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Notable Quote -- Ethanol Industry Facing Tough Times
Midwest AgEnergy
Date: 2020-07-01
"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: Jamestown Sun, 11 April, 2020) Contact: Midwest AgEnergy, Jeff Zueger, CEO, (701) 442-7500, www.midwestagenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Midwest AgEnergy news,  Ethanol news,  Blue Flint Ethanol news,  


Midwest AgEnergy CCS Project Wins $3.4Mn Grant (Ind. Report)
Midwest AgEnergy
Date: 2020-07-01
Midwest AgEnergy Group (MAG), the parent company to ethanol biorefinery, Blue Flint, near Underwood, ND and Dakota Spirit, a 75 million gpy biorefinery near Spiritwood, ND, is reporting receipt of $3.4 million in grant funding from the North Dakota Industrial Commission. The funding will be used advance the development of a potential carbon storage (CCS) system at the Blue Flint facility located next to Coal Creek Station near Underwood, ND.

The research will involve drilling a stratigraphic test well to examine the geology near the Blue Flint facility to determine the potential and viability of permanently storing CO2 in a deep saline formation. If the sequestration project is successfully completed, the Blue Flint facility anticipates sequestering approximately 200,000 tpy of CO2. The result of the sequestration will be a lower carbon footprint for the facility and the ability to participate in the IRS 45Q tax credit program, incenting such activities. (Source: Midwest AgEnergy, Daily News, 29 June, 2020) Contact: Midwest AgEnergy, Jeff Zueger, CEO, (701) 442-7500/(701) 251-3900, www.midwestagenergygroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Midwest AgEnergy,  Ethanol,  Blue Flint Ethanol,  CCS,  


ePURE Touts EU Ethanol Production GHG Savings (Int'l. Report)
ePURE
Date: 2020-06-26
The European renewable ethanol trade association ePURE is reporting its member's production and use of renewable ethanol resulted in an average greenhouse gas savings of more than 72 pct compared to fossil fuels in 2019 -- an eight-year trend of annual improvements to the climate-change-fighting potential of EU ethanol.

Renewable ethanol produced by ePURE members is refined from European feedstock and works at scale in petrol engines, which still power the majority of new cars being bought in the EU and will be predominant on the roads for the next decades. Promoting ethanol use in the EU -- by adopting E10 or higher ethanol blends; by increasing ambitions for renewables in transport; by taxing energy based on carbon intensity instead of volume -- would help Europe achieve its Green Deal transport decarbonisation goals, according to the ePURE release.

ePURE's membership includes 19 producing companies with around 50 refineries in 16 EU Member States, accounting for about 85 pct of EU renewable ethanol production. (Source: ePURE, BioFuels, 25 June, 2020) Contact: ePURE, Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary-General, +32 2 657 6679, info@epure.org, www.epure.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ePURE,  Ethanol,  GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  Carbon Emissions,  


Romanian Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Construction Underway (Int'l.)
Clariant
Date: 2020-06-24
Basel, Switzerland-based specialty chemicals company Clariant is reporting construction is well underway on its its 50,000 tpy cellulosic ethanol plant in Podari , westerm Romania.

Using Clariant's "sunliquid" technology, the €100 million plant will use locally-sourced wheat straw and other agricultural waste to produce a nearly carbon-neutral drop-in transportation biofuel. The project received more than €40 million funding from the European Union. (Source: Clariant, PR June, 2020) Contact: Clariant, Markus Rarbach, Biofuels and Derivatives, +41 61 469 5111, www.clariant.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clariant,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  


Blue Flint Ethanol CO2 Storage Project Funded (Ind. Report)
Blue Flint Ethanol
Date: 2020-06-22
The North Dakota Industrial Commission reports it will invest $3.4 million on a project to investigate the suitability of the geology around the Coal Creek Power Plant in Underwood, North Dakota for underground CO2 storage. The Lignite Energy Council also approved the investment. The Coal Creek plant is slated for closure in 2022.

The $7 million project was proposed by Blue Flint Ethanol, also of Underwood. The ethanol plant uses the CO2 in its processing of corn. (Source: Prairie Public Broadcasting News, 22 June, 2020) Contact: Lignite Energy Council, Jason Bohrer, Exec. Dir., 701-258-7117, www.lignite.com; Blue Flint Ethanol -- MidWest Ag Energy, 701-442-7500, 701-442-7514, www.midwestagenergy.com/fccp-blue-flint-19634; Blue Flint Ethanol, Midwest AgEnergy, Jeff Zueger, CEO, (701) 442-7500/(7010 251-3900, www.midwestagenergygroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Flint Ethanol,  COs,  CCS,  


CoBank Calls for U.S. Ethanol Ind. Transformation (Ind. Report)
CoBank,US Farm Credit System
Date: 2020-06-22
A new report from the US Farm Credit System's CoBank Knowledge Exchange suggests excess ethanol production capacity and reduced demand will force the U.S. ethanol industry to undertake consolidations and diversify to "transform its business model to create larger and more financially stable companies with improved operational efficiency by 2025."

