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Irish Renewables, Biomass Systems Funding Under-Subscribed (Int'l.)
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
Date: 2022-05-09
In Dublin, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is reporting 51 agricultural enterprises -- 24 poultry farmers, 15 mushroom producers, 8 piggeries and 2 horticultural enterprises -- have been approved for biomass-specific grant funding under the government's Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) initiative. The SEAI-administered SSRH initiative aims to increase the use of renewable energy in the heating sector.

The presently under-subscribed scheme, which is open to commercial, industrial, agricultural, district heating, public sector and other non-domestic heat users, facilitates the conversion from fossil fuel to renewable fuels and provides operational support for biomass boilers and anaerobic digestion heating systems.

The SSRH supports businesses and farms for up to 15 years for the installation and continuing use of biomass and anaerobic digestion heating systems. (Source: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, PR, May, 2022) Contact: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, +353-1-8082100, fax+353-1-8082002, www.seai.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Renewable Energy,  


Valero Touts Ethanol, Renewable Diesel Growth (Ind. Report)
Valero
Date: 2022-05-04
In the Lone Star State, San Antonio-headquartered Valero Energy Corp’s. first quarter 2022 financial results reported both its ethanol and renewable diesel segments production and profits were up. Valero’s Diamond Green Diesel (renewable diesel) joint venture, reported $149 million in operating income for the first quarter, down from $203 million reported for the same period of 2021. Renewable diesel sales volumes averaged 1.7 million gpd during the three-month period, 871,000 gpd higher than in the first quarter of 2021.

Valero noted the higher sales volumes to the Q4 2021 start-up of its DGD expansion project (DGD 2). Additional production capacity is expected later this year. The company’s DGD 3 project in Port Arthur, Texas, which is expected to be operational in Q4 this year, will boost DGD’s total capacity to approximately 1.2 billion gpy of renewable diesel and 50 million gpy of renewable naphtha.

Valero reported $1 million in first quarter operating income for its ethanol segment, compared to a $56 million operating loss reported for the same period of last year. Ethanol production volumes averaged 4 million gpd for the three-month period, up 483,000 gpd compared to Q1, 2021. The company expects to produce 4 million gpd of ethanol in Q2, 2022, according to the release.

Valero also noted it continues to evaluate sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), renewable hydrogen, and additional renewable naphtha and CCS projects. (Source: Valero, PR 26 April, 2022) Contact: Valero Renewable Fuels, Joe Gorder, Pres., (800) 324-8464, www.valero.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Valero,  EThanol,  


Aemetis, JetBlue Ink 125Mn Gal. SAF Offtake Agreement (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2022-04-29
Cupertino, California-headquartered Aemetis, a renewable fuels company focused on negative carbon intensity products, is reporting an offtake agreement with air carrier JetBlue for 125 million gallons of blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to be delivered over 10 years. Including incentives, the deal is worth roughly $530 million, according to the release.

The blended fuel to be supplied under this agreement is 40 pct SAF and 60 pct Petroleum Jet A to meet international blending standards. (Source: Aemetis, PR, 28 April, 2022)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,  SAF,  JetBlue,  


Duke Investing in NC Landfill Gas, RNG Projects (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy, Evensol
Date: 2022-04-29
In North Carolina, Charlotte-headquartered Duke Energy reports it is investing in the Foothills Renewables and Upper Piedmont Renewables renewable natural gas (RNG) projects which are under construction for completion and startup in Q4 this year. The two projects are expected to produce roughly 500,000 dekatherms (Dth) per year of RNG -- equivalent to the average natural gas usage of nearly 17,000 North Carolina residential customers.

Both projects are being developed by Evensol, which develops and acquires renewable fuels-based assets in the biomass, biogas and biofuels sectors. Energyneering Solutions will construct and operate the plants. A portion of the RNG will be transported by infrastructure owned and operated by Duke Energy's Piedmont Natural Gas unit, and sold to third-party customers. (Source: Duke Energy, PR, April, 2022) Contact: Duke Energy, Brian Savoy, Exec. VP Strategy and Commercial Officer, Chris Fallon, (704) 594-6200, chris.fallon@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com; Evensol, David Wentworth, CEO, dwentworth@evensol.com, www.evensol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Evensol,  Duke Energy,  RNG,  


Zenith Opts for Carbon Offsets for West Coast Ops (Ind. Report)
Zenith Energy
Date: 2022-04-29
Portland, Oregon-based independent liquid storage terminals operator Zenith Energy reports it will offset approximately 7,500 metric tpy of CO2 emissions for its Long Beach, California and Portland, Oregon operations through the purchase of carbon offsets for 2021 and 2022. The offsets investment will address: direct emissions that occur from sources controlled by the company; indirect emissions from the electricity consumed by the company; and indirect emissions that occur in the company's supply chain.

