipe CO2 emissions of vehicles certified as using E10. Since the penalty would presumably increase with higher ethanol volumes, this rule would be a major disincentive for automakers to transition to higher ethanol blends.

    "Basically ethanol can't win. First EPA ignores ethanol's ability to reduce toxic aromatics, and now it wants to penalize ethanol for being a more efficient, lower-carbon fuel additive. The EPA is making this more complicated than it needs to be. It's creating rules based on older, non-representative fuels in its testing. Plus, EPA has no authority to penalize a particular fuel. Automakers can take advantage of high octane ethanol but not if they are penalized before they even start. In short, let the market work," Urban Air President Dave VanderGriend commented.

    "EPA's anti-ethanol bias is not limited to how it has badly mismanaged the Renewable Fuel Standard, it extends to the Agency's proposal to artificially inflate CO2 emissions from vehicles being tested on E10 blends for Tier 3 Test Fuel Procedures," ACE CEO Brian Jennings commented. (Source: Urban Air Initiative, PR, 17 Aug., 2020) Contact: Urban Air Initiative, Dave VanderGriend, Pres., www.; Clean Fuels Development Coalition, 301-718-0077,; American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, (605) 334-3381,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  American Coalition for Ethanol,  ACE,  Urban Air Initiative,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  

    Biofuels Industry Notable Quote
    Iowa Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2020-08-17
    "If we're going to keep this (biofuels) industry viable, we're going to need help from Congress." -- Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., Iowa Renewable Fuels Assoc., 17 Aug., 2020) Contact: IRFA, Monte Shaw, Ecex. Dir., (515) 252-6249, (515) 225-0781 -- fax,

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

    Ontario Biofuels Producers Win FedDev Ontario Support (Ind. Report)
    FedDev Ontario,IGP Ethanol
    Date: 2020-08-14
    In Ontario, London West MP Kate Young is reporting FedDev Ontario has invested $10 million to support Ontario-based renewable fuel producers Forge Hydrocarbons and Aylmer-based IGPC Ethanol Inc.

    In addition to FedDev Ontario's repayable contribution, FORGE Hydrocarbons has leveraged $25.6 million from private investors. FedDev Ontario's repayable contribution to IGPC supports a $112 million project leveraging more than $107 million in other investments.

    The Province of Ontario's renewable energy industry and agricultural sectors produce 380 million lpy of high-octane fuel grade ethanol and 340,000 tpy of distillers' grains (DDGs) from 36 million bushels of Ontario corn.

    FedDev Ontario has invested over $123 million in 60 Ontario clean technology projects since 2015. (Source: FedDev Ontario, Website News, CTV News, 12 Aug., 2020) Contact: FedDev Ontario,; IGPC Ethanol, 519-765-2575,; Forge Hydrocarbons,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News FedDev Ontario,  IGPC Ethanol,  FORGE Hydrocarbon,  

    Mustard Family Member Seen as Biobutanol Feedstock (Ind. Report)
    National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research
    Date: 2020-08-14
    In Peoria, Illinois, a research team at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (ARS) is working to rekindle the production of butanol from Lesquerella (a.k.a. Fendler's bladderpod and Yellow Top), a member of the mustard family that's native to the U.S. Southwest. Other possible feedstocks include wheat straw, sweet sorghum bagasse, penntcress, corn stover and other food wastes and processing byproducts like dried distillers grains, solubles and "presscake" (the crushed remains of lesquerella seed whose oil has been extracted).

    The ARS team's efforts are part of a broader umbrella effort to create new, value-added markets for agricultural commodities, especially those that serve as sustainable alternatives to petroleum-based fuels.

    In laboratory trials, the researchers produced 11-14 grams of butanol per liter of lesquerella presscake. The total chemical production (combined butanol, acetone and ethanol) was 19 to 29 grams per liter -- a nearly 67 pct increase over using corn and glucose sources to produce these three same chemicals. The research team plans on scaling-up their experiments using two-liter bioreactors and, if successful, even larger ones.

    Keeping feedstock costs down is key to making butanol competitive with gasoline, he added. At $25 a ton or less, lesquerella presscake would command a selling price of $2.27 or less a gallon -- about a dollar less than from sweet sorghum, another promising feedstock source, according to the release. (Source: National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Nasib Qureshi, Chemical Engineer,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research,  

    Pacific Ethanol Back on NASDAQ Exchange (Ind. Report)
    Pacific Ethanol
    Date: 2020-08-12
    In the Golden State, Sacramento-based Pacific Ethanol, Inc. reports it has regained compliance with NASDAQ Listing Rule requiring listed securities maintain a minimum closing bid price of $1.00 per share.