Diversity will need to include higher-margin co-products like high protein distillers' grains for animal feed, liquid carbon dioxide for refrigeration, beverage grade alcohol, and other industrial products, according to the report.

COVID-19 led to businesses shutting down and people staying at home, causing significant ethanol demand destruction. The industry had one billion gallons of excess capacity at the start of 2020, with that number projected to rise to 3.9 billion at the end of this year before it settles to 2.4 billion at the end of 2021. Strong export growth would help reduce the excess, but current projections do not support such an outcome, the report says.

CoBank is one of the largest private providers of credit to the U.S. rural economy. With more than $125 billion in assets, the bank delivers loans, leases and other financial services to agribusiness, rural infrastructure and Farm Credit customers in all 50 states, according to its website. (Source: CoBank, PR, NAFB News, 22 June, 2020) Contact: CoBank, Kenneth Zuckerberg, 800-542-8072, www.cobank.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CoBank,  Ethanol,  US Farm Credit System,  


EPA Admin. Wheeler Comments on RFS Waivers -- Notable Quotes
RFS Waiver
Date: 2020-06-19
"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 FRS Waiver,  Andrew Wheeler,  


US Ethanol Production Slowly Rising (Ind. Report)
US Energy Information Agency
Date: 2020-06-19
The US Energy Information Agency (EIA) is reporting U.S. ethanol production was up slightly the week ending June 12, while weekly ethanol ending stocks were down roughly 2 pct.

U.S. fuel ethanol production reached averaged 841,000 bpd the week ending June 12, up from an average of 837,000 bpd the previous week. Production was down 240,000 bpd when compared to the same week of 2019 and down 238,000 bpd when compared to the final week of February, before U.S. fuel markets started to be impacted by COVID-19. Weekly ending stocks fell to 21.346 million barrels the week ending June 12, down from 21.802 million barrels the previous week. Weekly ending stocks were down 267,000 barrels when compared to the same week of 2019. (Source: US EIA, 17 June, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Energy Information Agency news,  Ethanol news,  


Notable Quote from the RFA
RFA,Biofuel
Date: 2020-06-19
"To say that the last year has been a roller coaster ride for the (ethanol-biofuels) industry would be an enormous understatement." -- Geoff Cooper, Pres., CEO , Renewable Fuels Association Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, Pres., CEO, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

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


Flints Hills Kills Ethanol Production at GA Plant (Ind. Report)
Flint Hill Resources
Date: 2020-06-15
Flint Hill Resources reports it is permanently ceasing production at its idled 120 million gpy ethanol plant in Camilla, Georgia. The facility, which also produces 310,000 tpy og dried distillers grains (DDGs) and approximately 21 million ppy of non-food grade corn oil, will continue to operate as an ethanol terminal.

The shutdown is due to the "oversupply of ethanol in the marketplace and the loss of demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing a rationalization of U.S. ethanol production," according to the company release. As previously reported, the company had been unsuccessful in finding a purchaser for the plant. (Source: Flint Hills Resources, Albany Herald, 13 June, 2020) Contact: Flint Hills Resources, 229-522-2822, www.fhr.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Flint Hill Resources news,  DDGs news,  Ethanol news,  


BNDES Program Supports Brazilian Ethanol Producers (Int'l. Report)
BNDES
Date: 2020-06-12
In Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) is reporting the introduction of its Support Program for the Sugar and Alcohol Sector -- a credit program to help support the country's ethanol industry which is suffering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

. Facilities that take advantage of the BNDES program can secure working capital using sugarcane and ethanol stocks as collateral. For each loan, a commercial bank must provide at least the same amount of funds as BNDES. As a result, the program is expected to leverage significant additional cas for the borrower.

BNDES has earmarked $301.59 million for the program. (Source: BNDES, Various Trade Media, 10 June, 2020) Contact: BNDES, +55 21 2052-7447 / 3747-7447, www.bndes.gov.br

More Low-Carbon Energy News BNDES,  EThanol,  Brazil Ethanol,  


RFA Urges Trump to Reject Refinery Waivers (Ind. Report)
RFA
Date: 2020-06-12
"One year ago today, you visited Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy in Council Bluffs to join us in celebrating a monumental achievement. At your direction, EPA had just completed regulatory changes finally allowing year-round sales of gasoline containing 15 pct ethanol (E15).

"This long-awaited move unlocked the door to future demand growth for ethanol and corn. It also meant consumers would have increased access to cleaner and more affordable fuel options at the pump.

"Just as expected, the marketplace responded quickly. In the year since the red-tape barrier was removed, E15 sales are up 50pct.

"But E15 growth would have been exponentially larger if not for your EPA continuing to excuse oil refiners from their legal obligations to blend renewable fuels. As we told you a year ago, EPA's refinery waivers have caused devastating demand losses for ethanol and corn, and they under mine the expansion of E15.

"Even after a federal court overturned some refinery waivers in January, your EPA continues to receive dozens of exemption requests from oil companies. EPA is now even considering giving retroactive waivers for years that pre-date your administration.

"This needs to stop. It is hurting farmers, costing consumers, and derailing progress on energy and environmental security.