In 2021, Zenith announced a major increase in the storage of low carbon, renewable diesel at its Portland facility, which is currently 20 pct renewable fuels emit 80 pct less carbon than traditional fossil fuels.reducing emissions in the transportation sector. By lowering its greenhouse gas emissions and energy intensity 66 pct in just two years, Zenith's Portland Terminal earned US DOE Energy Star certification in 2022. (Source: Zenith Energy, PR, 28 April, 2022) Contact: Zenith Energy, Jeff Armstrong, CEO, www.zenithterminals.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offsets news,  Carbon Emissions news,  ENERGY Star news,  


Air Products, World Energy Partner on SAF Expansion (Ind. Report)
Air Products, World Energy
Date: 2022-04-27
Pennsylvania-based hydrogen supplier Air Product reports it is partnering with World Energy for a new $2 billion expansion project at World Energy's sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production and distribution hub in Paramount, LA County, California. The facility is the world's first commercial scale and North America's only SAF production facility. With the expansion, the facilitys capacity will jump to 340 million gpy.

Under the conditions of their long-term, take-or-pay agreement, s Air Products will construct, own and operate a new hydrogen plant and renewable fuels manufacturing facilities will be operated by World Energy. The project is scheduled to come on-line in 2025.

As part of the agreement, Air Products has extended its Southern California hydrogen pipeline network to supply hydrogen to the existing World Energy facility and to further increase supply reliability for all of Air Products' hydrogen pipeline network customers in Southern California. The expanded pipeline network will also enable Air Products to provide low-or-zero-carbon hydrogen in the future. Air Products and World Energy will collaborate on innovations to transition to green hydrogen inputs, further reducing the carbon intensity of the fuels it produces.

According to its website, "Air Products is a first mover in the hydrogen energy transition and has already announced and begun several large mega-projects in the U.S. and around the world." In 2021, Air Products announced a $4.5 billion clean energy complex to be built in Louisiana to produce over 750 million standard cubic fpd of blue hydrogen. The Louisiana project followed an earlier 2021 announcement of a multi-billion-dollar net-zero hydrogen energy complex in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and a previous 2020 announcement of the multi-billion-dollar green hydrogen/ammonia production facility joint venture in NEOM, Saudi Arabia powered by renewable energy for the production and export of carbon-free hydrogen to global transportation markets, according to the release. (Source: Air Products, PR, 25 April, 2022)Contact: Air Products, Robert Tikovsky, VP Process Gases, www.airproducts.ca; World Energy, Gene Gobolys, Pres., 617-889-7300, Fax --617-887-2411, info@worldenergy.net, www.worldenergy.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Air Products,  World Energy,  SAF,  Biofuel,  Hydrogen,  


Refuel Energy Plans SAF, Renewable Fuels Project (Ind. Report)
Refuel Energy Inc
Date: 2022-04-25
In Canada, Bedford, Nova Scotia-based Refuel Energy Inc. reports planning is underway for the construction of a 3,000 bpd renewable fuel plant in Southern Ontario.

The proposed facility would incorporate Haldor Topsoe's proprietary HydroFlex and H2bridge technologies for the production of hydrogenation-derived renewable diesel (HDRD) and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from locally-sourced waste fats and similar feedstocks. Fluor Corp. is the project contractor and will provide front end engineering and design (FEED) services, as well as detailed engineering, procurement, and construction management support.

Refuel Energy expects to make a final investment decision in 2023. If approved, production at the new facility would start in 2025. (Source: Refuel Energy Inc., PR, 20 April, 2022) Contact: Refuel Energy Inc., Zohrab Mawani, Co-Founder, (902) 835-6608, www.refuelthefuture.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Refuel Energy Inc.,  Renewable Diesel,  SAF,  


EPA Canola Oil Pathways Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Ind. Report)
EPA
Date: 2022-04-22
In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) pathways for certain biofuels that are produced from canola/rapeseed oil and is providing an opportunity for comment on the Agency's lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) analysis of these pathways. With the approval, these fuel pathways would be eligible to generate Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs), provided they satisfy the other definitional and RIN generation criteria for renewable fuel specified in the RFS regulations.

The EPA's assessment considers diesel, jet fuel, heating oil, naphtha, and liquefied petroleum gas produced from canola/rapeseed oil via a hydrotreating process and proposes to find that these pathways would meet the lifecycle GHG emissions reduction threshold of 50 percent required to qualify to generate RINs for advanced biofuels (D5) and biomass-based diesel (D4) under the RFS program.

