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NEXT Carbon Solutions, CRC Agree on CCS FEED Study (Ind. Report)
NEXT Carbon Solutions,California Resources Corporation
Date: 2022-05-06
Houston-headquartered NEXT Carbon Solutions LLC (NCS) and Santa Clarita, California-based California Resources Corporation (CRC) are reporting an agreement to further explore the decarbonization of CRC's 550-MW Elk Hills Power Plant in Kern County, California. Through the deployment of NCS' proprietary post-combustion carbon capture processes for CRC's CalCapture CCS+ project, the companies seek to capture and utilize the emissions from the Elk Hills Power Plant for permanent storage in oil producing reservoirs.

NCS will perform a front-end engineering design (FEED) study for the post combustion capture and compression of up to 95 pct of the CO2 produced at the Elk Hill natural gas, combined-cycle power plant. The FEED is expected to take 6 months to complete. During the FEED, NCS and CRC expects to finalize definitive commercial documents allowing the CalCapture CCS+ project to proceed with a final investment decision following completion of the FEED, according to the release. (Source: NEXT Carbon Solutions, Website, PR, May 3, 2022) (Source: NEXT Carbon Solutions LLC, PR, Website, May, 2022) Contact: NEXT Carbon Solutions, (713) 574-1880, www.next-decade.com/next-carbon-solutions; California Resources Corporation, (888) 848-4754, www.crc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NEXT Carbon Solutions news,  CCS news,  California Resources Corporation news,  


GE, HSM Offshore Energy Partner on Offshore Wind Projects (Int'l.)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2022-05-06
To respond to the increasing demand for turnkey delivery of offshore high-voltage substations in the rapidly growing offshore wind market, GE's Grid Solutions business, a global power industry systems provider, and EPCIC (turnkey) platform and Netherlands-based modules builder HSM Offshore Energy are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to partner on further AC projects in Europe and beyond.

The MoU focuses on supporting the development of offshore wind projects by providing an optimized and cost-effective turnkey value proposition which adequately covers complete engineering, procurement, and manufacturing, including the HV equipment, grid compliance studies, full testing and pre-commissioning, transport, installation at sea and then final hook up and commissioning. GE and HSM are aiming to achieve the lowest levelized cost of energy (LCOE) while taking away interface risks both for the construction and operational phases of offshore substations.

HSM Offshore Energy has served the international offshore upstream energy market since 1962 with full turnkey EPCI deliveries of complete platforms, modules and special steel structures, according to the company website. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Website PR, 4 May, 2022) Contact: HSM Offshore Energy, +31 1 0427 9300 , Jeanette Overvoorde, j.overvoorde@hsm.nl, www.hsmoffshoreenergy.com ; GE Grid Solutions, www.gegridsolutions.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Offshore Wind,  


Proton Green, Lone Cypress Partner on Helium, CCS (Ind. Report)
Proton Green
Date: 2022-04-08
Houston-headquartered Proton Green, LLC), the operator of one of the leading helium and hydrogen production and carbon sequestration hubs in North America, is reporting a partnership with Tulsa, Oklahoma-headquartered independent energy infrastructure developer Lone Cypress Energy Services, to collectively launch a first of its kind helium exploration and carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Arizona.

The project will focus on the gaseous helium produced from Proton Green's St. Johns gas unit in Apache County atop one of the largest gaseous helium reserves in North America, with an estimated 33 Bcf of helium in accessible reservoirs. Notably, helium produced from the region contains no hydrocarbons, according to the release.

Lone Cypress will be responsible for the construction and operation of all the associated midstream helium gathering and processing infrastructure. Lone Cypress Energy Services will also perform all the engineering and technological solutions needed to support the capture and transport of carbon dioxide (CO2) produced during the helium production process as well as emissions from power plants and industrial facilities in the neighboring vicinity. These emissions will be geologically sequestered in an isolated formation within the St. Johns Gas Unit with upwards of 1 billion metric tons of storage capacity, subject to regulatory approvals. (Source: Proton Green LLC, PR, 7 April, 2022) Contact: Proton Green. LLC, Steve Looper, CEO, www.protongreen.com; Lone Cypress Energy Services, LLC, www.lonecypressenergyservices.com.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Proton Green,  CCS,  


Neste Considering Waste Plastics Pre-treatment, Upgrading (Int'l.)
Neste
Date: 2022-04-04
Helsinki-headquartered biofuels producer Neste Corp. reports it is studying a possible investment in processing liquefied waste plastic at its refinery in Porvoo, Finland. The goal is to scale up processing capabilities for liquefied waste plastic by implementing proprietary technologies to pre-treat and upgrade liquefied waste plastic and integrating the technologies into the refinery operations.

The targeted pre-treatment and upgrading capacity of this first step is 400,000 tpy would be a major step towards Neste's target to process over 1 million tpy of waste plastic from 2030 to produce drop-in petrochemical feeds. (Source: Neste Corp., Website PR, 29 Mar., 2022) Contact: Neste, Thorsten Lange, Exec. VP , +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Biogas,  


ICE Launches RFS RVO Futures Contracts (Ind. Report)
Intercontinental Exchange
Date: 2022-04-04
Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) has announced the launch of two Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) Futures Contracts, expanding its US renewable fuels futures market.

The US EPA Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandates the incorporation of renewable fuels into transportation fuel and outlines the volume requirements for each renewable fuel category and sets those volumes through the annual renewable volume obligation (RVO).

Companies need a means to hedge their RVO exposure and ICE has launched the RVO (OPIS) Current Year Future and the Argus RVO Current Year Future, based on the OPIS and Argus daily price assessments. Each futures contract is equivalent to 50,000 gallons.

The Intercontinental Exchange is an American Fortune 500 company formed in 2000 that operates global exchanges, clearing houses and provides mortgage technology, data and listing services. The company owns exchanges for financial and commodity markets, and operates 12 regulated exchanges and marketplaces. (Source: Intercontinental Exchange, Mar., 2022) Contact: ICE, Jeff Barbuto, Global Oil Markets, 212 748 3949, www.theice.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Intercontinental Exchange,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  


ICE Launches RFS RVO Futures Contracts (Ind. Report)
Intercontinental Exchange
Date: 2022-03-30
Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) has announced the launch of two Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) Futures Contracts, expanding its US renewable fuels futures market.

The US EPA Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandates the incorporation of renewable fuels into transportation fuel and outlines the volume requirements for each renewable fuel category and sets those volumes through the annual renewable volume obligation (RVO).

Companies need a means to hedge their RVO exposure and ICE has launched the RVO (OPIS) Current Year Future and the Argus RVO Current Year Future, based on the OPIS and Argus daily price assessments. Each futures contract is equivalent to 50,000 gallons.

The Intercontinental Exchange is an American Fortune 500 company formed in 2000 that operates global exchanges, clearing houses and provides mortgage technology, data and listing services. The company owns exchanges for financial and commodity markets, and operates 12 regulated exchanges and marketplaces. (Source: Intercontinental Exchange Contact: ICE, Jeff Barbuto, Global Oil Markets, 212 748 3949, www.theice.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Intercontinental Exchange,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  


Carnarvon Unveils FutureEnergy Australia Ren. Diesel Biz (Int'l.)
Carnarvon Energy ,Technip Energies
Date: 2022-03-16
In the Land Down Under, Carnarvon Energy Limited is touting FutureEnergy Australia (FEA) -- a new 50:50 joint venture arrangement with Frontier Impact Group -- a planned new renewable diesel production from woody biomass business.

