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Blue Biofuels, Vertimass Extend Tech. License Agreement (Ind. Report)
Blue Biofuels, Vertimass
Date: 2022-01-12
Palm Beach, Florida-based Blue Biofuels, Inc. reports it has expanded its present license agreement with Irvine, California-headquartered Vertimass LLC to allow Blue Biofuels to convert additional volumes of ethanol into renewable jet fuel and other bio-hydrocarbons using Vertimass technology.

Vertimass' technology allows sustainable production of fuels derived from ethanol with high yields that can dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to sourcing these products from petroleum. Vertimass technology for producing jet fuel and chemicals from cellulosic ethanol offers producers the flexibility to diversify their product slate and market renewable fuels and chemicals that have low carbon footprints.

Blue Biofuels' proprietary Cellulose-to-Sugar (CTS) technology provides a near zero carbon footprint process to convert virtually any plant material -- grasses, wood, paper, farm waste, yard waste, forestry products, fruit casings, nut shells, and the cellulosic portion of municipal solid waste -- into sugars and lignin. Sugars are subsequently processed into biofuels. (Source: Blue Biofuels Inc., PR, 12 Jan., 2022) Contact: Vertimass LLC, John Hannon, CEO, www.vertimass.com; Blue Biofuels, Ben Slager, 561-359-8222, www.bluebiofuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vertimass,  Blue Biofuels,  SAF,  Ethanol,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  


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,  


Vertimass, UGI Ink 15-year Renewable Fuels Agreement (Ind. Report)
Vertimass, UGI Corp.
Date: 2022-01-07
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based natural gas and electric power distribution company UGI Corporation is reporting a 15-year agreement with Irvine,California-based catalytic technology developer Vertimass LLC to produce renewable fuels from renewable ethanol in the US and Europe. UGI anticipates a roughly $500 million investment for the bolt-on production facilities over 15-years. The first production facility is expected to come onstream in fiscal year 2024 with a production target of approximately 50 million gpy of combined renewable fuels.

Vertimass's Consolidated Alcohol Deoxygenation and Oligomerization (CADO) technology allows ethanol producers to: produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and diesel blendstocks that are compatible with the current transportation fuel infrastructure as well as LPG (liquified petroleum gases, mainly propane and butane); eliminate the ethanol "blend wall" by converting ethanol into fungible gasoline components for powering light duty vehicles; produce intermediates used to make plastics and other higher value products; and possibly "de-bottleneck" processes to increase throughput with little additional costs other than for feedstock, according to Vertimass.

The "bolt-on" technology enables flexible production of the renewable fuels to align with regional market demand. Up to 50 pct of the total production capacity from the facilities can be renewable propane that will support UGI's efforts to provide innovative, low-carbon, sustainable energy solutions to its customers. Other benefits include the ability to lower plant water usage, reduce overall energy consumption, and drop GHG emissions to levels required for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Advanced Biofuel category, according to the release. (Source: UGI Corporation, PR 6 Jan., 2021) Contact: UGI Corp., (610) 337-1000, investors@ugicorp.com, www.ugicorp.com; Vertimass LLC, John Hannon, CEO, www.vertimass.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vertimass,  UGI Corp. Ethanol,  Renewable Fuels,  


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,  


GCE's Camelina Company Espana Acquisition Completed (M&A, Int'l)
Global Clean Energy Holdings, Sustainable Oils
Date: 2022-01-05
Torrance, California-based renewable fuels producer Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc. (GCE) is reporting the acquisition Madrid-headquartered Camelina Company Espana S.L. (CCE), Europe's largest camelina producer .

CCE has for more than 10 years developed intellectual property (IP) in camelina to support a sustainable biofuels value chain. CCE's IP includes superior genetics, breeding capabilities, high quality planting seed, advanced agronomic research, and knowledge to support the cultivation of camelina by contract farmers. CCE, together with Seattle-based Sustainable Oils, Inc. (SusOils), also a wholly owned subsidiary of GCE, will further enhance the company's portfolio of patented camelina genetics.

Camelina is an essential part of the feedstock plan for GCE's integrated farm-to-fuels strategy. In early 2022, GCE will open a newly renovated renewable diesel biorefinery in Bakersfield, California, US, and supply ExxonMobil up to 220 million gallons annually of renewable diesel under a pair of long-term purchase agreements, according to the release. (Source: Global Clean Energy Holdings, PR, Website, Jan., 2022) Contact: Global Clean Energy Holdings, Richard Palmer, CEO, 424-318-3618, contact@gceholdings.com, www.gceholdings.com; Sustainable Oils, Inc., www.susoils.com; Camelina Company Espana, +34 917 33 90 53, camelinacompany.es

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sustainable Oils,  Camelina,  Global Clean Energy Holdings,  Renewable Diesel,  


AEGIS Hedging Solutions Acquires Emission Advisors (M&A)
AEGIS Hedging Solutions
Date: 2022-01-05
In the Lone Star State, The Woodlands-based AEGIS Hedging Solutions is reporting the acquisition of Houston-headquartered Emission Advisors, a leader in the environmental markets.

Emission Advisors works with companies across multiple sectors to understand, purchase, sell, and retire voluntary and compliance offsets in multiple environmental markets including: voluntary carbon offsets; emission reduction credits (ERCs); carbon allowances (California Cap and Trade Program and RGGI; regional emissions markets (Houston-Galveston-Brazoria Mass Emissions Cap and Trade Program and Regional Clean Air Incentives Market (RECLAIM); renewable energy Certificates (RECs); Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credits; RINS under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program; and Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) allowances. The company provides structured environmental compliance, brokerage, consulting, and portfolio optimization services to a large diverse client base.

AEGIS simplifies commodity and environmental markets for companies serious about managing their commodity exposures and/or emission footprints. AEGIS has unmatched technology and expertise to deliver market insights, tailored hedge strategies, efficient trade execution, and full-cycle management of hedge positions -- all designed for regulatory compliance. (Source: AEGIS Hedging Solutions, PR, 5 Jan., 2021) Contact: AEGIS Hedging Solutions, Bryan Sanbury, CEO; Emission Advisors , Mike Taylor , 713-385-3321, mtaylor@aegis-hedging.com, www.aegis-hedging.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News AEGIS Hedging Solutions ,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Market,  Carbon Offset,  


DOE Issues new Renewable Fuels RFI (Ind. Report)
US DOE BETO
Date: 2022-01-03
In Washington, the U.S. DOE has released a new request for information (RFI) on the scale-up and demonstration of renewable fuels. The RFI, titled Overcoming Barriers to Renewable Fuel Scale-Up and Demonstration seeks input from biofuels producers and technology developers about their readiness to scale process technologies to pilot- and demonstration-scale sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), renewable diesel, and renewable marine fuels. The RFI also seeks input on how existing first-generation ethanol and other existing industries could be leveraged to provide low-cost feedstock and infrastructure for biofuels production, including information on practices that can reduce the carbon intensity of corn production.