Pathways for Renewable Fuels details are HERE and HERE . (Source: US DOE, April, 2022) Contact: EPA Renewable Fuels Program, 800-385-6164, FuelsProgramSupport@epa.gov, www,doe.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  Renewable Fuels,  Canola,  RFS,  Renewable Fuels Standard,  


USDA Investments to Support Renewable Fuels (Ind. Report, Funding)
USDA
Date: 2022-04-18
On Tuesday, 12 April, the USDA announced the following support for renewable fuels;

  • $5.6 million for Infrastructure for Renewable Fuels through the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program -- Funding in 7 states -- California, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and South Dakota -- to construct infrastructure to expand the availability of higher-blend renewable fuels by approximately 59.5 million gpy.

    For example, in Illinois, Power Mart Express Corp., DBA PME, is receiving a $2.9 million grant to increase ethanol sales by 17.5 million gallons per year. This project will replace 293 dispensers and 30 storage tanks at 15 fueling stations in Chicago, Maywood, Cicero, Des Plaines, and Wilmington.

  • $700 Million for Biofuels Producers -- As part of the Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative, USDA is providing up to $700 million in funding through a new Biofuel Producer Program to support agricultural producers that rely on biofuels producers as a market for their agricultural products. By making payments to producers of biofuels, the funding will help maintain a viable and significant market for such agricultural products. Producers can expect awards before the end of April.

  • $100 Million for Biofuels Infrastructure -- $100 million in new grant funding for biofuels infrastructure to make it easier for gas stations to sell and to significantly increase the use of higher blends of bioethanol and biodiesel at the pump -- refueling and distribution facilities for the cost of installation, retrofitting or otherwise upgrading of infrastructure required to ensure the environmentally safe availability of fuel containing ethanol blends of E15 and greater or fuel containing biodiesel blends of B-20 and greater. Funding will also support biofuels for railways.

  • A New Market in Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) -- USDA is partnering with other agencies to advance the use of sustainable transportation and is investing in research and agricultural activities to improve aircraft fuel efficiency with: a new Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge to inspire the dramatic increase in the production of SAFs to at least 3 billion gpy by 2030; funding opportunities to support SAF projects and fuel producers totaling up to $4.3 billion; and increased R&D to achieve at least a 30 improvement in aircraft fuel efficiency.

    The USDA initiatives are aimed at assisting in the development, transportation, and distribution of low-carbon fuels, better market access for producers, and the availability of more affordable and cleaner fuels. (Source: USDA, PR, 12 April, 2022)

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


  • SAF Producer Neste Ranked Finland's 2nd Most Valuable Brand (Int'l.)
    Neste
    Date: 2022-04-18
    Helsinki-headquartered renewable fuels producer Neste Corp reports it has been ranked as the 2nd most valuable Finnish brand in 2022 by Brand Finance, the world's leading independent brand valuation and strategy consultancy. According to the Brand Finance Finland 25 2022 ranking, Neste's brand value increased 20 pct to €2.2 billion between 2021 and 2022.

    Neste refines waste, residues and innovative raw materials into renewable fuels and is the world's leading producer of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel. The company is committed to reaching carbon-neutral production by 2035 and aims to reduce the carbon emission intensity of sold products by 50 pct by 2040, according to the company release. (Source: Neste Oy, PR, Website, April, 2022) Contact: Neste, Thorsten Lange, Exec. VP , +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  SAF,  


    Aemetis Biogas-to-RNG Testing Completed (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2022-04-11
    Cupertino, California-based renewable fuels producer Aemetis, Inc. Aemetis reports it has completed commissioning and testing at its $12 million dairy biogas-to-RNG upgrading and compression facility at its Advanced Fuels Keyes ethanol plant near Modesto, California. and adjacent to the utility natural gas pipeline.

    Upon completion, the planned 60+ dairies in the estimated $380 million Aemetis Biogas Dairy Digester Project are expected to capture more than 1.6 million MMBtu of dairy methane and reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to an estimated 5 million tpy. (Source: Aemetis Biogas, Website PR, April, 2022) 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,  Biogas,  RNG,  


    GEVO, Farmers Edge Partner to Verify Sustainable Fuels (Ind. Report)
    GEVO,Farmers Edge Inc
    Date: 2022-04-11
    Englewood, Colorado-headquartered GEVO and Farmers Edge Inc. in Winnipeg, Manitoba are reporting a memorandum of understanding to work together to deliver a one-of-a-kind, carbon inset management program and to support the sustainable development and full carbon lifecycle tracking of a carbon intensity (CI) score from low-carbon grain through renewable fuels production. The potential combination of Farmers Edge highly precise and proprietary datasets with GEVO's Verity Tracking platform and blockchain technology is expected to create value around agriculturally driven carbon impact.