"The economic pain in farm country caused by these refinery waivers was compounded this spring—first by the Saudi-Russia oil price war, and then by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of this 'perfect tsunami,' half of the ethanol industry was recently shut down, leading to layoffs across rural America. The ethanol industry and farmers are hurting like never before.

Mr. President, we need your help. We ask that you stand up for the Renewable Fuel Standard. Please direct your EPA to abide by the January court ruling and end the abuse of the refinery waiver loophole.

"You stood by us, farmers, and consumers when you directed EPA to allow year-round E15. Now, we humbly ask that you stand with us again and ensure ethanol demand is not eroded by illegal refinery waivers. Thank you,"

Geoff Cooper, Pres. & CEO Renewable Fuels Associationwww.EthanolRFA.org

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


Biofuel Leaders Question Retroactive RFS Exemptions (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2020-06-10
In a 9 June letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, the Renewable Fuels Assoc. wrote:

"We are writing to request further information about petitions reportedly received by the U.S. EPA from small refiners seeking exemption from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for past compliance years.

"The petitions in question were discussed during your testimony before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on May 20, 2020. On the same day, U.S. DOE Under Secretary Mark Menezes confirmed that EPA is 'send[ing] over' past-year petitions for DOE review. Mr. Menezes described the petitions as 'gap filings' intended to reconstitute after-the-fact a continuous string of exemptions for select oil companies 'to be consistent with the Tenth Circuit decision.'

"This attempt to circumvent the courts and the RFS should be rejected out of hand. Even if EPA granted retroactive 'gap' exemptions without simultaneously returning the number of RINs associated with the exemption to the petitioner, such exemptions would be inconsistent with EPA's own policies and regulations, legal precedent, and Congressional intent.

"These 'gap filings' appear to be little more than the latest in a string of oil industry tactics designed to subvert the law and sidestep a court order to uphold the RFS. Read the full letter HERE. (Source: Renewable Fuels Assoc., 9 June, 2020) Contact: RFA, www.fuelsamerica.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  RFS Waiver,  RFS,  RFA,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  


UNDEERC Awarded $500,000 for North Dakota CCS Project (Funding)
UNDEERC
Date: 2020-06-10
Reporting from Bismarck, the North Dakota Industrial Commission reports it has awarded $500,000 in Renewable Energy Programme funding to the Energy & Environmental Research Centre at the University of North Dakota (UNDEERC) for the development of North Dakota's ethanol and carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility near Richardson.

Research for the facility will build on the successful outcomes of three phases of work which have been carried out since 2016. A CO2 Storage Facility Permitting Guidance Document will be compiled as part of the project to serve as a resource for other North Dakota renewable energy or biofuel producers interested in pursuing utilization of CCS technology, according to the release. "This project continues to help maximize the marketability of North Dakota ethanol through evolving CCS incentive programmes," the commission noted in a statement. (Source: North Dakota Industrial Commission, 6 June, 2020) Contact: North Dakota Industrial Commission, www.dmr.nd.gov; UNDEERC, 701-777-5000, www.undeerc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News UNDEERC,  CCS,  Ethanol,  


ClonBio Ethanol Group Records Rise in 2019 Profits (Int'l. Report)
ClonBio,Pannonia Bio,
Date: 2020-06-10
Irish-owned ClonBio Group is reporting a 143 pct increase in profit before tax in 2019 -- up from €39 million in 2018 to €95 million in 2019. The increase reflects a 22 pct rise in average ethanol prices in the period as well as volume growth and "continuing innovation and margin improvement across ethanol, high-protein animal nutrition and corn oil." according to a company release.

The company invested more than €65 in 2019 in the first phase of a three-year, €150 million investment programme over the period 2019-2021, according to the firm. ClonBio's Pannonia Bio, biorefinery is located in Hungary. (Source: ClonBio Group, PR, Agriland Ireland, 9 June, 2020) Contact: ClonBio, Mark Turley, CEO, +353 1 538 4550, www.clnbio.com; Pannonia Bio, +36 1 696 1833, www.pannoniabio.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ClonBio,  Ethanol,  Pannonia Bio,  


DTU IDs CO2 Capturing Enzymes (Int'l. R&D, New Tech & Prod.)
Technical University of Denmark,
Date: 2020-06-08
Researchers at the Technical University of Denmark, DTU Bioengineering report they have identified a number of enzymes that can capture CO2 and transform it into sustainable chemicals with the use of electricity from the wind turbines. The specific enzymes can effectively convert carbon dioxide into formic acid and then into methanol.

The DTU Bioengineering scientists contend that Denmark can become a market leader if there is a high production of the particular enzymes.

According to the researchers, 200 tonnes of the enzyme can capture one million tpd of CO2. A new technology needs to be developed to produce enzymes on a large scale, the DTU release notes. (Source: DTU Bioengineering , CPH Post, 6 June, 2020) Contact: DTU Bioengineering, (+45) 4525 2600 , info@bio.dtu.dk, www.bioengineering.dtu.dk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Carbon Capture,  CO2,  


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,  


Shuttered Minnesota Ethanol Plants Rebooting Production (Ind. Report)
Minnesota Ethanol,Ethanol
Date: 2020-06-08
In the Badger State, three of the four recently COVID-19 battered and shuttered ethanol plants in Minnesota are reported to have rebooted production -- Guardian Energy 149 million gpy ethanol plant in Janesville, Granite Falls Energy, and the Denco II ethanol plant in Morris. Of the four shuttered plants, only Gevo's facility in Luverne, the state's smallest ethanol plant, remains closed.