This RFI seeks input from biofuels producers and technology developers about their readiness to scale process technologies to pilot and demonstration-scale sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), renewable diesel and renewable marine fuels. This information is necessary for DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) to chart the potential growth of domestic renewable fuels production by 2030 and to understand the barriers in scaling renewable fuel production pathways. This RFI also seeks information on how DOE can best assist biofuels production stakeholders in their research and development (R&D) and scaling up of their technologies through demonstration scale. The RFI is seeking feedback on issues related to the following:

  • Biofuel Pathway Scale-Up Forecasts -- plans by developers to scale SAF, marine, and renewable diesel production

  • Barriers to Scale-Up of SAF, Marine, and Renewable Diesel Technologies -- input on technical, financial, legal, contractual, policy and other barriers

  • Leveraging First Generation Ethanol and Other Incumbent Industries -- information on technological improvements that could enhance low-carbon fuel production

  • BETO Scale-Up of Biotechnologies Strategy -- input on BETO's scale-up strategy and other forms of financial assistance to support biofuel scale-up and commercialization

  • Leveraging National Laboratory PDU to Scale-Up Renewable Fuels -- insight on how DOE National Laboratory capabilities can support biofuel scale-up and commercialization

  • Feedstock Production & Supply -- information on sustainable corn farming practices and challenges in establishing robust biomass feedstock supply chains.

    This is solely a request for information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). EERE is not accepting applications.

    Responses must be submitted electronically to Biofuels_FY22_RFI@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm (ET) on January 31, 2022. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment to the email, and no more than 10 pages in length, 12 point font, 1 inch margins. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

    In addition to, or in lieu of, providing written responses to this RFI, respondents may request a 30-minute individual discussion with a BETO staff member regarding the content of their written responses to the RFI questions via Biofuels_FY22_RFI@ee.doe.gov. (Source: US DOE, BETO, PR, 28 Dec., 2021) Contact: US DOE BETO, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE BETO,  Renewable Fuels,  Biofuel,  


  • DOE Issues Overcoming Barriers to Renewable Fuel Scale-Up and Demonstration RFI (Ind. Report)
    DOE BETO
    Date: 2021-12-29
    The U.S. Department of Energy has released a new request for information (RFI) on the scale-up and demonstration of renewable fuels. The RFI, titled Overcoming Barriers to Renewable Fuel Scale-Up and Demonstration, seeks input from biofuels producers and technology developers about their readiness to scale process technologies to pilot- and demonstration-scale sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), renewable diesel, and renewable marine fuels. The RFI also seeks input on how existing first-generation ethanol and other existing industries could be leveraged to provide low-cost feedstock and infrastructure for biofuels production. The RFI also seeks information on how DOE BETO can best assist biofuels production stakeholders in their research and development and scaling up of their technologies through demonstration scale.

    Constructing and operating pilot- and demonstration-scale facilities is essential to de-risk technology and ensure the success of subsequent commercial scale projects. BETO recognizes the availability of financing for first-of-a-kind process systems can be a barrier to commercializing advanced biofuels.

    Input is sought from bioenergy companies that are planning to scale up and demonstrate SAF, renewable diesel, and renewable marine fuel technologies from the lower Technology Readiness Levels) to pilot and demonstration stage and eventual commercialization. This information will inform a multi-year scale-up strategy resulting in the construction and operation of several SAF, renewable diesel, and/or renewable marine fuel production pathways.

    Feedback is requested from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to the scale-up of renewable fuel production technologies. Specifically, the DOE is interested in receiving information and input on:

  • Biofuel Pathway Scale-Up Forecasts -- plans by developers to scale SAF, marine, and renewable diesel production

  • Barriers to Scale-Up of SAF, Marine, and Renewable Diesel Technologies -- input on technical, financial, legal, contractual, policy and other barriers

  • Leveraging First Generation Ethanol and Other Incumbent Industries -- information on technological improvements that could enhance low-carbon fuel production

  • BETO Scale-Up of Biotechnologies Strategy -- input on BETO's scale-up strategy and other forms of financial assistance to support biofuel scale-up and commercialization

  • Leveraging National Laboratory PDU to Scale-Up Renewable Fuels -- insight on how DOE National Laboratory capabilities can support biofuel scale-up and commercialization

  • Feedstock Production & Supply -- information on sustainable corn farming practices and challenges in establishing robust biomass feedstock supply chains.

    View the RFI details HERE . (Source: U.S. Department of Energy, 28 Dec., 2021) Contact: US DOE Biotechnologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE BETO,  Renewable Fuel,  SAF,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Renewable Diesel,  


  • Aemetis Inks 450Mn gpy Renewable Diesel Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2021-12-22
    Cupertino, California-based renewable natural gas (RNG), renewable fuel and biochemicals specialist Aemetis, Inc. reports signing a 10-year, 450-million-gpy renewable diesel supply agreement with an unnamed industry-leading travel stop company -- 450 million gallons is enough fuel for an estimated 3.6 billion miles of heavy truck and cargo transportation.

    Renewable diesel is a drop-in fuel that significantly reduces greenhouse gases and other emissions from heavy duty vehicles that would otherwise use petroleum diesel. The agreement is in keeping with the travel stop company's continuing strategy to diversify its fueling operations, according to the release. (Source: Aemetis Inc., PR, 20 December, 2021)Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO,emcafee@aemetis.com, Andy Foster, (408) 213-0940, Fax: (408) 252-8044, www.aemetis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Renewable Diesel,  SAF,  


    Blue Biofuels Touts King Grass Biofuels Feedstock (Ind. Report)
    Blue Biofuels, USDA ARS
    Date: 2021-12-17
    Palm Beach Gardens , Florida-based Blue Biofuels (BIOF) and the USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS) are reporting a collaboration on optimizing the yields of King Grass, a perennial grass biomass crop, that the Company is growing and using as feedstock for its patented "mechanocatalytic cellulose-to-sugar" (CTS) process at its research facility in Arcadia, Florida.

    Blue Biofuels' CTS technology is a near-zero-carbon footprint system that can convert virtually any plant material -- grasses, wood, paper, farm waste, yard waste, forestry products, fruit casings, nut shells, and the cellulosic portion of municipal solid waste -- into sugars and lignin. Sugars are subsequently processed into biofuels. Lignin may be further converted into biodegradable bioplastics or used in ion exchange resins.

    Blue Biofuels believes that biofuel originating from its CTS process will be eligible for roughly $3 per gallon in D3 cellulosic Renewable Fuel Credits (RINs) , an incentive offered to all domestic cellulosic transportation fuel producers.