Engineering and technology firm Technip Energies was appointed to carry out Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) for the first biorefinery project approximately 200 km south east of Perth. Technical due diligence is currently being undertaken on a plant site and relevant approvals are being progressed. (Source: Carnarvon Energy, Website, PR, 10 Mar., 2022) Contact: Carnarvon Energy Limited, Adrian Cook, CEO, www.carnarvon.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carnarvon Energy ,  Renewable Diesel,  Technip Energies,  Woody Biomass ,  


ABFA Calls on EPA to Recognize Advance Biofuels in RVO Proposal (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Advanced Biofuels Association,Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2022-02-23
The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA), the leading voice of energy innovators working to decarbonize transportation fuel, released comments calling on the U.S. EPA to restore regulatory certainty in their proposed renewable volume obligation (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. ABFA's comments support a higher standard for the advanced (D5) pool than proposed by EPA, referencing data on available feedstocks and production capacity to support up to 7 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs).

ABFA, whose membership alone will account for 5 billion gallons of renewable diesel production to be online by the end of 2024, is calling on EPA to recognize its responsibility to encourage the production of advanced low-carbon biofuels. EPA previously proposed that the total advanced biofuel pool be set at 5.77 billion RINs.

Download ABFA comments HERE (Source: Advanced Biofuels Assoc., 21 Feb., 2022) Contact: ABFA, www.advancedbiofuelsassociation.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Association,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  


TransAlta Plans WaterCharger Battery Storage Project (Ind. Report)
TransAlta
Date: 2022-02-21
On the Canadian prairies, Calgary-based fossil fuel power generator TransAlta Corporation reports it has applied to the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) to construct a battery storage facility at the Ghost Reservoir west of Cochrane in Rocky View County, Alberta.

The 180-MW "WaterCharger Battery Storage Project" batteries would be charged with electricity from TransAlta's existing hydroelectric facility, stored at the proposed WaterCharger site and then rerouted into the provincial power grid as needed. If approved, the project would be one of the largest electricity storage facilities in the province.

Download WaterCharger Battery Storage Project details HERE , 888-893-8054,TransAltaWaterCharger@maskwaenv.com (Source: TransAlta, PR, Feb., 2022) Contact: TransAlta, www.transalta.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TransAlta,  Energy Storage,  Battery Energy Storage,  


Aker, Northern Lights Announce Norwegian CCS Partnership (Int'l.)
Aker Carbon Capture, Northern Lights
Date: 2022-02-18
Lysaker, Norway-headquartered Aker Carbon Capture (Aker) is reporting a MoU to collaborate with Norwegian CO2 reduction project developer Northern Lights JV -- a partnership between Equinor, Shell, and TotalEnergies -- to accelerate the development of cost effective carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in Norway and across Europe.

Northern Lights aims to build infrastructure allowing industrial emitters by ship CO2 to a terminal in western Norway for storage before being transported by pipeline for permanent storage in a seabed geological reservoir.

Set to begin operations in 2024, Northern Lights and Aker plan to have 10m tonnes of CO2 on contract by 2025. (Source: Aker Carbon Capture , PR , Feb., 2022) Contact: Aker Carbon Capture, ccus@akercarboncapture.com, www.akercarboncapture.com; Northern Lights Project, Sverre Overaa, Director, sjov@equinor.com, Per Sandberg, Bus. Dev, prsa@equinor.com, www.northernlightsccs.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aker Carbon Capture,  Northern Lights,  CCS,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


GE Renewable Energy Opens Indian Renewable Hybrids Plant (Int'l.)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2022-02-16
GE Renewable Energy reports the opening of a new Renewable Energy (wind & solar) Hybrids manufacturing plant near Chennai, India. The plant will manufacture the FLEXINVERTER and FLEXRESERVOIR products, and help integrate them with the FLEXIQ offering from GE's newly-launched FLEX portfolio, designed to solve customer needs through multiple applications to enable dispatchable, green MWhs.

The FLEXIQ is a digital platform that provides design, operation and fleet management solutions to enable grid compliance and maximize lifetime customer value. The FLEXRESERVOIR is a system-integrated battery energy storage and power electronics solution for multiple configurations and market applications. The FLEXINVERTER is a containerized solution that delivers a reliable, cost-effective, plug & play, factory integrated power conversion platform for utility scale solar and storage applications. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Feb., 2022) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Renewable Hybrids, Prakash Chandra, CEO, www.ge.com/renewableenergy, www.linkedin.com/company/gerenewableenergy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Renewable Energy,  GE Renewable Energy,  Renewable Energy ,  


Greenbacker Invests in Floating Solar Developer Noria Energy (M&A)
Greenbacker, Noria Energy
Date: 2022-02-11
NYC-headquartered sustainable infrastructure investor Greenbacker Capital Management, LLC is reporting an equity investment in California-based floating solar -- "flotovoltaics" -- developer Noria Energy.

Floating solar projects, which are developed on calm water surfaces such as hydroelectric dam reservoirs, wastewater treatment ponds, can reduce algae growth, slow evaporation and benefit from a cooling effect from the water beneath, leading to greater and more efficient clean energy generation.

According to National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), installing floating solar on the 24,000+ man-made reservoirs in the US could meet about 10 pct of the country's annual electricity needs.

Noria designed, engineered, and co-developed the nation's largest floating solar array, a 4.8-MW installation at the water reclamation facility in Healdsburg, CA. Noria also offers behind-the-meter solar projects both on land and floating. (Source: Noria Energy, Website, Feb. 2022) Contact: Noria Energy, Jonathan Wank, CEO, noriaenergy.com; Greenbacker Renewable Energy, Charles Wheeler, CEO,(646) 720-9463, generalenquires@greenbackerreneable energy.com, www.greenbackerrenewableenergy.com, www.greenbackercapital.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Noria nergy,  Greenbacker,  Solar,  Floating Solar,  


Australian LNG Producer Unveils Possible CCS Reservoir (Int'l.)
Santos, Beach Energy
Date: 2022-02-09
In the Land Down Under, Brisbane-based LNG producer Santos Ltd. reports it has secured a network of depleted gas reservoirs in South Australia that it says can hold 100 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, opening a potentially lucrative line in carbon credits worth as much as $25 million a year.

The onshore storage reservoirs previously held natural gas but have been repurposed for waste CO2 that Santos intends to capture in its yet-to-be-built 1.7 million tpy Moomba carbon capture and storage (CCS) project -- a joint venture with Beach Energy. The first CO2 injection is expected in 2024.

According to Santos, carbon capture would be used to reduce emissions from the gas extraction process and possibly in the manufacture of "blue hydrogen".