Nationwide, roughly 20 pct of all ethanol plants are still idle, according to the Renewable Fuels Association. U.S. ethanol production rose to 765,000 bpd for the week ending May 29, up from a historic low of 537,000 bpd for the week ending April 24, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). (Source: MSN, Star Tribune, 4 June, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol news,  Guardian Energy news,  Gevo news,  Granite Falls news,  


Nigerian Cassava Ethanol Revenue Projected at $1Bn (Int'l. Report)
Cassava
Date: 2020-06-08
In Nigeria, the Kebbi State Standing Committee on Biofuel reports it is projecting receipt of about $1 billion per year in Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) from the National Petroleum Company of Nigeria's (NNPC) planned 84 million lpd cassava ethanol plant in the town of Gwazawa , Dankowasagu.

About 47,000 hectares of land were allocated for the project, 32,000 hectares of which are for cassava cultivation . (Source: Kebbi State Gov., The Sun, 6 June, 2020) Contact: Kebbi State Standing Committee on Biofuel, twitter.com/KBStGovt: NNPC, www.nnpcgroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cassava news,  Ethanol 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,  


North Dakota E15 Expansion Program (Ind. Report)
North Dakota Ethanol Council
Date: 2020-06-03
In Fargo, the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council and the North Dakota Ethanol Council (NDEC) have launched the North Dakota Unleaded88 Expansion Program. The goal is to partner with fuel retailers to provide drivers with Unleaded88, a higher octane fuel containing 15 pct ethanol and 85 pct gasoline.

"Expanding the availability of Unleaded88 creates more market stability when the agriculture industry is struggling with a number of significant uncertainties," according to a statement from North Dakota Corn Utilization Council chairman Terry Wehlander. (Source: North Dakota Corn Utilization Council, North Dakota Ethanol Council, June, 2020)Contact: North Dakota Corn Utilization Council, North Dakota Ethanol Council, (701) 566-9322, info@ndcorn.org, www.ndgorn.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News North Dakota Ethanol Council news,  Ethanol news,  E15 news,  


Suncor, Mitsui Investing in LanzaTech's LanzaJet Inc. (Ind. Report)
LanzaTech,Suncor,Mitsui
Date: 2020-06-03
LanzaTech, a leading biotech company and carbon recycler, is reporting the launch of LanzaJet Inc., a new company that will produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for a sector requiring climate friendly fuel options as it starts to recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

Calgary-based Suncor Energy Inc. and Japanese trading and investment company Mitsui & Co. Ltd. are investing $15 million and $10 million, respectively, to establish LanzaJet. The funding will be used to construct a demonstration plant that will produce 10 MMgy of SAF and renewable diesel starting from sustainable ethanol sources. Production is expected to start in early 2022.

This initial investment coupled with participation from All Nippon Airways will complement the existing $14 million grant from the U.S. DOE, enabling the construction of an integrated biorefinery at LanzaTech's Freedom Pines site in Soperton, Georgia, according to the LanzaTech release.

The LanzaJet process can use any source of sustainable ethanol for jet fuel production, including, but not limited to, ethanol made from recycled pollution, the core application of LanzaTech's carbon recycling platform.

Commercialization of this Alcohol-to-Jet (AtJ) process began with a partnership between LanzaTech and the DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for the development of a unique catalytic process to upgrade ethanol to alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene (ATJ-SPK) which LanzaTech took from the laboratory to pilot scale. (Source: LanzaTech, PR, 3 June, 2020) Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com; Suncor Energy, www.suncor.com; Mitsui & Co, www.mitsui-global.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  Suncor,  Mitsui,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  Renewable Diesel,  


Jakarta Allowing Ethanol- Gasoline Blended Fuel Imports (Int'l.)
Pertamina
Date: 2020-06-01
In Jakarta, the Indonesian state-owned oil company Pertamina, which controls the nationwide sale of fuel blends, reports the Indonesian federal government is expected to allow imports of 88 Ron gasoline blended with up to 3pc ethanol and higher-octane 92 Ron gasoline containing up to 7 pct (B7) ethanol, according to the US Grains Council (USGC).

As previously reported, Indonesia has fuel-ethanol blending targets of 5-10 pct by 2020 and 20 pct across all transport and industry sectors by 2025. (Source: US Grains Council, Pertamina, Argus, June, 2020) Contact: US Grains Council, www.grains.org; Pertamina, pcc@pertamina.com, www.pertamina.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pertamina news,  Biofuel Blend news,  


Harmick Touts Portable Woody Biomass Refinery (Ind. Report)
Harmick Engineering
Date: 2020-05-29
Minneapolis-based Harmick Engineering is reporting receipt of US, Canadian and Russian patents for its technology for the extraction of arabinogalactan and taxifolin from larch (tamarack) wood chips using its CelloFuel Portable Biomass Refinery.