    The focus of the collaboration is on extracting value from carbon insets, which represent the actions taken by an organization to fight climate change within its own value chain, as opposed to offsets, which are typically paying for a project to capture atmospheric carbon dioxide The companies plan to launch a program with US growers to measure and track carbon intensity scores for corn and soy in the production of sustainable aviation fuel and other low-carbon hydrocarbon fuels somewhere else, according to the release.

    The companies plan to launch a program with US growers to measure and track carbon intensity scores for corn and soy in the production of sustainable aviation fuel and other low-carbon hydrocarbon fuels. (Source: GEVO, Website PR, 5 April, 2022) Contact: Farmers Edge, Wade Barnes, CEO, www.farmersedge.ca; GEVO, David George, Snr. VP Verity Tracking, Dr. Paul Bloom, Chief Carbon and Innovation Officer, www.gevo.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO news,  Carbon Management news,  Carbon Intensity news,  CCS news,  


    REGI Intros EnDura Fuels™ Bio-Based Diesel Fuels (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2022-04-08
    Ames, Iowa-based biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group Inc (REGI) is reporting the launch of its new EnDura Fuels™ line of five bio-based diesel fuels including PuriD™ biodiesel. PuriD™ exceeds industry quality standards and enables customers to blend it into renewable diesel at virtually any level and utilize higher biodiesel blends with petroleum diesel year-round, according to REGI.

    The new products line is "helping the trucking, rail, marine, aviation and other industries meet their sustainability targets through cleaner burning, lower emission fuels. With advances in policy and increasing consumer awareness and demand for carbon reduction, fuels like biodiesel, renewable diesel and other renewable fuels are an important element of business strategy for every fuel-dependent entity," according to the release. (Source: Renewable Energy Group, April, 2022) Contact: Renewable Energy Group,Todd Robinson, 515-766-8906, C.J. Warner, Pres., CEO, (515) 239-8000, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group,  REGI,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel ,  


    Aemetis Acquires Property for Carbon Zero Projects (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2022-04-06
    Cupertino, California-headquartered renewable fuels producer Aemetis, Inc. is reporting the $2 million acquisition of an 8.5-acre property near its Aemetis Keyes renewable ethanol plant.

    The property is a strategic location adjacent to the existing Aemetis biogas pipeline and for operations supporting the company's Carbon Zero projects, including dairy renewable natural gas (RNG) and carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), according to the release.

    Aemetis also reports it has completed construction and is currently commissioning a centralized gas cleanup facility and utility gas interconnect at the Keyes Ethanol plant where dairy biogas will be upgraded to RNG and injected into the utility gas pipeline through an interconnection with PG&E.

    Aemetis Carbon Zero products include negative carbon intensity fuels that can be used in passenger and cargo vehicles including trucks, buses and airplanes to replace petroleum products. Aemetis low-carbon fuels have substantially reduced carbon intensity compared to standard petroleum fossil-based fuels, according to the company. (Source: Aemetis, Website, PR, April, 2022) 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,  CCS,  RNG,  Biogas,  


    Altalto Immingham SAF Project Site Deal Announced (Int'l.)
    Velocys,Altalto Immingham
    Date: 2022-04-04
    Following up on our Dec, 20, 2021 report, UK-based renewable fuels specialist Velocys plc reports its subsidiary Altalto Immingham Ltd. has sold its 100 pct interest in Rula Developments (Immingham). Rula is the owner of the site for the proposed Altalto waste-to-sustainable-aviation fuel (SAF) project which is being developed in collaboration with British Airways.

    Rula Developments has been purchased by funds managed by Foresight Group LLP for £9.75 million, with a call option for Altalto to re-purchase Rula Developments within three years. Altalto has agreed to grant Foresight a right of first refusal to invest up to £100 million in the project alongside British Airways and other future investors, once the full funding is aquired. (Source: velocys, Website PR, 24 Mr., 2022) Contact: Foresight Group, www.fsg-investors.com; Velocys, Henrik Wareborn, Andrew Morris, CFO, +44 1865 800821, www.velocys.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  SAF,  Green Diesel,  Altalto Immingham ,  


    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,  


    Ontario Forest Biomass Action Plan Launched (Ind. Report)
    Ontario
    Date: 2022-04-01
    In Canada, the Province of Ontario reports the finalization of its Forest Biomass Action Plan aimed at promoting the use of forest biomass in new diverse ways, including low-carbon consumer products and renewable fuels and energy.

    The the five-year action plan aims to secure jobs, support economic development, and encourage sustainability in the forest sector through the use of Ontario's forest biomass. To that end, the Plan: identified pathways to markets for forest biomass; ways to support demand for forest bioenergy and bioproducts; improve the business and regulatory environments for the use of forest biomass; support holistic, culturally relevant pathways for Indigenous community involvement in forest biomass value chains to support reconciliation between Indigenous communities and the Crown and communicate, collaborate and inform on forest biomass opportunities. The government has also identified several specific actions to take in support of each objective.