For every tonne of CO2 captured and stored, Santos will be able to claim one Australian carbon credit unit that could be sold. According to Santos, it could capture and store CO2 at Moomba for $24 a tonne, meaning at current ACCU prices it stood to make a $15 profit per credit if the credits were sold on private markets. (Source: Santos, PR, Financial Times, Feb., 2022) Contact: Santos, Kevin Gallagher, CEO, +61 7 3838, www.santos.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Credit,  LNG,  


Chevron's Aussie CCS Project Running at Half-Capacity (Int'l.)
Chevron
Date: 2022-02-09
In the Land Down Under, Chevron is reporting its Gorgon LNG project's CCS facility operated at just over half its projected capacity in the last financial year. The facility stored 2.26 million tonnes of carbon dioxide during the 2020-21 financial year -- well short of the 4 million tonne annual storage target and thus released millions of tonnes of additional GHG emissions.

The 2019-vintage project has been plagued with sand that has clogged parts of the system significantly reducing the amount of carbon dioxide injected into the undersea reservoir, according to Chevron. (Source: Chevron, PR, Feb., 20222)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Chevron news,  CCS news,  


Aker Carbon Capture Announces CCUS Partnership (Int'l. Report)
Aker Carbon Capture
Date: 2022-02-02
Lysaker, Norway-headquartered Aker Carbon Capture is reporting a non-exclusive agreement with global maritime and infrastructure companies Altera Infrastructure and floating LNG terminal operator Hoegh LNG to explore a full value chain offering for carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS).

Altera Infrastructure and Hoegh LNG provide services in the CCUS value chain including gaseous and liquid CO2 gathering, purification, liquification, transportation and permanent underground storage of CO2. Their Stella Maris CCS project covers the transport of CO2 to an offshore site for injection and permanent storage in a relevant subsea reservoir. (Source: Aker Carbon Capture, PR, 31 Jan., 2022) Contact: Aker Carbon Capture, ccus@akercarboncapture.com, www.akercarboncapture.com; Altera Infrastructure, www. alterainfra.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aker Carbon Capture,  CCUS,  


TransAlta Planning Battery Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
TransAlta
Date: 2022-02-02
On the Canadian prairies, Calgary-based fossil fuel heavyweight power generator TransAlta Corporation is reporting plans to construct a 180-MW battery storage facility near its Ghost Reservoir hydro plant on the Bow River west of Cochrane, Alberta. If approved, the planned $120 million (Cdn) lithium-ion battery facility will be one of the largest in the province.

TransAlta also note it plans to install a further two gigawatts of renewable electricity by 2025 and will expand its investment in wind, which currently generates 15.2 pct of its portfolio. (Source: Transalta, PR, CBC 2 Feb., 2022) Contact: TransAlta , Chris Teare, Project Manager, (855) 255-9184, www.transalta.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TransAlta,  Energy Storage,  Lithium-Ion Battery ,  


Iberdrola Connects Major Portuguese Pumped Storage Plants (Int'l.)
Iberdrola
Date: 2022-01-31
Madrid-headquartered Spanish multinational utility Iberdrola reports it has "synchronised" the first 220-MW wind turbine at its €1.5 million Tamega hydroelectric complex in Gouvaes, northern Portugal.

The facility comprises three reservoirs (Gouvaes, Daivaes and Alto Tamega) and three hydroelectric power plants totaling 1,158 MW capacity on the Tamega river, a tributary of the Douro River.

When fully operational, Tamega will produce 1,766 GWh per year -- sufficient power for roughly 440,000 households -- and enough storage capacity to supply 2 million Portuguese households for an entire day. The facility is expected to be completed and commission in mid 2022 and will displace 1.2 million tpy of CO2 emissions. (Source: Iberdrola, Website, PR, 28 Jan., 2022)Contact: Iberdrola, www.iberdrola.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Wind,  Hydroelectric,  Energy Storage,  Pumped Hydro,  


Wyoming CO2 Storage Project Making Progress (Ind. Report)
University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources
Date: 2022-01-17
The University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources is reporting a second deep test well for site characterization is being drilled near Basin Electric's Dry Fork Station near Gillette, in Wyoming, where the CarbonSAFE drilling program is working to determine the suitability of the underground geological formations for commercial-scale carbon dioxide storage (CCS).

The drilling project is underway at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center, a facility that provides space for researchers to test, in a real-life setting, carbon capture, utilization and sequestration technologies using 20 MW of actual coal-based flue gas.

Phase 2 of CarbonSAFE investigated the storage complex feasibility with the drilling of a test well at the site and a 3D geophysical survey. The well was completed at a total depth of 9,873 feet, and 625 feet of core samples from nine different geological formations were collected for analysis, which has now been concluded.

Adjacent to the first well that was completed in 2019, the new well will allow researchers to gain valuable data and fully characterize the geologic layers of the subsurface site, including the target storage reservoirs and the caprock seals. The second well is also expected to provide data to help the team design a testing program to measure the response of injection -- using water -- within the formations. (Source: University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources, Minimg.com, 16 Jan., 2022)Contact: Wyoming Integrated Test Center, Jason Begger, Managing Director, jason@wyomingitc.org, www.wyomingitc.org; Basin Electric Power Cooperative University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources, (307) 766-1121, www.uwyo.edu/ser

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  


Growth Energy Outlines 2022 Policy Priorities (Opinions & Asides)
Growth Energy
Date: 2022-01-14
Washington, D.C. headquartered biofuel industry trade group Growth Energy has outlined what it sees as the top federal priorities the US biofuel industry must take to achieve the nation's energy and climate goals, including:

  • Restoring certainty to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) -- finalise strong Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for 2021 and 2022; reject improper and illegal retroactive cuts to the already finalised 2020 RVOs; reject all pending and improperly granted small refinery exemptions (SREs); restore the 500 million gallons remanded by the courts in 2017; establish forward-leaning biofuel targets for 2023 and beyond that recognise the contributions of low-carbon ethanol in achieving climate goals; update EPA's outdated lifecycle carbon assessment model and; approve pending registrations for cellulosic biofuel from kernel fiber.

  • Eliminate Barriers to Higher Blends of Low-Carbon Ethanol -- restore unrestricted access to E15 year-round; clarify rules around the use of existing fuel storage and dispensing equipment for E15; finalize EPA's proposal to simplify onerous labeling requirements at fuel pumps and ; expand infrastructure for higher biofuel blends through legislative or administrative action

  • Utilize biofuels as a low-cost pathway to achieve climate goals -- promote new uses for biofuels, including in aviation, marine, and heavy-duty applications; enact new and expand existing incentives to encourage ethanol producers to further reduce their carbon footprint through carbon capture, utilization, and storage, as well as innovation in biotechnology and sustainable agriculture; break down trade barriers to low-carbon ethanol in markets like Brazil, India, and China and; utilize opportunities to decarbonize the nation's transportation sector through the use of high octane, low-carbon fuels. (Source: Growth Energy, Website Release, 12 Jan., 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Biofuels,  Etanol,  


  • Neste Concludes Successful Liquefied Waste Plastic Tests (R&D)
    Neste
    Date: 2022-01-14
    Helsinki-headquartered biofuels producer Neste is reporting the conclusion of its first series of trial runs processing 400 tonnes of liquefied waste plastic at its Porvoo refinery in Finland. In the course of the trial runs, Neste upgraded liquefied waste plastic to drop-in solutions for plastic production and developed industrial scale capabilities to upgrade both raw and recycled feedstocks.