The CelloFuel Portable Biomass Refinery, which is scalable to the sizes needed for large pulp and paper mills, allows mills to produce sugars and ethanol from sugar beet, sugarcane, sweet sorghum, softwood wood chips and straw.

The company aims to find partners in some of the large pulp and paper mills in Russia and Canada. These mills have access to millions of tons per year of larch wood and have the infrastructure in place for harvesting, chipping and pulping this wood. "The technology is a simple, low-cost add-on to existing pulp and paper mills", according to the company website. (Source: Harmick Engineering, Website, Cdn Biomass, 28 May, 2020) Contact: Harnick Enginering, CelloFuel, Ed. Harmick, Pres., info@cellofuel.com, www.collofuel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Harmick Engineering,  Woody Biomass,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


EPA Asked to Review Ethanol's Public Health Benefits (Ind Report)
Urban Air Initiative
Date: 2020-05-29
The Kansas-based Urban Air Initiative has called for the EPA Science Advisory Board COVID-19 Review Panel to look at the research that shows the impact gasoline additives have on tailpipe emissions and air pollution.

The review panel asked the question, "Does long term exposure to pollution increase the susceptibility of respiratory viruses like COVID-19?" Studies show that 40 pct of particulate emissions in urban areas come from gasoline vehicles. Most of these particulate emissions come from hydrocarbon based additives (aromatics) added to gasoline to boost octane. Ethanol has the ability to reduce the amount of aromatics in fuel, reducing tailpipe emissions.

UAI urged the panel to review the EPA's emissions model called the Motor Vehicle emission Simulator (MOVES) Model. For years UAI has raised concerns that the MOVES Model does not use real world fuel properties when assessing gasoline emissions. (Source: Urban Air Initiative, May, 2020) Contact: Urban Air Initiative, Steve Vander Griend , Director, Fuels and Combustion Research, info@urbanairinitiative.com, www.ficourfuel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Urban Air Initiative,  Ethanol,  


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,  


Irish ClonBio Reports €95Mn 2019 pretax Profit (Int'l. Report)
ClonBio,Pannonia Bio,
Date: 2020-05-27
Dublin-headquartered family-owned agribusiness company ClonBio Group Ltd. has reported a 143 pct rise in annual pretax profits to €95 million in 2019 after ethanol prices strengthened. A good performance by its biofuels and protein-rich animal nutrition products (DDGs) also boosted the performance of ClonBio, which saw its turnover rise 26 pct to €361 million, according to a company release.

The company's core operating company, Pannonia Bio, a corn-based biorefinery in Hungary. was recently designated as an "essential company" by the Hungarian government, with a significant proportion of its monthly ethanol output now in use in the fight against coronavirus. (Source: CloneBio, Irish Times, 25 May, 2020) Contact: ClonBio, Mark Turley, CEO, +353 1 538 4550, www.clnbio.com; Pannonia Bio, +36 1 696 1833, www.pannoniabio.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DDGs news,  Ethanol news,  


Bolivia Ups Ethanol-Gasoline Blend Rate to 12pct (Int'l. Report)
Bolivia
Date: 2020-05-27
In La Paz, the Bolivian Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy reports it is increasing the country's mandated ethanol - gasoline blend rate from 8 to 12 pct effective immediately. The increase is intended to cut emissions and promote ethanol production, employment and to advance the government's Green Economies program.

Bolivia's Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy is responsible for policies, plans and regulations governing the country's energy sector in order to secure energy efficiency, security and sovereignty. The ministry's strategic objectives include changing the energy matrix, promoting the export of surplus power, managing resources and programs and consolidating the country's position as the region's main natural gas exporter. (Source: Bolivia Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy, PR, 25 May, 2020) Contact: Bolivia Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy, +591-2-2374051, +591-2-2374050, info@hidrocarburos.gob.bo, www3.hidrocarburos.gob.bo

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


US Ethanol Production Slowly Rising (Ind. Report)
Ethanol,U.S. Energy Information Administration
Date: 2020-05-22
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), U.S. ethanol production and use continues to slowly rebound following sharp declines in March and April due to market impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ethanol production for the week ending May 15 was up nearly 8 p ct while weekly ethanol ending stocks fell by more than 2 pct, EIA data shows.

The data shows U.S. ethanol U.S. ethanol production averaged 663,000 bpd the week ending May 15, up from an average of 617,000 barrels per day the previous week. Production was down 409,000 bpd when compared to the same week of last year, and down 416,000 bpd when compared to the volume of ethanol produced during the final week in February, before COVID-19 began to impact U.S. fuel markets. (Source: US Energy Information Administration, 20 May, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol news,  U.S. Energy Information Administration news,  


$2Bn Hemp Bioethanol Plant Slated for BC (Ind. Report)
BC Hemp
Date: 2020-05-22
The Prince George, British Columbia-based BC Hemp Corporation has announced plans to construct a $2 billion hemp plant stover waste to-biofuel plant in the BCR industrial area. The plant is expected to produce between 60to 120 million lpy.