    The EPA's newly proposed revised mandate for cellulosic ethanol for 2020 is 510 million gallons, for 2021 is 620 million gallons, and for 2022 is 770 million gallons. (Source: USADA, Blue Biofuels, Green Car Congress, Dec., 2021) Contact: Blue Biofuels, Ben Slager, 561-359-8222, www.bluebiofuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News King Grass,  Biofuel Feedstock,  Blue Biofuels,  USDA ARS,  


    USDA Announces $800Mn Biofuel Ind. Relief Program (Ind. Report)
    USDA
    Date: 2021-12-17
    In Washington, the USDA reports it will make up to $800 million available through the new Biofuel Producer Programme authorised by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to support biofuel producers and infrastructure.

    Of the total, $700 million will provide economic relief to biofuel producers and restore renewable fuel markets affected by the pandemic. The remaining $100 million is earmarked to significantly increase the sales and use of higher blends of bioethanol and biodiesel by expanding the infrastructure for renewable fuels derived from agricultural products. (Source: USDA, 15 Dec., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA news,  Biofuel news,  


    GEVO, Kolmar Ink Renewable Fuels Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
    GEVO, Kolmar
    Date: 2021-12-15
    Englewood, Colorado-based GEVO Inc. is reporting a "financeable" , 8-year fuel supply agreement with Zug, Switzerland-based Kolmar Americas Inc. for 45 million gpy of renewable, energy-dense liquid hydrocarbons that are expected to be produced from Gevo's second Net-Zero production facility, Net-Zero 2. Kolmar is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kolmar Group AG, a privately held service provider, manufacturer, and marketer of renewable fuels headquartered. GEVO will supply Kolmar with renewable hydrocarbons, including sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and isooctane that is a key component of renewable premium gasoline.

    GEVO expects to supply renewable fuels to Kolmar from its Net-Zero 2 plant currently being developed in the U.S. Mid-West. Deliveries would represent 100 pct of the plant's output based on Net-Zero 2's current design. With protein and corn oil co-product sales, Net-Zero 2 is estimated to generate annual gross revenues of roughly $350 million.

    The fuel supply agreement is subject to certain terms and conditions, according to the release. (Source: GEVO, Website, Dec., 2021) Contact: GEVO, www.gevo.com; Kolmar Americas, Inc., Raf Aviner, President, www.kolmargroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Kolmar ,  SAF,  Biofuel,  Renewable Fuel,  


    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,  


    Aemetis Changes Incorporation to Delaware (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2021-12-08
    Cupertino, California-headquartered renewable fuels producer Aemetis, Inc. reports it has completed the reincorporation of the Company from the State of Nevada to the State of Delaware.

    The change in legal domicile was approved at the Company's Annual Meeting of Stockholders in August, 2021. Common stock outstanding remained unchanged , no additional shares were registered for sale and the company Board of Directors, management, business or operations remain unchanged, as a result of the Reincorporation. (Source: Aemetis, Website PR, 6 Dec., 2021) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO,emcafee@aemetis.com, Andy Foster, (408) 213-0940, Fax: (408) 252-8044, www.aemetis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Renewable Diesel,  SAF,  


    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,  


    Re-Booted Newfoundland Refinery to Produce SAF, RD (Ind. Report)
    Cresta Fund Management
    Date: 2021-12-01
    Dallas, Texas-headquartered private equity firm Cresta Fund Management is reporting acquisition of a controlling stake in North Atlantic Refining Ltd.'s idled 135,000-bpd refinery in Come-by-Chance, Newfoundland, Canada.

    The refinery, which will be renamed Braya Renewable Fuels, will be converted to initially produce 14,000 bpd of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel (RD) beginning in mid-2022 and possibly green hydrogen at a later date, according to the company. (Source: Cresta Fund Management, PR, Reuters, 30 Nov., 2021) Contact: Cresta Fund Management, 214.310.1083, www.crestafunds.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Renewable Diesel,  Green Hydrogen,  


    Aemetis Inks $100 Mn Financing Terms Sheet (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2021-11-26
    Cupertino, California-based renewable fuels specialist Aemetis, Inc. reports it has signed a non-binding term sheet and is working towards completing $100 million of new debt financing from Toronto-based Third Eye Capital. The debt financing is expected to be comprised of $50 million for carbon reduction projects and $50 million for working capital.

    The new, lower interest rate debt financing is expected to fund Aemetis initiatives that reduce the carbon intensity of renewable fuels (sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel), carbon sequestration, and upgrades to the Keyes, California, ethanol plant.

    Cash and grants of more than $32 million have already been invested in the Aemetis Phase I, 45 million gpy carbon -zero renewable jet and diesel plant in Riverbank, California.

    A $125 million USDA 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program guaranteed loan has been signed by Aemetis and an additional $100 million under the USDA Renewable Energy for America Program is in process, according to the release. (Source: Aemetis, PR, 23 Nov., 2021) Contact: Aemetis, Andy Foster, (408) 213-0940, Fax: (408) 252-8044, www.aemetis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Renewable Diesel,  SAF,  


    Arbor Announces Texas Biofuels Plant Plans (Ind. Report)
    Arbor Renewable Gas
    Date: 2021-11-24
    In the Lone Star State, Houston-headquartered Arbor Renewable Gas is reporting the selection of a 53-acre site in Beaumont for its first renewable biofuel plant.

    The Spindletop Plant will produce approximately 1,000 bpd of "drop-in" renewable fuel from locally sourced woody biomass. Construction is slated to get underway in Q1 of 2022 for completion and start-up early in 2024. (Source: Arbor Renewable Gas, PR, Biofuel Int’l. 22 Nov., 2021) Contact: Arbor Renewable Gas, Tim Vail, CEO, 346-708-7819, www.arborgas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arbor Renewable Gas,  Biofuel,  Woody Biomass,  


    Growth Energy CEO Touts Ethanol Production (Comments & Asides)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2021-11-22
    In a recent release , ethanol trade industry association Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor noted, "Ethanol production has long been an economic engine for our rural economies. The United States has 210 biorefineries in 27 states with the capacity to produce more than 17 billion gallons of low-carbon, renewable fuel. Our industry is the second largest customer for U.S. corn growers and will buy nearly $30 billion worth of corn this year to make ethanol and an expanded range of bio-based products such as high-protein animal feed, renewable chemicals, and corn oil.

    "Renewable fuels like ethanol remain the most affordable and abundant source of low carbon fuel on the planet -- and are critical to meeting today's CO2 reduction goals. The latest research shows that without biofuels there is no way to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Even when you factor in the projected growth of electric vehicles, the Energy Information Administration states that the vast majority of cars on the roads will run on liquid fuels by 2050.