    Neste aims to process more than 1 million tpy of plastic waste from 2030 onwards, according to the release. (Source: Neste, Website PR, 12 Jan., 2022) Contact: Neste, Mercedes Alonso, Exec. VP, Renewable Polymers and Chemicals, Minna Aila, Senior VP, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  


    REG Comments on EPA Proposed RVOs (Comments & Asides)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2022-01-10
    In Ames, Iowa, Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG) Pres. & CEO Cynthia 'CJ' Warner issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) release of the proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs):

    "We are pleased to see that the Agency has proposed growth for 2022 in the biomass-based diesel and total advanced categories, as these support clean, renewable fuels that are enabling real decarbonization, right now. Demand for these products is growing as customers seek ready-now, low carbon solutions.

    "In fact, with the anticipated increased capacity of renewable diesel coming online in 2022 to meet this demand, and the ample availability of feedstock to support this growth, we believe that the proposed advanced volumes are conservative and should be increased further. We look forward to continuing this important discussion with Administration officials.

    "We are encouraged that the EPA is standing behind its sound analysis in proposing to deny all 65 pending small refiner exemption requests. Bio-based diesel delivers the powerful emissions reductions this country needs, and refiners themselves are participating in production of bio-based diesel in growing numbers. Consumers are demanding lower carbon fuels today and our industry stands ready for growth. Bio-based diesel has many benefits beyond carbon reduction. The industry is creating green jobs, contributing to cleaner air, supporting sustainable agriculture and growing rural economies." (Source: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., PR, 8 Jan., 2021) Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Cynthia Warner, CEO, Katie Stanley, katie.stanley@regi.com, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard,  RFS,  Renewable Energy Group,  EPA RVO,  Biodiesel,  


    POET Statement on EPA Proposed RVO Volumes (Opinions & Asides)
    POET
    Date: 2022-01-10
    In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, POET Senior VP of Government Affairs and Communications, Joshua Shields, issued the following in response to the EPA's announcement on the 2020, 2021 and 2022 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard:

    "EPA's draft rule would reduce access to the single most affordable and abundant source of low-carbon liquid fuel on the planet right at the moment when consumers are facing high gas prices, and political leaders are grasping for climate solutions that are within reach. The Biden Administration should fulfill the President's campaign promises to support the Renewable Fuel Standard, which will continue to affordably decarbonize the nation's existing vehicle fleet, create clean energy jobs and support American farmers. We urge the EPA to consider the consequences of reducing biofuel volumes, reinstate robust blending targets and, as the President said, 'Get the RFS back on track' before the rule is finalized'." (Source: POET, Website, 7 Dec., 2021) Contact: POET, Joshua Shields, Senior V.P. Gov. Affairs and Communications, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com, www.poet.com/sustainability

    More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Renewable Fuels Standard,  RVO,  EPA,  Biofuel,  


    Biofuel Groups Comment on EPA RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, Growth Energy
    Date: 2022-01-07
    In comments on the US EPA's proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO), Growth Energy noted the propsal would "undercut blending requirements for biofuel in 2021 and retroactively waive 2.96 billion gallons from 2020 RVOs finalized almost two years ago." Under the proposal, 2022 volumes return to statutory levels, and the administration pledges to deny all improper small refinery exemption applications. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor commented that the proposal "sets an extremely troubling precedent of revising finalized volumes for 2020 and back-setting volumes for 2021 rather than driving growth in renewable fuels."

    National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Chris Edgington said corn farmers produce low-carbon ethanol that offers immediate emissions reductions allowing agriculture to help address climate change. Edington noted, "Our success helping you meet these commitments depends on EPA sending a clear and firm message that volume requirements will be enforced." (Source: Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network, Jan., 2022) Contact: National Corn Growers Association, NCGA, www.ncga.com; Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Growth Energy,  National Corn Growers Association,  


    RFA: EPA Moving in Right Direction on RFS, But Must Reconsider Retroactive Cut to 2020 RVO (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2022-01-05
    "In a virtual hearing on the U.S. EPA's proposed renewable volume obligations (RVO) for 2020 through 2022, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Geoff Cooper noted that EPA's proposal marks "an important and long-awaited step toward restoring order, integrity and stability to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program." However, Cooper noted in his testimony, there is plenty of room to improve the proposal before it is finalized.

    "RFA supports the proposed volumes for 2022 for all categories of renewable fuel, and we specifically commend EPA for proposing to set the implied requirement for conventional renewable fuels at the statutory level of 15 billion gallons. We also support EPA's proposal to account for projected exempt volumes from small refineries when setting RVO percentages. And, RFA agrees with EPA that, in the interest of transparency, the Agency should release basic information about entities seeking exemptions from RFS compliance." Cooper also voiced RFA's strong support for EPA's related proposal to deny 65 pending small refinery exemption petitions. Unfortunately, however, EPA's proposed RVO for 2021 misses the mark and the proposed retroactive revision of the 2020 RVO would set a “dangerous precedent," Cooper said.

    "As for the 2021 RVO and the proposed revision to the 2020 RVO, we have serious concerns about EPA's questionable use of its 'reset' authority. While we understand EPA has a statutory obligation to consider resetting future RFS volumes when certain thresholds are met, it does not appear Congress intended for EPA to use its reset authority for the purpose of retroactively addressing unforeseen market anomalies like COVID or weather-related disasters," Cooper said.

    "Even if EPA's use of its reset authority to lower 2020 and 2021 volumes was justified, the agency grossly underestimated actual conventional ethanol consumption in 2021," Cooper said. The Energy Information Administration's latest data suggest 13.73 billion gallons of conventional ethanol were consumed domestically in 2021, more than 400 million gallons higher than assumed by EPA.

    "When it comes to the impact of COVID on 2020 RFS compliance, the RVO already includes a self-correcting mechanism that caused actual renewable fuel volume requirements to adjust lower with reduced gasoline and diesel consumption. In addition, EPA has long been on the record opposing retroactive reductions in volumes. EPA has repeatedly stated that "Congress did not provide a means for correcting the percentage standards after November to ensure that the applicable volumes of renewable fuel are exactly met in a given compliance year. The agency has also previously taken the position that periodically and retroactively altering the standards would…inappropriately render the standards a moving target." (Source: RFA, Website PR, 4 Jan., 2021) Contact: RFA, Geoff Cooper, CEO, (202) 289-3835,www.EthanolRFA.org

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


    Neste Targets 100 pct Renewables, Carbon Neutrality by 2035 (Int'l.)
    Neste, Vattenfall
    Date: 2021-12-31
    Finland-headquartered renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producer Neste Corp., is reporting an 800 GWh power purchase agreement (PPA) with Vattenfall for hydropower from its Nordic hydropower plants for delivery in the beginning of January 2022.

    Neste aims to use 100 pct renewable electricity globally by 2023 and, in addition to the Vattenfall hydropower agreement, has increased the use of renewable electricity at its Porvoo refinery in Finland with wind power and has agreed on wind power deliveries with its partners Statkraft, Ilmatar and Fortum.