    The Plan focuses on two types of biomass, including forest biofiber and mill byproducts. Forest biofiber is composed of forest resources that are not normally used for conventional forest products, and that are made available from provincial forests under an approved forest management plan, or sourced from private woodlots and other forested lands. Mill byproducts include residues generated from forest product manufacturing, such as bark, shavings and sawdust.

    The Plan outlines a wide variety of current and emerging uses for forest biomass in the production of chemicals, materials and energy. For energy, these current uses include pellet, wood chip and cordwood heating; combined-heat-and-power (CHP); drying and industrial processes; and grid electricity. Emerging uses included under the three categories include the production of sugars and alcohols; green solvents and chemicals; plastics and polymers; biochar and carbon; renewable natural gas (RNG); modern wood heating; biodiesel and liquid biofuels; community and district energy systems; green hydrogen; and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

    Download the Ontario Forest Biomass Action Plan HERE . (Source: Gov. of Ontario, PR, 28 Mar., 2022) Contact: Gov. of Ontario, www.ontario.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Forest Biomass,  


    Aemetis, Finnair Ink SAF Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis, Finnair
    Date: 2022-03-30
    Cupertino, California-based renewable fuels producer Aemetis, Inc. has announced an offtake agreement with oneworld Alliance airline member Finnair for 17.5 million gallons of blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to be delivered -- beginning in 2025 -- over the seven-year term of the agreement. The value of the contract including incentives is approximately $70 million.

    The SAF is expected to be produced by the Aemetis renewable jet/diesel plant under development on a former US Army Ammunition production plant site in Riverbank, California. The Riverbank plant site is designed to sequester CO2 from the production process using injection wells, significantly reducing the carbon intensity of the renewable fuel, according to Aemetis. (Source: Aemetis, PR, Mar., 2022) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO, emcafee@aemetis.com, Andy Foster, (408) 213-0940, Fax: (408) 252-8044, www.aemetis.com; Finnair, Eveliina Huurre, SVP, Kati Ihamaki, Director Corporate Sustainability, www.finnair.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Finnair,  SAF,  


    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,  


    Agresti Energy RFS Pathway EPA Approved (Ind. Report)
    Agresti Energy
    Date: 2022-03-25
    Indianapolis, Indiana-headquartered Agresti Energy reports the US EPA has approved the company's fuel pathway under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the generation of D3 cellulosic biofuel renewable identification numbers (RINs) for compressed renewable natural gas (RNG). The approval applies to Agresti Energy's proposed facilities in Stevens County, Minnesota; Swift County, Minnesota; and Jasper County, Indiana.

    Agresti Energy's proprietary process uses agricultural anaerobic digestion digestate as a feedstock which is subjected to pressure hydrolysis to break down lignin and convert hemicellulose and cellulose into sugar. The cellulosic sugar solution is injected into an anaerobic digester where it is converted into biogas which is purified and compressed.

    RNG produced through the Agresti Energy AD pathway achieves a 60.2 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to a 2005 diesel baseline, according to Agresti Energy. (Source: US EPA, Agrest Energy, Website, PR, Mar., 2022) Contact: Agresti Energy, Ron Miller, Pres., 317-912-1343, www.agrestienergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Agresti Energy,  RINs,  Renewable Fuels Standard,  RNG,  RFS,  Cellulosic Biofuel,  


    Europe Can't Afford to Ignore Renewable Fuels, says ePURE (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    ePURE
    Date: 2022-03-23
    According to a new study carried out by Gear Up for Fuels Europe, decarbonising EU road transport will require a range of emissions-reduction solutions , including sustainable fuels and ethanol, not just electrification.

    The report looked at the societal impacts and consequences of light duty fleet electrification on access to passenger vehicles for EU citizens. The study compared the cost-of-ownership of similar battery electric vehicle (BEV) and internal combustion engine vehicle (ICEV) models in 16 EU Member States.

    The research illustrates that by betting almost exclusively on electrification of the auto fleet as a decarbonisation solution -- the direction favored in the European Commission's "Fit for 55" package -- the EU risks greatly increasing the cost of vehicle ownership and thus potentially shutting out large sectors of the population.

    The study found that BEVs reached price parity with ICEVs in many countries mostly due to advantageous subsidy schemes which create in return an increasing cost burden on governments. Still, with Europeans buying mainly second-hand car vehicles, the penetration of BEVs remained low. Without subsidies and without access to low-carbon electricity, the electric vehicle is the least favourable abatement option, saving less GHG emissions than alternative fuels and increasing the cost of ownership for drivers, the study notes.