Few details were given . The announcement was made on a live Facebook video stream with the BC Resources Coalition. (Source: BC Hemp Corp,, Facebook, 22 May, 2020) Contact: BC Hemp , Remi Balaj, Pres., 250-596-1150, info@bchempcorporation.ca, www.bchempcorporation.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hemp. Bioethanol,  Biofuel,  


Praj, Sekab E-Technology Partner on Advanced Biofuels (Int'l Report)
Praj Industries,Sekab E-Technology
Date: 2020-05-20
Praj Industries and Ornskoldsvik, Sweden-based Sekab E-Technology AB are reporting an agreement to cooperatively upgrade and commercialize technology to produce advanced biofuels and bio-chemicals from forest residue as feedstock. As a part of this cooperation,

The partnership will facilitate CO2 reduction by offering Bio-mobility solutions for the transportation industry in the form of advanced biofuels produced from softwood. Praj's Bio-Mobility platform promotes the use of renewable resources to produce low carbon transportation fuel modes of mobility, namely surface, air and water, according to Praj, a global process solutions company offering solutions to add significant value to bio-energy facilities, compressed biogas plants, wastewater treatment systems and others.

Sekab is a Swedish Chemistry and Cleantex company that refine ethanol into biofuels and chemicals and develops biorefinery technology for new sustainable product possibilities based on cellulose raw materials, according to the company website. (Source: Praj Ind., Business Standard, 18 May, 2020)Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000, Jayant Godbole, Pres., Praj Americas, info@praj.net, www.praj.net; Sekab E-Technology AB, +46 (0)660-793 00, info@sekab.com, www.sekab.com/en/products-services/biorefinery

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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,  


"It seems that the worst may be behind us" -- Notable Quote
USDA,Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2020-05-19
"We are starting to see some plants come back on line. We still have a long way to go to climb out of the hole that Covid-19 put us in."

"Ethanol production fell to record lows during April due to the coronavirus (COVID-19 pandemic) but is showing modest signs of recovery. It seems that the worst may be behind us." -- Geoff Cooper, CEO, Renewable Fuels Association.

Cooper was commenting on a 5-week high 3 pct rise in ethanol production the week ending May 8, to 25.9 million gpd -- 60 plants shuttered and many more working at reduced capacity. (Source: RFA, AgNewsWire. PR, Ethanol Report 5-15-20, 17 May, 2020) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

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Pacific Ethanol Slowly Upping Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
Pacific Ethanol
Date: 2020-05-15
Pacific Ethanol Inc. reports it is gradually increasing production and is now operating at approximately 50 pct capacity after idling more than 60 pct of its ethanol production capacity due to falling fuel demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (Source: Pacific Ethanol, PR, 13 May, 2020) Contact: Pacific Ethanol, Paul Kohler, Pres., CEO, (916) 403-2790, investorrelations@pacificethanol.com, www.pacificethanol.com

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Idealfuel Project Developing Maritime Renewable Fuel (Int'l.)
Technical University Eindhoven ,Idealfuel
Date: 2020-05-15
In the Netherlands, a consortium of 11 participants led by the Technical University Eindhoven (TU/e) reports it is working to develop methods to convert woody biomass materials into renewable marine fuels through the conversion of lignin from dry plant matter (lignocellulosic biomass). The project is supported by €5 million in grant funding from the European Union's Horizon2020 program.

Idealfuel aims to devise an efficient and low-cost two-step chemical process in order to achieve its goal. In the first step, lignin is extracted from lignocellulosic biomass in the form of Crude Lignin Oil (CLO). This leaves behind a solid cellulose material that can be used in the paper industry or even converted into ethanol. In the second step, the CLO is refined and converted into a Biogenic Heavy Fuel (Bio-HFO) that can be used directly in marine engines or blended with fossil fuels.

Download Making Crude Oil from Paper Pulp project details HERE. (Source: TU/e Idealfuel, Innovation Origin, 13 May, 2020) Contact: TU/e Idealfuel, Dr. Roy Hermanns Barry Fitzgerald, +31 40 247 8067 , B.Fitzgerald@tue.nl, www.tue.nl

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lignin,  Idealfuel,  Woody Biomass,  


LucasE3 to Construct Brazilian Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
LucasE3
Date: 2020-05-15
Shawnee, Kansas-based ethanol process engineering services provider LucasE3 is reporting an agreement with Brazil-based Maracaja Bioenergia to construct a new 30 million gpy corn ethanol plant in Mato Grosso State.

Construction is slated to get underway later this year for completion and commissioning within 12-14 months. (Source: LucasE3, PR, 13 May, 2020) Contact: LucasE3, Scott Lucas, (913) 608-3925, scott@LucasE3.com, www.LucasE3.com; Maracaja Bioenergia, www.fsbioenergia.com.br/en

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ClearFlame Engine Tech. Newest RFA Member (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2020-05-15
The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is reporting Chicago-based ClearFlame Engine Technologies has become their newest member. The company provides a patented set of modifications allow diesel engines to operate on 100 pct ethanol fuel as a substitute for petroleum diesel fuel.