    Neste is committed to combating climate change and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions both globally and locally. To that end, the company aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its own production, cut emission intensity of the use of products sold by Neste and help customers reduce emissions with Neste's renewable and circular solutions. The company is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2035.

    Download Neste climate commitment details HERE . (Source: Neste Corporation, Website PR, 22 Dec. 2021) Contact: Neste Corp.,, Minna Aila, Senior VP, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

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    POET Comments on Proposed RVO Volumes (Opinions & Asides)
    POET
    Date: 2021-12-13
    In Sioux Falls, S.D., ethanol industry pioneer POET Senior V.P. of Government Affairs and Communications, Joshua Shields, issued the following statement in response to the EPA recent announcement on the 2020, 2021 and 2022 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard:

    "EPA's draft rule would reduce access to the single most affordable and abundant source of low-carbon liquid fuel on the planet right at the moment when consumers are facing high gas prices, and political leaders are grasping for climate solutions that are within reach.

    "The Biden Administration should fulfill the President's campaign promises to support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which will continue to affordably decarbonize the nation's existing vehicle fleet, create clean energy jobs and support American farmers. We urge the EPA to consider the consequences of reducing biofuel volumes, reinstate robust blending targets and, as the President said, 'Get the RFS back on track' before the rule is finalized." (Source: POET, Website, 7 Dec., 2021) Contact: POET, Joshua Shields, Senior V.P. Gov. Affairs and Communications, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com, www.poet.com/sustainability

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Ethanol,  POET,  Renewable Fuels Standard,  RVO,  


    REGI CEO Comments on EPA Proposed RVOs (Opinions & Asides)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2021-12-10
    Ames, Iowa-based renewable fuels producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) President and CEO Cynthia Warner issued the following statement regarding the EPA release of the proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs).

    "We are pleased to see that the Agency has proposed growth for 2022 in the biomass-based diesel and total advanced categories, as these support clean, renewable fuels that are enabling real decarbonization, right now. Demand for these products is growing as customers seek ready-now, low carbon solutions.

    "In fact, with the anticipated increased capacity of renewable diesel coming online in 2022 to meet this demand, and the ample availability of feedstock to support this growth, we believe that the proposed advanced volumes are conservative and should be increased further. We look forward to continuing this important discussion with Administration officials.

    "We are encouraged that the EPA is standing behind its sound analysis in proposing to deny all 65 pending small refiner exemption requests. Bio-based diesel delivers the powerful emissions reductions this country needs, and refiners themselves are participating in production of bio-based diesel in growing numbers. Consumers are demanding lower carbon fuels today and our industry stands ready for growth. Bio-based diesel has many benefits beyond carbon reduction. The industry is creating green jobs, contributing to cleaner air, supporting sustainable agriculture and growing rural economies."

    In 2020, REGI produced 519 million gallons of cleaner fuel delivering 4.2 million metric tons of carbon reduction. Source: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., PR, 8 Dec., 2021) Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Cynthia Warner, CEO, Katie Stanley, katie.stanley@regi.com, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  Renewable Energy Group,  RVO,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  


    Growth Energy Supports Defend the Blend Act (Reg. & Leg.)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2021-12-01
    Growth Energy has thanked politicians for introducing the Defend the Blend Act. that would prevent the US EPA from retroactively reducing past Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) which have already been finalised.

    Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor thanked Representatives Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa), Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Angie Craig (D-Minn.), Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and other co-sponsors. "We thank these Representatives for introducing the Defend the Blend Act, legislation that would offer more certainty in the marketplace, especially as we await the 2021 and 2022 RVOs from EPA. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was put into place to blend more low-carbon biofuels into our nation's transportation fuel supply and includes a built-in mechanism that adjusts for any changes in fuel demand. Retroactively changing RVO levels is completely unwarranted. It is unnecessary, adds uncertainty to the marketplace, and far exceeds EPA's legal authority," Skol said. (Source: Growth Energy, Website PR, 23 Nov., 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Volume Obligations,  Growth Energy,  Renewable Volume Obligations,  RFA,  


    Neste Green Hydrogen, CCS Wins EU Innovation Funding (Int'l.)
    Neste,EU Innovation Fund
    Date: 2021-11-22
    Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oy is reporting the EU Innovation Fund has agreed to €88 million funding to its green hydrogen and carbon capture & storage (CCS) project at the company's refinery in Porvoo, Finland. The project introduces carbon capture and storage (CCS) and electrolysis solutions that allow decarbonisation of production at the refinery. The project is currently in the feasibility phase.

    The project will strongly contribute to the reaching of both Finland's and the EU's climate targets and has a significant role in Neste's target of carbon neutral production by 2035.Neste anticipates a reduction of more than 4 million tons of CO2 emissions can be achieved at the Porvoo refinery in the first 10 years of operation, according to the Neste release. (Source: Neste, Website PR, 17 Nov., 2021) Contact: Neste Corp.,, Minna Aila, Senior VP, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Green Hydrogen,  CCS,  EU Innovation Fund,  


    GE, UK Export Finance Support 1.35 GW Turkish Solar Project (Int'l.)
    Kalyon Enerji, GE Renewable Energy
    Date: 2021-11-22
    In London, GE Renewable Enery is reporting the UK Export Finance (UKEF) -- the UK's export credit agency -- has agreed to guarantee a $291 million (£217 million) Buyer Credit Facility for Kalyon Enerji's 1.35 GW Karapinar solar project in Konya Karapinar province, Turkey. Financing will be structured on a project finance basis and raised through J.P. Morgan as acting lead arranger and lender supported by the UKEF guarantee.

    The UKEF guarantee will enable GE to deploy its first FLEXINVERTER solar technology outside the U.S. The FLEXRESERVOIR is a systems integrated battery energy storage and power electronics solution for multiple configurations and market applications. FLEXIQ is a digital platform that provides design, operation and fleet management solutions to enable grid compliance and maximize lifetime customer value, according to the release. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR, 15 Nov., 2021) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, www.ge.com/renewableenergy; Kalyon Enerji, www.kalyonholding-com; UK Export Finance, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-export-finance

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kalyon Enerji,  GE Renewable Energy,  Solar,  Turkey Solar,  


    SK Innovation Taps Honeywell for Hydrogen Plant CCS Study (Int'l.)
    SK Innovation and Energy, Honeywell UOP
    Date: 2021-11-17
    Soul, South Korea-headquartered SK Innovation and Energy is reporting the selection of Des Plaines, Illinois, based Honeywell UOP for a feasibility study to retrofit a hydrogen plant with carbon capture and storage (CCS) of more than 400,000 tons of CO2 at its 840,000 bpd petroleum refinery in Ulsan, Korea. The captured CO2 would be stored in depleted natural gas reservoirs, beginning in 2026.

    The project is in line with South Korea's commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, according to the release. (Source: SK Innovation and Energy, Website PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: SK Innovation and Energy, www.eng.skinnovation.com; Honeywell UOP, www.uop.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SK Innovation and Energy,  Honeywell UOP,  Hudrgen,  CCS ,  


    U.S. DOE Launches "Carbon Negative Shot" Initiative (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2021-11-08
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE is touting "Carbon Negative Shot", the third project under its Energy Earthshots Initiative. The new program aims to remove gigatons of CO2 from the atmosphere and store it at a cost of less than $100 per ton of net CO2-equivalent.