    In France, E85 is already the most cost-effective low-carbon mobility option, saving emissions at a lower cost of ownership compared to conventional petrol and electric cars. A subsidy system rewarding different options based on their full life-cycle GHG-reduction potential would level the playing field between low-carbon solutions to maintain choice and attractiveness for consumers.

    The study concluded that higher volumes of renewable fuels will be needed in the road sector following the new higher targets set in the revision of RED II and the potential creation of a dedicated ETS for road transport. Renewable fuels are a complementary option to battery electric vehicles and can help drive faster decarbonisation of transport while benefiting the EU economy, industry and society, the report concludes. (Source: ePURE, Website 2 Feb., 2022) Contact: ePURE, www.epure.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ePURE news,  Renewable Fuels news,  Biofuel news,  


    GHG Emissions, Renewable Fuels Standard -- Notable Quote
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2022-03-18
    "As has been shown repeatedly, there is simply no evidence that the RFS increases GHG emissions on a lifecycle basis, compared to gasoline. Quite the opposite. Plant-based, cleaner-burning Biofuels provide almost 50 percent lifecycle GHG emission reductions compared to gasoline." -- Emily Skor, Growth Energy, CEO, Mr. 15 2022)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy news,  GHG news,  Renewable Fuels news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


    Growth Energy Calls on DOE to Set the Record Straight on Anti-Ethanol Study (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2022-03-18
    In Washington, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor sent a letter to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jennifer Granholm calling on the DOE to address the most recent inaccurate and misleading study by Tyler Lark and others that claims to have been partially funded by the department.

    The study directly contradicts conclusions from DOE's own Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Technologies (GREET) model, which has been tracking the impacts of corn-ethanol's lifecycle emissions since 1996. Last May, DOE's Argonne National Lab stated that, "for the United States, biofuels like corn ethanol can play a critical role in reducing our carbon footprint."

    "Failing to address this research's inconsistencies and departure from mainstream science could have negative consequences in our nation's quest to decarbonize the transportation sector -- both on the ground and in the air. According to recent research by the Rhodium Group, our (ethanol) industry's contributions in reaching net-zero emissions targets and decarbonizing the transportation sector will be necessary," wrote Skor.

    "The ethanol industry is continually finding new ways to innovate and reduce emissions throughout its production cycle, including by creating new applications for hard-to-decarbonize industries like aviation. We must rely on the best and most widely accepted science to achieve our climate goals and attain net-zero emissions by 2050."

    Download study details www.growthenergy.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/GROW-22014-PNAS-Handout-2022-02-16-R3.pdf] HERE . Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Technologies (GREET), HERE . (Source: Growth Energy, Website, PR, 15 Mar., 2022) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, www.growthenergy.org

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    Aemetis, Qantas Ink SAF Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis, Qantas
    Date: 2022-03-18
    Cupertino, California-based renewable fuels producer Aemetis, Inc. is reporting an off-take agreement with Australia's Qantas Group and Qantas Airlines for 35 million gallons of blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to be delivered to San Francisco International Airport over the 7 year term of the agreement, beginning in 2025. The value of the contract including incentives is approximately $250 million.

    The SAF is expected to be produced at the Aemetis renewable jet/diesel plant which is under development on a 125 acre former U.S. Army Ammunition production plant site in Riverbank, California. (Source: Aemetis, Inc., Website PR, 15 Mar., 2022) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO, emcafee@aemetis.com, Andy Foster, (408) 213-0940, Fax: (408) 252-8044, www.aemetis.com

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    Raven SR Scores Samsung Ventures Investment (Ind. Report)
    Raven SR
    Date: 2022-03-16
    Pinedale, Wyoming-based renewable fuels company Raven SR Inc. is reporting closing of a strategic investment from Samsung Ventures.The investment is expected to expand Raven SR's reach into the global market, especially in Asia-Pacific region. Raven SR transforms biomass, mixed municipal solid waste, bio-solids, sewage, medical waste, and natural or biogas into renewable fuels.

    Raven SR, which will soon break ground in its first commercial waste-to-hydrogen production facility in the U.S., can produce green hydrogen and high-quality Fischer-Tropsch synthetic fuels, such as sustainable aviation fuel, from a wide range of feedstocks, including municipal solid waste, methane and biomass.

    Using its proprietary, non-combustion, non-catalytic Steam/CO2 Reformation technology, Raven SR dependably produces a hydrogen-rich syngas regardless of feed stock utilized. By using modular systems and producing low air emissions, their systems can be located closer to customers and feed stock, creating local fuel from local waste for local mobility.