    As previously reported, the Company received a letter from NASDAQ notifying the Company that it did not comply with the $1.00 minimum closing bid price requirement for continued listing under the NASDAQ Listing Rules. The Company was provided an initial period of 180 calendar days, or until January 13, 2020, during which to regain compliance. The Company failed to regain compliance by January 13, 2020, but was provided a final additional period of 180 calendar days, or until July 13, 2020, during which to regain compliance, but received an additional period until September 28, 2020 to regain compliance in connection with a rule change filed by NASDAQ with SEC that temporarily tolled the compliance periods for NASDAQ's bid price requirements.

    Pacific Ethanol's common stock has subsequently maintained a closing bid price of at least $1.00 per share for 10 consecutive trading days, enabling the Company to regain compliance with NASDAQ Listing Rule. (Source: Pacific Ethanol Inc. PR, Website, 10 Aug., 2020) Contact: Pacific Ethanol, Inc., Paul Kohler, CEO, (916) 403-2123,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Ethanol,  

    POET Increasing Bio-Based Industrial Alcohol Prod (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-08-12
    Sioux Falls, SD-based ethanol producer POET is reporting it will scale up production of industrial and beverage-grade alcohol and is making significant investments to enhance operations at its biorefinery in Leipsic, OH, and is in the design phase for modification of a second industrial-grade plant in Alexandria, IN that will come online in early 2021.

    POET is the world's largest producer of biofuels and has marketed various bio-based products including several animal feed solutions, renewable CO2, and JIVE, an eco-friendly asphalt rejuvenator and modifier. (Source: POET, Website News, Aug., 2020) Contact: POET, Jeff Broin, CEO, (605) 965-2200,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Ethanol,  

    Gevo Releases 2Q, 2020 Financial Results (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-08-12
    "Revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2020 was $1.0 million compared with $5.1 million in the same period in 2019. During the three months ended June 30, 2020, hydrocarbon revenue was $0.9 million compared with $0.1 million in the same period in 2019 as a result of increased shipments of finished products from our demonstration plant at the South Hampton Resources, Inc. facility in Silsbee, Texas.

    " Gevo's hydrocarbon revenue is comprised of sales of alcohol-to-jet fuel, isooctane and isooctene. During the second quarter of 2020, revenue derived at the Luverne Facility related to ethanol sales and related products was $0.1 million, a decrease of approximately $5.0 million from the same period in 2019. As a result of COVID-19 and in response to an unfavorable commodity environment, we terminated our production of ethanol and distiller grains in March 2020, which resulted in lower sales for the period.

    "Cost of goods sold was $2.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020, compared with $8.5 million in the same period in 2019, primarily as a result of terminating ethanol production as a result of COVID-19 and in response to an unfavorable commodity environment. Cost of goods sold included approximately $1.0 million associated with the production of isobutanol and related products and maintenance of the Luverne Facility and approximately $1.6 million in depreciation expense for the three months ended June 30, 2020.

    "Gross loss was $1.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020, versus a $3.4 million gross loss in the same period in 2019." (Source: Gevo Website Release, 10 Aug., 2020) Contact: Gevo Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358,,

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    Biogas, Natural Gas Mix Considered in India (Int'l. Report)
    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,

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    Growth Energy Pushes CARB to Encourage Biofuels (Opinions & Asides)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2020-08-10
    In a letter to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Growth Energy's Regulatory Affairs VP Chris Bliley called for the agency to expand the use of higher biofuel blends to make California's fuel mix more environmentally sustainable.

    According to Growth Energy, "Higher ethanol blends can be immediately deployed in existing vehicles to achieve immediate greenhouse gas reductions, reduce harmful air toxics, and reduce consumer costs at the pump. In fact, biofuels like ethanol have generated more than 75 percent of LCFS credits. Additionally, even with room to further improve greenhouse gas lifecycle modeling, CARB recognizes the significant improvement in ethanol's carbon intensity. As has been researched by the University of California -- Riverside and the University of Illinois, the use of more ethanol and ethanol-blended fuel reduces air toxics such as carbon monoxide, benzene, and other harmful particulates.'