    "Higher blends of low carbon ethanol can be used in our current vehicle fleet to accelerate our transition to a 100 pct renewable energy future. Simply put, America cannot decarbonise the transportation sector without home-grown biofuels. To meet the growing demand for renewable energies, we first need a strong and thriving rural economy and biofuel industry." (Source: Growth Energy, Sheppard of the Hills Gazette, 20 Nov., 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

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    Union Jobs in Ethanol & Biodiesel Industries: An American Success Story (Report Attached)
    Reneable Fuels Association
    Date: 2021-11-19
    According to a new report by veterans of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. GSA and KPMG International, the U.S. biofuel industry supports more than 30,000 union jobs, primarily in agriculture, manufacturing, transportation and utilities, construction, professional and business services.

    The report notes that continued support for the ethanol and biodiesel industries will have a positive causal effect on union jobs, will help mitigate against a downward trend in U.S. union membership and is likely to increase the number of middle-wage and middle-skill union jobs in traditionally agricultural economies.”

    Download the Union Jobs in Ethanol & Biodiesel Industries: An American Success Story report HERE . (Source: RFA, Website PR, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: RFA, Geoff Cooper, CEO, www.EthanolRFA.org

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


    UK DfT Reports Detailed Renewable Fuels Data (Int'l. Report)
    UK Department for Transport
    Date: 2021-11-17
    According to the UK Department for Transport (DfT), renewable fuels made up 5 pct of the country's transport fuel mix, down from 5.9 pct over the same period 12 months ago. Of the total 1.44 billion litres of renewable fuels supplied between 1 January and 20 September, 63 pct was biodiesel, 25 pct was bioethanol and the balance was biomethane.

    The DfT data notes the most common fuel type was biodiesel made from used cooking oil (16.5 million litres), followed by bioethanol from sugar beet betaine residue (8.5 million litres). Of the renewable fuel supplied to date this year , the most widely reported source for biodiesel was used cooking oil from China (168 million litres) and corn from Ukraine for bioethanol (51 million litres).

    Taken together, renewable fuels achieved an average of 85 pct greenhouse gas (GHG) savings when compared with fossil fuel use, according to the DfT release.

    Download the UK Department for Transport Renewable Fuels Statistics HERE (Source: UK Department for Transport, Website, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: UK Department for Transport, www.gov.uk/government/latest?departments[]=department-for-transport, twitter.com/transportgovuk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Department for Transport,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Bioethanol,  


    Aussie Marine Biofuels Plant FEED Work Underway (Int'l. Report)
    Triangle Energy
    Date: 2021-11-17
    In the Land Down Under, Perth-headquartered oil producer Triangle Energy reports League City, Texas-based Plant Process Group LLC has begun front end engineering design (FEED) work for a proposed 5,000 bpd modular, flexible feed Renewable Fuel Refinery project to produce marine biofuels. FEED work is expected to be completed early next year and first production is slated for Q1, 2024.

    Located adjacent to the Arrowsmith Separation Plant south of Dongara, Western Australia, crude and condensate from Western Australian producers will be combined with bio-crude feedstocks to deliver what would be Australia's first flexible feed, modular renewable fuel refinery. (Source: Triangle Energy, PR, Bunkerspot, 15 Nov., 2021) Contact: Triangle Energy Ltd., +61 8 9219 7111, info@triangleenergy.com.au, www.triangleenergy.com.au; Plant Process Group, 281-333-7700, www.plant-process.com

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    NW Natural Forms Renewable Natural Gas Subsidiary (Ind. Report)
    Northwest Natural Holding
    Date: 2021-11-15
    Portland, Oregon-headquartered Northwest Natural Holding Co. (NW Natural) is reporting the formation of NW Natural Renewables, a subsidiary focused on supplying renewable fuels processed from existing waste streams and renewable energy sources to utilities and commercial, industrial, and transportation sector customers nationwide.

    NW Natural will initially seek to acquire or develop RNG projects with key permits and feedstock and lease agreements in place. The company previously entered into deals to invest in RNG facilities and purchase the fuel, leveraging a nation-leading RNG tariff. The company is also developing a green hydrogen project and pioneered the use of voluntary carbon offsets and decoupling mechanisms to encourage energy efficiency, according to the company release. (Source: Northwest Natural Holding Co., PR,S&P, 5 Nov., 2021) Contact: NW Natural, Dave Anderson , CEO, Pres., 503-721-2530, www.ir.nwnaturalholdings.com

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    Clean Energy Fuels, bp Expanding RNG JV (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Fuels, bp
    Date: 2021-11-15
    Newport Beach, Calif.-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and bp are reporting the expansion of their previously announced renewable natural gas (RNG) joint venture. The two firms plan to finance and develop new dairy farm RNG projects, starting in South Dakota and Iowa where Dynamic Holdings will oversee construction, develop and operate the facilities, the first of which is expected to be operational in 2022.

    With over 550 dispensing locations, Clean Energy has the largest network of RNG stations in the U.S. bp's world-class trading organization transports RNG to California markets and monetizes the environmental credits associated with dispensing the RNG. (Source: Clean Energy Fuels, PR, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: Clean Energy Fuels, Clay Corbus, VP Renewable Fuels, Raleigh Gerber, 949-437-1397, raleigh@cleanenergyfuels.com, www.cleanenergyfuels.com bp, www.bp.com/us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Fuels,  bp,  RNG,  


    REGI, BOOSTER Offer Mobile Renewable Fuels Service (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group Inc.
    Date: 2021-11-15
    San Mateo, California-based Booster , the tech-enabled energy delivery service, and low-carbon fuels producer Renewable Energy Group Inc. (REGI) are reporting a partnership to provide mobile delivery of renewable diesel, biodiesel, and blended fuels to fleets. The service started in California in August and has the potential to grow nationally.

    As part of the partnership, REGI has invested in Booster and will be an exclusive supplier of bio-based diesel to Booster. Booster will also be an exclusive mobile fueler to REG and will partner with REG to explore expansion opportunities. (Source: REGI, PR, 10 Nov., 2021) Contact: Booster, Frank MYcropft, CEO, 888.938.3563 , www. boosterusa.com; REGI, Bob Kenyan, Snr. VP Sales & Marketing, C.J. Warner, Pres., CEO, (515) 239-8000, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group Inc.,  REGI,  Renewable Fuel,  Biodiesel,  Renewable Diesel,  


    Evolve Transition, HOBO Plan Renewable Diesel Project (Ind. Report)
    Evolve Transition, HOBO
    Date: 2021-11-12
    Houston-headquartered Evolve Transition Infrastructure LP is reporting an agreement with renewable diesel specialist Heating Oil to Bean Oil (HOBO) for construction of a new 120 million gpy renewable fuels facility expected to be fully operational in Q4, 2023.

    Evolve will fund the project and other future renewable fuels projects that can produce renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The deal is subject to certain conditions, including HOBO securing a long-term offtake agreement for the fuels project.