    In 2021, Raven SR attracted funds totaling $20 million from global oil and gas major Chevron, Japanese trading house ITOCHU, hydrogen mobility leader and innovator Hyzon Motors, and Ascent Hydrogen Fund. (Source: Raven SR, Website PR, 14 Mar., 2022) Contact: Raven SR, Matt Murdock, CEO, info@ravensr.com, www.ravensr.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Raven SR,  Biogas,  Biofuel,  Biomass,  


    Strategic Biofuels La. Green Fuels Project Advances (Ind. Report)
    Strategic Biofuels
    Date: 2022-03-16
    Strategic Biofuels, the leader in developing negative carbon footprint renewable fuels plants, announced today that its Louisiana Green Fuels project has finished the Preliminary Engineering phase (FEL-2), and having successfully completed all success criteria, has moved into the front end engineering design (FEED) or FEL-3 phase of engineering. Strategic Biofuels selected Hatch as its engineering partner and Koch Project Solutions as the Project Management and EPC partner at the project's inception.

    During the FEL-2 phase, the specific set of process operating conditions and equipment necessary to achieve the level of reliability, efficiency, and safety required was established, setting the direction for the rest of the project. The design advancement and optimization during the phase resulted in a further 10 percent reduction in the carbon footprint of the renewable diesel and naphtha than previously estimated. This has resulted in a carbon intensity of -278, which is a 378 pct reduction in carbon emissions compared to fossil fuel production, making it the lowest carbon footprint liquid fuel in the world. (Source: Strategic Biofuels, PR, 14 Mar., 2022) Contact: Strategic Biofuels, Paul Schubert, CEO www.strategicbiofuels.com

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    Aemetis Closes New $100Mn Credit Facilities for Carbon Reduction Projects and Working Capital Funding
    Aemetis
    Date: 2022-03-09
    Cupertino, California-headquartered Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX), a renewable fuels company focused on negative carbon intensity products, announced today the closing of two new, lower interest rate credit facilities with aggregate availability of up to $100 million, comprised of up to $50 million for projects that produce lower carbon intensity renewable products and up to $50 million for working capital. In connection with the closing of the new credit facilities, Aemetis repaid $16 million of higher interest rate debt, building upon the more than $60 million of higher interest rate debt repaid during 2021.

    The credit facilities are expected to provide funding for the Aemetis projects that reduce the carbon intensity of renewable fuels, including a zero carbon intensity solar array and extensive process equipment electrification upgrades to the Keyes ethanol plant, a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel plant, and carbon sequestration facilities. (Source: Aemetis, Website PR, 3 Mar., 2022) ← Return to the newsfeed...

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    Neste, Maratthon US Renewable Diesel JV Announced (Ind. Report)
    Neste, Maratthon
    Date: 2022-03-04
    Helsinki-headquartered biofuels producer Neste Corp. is reporting a definitive agreements for the establishment of a 50/50 joint venture with Findlay, Ohio-headquartered Marathon Petroleum Corp. The JV will produce renewable diesel following a conversion project of Marathon's refinery in Martinez, California.

    Neste will invest roughly €0.9 billion ($1.0 billion) in the project which is expected to increase Neste's renewable products capacity by slightly over 1 million tpy (365 million gpy). Production of renewable diesel is expected to come online in the second half of 2022. The facility is planned to reach its full annual nameplate capacity of 2.1 million tpy (730 million gpy) by the end of 2023. Neste will hold a 50 pct interest in the project which is subject to permitting and final a Environmental Impact Report. (Source: Neste Corp., Website PR, 1 Mar., 2022) Contact: Neste Corp., Minna Aila, Senior VP, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, +358 50 458 5076, 713 407 4400, Fax 713 407 4480 -- Houston Office, ; Marathon Petroleum Corp., 419.422.2121, www.marathonpetroleum.com

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    Chevron Acquiring Biodiesel Producer REGI for $3.15Bn (M&A)
    Chevron, Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2022-03-02
    San Ramon, California-headquartered integrated energy giant Chevron Corporation and Ames, Iowa-based biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) are reporting a definitive agreement under which Chevron will acquire the outstanding shares of REG in an all-cash transaction valued at $3.15 billion, or $61.50 per share. Total enterprise value of $2.75 billion includes a net cash position around $400 million greater than debt. The transaction price represents a premium of around 57 pct on a 30-day average based on closing stock prices on February 25, 2022.