    Download Growth Energy's full comments HERE. Source: Growth Energy,CStore Decisions, Aug., 2020) Contact: Growth Energy, Chris Bliley, Senior VP Regulatory Affairs,

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    U.S. Ethanol Production Down, Stocks UP (Ind. Report)
    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,

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    BP Plans Major Bioenergy Production Increase (Ind. Report)
    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,; Bunge,

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    RFA Report Details RFS Success (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Date: 2020-08-07
    Commemorating the 15th anniversary of Pres. George W. Bush's signing of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which created the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has released a report detailing how the industry has benefited the nation over the past decade and a half.

    "As you'll see in this report, the RFS has been a smashing success," said RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. "In addition to decreasing reliance on imported petroleum, the RFS has reduced emissions of harmful tailpipe pollutants and greenhouse gases, lowered consumer fuel prices, supported hundreds of thousands of jobs in rural America, and boosted the agricultural economy by adding value to the crops produced by our nation's farmers." The report details how, since 2005:

  • Ethanol and co-product output has quadrupled, and the number of jobs supported by the industry has more than doubled;

  • Ethanol has contributed substantially to the agriculture sector, supporting corn prices and farm incomes;

  • Ethanol consumption has more than tripled, enhancing U.S. energy security while saving consumers money at the pump;

  • The use of ethanol has reduced greenhouse gas emissions and cleaned up air pollution;

  • "As ethanol production has increased, U.S. food price inflation has fallen and the number of people globally who are undernourished has declined.

    The report also includes historical perspective from RFA Senior Strategic Advisor Bob Dinneen, who led RFA through this important policy change. "We've probably all seen the Schoolhouse Rock version of 'How a Bill Becomes a Law', Dinneen writes. "It does a great job of explaining the legislative process. But it cannot capture the circuitous adventure and machinations that occur before an idea materializes into legislative language. That is particularly true when it comes to the 2005 Energy Bill and the Renewable Fuel Standard." (Source: RFA, 6 Aug., 2020) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, (202) 289-3835,

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  • GranBio, NextChem Partner on Cellulosic Ethanol (Intl. Report)
    GranBio, NextChem
    Date: 2020-08-05
    In Sao Paulo, Brazil-based GranBio is reporting a strategic alliance with Italian engineering giant Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. subsidiary NextChem to co-license its patented technology for "second generation" cellulosic ethanol production worldwide.

    The partnership will combine GranBio's biomass and second-generation biofuels expertise with NextChem's engineering intelligence and Group global presence, to offer integrated services -- feasibility studies, development of integration projects, engineering and construction of factories worldwide, according to the release.

    GranBio's 2G ethanol technology has been implemented in its $220 million factory located in Sao Miguel dos Campos, in Alagoas. Currently, the company has the capacity to produce around 7.9 million gpy of 2G ethanol.

    GranBio developed a flexible model for the use of sugarcane, corn stover, straw, woody biomass and other waste to produce cellulosic ethanol. (Source: GranBio, PR, 3 Aug., 2020) Contact: GranBio, Paulo Nigro, CEO,; NextChem, Ilaria Catastini, Coomunications, +39 327 0663447,,; Maire Technimont,

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    Blue Flint Ethanol Considers Biomass Fuel Option (Ind. Report)
    Blue Flint Ethanol.Midwest AgEnergy
    Date: 2020-08-03
    Midwest AgEnergy-owned Blue Flint Ethanol reports it is using $155,000 in recent funding from the state Agricultural Products Utilization Commission to conduct research and a feasibility study on the use of locally sourced wheat straw, corn stover and other biomass as a fuel source for its ethanol plant co-located with Great River Energy's Coal Creek power plant, near Underwood.

    Blue Flint uses waste steam from the Coal Creek facility as the energy for the refining process, but the power plant is slated for closure in 2022. (Source: Midwest AgEnergy, Prairies Public Radio, 3 Aug., 2020) Contact: Blue Flint Ethanol, Midwest AgEnergy, Jeff Zuger, CEO, (701) 442-7500,

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    Ethanol "Growth will come from exports, period" (Notable Quotes)
    Date: 2020-08-03
    "The ethanol industry is in worse shape than we thought prior to this pandemic.