ClearFlame notes that opening the current diesel fuel market to use 100 pct ethanol fuel has the potential to add massive additional ethanol demand over time -- 50 percent replacement of all diesel fuel would require 34 billion gallons of additional ethanol fuel. (Source: RFA, ClearFlame Engine Technologies, PR, 13 May, 2020) Contact: ClearFlame, John Howell, VP of Business Dev., (508) 404-9398, john@clearflameengines.com, www.clearflameengines.com; Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

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JX Nippon Taps KBR for CCS Feasibility Study (Int'l. Report)
JX Nippon
Date: 2020-05-15
In the Lone Star State, Houston-headquartered engineering, procurement, and construction company and former Halliburton subsidiary KBR, Inc. reports it has been awarded a Master Service Agreement (MSA) and Feasibility Study by Tokyo-based JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corp.

The Feasibility study will assess options for Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS), alongside blue hydrogen production relating to oil and gas fields in South East Asia, a region where JX Nippon continues to expand on its global track record of CCS/CCUS projects.

Under the agreement, KBR's Singapore hub will provide technical consultancy services in relation to developing concepts and technology recommendations for the capture of CO2, reinjection, and production of blue (i.e. carbon free) hydrogen. KBR will also evaluate the feasibility of conversion and transport of hydrogen in other forms for sale into the market, including liquified cryogenic hydrogen, liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC), ammonia, and methanol (utilizing CO2). (Source: KBR, PR, 13 May, 2020) Contact: JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration, www.nex.jx-group.co.jp › english; KBR, Jay Ibrahim, Pres., Energy Solutions, www.kbr.com

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Andersons Ethanol Plants Resume Partial Production (Ind. Report)
The Andersons
Date: 2020-05-15
Maumee, Ohio-headquartered ethanol producer The Andersons Inc is reporting the resumption of operations at its Albion, Mich. and Denison, Iowa, ethanol plants. As previously reported the company shut down its five plants for "extended maintenance" but a recent increase in gasoline demand has allowed for some capacity to come back online.

The company noted it expected Q2 production across its five plants at 50 pct of capacity and a slow recovery for ethanol. (Source: The Andersons Inc, Seeking Alpha, 13 May, 2020)Contact: The Andersons Inc, Pat Bowe, CEO, (419) 893-5050, www.andersonsethanol.com

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$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

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Notable Quote -- Ethanol Industry Facing Tough Times says MAG CEO
Midwest AgEnergy
Date: 2020-05-13
"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: Jamestown Sun, 11 April, 2020) Contact: Midwest AgEnergy, Jeff Zueger, CEO, (701) 442-7500, www.midwestagenergy.com

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Enerkem, NOVA Chemicals Announce Collaboration (Ind. Report)
Enerkem, NOVA Chemicals
Date: 2020-05-13
Montreal-based biofuels-renewable fuels from wastes specialist Enerkem and Calgary-headquartered NOVA Chemicals Corp. are reporting a joint development agreement to research advanced recycling technology to transform hard-to-recycle municipal waste, including items such as plastics, household waste, and construction materials, into ethylene at full commercial scale.

Enerkem is the world's first to produce renewable methanol and ethanol from non-recyclable, non-compostable municipal solid waste at full commercial scale. Enerkem's technology replace the use of fossil sources like petroleum and natural gas to produce sustainable chemicals and transportation fuels. Calgary-based NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures chemicals and plastic resins. (Source: NOVA Chemicals, Enerkem Inc., May, 2020) Contact: NOVA Chemicals, Todd Karran, Pres., Jennifer Nanz, Communications, Jennifer.Nanz@novachem.com, www.novachem.com; Enerkem, Dominique Boies, CEO and CFO, 514-375-7800 communications@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NOVA Chemicals,  Enerken,  Waste-to-Fuel,  


MAG Considers Blue Flint Ethanol Plant Options (Ind. Report)
Midwest AgEnergy,Blue Flint Ethanol
Date: 2020-05-13
North Dakota-based Midwest AgEnergy Group (MAG), the parent company to ethanol biorefineries Blue Flint, near Underwood, North Dakota and Dakota Spirit near Spiritwood, North Dakota, reports they are evaluating alternative thermal energy and utility options to ensure the long-term viability of the Blue Flint facility.

MAG's move is occasioned by Great River Energy's planned 2022 closure of its Coal Creek Station which provides water and steam to the Blue Flint facility. Great River's Spiritwood Station provides steam and electricity to Midwest AgEnergy's Dakota Spirit facility. To ensure long-term operations at the Blue Flint facility the company is:

  • Assessing the most viable alternative source for water and process heat while preserving the low carbon fuel designation that facility has developed •Evaluating options for using the contract termination payment from Great River Energy to reinvest in economical alternative sources of power and water at the Blue Flint facility

  • Continuing with the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at Blue Flint. CCS will prevent CO2 from entering the atmosphere and safely store it underground in a geological formation and will decrease the carbon intensity of ethanol fuel produced at the facility