    HOBO Renewable Diesel uses Haldor Topsoe's Hydroflex technology to produce fuels that meet and surpass current Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel (ASTM D-975) specifications, according to the release. (Source: Evolve Transition Infrastructure LP, PR, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: Evolve Transition Infrastructure, www.evolvetransition.com

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    DFW Touts First Aviation Ind. SAF Circular Economy (Ind. Report)
    Avfuel, Nests
    Date: 2021-11-12
    In the Lone Star State, in collaboration with Avfuel Corporation and Neste, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is reporting it is the first airport in the United States to test a collaborative circular economy sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) project. As part of the project, Neste subsidiary Mahoney Environmental collects used cooking oil from more than 200 DFW airport concessionaires which Neste processes into Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) . To complete the project loop, Avfuel supplied 8,000 gallon “demo” load of the SAF to Corporate Aviation for its business aviation customers.

    DFW, Avfuel and Neste will continue to explore opportunities to bring more SAF to commercial and cargo airlines at DFW airport . DFW is aiming become a net-zero operation by 2030. (Source: Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Aviation Pros, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: Neste, Chris Cooper, VP Renewable Fuels, US, Peter Vanacker, Pres., CEO,+358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com; Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Manager of Alternative Fuels, 734-663-6466, ksawyer@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com

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    ClearFlame Engine, John Deere Partner to Cut Emissions (Ind. Report)
    ClearFlame Engine Technologies
    Date: 2021-11-12
    Moline, Illinois-headquartered John Deere reports it is working with Geneva, Illinois-based ClearFlame Engine Technologies is to replace diesel fuel with ethanol in trucks, tractors, combines, excavators, and other heavy equipment thus reducing emissions. Deere will supply one of its commonly used heavy-duty diesel engines for ClearFlame lab tests followed by road testing.

    According to ClearFlame, "The partnership with Deere and the investment from Deere is going to allow us to move that over to one of their engine platforms, for a range of applications like agriculture and construction, do an engine demo with them, and then towards the end of next year ideally translate that into an actual field demo of the technology on a piece of equipment."

    ClearFlame's unique engine technology enables low-carbon, renewable fuels such as ethanol to be easily integrated into existing diesel engine platforms, offering a lower-emission, lower-cost solution than diesel fuel. A ClearFlame-enabled engine meets the performance and efficiency requirements for diesel engines while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and particulate matter, helping to improve air quality and mitigate climate change, according to the company. (Source: John Deere, WVIK NPR, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: John Deere, 309-765-8000, www.corporateofficeheadquarters.org/john-deere; ClearFlame Engine Technologies, BJ Johnson, Co-Founder and CEO, John Howell, (508) 404-9398, john@clearflame.com, www.clearflame.com, LinkedIn and Twitter @ClearFlameEng)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ClearFlame Engine Technologies,  Biofuels,  John Deere,  Clean Fuel,  Engine Emissions,  


    OPAL Opens Paloma Dairy RNG Project (Ind. Report)
    OPAL Fuels
    Date: 2021-11-12
    White Plains, NY-headquartered OPAL Fuels LLC, a vertically integrated producer and distributor of renewable natural gas (RNG) for heavy-duty truck fleets, reports the opening of the new Sunoma Renewable Natural Gas Facility at Paloma Dairy in Gila Bend, Arizona.

    The new facility will produce 1.6 million gasoline gallon per year equivalents (GGE) of renewable fuel for the heavy-duty trucking sector -- sufficient fuel to move 10 million miles of freight. The facility will also eliminate roughly 54,000 metric tpy of CO2.

    Including the Sunoma Biofuels Project, OPAL Fuels is investing more than $900 million in three operating projects, seven in construction and sixteen in advanced development. Upon completion, OPAL Fuels will be dispensing more than 150 million GGE per year, equivalent to removing more than 1.6 million tpy of CO2 -- equivalent to eliminating Scope 1 emissions from approximately 17,000 trucks each year, according to the release.

    OPAL Fuels has built more than 350 RNG projects nationwide and aims to double that in the coming years, according to the release. (Source: OPAL Fuels LLC, PR, 10 Nov., 2021) Contact: OPAL Fuels LLC, Jon Maurer, Co-CEO, 914-705-4000, www.opalfuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News OPAL Fuels,  RNG,  


    Global Energy Storage Touts Port of Rotterdam Project (Int'l.)
    Global Energy Storage
    Date: 2021-11-12
    Singapore-headquartered Global Energy Storage Inc. (GES) reports it is acquiring part of the assets of Stargate Terminal at Europoort in the Port of Rotterdam in Rotterdam and will develop 20 hectares or more of vacant land for storage of low carbon products to facilitate the energy transition. This is the first deal announced by the newly formed GES, a company with a focus on energy transition fuels and related services.

    The Rotterdam site includes a significant waterfront with deep water access, brownfield development opportunities and potential greenfield development sites. GES plans to development of a new multi-purpose seagoing jetty, as well as developing infrastructure for: consolidation of biofuel and renewable fuels storage including ammonia, green and blue hydrogen. (Source: Global Energy Storage, PR, Website, Nov., 2021) Contact: Global Energy Storage, Peter Vucins, CEO, +65 6326 0755, info@global-energy-storage.com, www.global-energy-storage.com

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    Enviva Inks SAF, Biodiesel Production Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Enviva
    Date: 2021-11-10
    Bethesda, Maryland-headquartered woody biomass pellet producer Enviva is reporting a contract with a European processor of solid biomass into refined liquids that become high-grade renewable fuels including sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and biodiesel.

    According to the company website, Enviva aggregates a natural resource, wood fiber, and processes it into a transportable form, wood pellets. Enviva sells a significant majority of its wood pellets through long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with creditworthy customers in the United Kingdom, the European Union, and Japan. Enviva owns and operates 10 plants with a combined production capacity of approximately 6.2 million metric tpy in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi. In addition, Enviva exports wood pellets through its marine terminals at the Port of Chesapeake, Virginia, the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina, and the Port of Pascagoula, Mississippi, and from third-party marine terminals in Savannah, Georgia, Mobile, Alabama, and Panama City, Florida. (Source: Enviva, PR, Website, 3 Nov., 2021) Contact: Enviva, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva,  Sustainable Aviation Fuel,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  


    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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    Wood to Advance REGI's Renewable Fuel Capacity (Ind. Report)
    John Wood Group
    Date: 2021-11-03
    Aberdeen, Scotland-headquartered Wood Plc -- fka John Wood Group PLC -- reports it is advancing an engineering, procurement, and construction management services contract with Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group Inc. (REGI) that will expand REGI's renewable diesel biorefinery in Geismar, Louisiana.

    The project will increase the biorefinery's production capacity from 90 million to 340 million gpy, enhance existing operations, and improve operational reliability and logistics.