    The initiative is the DOE's first major effort in carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and a call for innovation in the expanding field of CDR -- a key facet of the plan to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. CDR technology captures CO2 directly from the atmosphere for storage in geological, biobased, and ocean reservoirs or in value-added products to create negative emissions. CDR technology still requires a significant R&D investment to be cost-effective, economically viable and deployed at scale.

    According to U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm, "By slashing the costs and accelerating the deployment of carbon dioxide removal -- a crucial clean energy technology -- we can take massive amounts of carbon pollution directly from the air and combat the climate crisis. With our Carbon Negative Shot, we can help remove the greenhouse gases already warming our planet and affecting our health -- positioning America as a net-zero leader and creating good-paying jobs for a transitioning clean energy workforce. The combination of the Carbon Negative Shot with our massive investments in hydrogen, battery storage, renewables, and decarbonized fossil energy, can make net-zero emissions a reality here and abroad." (Source: US DOE, PR, InceptiveMind, 8 Nov., 2021) Contact: DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, www.energy.gov/fecm/office-fossil-energy-and-carbon-management

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Carbon Capture,  Direct Air Carbon Capture,  Carbon Storage,  


    Growth Energy Threatens Action Over EPA RFS Inaction (Ind. Report)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2021-11-05
    Growth Energy is reporting its Nov. 2 submission of a "notice of intent to sue" to the U.S. EPA regarding its failure to timely fulfill the agency's statutory obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to issue the 2022 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) and in turn, the potentially multi-year "set" rulemaking process for renewable fuel volumes for 2023 and beyond.

    The RVOs for 2022 are due by November 30th, 2021, an annual deadline set by Congress in the RFS. As of today, 28 days before that statutory deadline, EPA has not even issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish those obligations. Additionally, the final "set" rulemaking was due on November 1, 2021, and EPA has not issued a notice of proposed rulemaking for that, either. The notice gives EPA 60 days to issue the 2022 RVO and the set rulemakings according to Growth Energy.

    For 2023 and later, EPA, in coordination with the DOE and the USDA, is required to set these renewable fuel volume requirements through one or more rulemakings, taking into consideration six statutory factors, including environmental, economic, and energy security factors. EPA is required to set volume requirements at least 14 months prior to the calendar year in which they are to take effect. In addition, EPA is constrained by statute to ensure that, for each year starting in 2023, the volume of advanced renewable fuel is at least the same percentage as the volume of the total renewable fuel requirement established in 2022. (Source: Growth Energy, PR, 3 Nov., 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

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    Finnish Cities Using Gasum Biogas Fueled Vehicles (Int'l.)
    Gasum
    Date: 2021-10-18
    Helsinki-headquartered biogas specialist Gasum is reporting that beginning this month, six cities in Finland -- Hanko, Hyvinkaa, Lohia, Loviisa, Porvoo and Raasepori -- waste management company Rosk'n Roll Oy will use vehicles fueled by Gasum's renewable liquefied biogas (LBG) to transport roughly 30,000 tpy of wastewater sewage sludge and biowaste to the Gasum biogas plant network where it will be used as feedstock for biofuel production.

    The switch to biogas will cut vehicle CO2 emissions by up to 226 ypy -- equivalent to the emissions of 100 cars. (Source: Gasum, PR 13 Oct., 2021) Contact: Gasum, Website PR, Oct, 2021) Gasum, www.gasum.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gasum,  Biogas,  


    Neste Offloading Base Oils Business to Chevron (M&A, Int'l.)
    Neste, Chevron
    Date: 2021-10-06
    Helsinki-headquartered Neste Corporation is reporting an agreement to sell its existing base oils business to Chevron Corporation, one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, on undisclosed terms. Subject to regulatory and customary closing conditions, the deal is expected to close in Q1, 2022.

    The agreement covers a combination of share and asset deals forming Neste's entire global base oils business. The parties have also agreed on a long-term offtake for Neste's base oils supply from Porvoo, Finland.

    The sale will cover Neste's Porvoo base oils production volumes, its premium brand NEXBASE™, all formulation coverage associated with the brand, as well as a global marketing and distribution platform. Neste is also exiting the joint venture with Bapco and Nogaholding, and will no longer have presence in Bahrain. (Source: Neste, Website Release, 4 Oct., 2021) Contact: Neste, Thorsten Lange, Exec. VP, Heidi Peltonen, Team Lead, Sustainable Partnerships, Marketing & Services, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

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    Strategic Biofuels Nails Biorefinery CCS Test Well (Ind. Report)
    Strategic Biofuels
    Date: 2021-09-03
    As previously noted, Strategic Biofuels LLC, the leader in developing negative carbon footprint renewable fuels plants, reports its carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) test well program at its Louisiana Green Fuels (LGF) Project in Caldwell Parish, Louisiana, has been completed.

    The test well program demonstrated that CO2, the main greenhouse gas generated during the fuel production process, can be safely and securely stored deep underground and that the storage reservoir has sufficient capacity to store all the gas produced over the plant's lifetime. Completing the test well program is an essential pre-requisite for securing the permit for the EPA Class VI sequestration well.

    The design and execution of the test well program was developed by COO Bob Meredith with help from Geostock Sandia, an international consulting firm that has worked with the Department of Energy on carbon sequestration wells for almost two decades. (Source: Strategic Biofuels LLC, Aug, 2021) Contact: Strategic Biofuels, Strategic Biofuels & Louisiana Green Fuels, [startlimk]info@info@strategicbiofuels.net[endllink]

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    Scottish Carbon Capture Project Lands Virgin Backing (Int'l)
    Storegga,Virgin Airline,Carbon Engineering
    Date: 2021-08-27
    UK-based low-carbon projects/carbon removal firm Storegga Geotechnologies is reporting its planned carbon capture project in the north-east of Scotland has been "endorsed" by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic Airline, which has agreed to a partnership to reduce the airline's carbon footprint.

    The Storegga facility, which will permanently remove between 500,000 and 1,000,000 tpy of Virgin Air's CO2 from the atmosphere, follows a similar previously reported agreement between Storegga and oilfield services provider Petrofac.

    Storegga is developing the facility in partnership with Squamish, British Columbia-based direct air carbon capture (DAC) provider Carbon Engineering following a feasibility study in the first half of this year. The project, which is expected to be operational in 2026, is now in the preliminary engineering and design stage, while a shortlist of potential locations has been identified around the Acorn CSS development, another Storegga project that aims to use depleted North Sea reservoirs as a repository for CO2. (Source: Storegga, PR, Herald, Aug., 2021) Contact: Storrega Geotechnologies, Nick Cooper, +44 (0) 20 3757 4980, nick.cooper@storegga.earth, www.storegga.earth; Virgin Atlantic, www.virgin-atlantic.com; Carbon Engineering, Steve Oldham, CEO, www.carbonengineering.com

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    India's Largest Floating Solar PV Project Commissioned (Int'l.)
    National Thermal Power Corporation
    Date: 2021-08-23
    Indian state-owned National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Ltd, on Saturday, commissioned India's largest floating solar Photovoltaics (PV) project at 25MW on the reservoir of the 2000 MW, coal-fired Simhadri thermal station in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

    The 75-acre floating solar installation is expected to generate sufficient power for roughly 7,000 homes and eliminate at least 46,000 tpy of CO2e over the project's lifespan.