  • Continuing to utilize the steam and water services provided by Coal Creek through its scheduled operations into the second half of 2022 and implement changes to allow operations well beyond 2022. The company notes it foresees little to no impact to the Dakota Spirit facility and plans to continue long-term biorefinery operations. (Source: Midwest AgEnergy Group , 11 May, 2020) Contact: Midwest AgEnergy, Jeff Zueger, CEO, (701) 442-7500, www.midwestagenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Midwest AgEnergy,  Ethanol,  Blue Flint Ethanol,  


  • The Andersons Report COVID Driven Shutdowns, Losses (Ind. Report)
    The Andersons
    Date: 2020-05-11
    According to its recently released Q1 earning report, Maumee, Ohio-based The Andersons Inc -- The Andersons Ethanol Group lost $29.4 million in Q1, 2020 compared to a $5.4 million profit in the same period of 2019. The loss is being widely attributed to thew the CONID-19 crisis and greatly diminished demand for transportation fuel.

    In March the company ceased production at its Colwich, Ks. ELEMENT facility and soon thereafter shut down production at four facilities owned by The Andersons Marathon Holdings LLC (TAMH), a joint venture between The Andersons and Marathon Petroleum Corp.

    The Andersons as the Plant Nutrient Group made $20.4 million and adjusted EBITDA improved by $1.9 million year-over-year. The Andersons is implementing cost-cutting measures and plans to cut 2020 costs by $20 million. (Source: The Andersons, Toledo Blade, 6 May, 2020) Contact: The Andersons Inc, (419) 893-5050, hostmaster@andersonsinc.com, www.andersonsinc.com

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    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,  


  • RFA CEO Comments on USDA $100Mn Infrastructure Grant Program (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2020-05-08
    "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." -- Geoff Cooper, CEO, Pres., Renewable Fuels Association

    Cooper was commenting on the USDA's just announced $100 million grant program for activities designed to expand the availability and sale of higher blends of ethanol like E15 and E85, as well as other renewable fuel blends. (Source: RFA, PR, Various Media, 4 May, 2020) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

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    Fraunhofer Touts Marine Biofuel Progress (New Prod & Tech, Int'l)
    Fraunhofer Institute
    Date: 2020-05-08
    In Oberhausen, Germany, Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT researchers are touting a new marine fuel made by converting bioethanol into diesel, gasoline or jet fuel that have nearly the same properties as fossil fuels and reduces soot emissions and other greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30 pct compared to fossil fuel.

    Lead researcher Dr. Andreas Menne, a mechanical engineer who heads up the Biorefinery and Biofuels department and his colleagues are aiming to mitigate marine diesel's adverse impact on the climate with a new technology.

    The UMSICHT researchers are producing up to 20 liters of the new biofuel a week in an experimental plant. The feedstock is bioethanol sourced from wheat straw. Although the synthetic diesel is still more expensive than diesel made of petroleum, it is ready to go to market, according to the release. (Source: Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology, 7-May, 2020 ) Contact: Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology, Dr. Andreas Menne, +49 208 85980 www.umsicht.fraunhofer.de/en.html

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    $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,  


    IPPCA Supports Philippine Ethanol Blending Suspension (Int'l.)
    Independent Philippine Petroleum Companies Association
    Date: 2020-05-06
    In Manila, the Philippines, the Independent Philippine Petroleum Companies Association (IPPCA) has come out in support of the Philippine Department of Energy's suggested diversion of biofuel production into the creation of ethyl alcohol on the grounds that "diverting it [biofuels] to ethyl alcohol, or even as alcohol beverage, will be more beneficial for the economy."

    Under 2006 legislation, the Philippines mandates a 10 pct bioethanol-gasoline blend rate. The energy Department noted "Let's use the ethanol to produce alcohol and since the price of oil is low, we can use 100 pct gasoline." Under the country's Biofuels Act, prohibits the "diversion of biofuels, whether locally produced or imported, to purposes other than those envisioned in the Act." (Source: Independent Philippine Petroleum Companies Association, Business World, 5 May, 2020) Contact: Independent Philippine Petroleum Companies Association, www.facebook.com/pages/category/Nonprofit-Organization/Independent-Philippine-Petroleum-Companies-Association-IPPCA-120279771348470

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,   Ethanol Blend,  Philippine Ethano,  Biofuel Blendl Blend,  


    Valmet Supplying Automation to AustroCel Bioethanol Plant (Int'l.)
    Valmet,AustroCel
    Date: 2020-05-06
    In Finland, Espoo-headquartered Valmet Oyi reports it will supply automation technology to AustroCel Hallein Gmbh's bioethanol plant currently under construction for completion and startup in Hallein, Austria., before the year end. The AustroCel plant will produce bioethanol from viscose pulp mill waste through a process of fermenting and distilling wood sugar.

    Valmet's scope of work includes an upgrade of the existing system and the extension of the Valmet DNA automation and information management system, along with application engineering, project implementation and installation. (Source: Valmet, PR, 5 May, 2020) Contact: Valmet, Risto Hamalainen, Director, Environmental Systems, Pulp and Energy, +358 4 0505 2001, www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal; AustroCel Hallion GmbH, +43 (0) 6245 890-0, www.austrocel.com/en

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