    Renewable Energy Group Inc. is one of the leading producers of renewable diesel in the US. In addition to the Geismar renewable diesel plant, REGI operates biodiesel plants in the US and in Germany. (Source: Wood, Website PR, 2 Nov., 2021) Contact: Wood Americas, Steve Conway, Snr. VP, +44 1224 851000, www.woodplc.com; REGI, Katie Stanley, (515) 979-3771, katie.stanley@regi.com, www.regi.com

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    Aemetis Inks RD Plant Engineering Contract (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2021-11-01
    In the Golden State, Cupertino-based renewable natural gas (RNG) and renewable fuels company Aemetis, Inc. reports it has contracted with Houston, Texas-based engineering and construction firm CTCI America to conduct permitting and engineering work for a carbon zero renewable jet/diesel plant to be built in Riverbank, California.

    The Aemetis Carbon Zero plant will use waste wood/woody biomass to produce cellulosic hydrogen with a below zero carbon intensity, which is combined with renewable oils and zero carbon intensity hydroelectric electricity to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel. The plant will have an initial capacity of 45 million gpy, with engineering and other development work underway for expansion to 90 million gpy. (Source: Aemetis, PR, 28 Oct., 2021) Contact: CTCI America, 281-870-9998, www.americas.ctci.com; Aemetis, Andy Foster, (408) 213-0940, Fax: (408) 252-8044, www.aemetis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Renewable Diesel,  SAF,  


    ClearFlame Engine Tech. Secures $17Mn to Decarbonize Long-Haul Trucking (Ind. Report)
    ClearFlame Engine Technologies
    Date: 2021-10-29
    Geneva, Illinois-headquartered ClearFlame Engine Technologies, a startup dedicated to the development of net-zero engine technology, reports it has secured $17 million in Series A financing led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Mercuria, John Deere and Clean Energy Ventures. The funding will help enable commercialization of the company's innovative engine technology for the long-haul trucking, agriculture and power generation sectors.

    ClearFlame's unique engine technology enables low-carbon, renewable fuels such as ethanol to be easily integrated into existing diesel engine platforms, offering a lower-emission, lower-cost solution than diesel fuel. A ClearFlame-enabled engine meets the performance and efficiency requirements for diesel engines while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and particulate matter, helping to improve air quality and mitigate climate change.

    ClearFlame previously received $4 million in non-dilutive and grant funding from the Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas and Illinois Corn Growers Associations, the National Science Foundation, the US DOE and others. The company completed its $3 million Series Seed financing in early 2020, led by Clean Energy Ventures.

    "At ClearFlame Engine Technologies, we're breaking the bond between the diesel engine and diesel fuel, accelerating the path to true emissions reduction for the heavy-duty and off-highway markets. Our technology meets global sustainability goals using decarbonized liquid fuels available throughout the world while lowering costs by negating the need for complex after-treatment technologies without compromising the practicality or performance of traditional diesel engines." according to the release. (Source: ClearFlame Engine Technologies, PR, 28 Oct., 2021) Contact: ClearFlame Engine Technologies, BJ Johnson, Co-Founder and CEO, www.clearflame.com, LinkedIn and Twitter @ClearFlameEng)

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    Growth Energy Slams Proposed RFS Repeal Legislation (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2021-10-27
    Amid a global energy crisis and rising fuel prices at pumps across the country, members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Emily Skor released the following statement opposing the legislation for trying to reduce Americans' access to homegrown, low carbon biofuels.

    "Now, more than ever, we need to be incorporating more homegrown, low-cost, and low-carbon biofuels into our fuel supply. It's tone deaf to introduce legislation to repeal the RFS during a global energy crisis while Americans are facing rapidly rising fuel prices at the pump.

    "The RFS was signed into law over a decade ago to reduce our reliance on foreign oil and increase the blending of low-carbon biofuels, saving consumers up to $0.10 per gallon at the pump. Additionally, a recent study conducted by ABF Economics shows that moving to a nationwide adoption of E15 would save consumers $12.2 billion in annual fuel costs. We should be moving towards not away from homegrown solutions to lower fuel costs at the pump and fulfill our nation's promise of more clean energy options."

    The 2005 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was renewed and expanded in 2007 as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. In 2021, 98 pct of gasoline sold in the U.S. contains 10 pct ethanol. (Source: Growth Energy, 25 Oct., 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

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    B.C. Investing $4.28Mn in Vancouver RNG Project (Ind. Report)
    FortisBC
    Date: 2021-10-22
    British Columbia's Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy is reporting CleanBC's Vancouver landfill-to-renewable fuel project is expected to remove about 485,000 tonnes of carbon-dioxide equivalent (CO2e) over the next decade while replacing fossil fuel with low-carbon alternatives made from organic waste.

    The project will expand the current landfill gas-collection system to capture methane and carbon dioxide that would otherwise be vented to the atmosphere. Landfill gases will be transported for refining into usable RNG that will be sold to FortisBC and incorporated into the company's natural-gas distribution system.

    The provincial government CleanBC Industry Fund is investing $4.28 million in the project with matching funds from the City of Vancouver. The project is part of a larger round of CleanBC investment in 22 province-wide projects that will reduce emission in sectors such as mining, pulp and paper, and oil and gas. (Source: Gov. of British Columbia, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, PR, 19 Oct., 2021) Contact: FortisBC, Joe Mazza, VP Energy Supply and Resource Development, Jason Wolfe, Dir. Energy Solutions, www.fortisbc.com, www.fortisinc.com/rng; British Columbia, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/organizational-structure/ministries-organizations/ministries/environment-climate-change

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    REGI, ISU Hydrotreater Pilot Plant Startup Announced (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2021-10-18
    In the Hawkeye State, Ames-based biofuels producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) and the Iowa State University (ISU) Bioeconomy Institute are reporting the start-up of a new hydrotreater pilot plant at the ISU BioCentury Research Farm (BCRF) in Boone, Iowa.

    The ISU BCRF is an integrated research and demonstration facility dedicated to biomass production and processing. This hydrotreater pilot plant will utilize the expertise of both organizations to better understand how various biomass feedstocks can play a role in the production of renewable fuels with a specific focus on renewable diesel.

    The pilot plant is a multi-reactor state-of-the-art research and development unit designed by REGI's engineering teams to accelerate the development of new feedstocks and processes. The system is fully automated and configured to run safely and reliably for weeks at a time, according to the release. (Source: REGI, PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: ISU BioCentury Research Farm , 515-296-6300, www.biocenturyresearchfarm.iastate.edu; REGI, Cynthia Warner, CEO, Katie Stanley, 515-239-8184, katie.stanley@regi.com, www.regi.com

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    Honeywell, Preem Trial Biomass Pyrolysis Oil Renewable Fuel (Int'l.)
    Honeywell, Preem
    Date: 2021-10-08
    Honeywell is reporting completion of a commercial refinery trial with Preem AB for co-processing of biomass-based pyrolysis oil in a fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) unit. Utilizing UOP's proprietary bioliquid feed system with Optimix™ GF Feed Distributor, pyrolysis oil was co-processed in the FCC at Preem's Lysekil refinery to produce partially renewable transportation fuel.