    "The ethanol industry's problem is bigger than the waivers. Even with DDG (livestock feed) sales, they (ethanol producers) are losing money because we have been awash in oil and now the recession has lowered prices." -- David Swenson, Iowa State University Economist speaking to the Iowa Farmers Union via Zoom on July 30.

    In Iowa, at least 10 of the 43 plants had completely shut down at some point during the COVID-19 pandemic and others had limited production. Contact: David Swenson, Iowa State University, (515) 294-7458,,

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    POET Planning Bio-Based Industrial Alcohol Production (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-08-03
    Following up on our 20th April report, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the world's largest biofuels producer reports it plans to scale up production of industrial and beverage-grade alcohol at two of its biorefineries -- Leipsic, Ohio and in Alexandria, Indiana which is expected to come online in early 2021.

    POET expedited efforts to produce pharmaceutical-grade, alcohol-based hand sanitizer after COVID-19 created an unprecedented spike in demand for sanitation and cleaning products. POET's all-natural product will grow the volume of cleaner, greener, high-quality alcohol options available to industrial, personal care, and food and beverage consumers.

    POET is a leader in biorefining through its efficient, vertically integrated approach to production. Started in 1987, the company today has a network of 28 production facilities across 7 states. At full run rates, POET purchases 5 pct of US corn and produces 2 billion gpy of ethanol, 10 billion ppy of distillers dried grains, and 600 million ppy of corn oil, according to the website release. (Source: POET, Website News, 3 Aug., 2020) Contact: POET, Jeff Broin, CEO, (605) 965-2200,

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    Notable Quote -- Ethanol Industry Facing Tough Times
    Midwest AgEnergy
    Date: 2020-08-03
    "We've been hit by two 'black swan' events. It is truly an unprecedented time."

    "We'll be running at about 60 pct to 70 pct of the full rate. I don't know if there is a plant in the country that is profitable in this market" -- Jeff Zueger, CEO, Midwest AgEnergy (MAG). (Source: Midwest AgEnergy, Jamestown Sun, 11 April, 2020) Contact: Midwest AgEnergy, Jeff Zueger, CEO, (701) 442-7500,

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    World's Largest "Green" Hydrogen Project Underway (Int'l. Report)
    Green Hydrogen
    Date: 2020-07-31
    The world's largest green hydrogen project has formally kicked off in Denmark. The project is being led by Copenhagen Airport; shipping giant A.P.Moller-Maersk; transport and logistics company DSV Panalpina; shipping and logistics firm DFDS; airline SAS and Danish energy company Orsted, the City of Copenhagen with technical and management support from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Denmark-based international engineering, environmental science and economics consultants COWI.

    The project will establish a 1.3 GW electrolysis facility in the Greater Copenhagen area capable of generating hydrogen from water in a process that will be powered entirely with offshore wind power. The 'green' hydrogen generated by the project can be used as fuel for heavy road vehicles and/or converted into e-methanol for maritime shipping and e-kerosene for aviation fuel.

    At full capacity, the new Danish facility could reportedly reduce carbon emissions from transport by 850,000 tonnes, charting the course for green agenda leading European countries to meet the 2050 net zero emissions target. The facility is expected to open in 2023 with a 10-MW electrolysis capacity. (Source: EU, , 30 July, 2020)

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    Valero Reports Q2 Ethanol, Renewable Diesel Results (Ind. Report)
    Valero Energy
    Date: 2020-07-31
    San Antonio-based Valero Energy Corporation is reporting net income attributable to Valero stockholders of $1.3 billion for Q2 of 2020 compared to net income of $612 million, or $1.47 per share, for the same period in 2019.

    Renewable Diesel -- The renewable diesel segment reported $129 million of operating income for the second quarter of 2020 compared to $77 million for the second quarter of 2019. After adjusting for the retroactive blender's tax credit, renewable diesel operating income was $145 million for the second quarter of 2019. Renewable diesel sales volumes averaged 795,000 gpd -- up 26,000 gpd from Q2, 2019.