    With a total installed capacity of 66900 MW, NTPC Group has 71 Power stations including 29 renewable projects. NTPC has set a target to install 60 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy (RE) capacity by 2032. (Source: National Thermal Power Corp., ETPC, 21 Aug., 2021) Contact: National Thermal Power Corp., www.ntpc.co.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Solar,  


    Danish North Sea CCS Project Seeks Funding (Int'l. Report)
    CCS,INEOS Energy
    Date: 2021-08-18
    In Copenhagen, a consortium of London, UK-based INEOS Energy, Wintershall Dea and 27 companies, research institutes and universities, reports it will file a grant application with Denmark's Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program to support a pilot project that would permanently store up to 8 MM metric tons/yr (8.81 MM tons) of CO2 --- roughly 25 pct of Denmark's total carbon emissions -- in the Nini West reservoir in the Danish North Sea. If the grant application is approved, the project could start by the end of 2021, with the offshore injection pilot staged in late 2022.

    Under project proposal, emissions will be captured at the Aalborg Portland cement production complex in northern Jutland and shipped to the Nini West reservoir which is thought to hold storage potential of 0.5-1 MM metric tpy of CO2 by 2025, increasing to 4-8 MM metric tpy by 2030. The area is considered geologically stable and has retained gas and oil for 10-20 million years, according to the release. (Source: INEOS Energy,Website PR, Offshore, Aug., 2021) Contact: INEOS Energy, www.ineos.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News INEOS Energy,  CCS,  


    "Dear Mr. President... Yours Truly, ACE" (Opinions & Asides)
    American Coalition for Ethanol
    Date: 2021-08-16
    In a letter to President Joe Biden, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) called for the President to set the maximum statutory volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in the 2021 and 2022 Renewable Volume Obligation rule-making and to pursue all options to ensure uninterrupted market access for E15. The letter notes these actions are the quickest way to reduce GHG emissions from the U.S. transportation fleet in the near term and support net-negative biofuel production that can help achieve a fully decarbonized transportation future.

    "We recognize your goal is to electrify the vehicle fleet in the future, but the inconvenient truth is there are hundreds of millions more people driving vehicles capable of using low-carbon substitutes to petroleum such as E15 and E85 today than any other alternative. Since this reality will exist well into the future, increasing the use of ethanol today will immediately reduce GHGs while the production of electric vehicles (EVs) ramps up" the letter notes.

    "In the near-term, a properly implemented RFS and year-round availability of E15 will meaningfully reduce the carbon intensity of the U.S. transportation sector by capitalizing on the existing vehicle fleet's ability to use lower-carbon biofuels. In the mid-term, the pending RVO decision will act as a harbinger for companies on how much to rely on your commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050 when making investment decisions," the letter added.

    "If the Administration is not willing to ensure the RFS will call for 15 billion gallons of low-carbon ethanol already being produced to replace petroleum at the pump, legitimate questions will be asked about the merits of non-binding executive orders setting national goals for less deployable decarbonization technologies," the letter concluded.

    Download the full ACE letter HERE . (Source: American Coalition for Ethanol, Website PR,11 Aug., 2021) Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, www.ethanol.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Coalition for Ethanol,  RFS,  E15,  Ethanol,  Renewable Fuel,  Biofuel,  


    Neste Reports on Q2 "Solid Performance" (Int'l. Report)
    Neste Oyi
    Date: 2021-07-28
    Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oyi released its latest financial results for the first half of this year and reported a solid performance in its renewable products portfolio. The company's renewable products segment posted an operating profit of €287 million for Q2, down from €314 million during the same period, 2020.

    According to Neste Pres. and CEO Peter Vanacker, "Neste's renewable products continued to be resilient and was able to maintain a healthy sales margin. Oil products' second quarter was characterised by the scheduled Porvoo refinery major turnaround, which was safely and successfully implemented in very challenging pandemic conditions. Marketing and services performed very well with gradually recovering sales volumes. A weaker US dollar had a negative impact of €45 million on the group's comparable operating profit year-on-year. Our ROACE over the last 12 months was 15.6 pct, and we had a leverage ratio of 7.7 pct at the end of June." (Source: Neste Oy, Website PR, 27 July, 2021) Contact: Neste Corp., Thorsten Lange, Exec. VP, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste Oyi,  


    Growth Energy Calls for Congressional Biofuel Support (Ind. Report)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2021-07-23
    Growth Energy has launched a new online digital ad campaign urging President Biden and leaders in Congress to stop oil industry handouts and uphold their commitments to reduce carbon emissions, support low carbon biofuels and strong Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

    According to Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor, "It's time for leaders in Washington to make good on their commitments to clean, renewable energy and put a stop to Big Oil's efforts to restore its monopoly over the US fuel mix. The evidence is clear. Congress and the administration cannot decarbonise transportation without a growing role for low-carbon biofuels, which are vital to our climate, working families, and the economy. The last thing we can afford are more handouts to the oil industry. Policymakers must act swiftly to ensure uninterrupted, year-round access to E15 and set ambitious biofuel blending levels, including a statutory minimum of 15 billion gallons of conventional biofuel, under annual targets." (Source: Growth Energy, Website PR, 22 July, 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Renewable Fuels,  


    Neste's Porvoo Refinery Back On Line (Int'l. Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2021-06-28
    In Helsinki, Neste Oyi is reporting scheduled maintenance work at its Porvoo refinery in Finland has been completed and the refinery is back in production.

    The work came in at approximately €630 million, of which approximately €330 million was realized in the major turnaround in 2021. In 2020, only critical refinery maintenance work was completed due to the corona pandemic.

    Neste refines waste, residues and innovative raw materials into renewable fuels and sustainable feedstock for plastics and other materials. Neste is the world's leading producer of renewable diesel (RD) and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) developing chemical recycling to combat the plastic waste and helping customers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with our renewable and circular solutions by at least 20 million tons annually by 2030. The company aims for carbon-neutral production by 2035.

    In 2020, Neste's revenue stood at €11.8 billion ($14.070 billion) with 94 pct of the company's comparable operating profit coming from renewable products, according to the company website. (Source: Neste Corporation, Website PR, 24 June, 2021) Contact: Neste Oy, Carl Nyberg, Exec. VP, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste ,  Renewable Diesel,  SAF,  Biofuel,  


    Neste Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2035 (Int'l. Report)
    Neste Oyi
    Date: 2021-06-16
    In Helsinki, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel producer Neste Oyi reports it is committed to using 100 pct renewable electricity in its global production operations and to become carbon neutral by 2035.

    To that end, Neste has committed to approximately 40 pct of the electricity used at its Porvoo refinery will be renewable wind power in 2025 and will increase the share of renewable electricity with Guarantees of Origin, based on existing renewable electricity generation capacity. Guarantees of Origin will help increase the share of renewable electricity to 100 pct of Neste's electricity needs by 2023.