    Pyrolysis oil produced from sustainable solid biomass materials such as sawdust or agricultural residuals is a low carbon feedstock suitable for refinery upgrading. Biomass-based pyrolysis oil can qualify as an Annex IX Part A feedstock under the EU Renewable Energy Directive. Pyrolysis oil co-processed in an FCC is an economically attractive method of meeting RED biofuel mandates for Advanced Biofuels.

    Preem AB is Sweden's the largest fuel company with more than 18 million cubic MPY capacity, Preem refines and sells gasoline, diesel, heating oil and renewable fuels worldwide. By 2030, Preem will produce approximately 5 million cubic meters of renewable fuels, and thereafter aims to become the world's first climate neutral biofuels- and refining company.Honeywell is aiming for carbon neutrality in its operations and facilities by 2035 (Source: Honeywell , PR, OGM, Oct., 2021) Contact: Preem AB, Peter Abrahamsson, Sustainable Development, +46 (0)70-450 10 01, www.preem.se; Honeywell Sustainable Technology Solutions, Ben Owens, VP, GM, www.uop.com

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    Nikola, OPAL Fuels Ink RNG, Hydrogen Fueling MoU (Ind. Report)
    Nikola, OPAL Fuels
    Date: 2021-10-01
    Phoenix-headquartered zero-emissions transportation and energy infrastructure provider Nikola Corporation is reporting a MoU with renewable natural gas (RNG) and renewable fueling infrastructure for heavy-duty truck fleets specialist OPAL Fuels LLC, for development, construction, and operation of hydrogen fueling stations in North America and the use RNG in hydrogen production.

    Under the agreement, the two firms intend to co-develop and co-market hydrogen refueling infrastructure to accelerate the adoption of heavy-duty zero-emission fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEV).

    According to the release, their collaboration will combine Nikola's proposed FCEV bundled lease offer, which will include Nikola's FCEVs, vehicle service and maintenance and hydrogen fuel supply, with OPAL Fuels' experience in developing, constructing, and operating heavy-duty truck fueling stations to deliver a complete end-to-end solution.

    OPAL Fuels has constructed more than 350 RNG fueling station projects and has over 15 years. Nikola's Tre FCEVs for the North American market are slated for a 2023 launch from the company's Coolidge, Arizona manufacturing facility, according to the release. (Source: Nikola Corp., Opal Fuels, Website PR, 30 Sept., 2021) Contact: Nikola Corp., www.nikolamotor.com; Opal Fuels, www.opalfuels.com

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    Renewable Fuels Association Touts New Website (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2021-10-01
    The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is touting its new redesigned website to provide access to important information and data more quickly, repackaged so it is easier to find. The streamlined website provides regularly updated market statistics and ethanol industry news, RFA studies, publications and infographics, and connections to RFA's increasingly popular social media accounts, according to the RFA release. (Source: Renewable Fuels Association, Website PR, 30 Sept., 2021) Contact: RFA, Geoff Cooper, CEO, www.EthanolRFA.org

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    Bunge, Chevron Propose Renewable Fuel Feedstock JV (Ind. Report)
    Bunge, CHevron
    Date: 2021-09-29
    San Ramon, California-headquartered Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and Bunge North America, Inc. are reporting a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a proposed 50/50 joint venture to help meet the demand for renewable fuels and to develop lower carbon intensity feedstocks.

    Under the proposed agreement, Bunge would contribute its soybean processing facilities in Destrehan, Louisiana, and Cairo, Illinois, and Chevron is expected to contribute roughly $600 million in cash. The companies anticipate approximately doubling the combined capacity of the facilities from 7,000 tpd by the end of 2024. The joint venture would also pursue new growth opportunities in lower carbon intensity feedstocks, as well as consider feedstock pre-treatment investments.

    Bunge will continue to operate the facilities, leveraging its expertise in oilseed processing and farmer relationships to manage origination and marketing of meal and plant-based oil. Chevron would have offtake rights to the soybean oil to use as renewable feedstock to manufacture biodiesel and sustainable aviation jet fuel (SAF) . Chevron would also provide market knowledge and downstream retail and commercial distribution channels. The proposed joint venture is subject to the negotiation of definitive agreements with customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval. (Source: Bunge, Website PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Bunge, Greg Heckman, CEO, Ruth Ann Wisener, 636-292-3014 Ruthann.wisener@bunge.com, www.bunge.com; Chevron, Mark Nelson, Exec. VP Downstream & Chemicals, Roderick Green, invest@chevron.com, www.chevron.com

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    ePURE Weighs-In on 'Fit for 55' Legislation (Opinions & Asides)
    ePURE
    Date: 2021-09-27
    "The name 'Fit for 55' is already part of the EU common language -- shorthand for a sweeping set of proposals to remake the legislative landscape for energy and climate policy. (The "Fit for 55' package of proposals aim to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas *GHG) missions by at least 55 pct by 2030.)

    "For the EU biofuels industry, the new proposals -- including major changes to policies on renewable energy, alternative fuels infrastructure, the Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and energy taxation, as well as a de facto deadline for the end of the internal combustion engine -- promise a potentially bumpy road ahead as the implications become clear to policymakers as they fine-tune this legislation in the coming months: unleashing the true potential of crop-based ethanol and creating a policy environment that can spark investment in advanced ethanol are must-have components of any realistic roadmap to carbon-neutrality.

    "Transport Decarbonisation -- As usual, the signals from the Commission about whether biofuels can play a major role in transport decarbonisation are mixed. On the one hand, the Fit for 55 package sets important new goals for emissions reduction and creates a solid foundation for reaching them by giving a role to renewable liquid fuels in decarbonising transport. On the other, the Commission still hesitates to make the best use of emissions-reduction tools it has today, including biofuels -- even when targets have been raised to such a degree that their contribution is essential.

    "Fully enabling biofuels in the drive to carbon-neutrality is just common sense. Even under a scenario in which electric vehicles make rapid gains in market share and the sale of internal combustion engines is phased out, the EU car fleet will consist predominantly of vehicles that run fully or partly on liquid fuel in 2030 and beyond. For these petrol and hybrid cars, renewable ethanol is the most cost-effective and socially inclusive way to reduce emissions. Europe cannot afford to ignore this View on transport decarbonization are mixed important part of the equation.

    "Sustainability Issues -- With the main components of the Fit for 55 package, the Commission should fully maximize the tools it has on hand for decarbonisation -- especially the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). This is the third time since 2009 the Commission has tried to get RED right. With Fit for 55, the Commission finally realizes that to succeed it needs to focus on higher GHG intensity reduction targets that drive renewable energy in transport, without multipliers that hide the EU's continued reliance on fossil fuels.