    Ethanol -- The ethanol segment reported $91 million of operating income for the second quarter of 2020, compared to $7 million for the same period in 2019. Excluding the LCM inventory valuation adjustment, the second quarter 2020 adjusted operating loss was $20 million. Ethanol production volumes averaged 2.3 million gpd n the second quarter of 2020 down 2.2 million gpd from the second quarter of 2019. The decrease in adjusted operating income was attributed primarily to lower margins resulting from lower ethanol prices and lower throughput. (Source: Valero, PR, 30 July, 2020) Contact: Valero Renewable Fuels, Joe Gorder, Pres., Homer Bhullar, VP Investor Relations, 210-345-1982,

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    Grassley Seeks $3Bn for Iowa Ethanol Ind. Relief (Ind. Report)
    Chuck Grassley
    Date: 2020-07-31
    In Des Moines, Hawkeye State senator Chuck Grassley (R) is calling for the uncertain at best Republican Senate's COVID-19 relief proposal earmarking $20 billion for agriculture, should direct $3 billion to support the state's struggling ethanol industry.

    Iowa's ethanol industry can produce more than 4.1 billion gpy from more than 1.3 billion bushels of corn. This comes from the 42 corn ethanol plants and two cellulosic plants operating across the state. (Source: Office of Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Capital Dispatch, 30 July, 2020) Contact: Office of Sen. Chuck Grassley,

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    Notable Quote -- Grassley Comments on Hawkeye State 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),

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    Greenfield Global's Irish Facility Construction Completed (Ind. Report)
    Greenfield Global
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Toronto, Ontario-headquartered ethanol and solvents provider Greenfield Global is reporting the completion of construction on its new 3,800 sq-meter European manufacturing headquarters in Portlaoise, County Laois, Ireland.

    The new facility will be one of the first nearly zero-energy buildings constructed under the new European standards calling for high energy performance levels and power drawn from renewable resources. Renewable energy is one part of Greenfield's business, which also focuses on speciality and chemical ingredients, beverages and distilled spirits, and agribusiness. The company has 12 operating facilities in North America, according to the release. (Source: Greenfield Global, PR, July, 2020) Contact: Greenfield Global, Howard Field, CEO, (613) 698-0116,,

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    India's Praj Ind., ARAI Green Fuel Alliance Announced (Int'l. Report)
    Praj Industries
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Pune, India-based ethanol producer Praj Industries Ltd. and the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) are reporting a MoA to jointly drive the development and use of advanced and alternative fuels in industry and transportation.

    As a leading player in the global bio economy, Praj brings its three decades expertise in developing and deploying biofuel technology solutions through its TEMPO business mode l to the joint effort. ARAI, as a R&D major, brings its experience in CNG, LPG, LNG, HCNG, dual fuel technology, Bio-CNG, Hydrogen, Ethanol, DME and Methanol to the joint agreement.

    With their complementary strengths in technology and application, Praj and ARAI will work together to test and commercialise newer fuels with improved efficiencies, according to the Praj release. (Source: Praj Industries Ltd., PR, 29 July, 2020) Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., Dr. Ravindra Utgikar , Bus. Dev.,; Automotive Research Association of India, Shri Nitn B Dhande, Bus. Dev.,,

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    ACE Comments on COVID-19 Economic Relief Pkg, (Opinions & Asides)
    American Coalition for Ethanol
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Late yesterday, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled his coronavirus economic relief package including $20 billion in relief to be used by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in addition to the $14 billion in funding the previously enacted CARES Act provides USDA via the Commodity Credit Corporation account. This marks the next step toward supplying much needed assistance to the renewable fuels sector. American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings believes ethanol producers, considered 'processors' under any commonsense definition of the term, would be prime candidates to receive a portion of USDA's increased discretionary funds in this proposal. While Jennings welcomed the inclusion of the assistance, he urged for more specific language in the following reaction:

    "We are grateful Senate leaders have responded to our request for economic relief to biofuel producers in the phase four stimulus, however, Congress gave USDA the flexibility to provide relief for renewable fuel producers in the last package and USDA declined to exercise it. While Senator McConnell's bill is more specific about processors of ag commodities, it still leaves discretion to USDA which has so far failed to use the authority to support our industry.

    "As I stated in my recent letter to Senators McConnell and Schumer, direct aid for biofuel producers is long overdue. That is why we support and urged inclusion of the Grassley-Klobuchar bill which makes direct assistance certain. Ethanol producers have acted as an economic bridge for U.S. farmers when they purchased corn before the extent of the pandemic was known. It is only fair to aid the ethanol industry which has fronted cash to farm economies.