    Neste aims to reduce the indirect greenhouse gas emissions of electricity purchases at its Porvoo refinery by approximately 50,000 tpy of CO2 equivalent. With all the wind power agreements combined, Neste will reduce indirect GHG emissions of its electricity purchases at its various Finnish production sites by approximately 120,000 tpy CO2 equivalent -- roughly the annual carbon footprint of more than 19,000 average EU citizens. (Source: Neste Oyi, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Neste Oy, Carl Nyberg, Exec. VP, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste Oyi,  Renewable Energy,  Carbon Neutral,  


    ARENA Supports Aussie Solar-Hydro Energy Storage Project (Int'l.)
    ARENA, RayGen Resources
    Date: 2021-06-11
    In the Land Down Under, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) reports it is providing $15 million in funding to Victoria-based RayGen Resources Pty Ltd to construct a "first of its kind" $30 million solar-hydro power plant that incorporates 4 MW of solar PV generation and 3 MW / 50 MWh of dispatchable energy storage capacity in north-west Victoria.

    RayGen's solar-hydro power plant consists of RayGen's proprietary PV Ultra, a concentrating photovoltaic solar co-generation tower, combined with its patented electro-thermal storage. The technology generates heat as a by-product which is captured and used for thermal storage. The electro-thermal storage system consists of an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) turbine, industrial chillers and two insulated water-based thermal storage pits or reservoirs, each roughly the size of four Olympic size swimming pools. One of the reservoirs is kept at a temperature of 90 degrees and the other at close to 0 degrees, and the temperature difference is used to generate dispatchable electricity using ORC turbines, according to RayGen.

    The project builds on a feasibility study and development work supported by a $3 million ARENA grant in March 2020. ARENA also supported RayGen with $8.67 million in funding to develop and construct its 1-MW PV Ultra pilot project in Newbridge, Victoria. (Source: ARENA, PR, June, 2021) Contact: ARENA, Darren Miller, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, www.arena.gov.au; RayGen Resources, +61 3 8669 0380, enquiries@raygen.com, www.raygen.com

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    Growth Energy Applauds Senate Push for RFS Transparency (Ind. Report, Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2021-05-28
    In Washington, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor has thanked U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), who reintroduced the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Integrity Act. A companion to House legislation introduced in February, the bipartisan proposal would bring greater transparency to the U.S. EPA small refinery exemption (SRE) process and ensure refiners apply for exemptions in a timely manner.

    "This legislation provides long-overdue transparency for requests to avoid blending more low carbon renewable fuels that are key to America's low-carbon future. We applaud Senators Fischer and Duckworth for working to protect the integrity of the RFS so that farmers and biofuel producers, as well as the entire fuel supply chain, across the nation can count on stable demand and continue providing cleaner and more affordable fuel choices at the pump, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor said."

    "By arming the public with greater information on biofuel exemptions, we can keep oil refineries accountable to following the law and ensure uninterrupted progress toward achieving cleaner air and a healthier climate," Skor added.

    Currently, EPA does not provide a deadline for refiners submitting a request for an SRE. The bipartisan Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act explicitly sets a June 1st deadline the year prior to the biofuel targets going into effect the following year. This will allow EPA to account for any exempted gallons in the following year's Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) as required by the Clean Air Act and ensure that the RVOs are met. Additionally, the legislation increases transparency into the SRE application process, allowing the public greater insight into which companies are receiving exemptions and why, according to the release. (Source: Growth Energy , Website PR, 25 May, 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Grwoth Energy,  RFS,  


    Panasonic Expands EverVolt Energy Storage Options (Ind. Report)
    Panasonic
    Date: 2021-05-26
    Panasonic is introducing four new EverVolt modules and a redesigned EverVolt Battery Storage cabinet with a reduced footprint. The expanded lineup of modules feature higher efficiency and enhanced performance as well as exceptional degradation rates.

    The EverVolt battery storage is compatible with any solar module system or inverter and can be tailored to a homeowner's individual needs offering both AC- and DC-coupled options, the battery storage system can be scaled down to as little as 11kWh of energy storage or expanded to 102kWh. EverVolt battery storage system is also equipped with advanced software and a user-friendly app allowing customization between multiple operating modes and visibility into system status. (Source: Panasonic, Pr May, 2021)Contact: Panasonic, www.na.panasonic.com, www.panasonic-evervolt.com

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    Neptune Energy Plans North Sea CCS, Hydrogen Project (Int'l.)
    Neptune Energy
    Date: 2021-05-14
    In Aberdeen, private equity-owned oil and gas firm Neptune Energy reports it has submitted a licensing application to the Scottish regulators for a major North Sea carbon capture and storage (CCS) development combined with a "blue" hydrogen fuel production plant. The project would involve capturing carbon emissions associated with industrial facilities on Humberside and storing the carbon in depleted reservoirs beneath the North Sea.

    The company is reportedly planning to produce "blue" hydrogen from natural gas at a plant that would be built on the site of the Theddlethorpe terminal in Lincolnshire. Carbon would be separated from the gas for storage offshore. Expected project costs and timelines have not been revealed.

    The Government has committed £1billion funding to help create two carbon capture clusters by the mid-2020s, with another two set to be created by 2030. (Source: Neptune Energy, PR, Website, The Herald Scotland, 12 May, 2021) Contact: Neptune Energy, +44 (0)1224 281000, www.neptuneenergy.com

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    TGS, Horisont Partner to Advance CCS Tech. (Int'l. Report)
    TGS, Horisont
    Date: 2021-05-14
    Global energy data specialist TGS reports it is collaborating with Sandnes, Norway-based Horisont Energi to jointly develop new carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies and methods to classify and monitor CO2 storage reservoirs to establish a "roadmap for sustainable carbon storage reservoir identification and monitoring" The collaboration will initially focus on Horisont Energi's oil and gas acreage on the Norwegian continental shelf.

    The two firms intend to de-risk and monitor potential CCS reservoirs in Norwegian waters by using imaging and monitoring technologies such as 4D seismic, Distributed Acoustic Sensing, and P-Cable technology. In an effort to boost global CCS advancement, the firms also plan to promote cooperation between industry, commercial technology providers, and academia. (Source: TGS, PR, Hydrocarbons Technology, 13 May., 2021) Contact: Horisont Energi , Bjorgulf Haukelidsæter Eidesen, CEO, 51225531, hello@horisontenergi.no, www.horisontenergi.no; TGS, Jan Schoolmeesters, Exec. VP, www.tgs.org

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    Dutch North Sea CCS Project Scores $2.4bn in Subsidies (Int'l)
    Shell, ExxonMobil
    Date: 2021-05-10
    At the Hague, the Dutch government reports the granting of €2 billion ($2.43 billion) over 15-yars in subsidies to a consortium of oil and gas giants Shell, ExxonMobil along with Air Liquide and Air Products to support a giant carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in the Dutch sector of the North Sea.

    The subsidy funds will be directed towards the Porthos project that will see about 2.5 million tpy of carbon dioxide from industry in the Port of Rotterdam stored in depleted reservoirs at a gas field in the North Sea. The Porthos project, which was established by EBN, Gasunie and the Port of Rotterdam Authority, is anticipated to store more than 37 million tonnes of CO2 over the 15 year subsidy agreement. (Source: Upstream, 10 May, 2021)

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