    Now that sustainability issues have been settled, the EU should unleash the potential of crop-based biofuels and encourage the wider deployment of advanced biofuels. The main questions about the sustainability of biofuels were settled after RED II was adopted in 2018 by phasing out high ILUC-risk biofuels.

    "We know that deforestation and outdated 'food vs fuel' arguments do not apply to EU renewable ethanol. So with this revision we should be taking the next logical step and unleashing the potential of good biofuels. Other Fit for 55 components should work in concert to promote solutions that make a realistic impact on decarbonisation.

    "The CO2 for Cars Standards should include more than just one technology and recognize the benefits of renewable fuels such as ethanol to reduce the carbon-footprint of cars on the road. The Energy Taxation Directive should incentivize renewable fuels, moving away from volume-based taxation and a parallel Emissions Trading System for transport should complement, not replace, binding national targets for emissions reductions in the Effort Sharing Regulation, and avoid increased fuel prices and social discontent.

    "As the European Parliament and EU Member States go to work on this legislative package from the Commission in the coming months, it will be interesting to see whether Fit for 55 can be made fit for purpose." (Source: ePURE, Sept., 2021)

    Editor's note -- ePURE, the European renewable ethanol association reports its members produced 5.57 billion litres (1.45 billion gallon +-) of ethanol and 6.16 million tonnes of co-products in 2020, with a significant increase in production of ethanol for industrial use. ePURE represents 35 members,including 19 ethanol producers with around 50 plants across the EU and UK, accounting for about 85 pct of EU renewable ethanol production. Contact: ePURE, Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary General, www.epure.org

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    Honeywell, Wood Technologies Support SAF (Ind. Report)
    Honeywell, Honeywell UOP
    Date: 2021-09-24
    Honeywell is reporting the Honeywell UOP Ecofining process technology converts waste oils, fats, and greases into Honeywell Green Jet Fuel™, a drop-in replacement for jet fuel. When using a feedstock such as used cooking oils, lifecycle GHG emissions can be reduced by 80 pct at this stage compared to conventional petroleum jet fuel.

    As the next step in enhancing the Ecofining process technology offering, Wood plc's technology will be integrated to use the byproducts of the UOP Ecofining process technology to produce renewable hydrogen, reducing lifecycle GHG emissions a further 10 pct when compared to the total GHG emissions produced by conventional petroleum jet fuel. The renewable hydrogen is then injected back into the Honeywell Ecofining process to remove feed impurities and create a cleaner burning renewable fuel.

    The CO2 generated from the production of the hydrogen can be captured and routed for permanent underground sequestration using the Honeywell H2 Solutions technology suite, further reducing lifecycle GHG emissions an additional 10 pct when compared to the total GHG emissions produced by conventional petroleum jet fuel. The combination of technologies results in an aviation fuel that is effectively carbon neutral compared to petroleum fuels.

    The UOP Ecofining process is used in most 100 pct biofeed units producing renewable diesel and all the licensed renewable jet fuel production in the world today. Honeywell UOP currently has licensed 22 Ecofining units in nine countries processing 12 different types of renewable feedstocks.

    Wood is a global engineering and consultancy across the built environment and energy sector. The company provides consulting, projects, and operations solutions in more than 60 countries and is a pioneer in hydrogen production technology working with more than 120 hydrogen and synthesis gas plants worldwide. (Source: Honeywell, PR, 23 Sept., 2021) Contact: Honeywell, Honeywell Process Solutions, www.honeywell.com, www.honeywell.com ; Honeywell UOP, www.uop.com /newsroom. Wood Plc, Andy Hemingway, Pres., www.woodplc.com

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    Aemetis Biogas, PG&E Ink RNG Pipeline Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis Biogas, PG&E
    Date: 2021-09-17
    Cupertino, California-headquartered Aemetis Inc., a renewable natural gas (RNG) and renewable fuels company focused on negative carbon intensity products, reports its subsidiary Aemetis Biogas LLC has signed the standard renewable gas interconnection agreement with San Francisco-headquartered utility Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) and funded the final $1.2 million payment for installation of PG&E's interconnection equipment to deliver renewable natural gas (RNG) into the utility gas pipeline in Q4 2021.

    The PG&E RNG interconnect equipment is scheduled to be delivered to the Keyes plant and installed during the next three months. RNG produced by the Aemetis Biogas Central Diary Digester Project will be delivered into the PG&E natural gas pipeline for sale to customers throughout California as transportation fuel. (Source: Aemetis Inc. , PR, Website, 15 Sept., 2021) Contact: Aemetis, Andy Foster, (408) 213-0940, Fax: (408) 252-8044, www.aemetis.com; PG&E, www.pge.com

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    Neste, Kinder Morgan Partner on Biofuels Logistics (Ind. Report)
    Neste, Kinder Morgan
    Date: 2021-09-15
    Helsinki-headquartered Neste reports it is partnering with Texas-based energy infrastructure developer Kinder Morgan, Inc. to support the increased production of renewable diesel (RD), sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable feedstocks such as used cooking oil for polymers and chemicals production.

    As part of the initial phases of the project, Kinder Morgan will modify 30 existing storage tanks and piping at its Harvey, Louisiana facility to accommodate segregated storage for a variety of raw material. The project includes the installation of a new boiler for heating tanks and railcars and infrastructure improvements The project, which is supported by a long-term commercial commitment from Neste, is expected to begin operations in Q1, 2023. (Source: Neste Corporation, Website News, 13 September 2021) Contact: Neste, Jeremy Baines, Pres., Neste U.S., +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; Kinder Morgan, www.kindermorgan.com

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    Colorado City Fleets Switching to RNG (Ind. Report)
    City of Longmont, City of Boulder
    Date: 2021-09-08
    In Colorado, in late 2019 the City of Longmont completed and commissioned a renewable natural gas (RNG) project at its Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) to produce fuel for use in the City's fleet of trash trucks. Eleven of Longmont's 21 diesel collection trucks were replaced with compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks capable of using RNG fuel. The remaining diesel trucks are expected to be replaced in 2024. The Waste Services division anticipates using about 50 pct to 70 pct of the biogas produced at the WRRF.

    The City of Boulder's WRRF completed its Biogas Use Enhancement Project in 2020, producing RNG from the treatment plant's biogas. The RNG is sold to Western Disposal which can fuel up to 38 trucks in it trash collection fleet. Tetra Tech provided engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services to the Boulder facility which incorporates Tetra Tech's proprietary BioCNG™ gas conditioning system.

    The RNG is injected into the Public Service Company of Colorado's pipeline. Boulder also is capitalizing on the sale of RIN credits in the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) marketplace. (Source: City of Longmont, Pr, 31 Aug., 2021)Contact: City of Longmont, Longmont Utilities, (303) 776-6050, www.longmontcolorado.gov/departments/departments-n-z/utilities; Tetra Tech, www.tetratech.com

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