    "We will continue to urge for more specific language in the final bill. Fortunately, momentum appears to be in our favor since both the House-passed Heroes Act and Senate proposal contain relief provisions. Now we need to ensure the legislative details are correct as there should be no reason direct assistance for ethanol producers doesn't make it in the final phase four bill. ACE urges grassroots advocates to contact their lawmakers and ask them to include biofuel producer relief in the final coronavirus relief package and to get it done before the August recess." (Source: American Coalition for Ethanol, 29 July, 2020) Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, (605) 334-3381,

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    Notable Quote -- Ethanol and the Coronavirus
    American Coalition for Ethanol
    Date: 2020-07-29
    "The important context here is that a lot of the ethanol industry was hanging on by a string before the coronavirus hit. And we're seeing unprecedented demand destruction right now, so undoubtedly, 2020 is going to be a bloodbath for the industry." -- Brian Jennings, CEO, American Coalition for Ethanol , April, 2020. Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, (605) 334-3381 ext. 3389,

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    Haifa University Develops Watermelon Waste Ethanol (Int'l.)
    University of Haifa
    Date: 2020-07-27
    Israeli researchers at the University of Haifa (Oranim), report finding a method to utilize watermelon waste for biofuel . The researchers produced ethanol from an Israeli Malali watermelon strain, grown only for its seeds, as part of the nut industry. Thus, the watermelon rind and flesh , which together make up 97 pct of the watermelon's weight, are waste and a suitable feedstock for ethanol production.

    The University of Haifa researchers also found that watermelon waste could be used to produce lycopene, a dietary supplement sold as an antioxidant. (Source: University of Haifa, Ynet, 25 July, 2020) Contact: University of Haifa, +972 4-824-0111,

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    "It's Been Tough" -- Ethanol Industry Notable Quote
    Ethanol,Siouxland Energy
    Date: 2020-07-27
    "It's been tough. Demand has just really fallen apart. Gas and driving demands, which coincides with ethanol demands as well, and we've just seen a big drop in that. Demand is down about 7-8 percent and usually we would see a change in demand in gas altogether. One percent is a lot usually. Gas demand is pretty steady throughout the year. We've got driving season in the summer and it bumps up again a little bit there, but usually over the course of the year, from one year to the next, one percent is a big change. Now we've seen it go down to a loss of 20 percent and back up. It recovered slightly." -- Tom Miller, Commodity Manager, Siouxland Energy Cooperative (Source:, 27 July, 2020) Contact: Siouxland Energy Cooperative, Tom Miller, 402-632-2676,

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    Bulgarian Start-up Licenses Clariant Sunliquid® (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-07-27
    Switzerland headquartered specialty chemicals company Clariant reports it has licensed its Sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol technology to Bulgarian start-up Eta Bio. The agreement covers the supply of the license, basic engineering, technical services and a supply of starter cultures from Clariant's proprietary enzyme and yeast platform.

    Eta Bio, which was established to construct, own and operate a commercial plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural waste, will use Sunliquid technology at a new facility designed to produce 50,000 metric tpy of cellulosic ethanol from roughly 250,000 metric tpy of regionally-sourced wheat straw. (Source: Clariant, Website, 27 July, 2020) Contact: Clariant, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, Christian Librera, Biofuels and Derivatives, +41 61 469 5111,

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    LanzaTech, NextChem Promote Circular Ethanol Prod. (Ind. Report)
    LanzaTech, NextChem
    Date: 2020-07-24
    Rome-headquartered Italian renewable energy technology specialist NextChem and US carbon recycling company LanzaTech have signed an agreement under which NextChem will license LanzaTech "waste-to-ethanol" process line.

    With LanzaTech's biological "syngas fermentation" technology, ethanol is produced by bacteria, transforming the Circular Gas at low temperature and low pressure, improving the overall sustainability profile of the process. NextChem will exclusively license this technology in Italy and, on a project basis, in some foreign markets, according to the release.

    Circular ethanol derived from this process can be blended with gasoline displacing fossil inputs with recycled carbon, lowering the fuel's carbon footprint. When produced from biological wastes and residues, 40 pct of the circular ethanol can be considered as "advanced" under the EU Renewable Energy Directive. (Source: LanzaTech, NextChem, Hydrocarbon Eng., July, 2020) Contact: NextChem, Pierroberto Folgiero, CEO, +39 06 9356771,,; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050,,

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    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,,

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