    The transaction is expected to advance Chevron's goal of growing its renewable fuels production capacity to 100,000 bpd by 2030. The transaction has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies and is expected to close in the second half of 2022, subject to REGI shareholder and regulatory approvals and other closing conditions. (Source: REGI, Website PR, 28 Feb., 2022) Contact: Chevron, Roderick Green, invest@chevron.com, www.chevron.com; REGI, Todd Robinson, 515-766-8906, C.J. Warner, Pres., CEO, (515) 239-8000, www.regi.com

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    EPA Releases Jan. 2022 RINs Data (Ind. Report)
    US EPA, Renewable Fuels Standard
    Date: 2022-02-28
    In its just released updated renewable identification number (RIN) data, the US EPA notes that nearly 1.78 billion RINs were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in January -- up from 1.4 billion generated during the same period of 2021.

    According to the EPA, only 110,907 D3 cellulosic biofuel RINs were generated in January, including 99,241 generated for liquefied renewable natural gas (RNG) by domestic producers and 11,666 generated for compressed RNG by domestic producers. Nearly 354.76 million D4 biomass-based diesel RINs were generated in January and roughly 15.37 million D5 advanced biofuel RINs and 1.209 billion D6 renewable fuel RINs were generated in January. 2021.

    Download EPA report details HERE . (Source: US EPA, Feb., 2022) Contact: US EPA, 1-800-385-6164, FuelsProgramSupport@epa.gov, www.epa.gov

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    Kinder Morgan Advancing S. Cal Renewable Diesel Hub (Ind. Report)
    Kinder Morgan
    Date: 2022-02-28
    Houston-headquartered infrastructure giant Kinder Morgan Inc. is reporting receipt of commercial commitments to move forward with the permitting and construction of a renewable diesel hub in Southern California, The project will enable customers to aggregate renewable diesel (RD) batches (R99) in the Los Angeles area and pipe them to the high demand markets in Colton (Inland Empire) and Mission Valley (San Diego), California, creating up to 20,000 bpd of blended diesel capacity at its truck racks.

    This Southern California renewable diesel hub and the previously announced Northern California renewable diesel hub, collectively represent a more than $50 million investment, more than half of which was contemplated in the 2022 budget, according to Kinder Morgan. (Source: Kinder Morgan , Website, PR, Feb., 2022) Contact: Kinder Morgan, (713) 369-9000, www.kindermorgan.com

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    ENGlobal EPC Provider for Ren, Diesel, SAF Plant (Ind. Report)
    ENGlobal, Haldor Topsoe
    Date: 2022-02-25
    Houston, Texas-headquartered global energy engineering firm ENGlobal (ENG) reports it has been selected by an unidentified client to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for a renewable fuels plant designed to produce approximately 100 million gpy of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel.

    This U.S.-based plant, which is scheduled for commissioning in 2024, will incorporate Haldor Topsoe A/S "HydroFlex" and "Hydrogen Bridge" technologies to produce renewable jet (SAF) and diesel fuels with a low carbon footprint. (Source: ENGlobal, Website, PR, 23 Feb., 2022) Contact: ENGlobal, Bruce Williams, VP Renewables, 281-878-1000, www.englobal.com; HaldorTopsoe, Nikolay Ketov, Marketing Manager, +7 916 645 5531, nke@topsoe.com, www.topsoe.com

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    BDI-Bioenergy Upgrading 2 REGI German Biodiesel Plants (Ind. Report)
    BDI-Bioenergy
    Date: 2022-02-25
    Raaba-Grambach, Germany-headquartered biodiesel plant developer and builder BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH reports it has contracted with REG Biofuels Germany GmbH -- a unit of Ames, Iowa-based renewable fuels producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI -- to upgrade two biodiesel production plants in Emden and Oeding Germany.

    The upgrade will include proprietary BDI RetroFit technology to enable the production of biodiesel from some of the lowest carbon intensity, hardest to convert waste fats and oils feedstocks. REG has all required permits for construction and the project is expected to be complete during the second half of 2023 with startup by year-end, according to the release. (Source: BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH, Website, PR, Feb., 2022) Contact: BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH, Markus Dielacher, CEO, +43 (0) 316 4009 100, bdi@bdi-bioenergy.com, www.bdi-bioenergy.com; REG Biofuels Germany GmbH, www.regi.com/find-fuel/production-facilities/emden

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    Pathways to Net-Zero Ethanol: Scenarios for Ethanol Producers to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report))
    Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2022-02-23
    Following a pledge by members of the Renewable Fuels Association to achieve net-zero carbon emissions, on average, by 2050 or sooner, a new report released today shows that new and emerging technologies and practices could help the industry achieve this vision well before mid-century. The new report, Pathways to Net-Zero Ethanol: Scenarios for Ethanol Producers to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2050 was prepared by lifecycle analysis expert Isaac Emery, Ph.D., of Informed Sustainability Consulting LLC.

    The report identified the following actions that would constitute a 'core pathway' to net-zero emissions; renewable energy use by corn and ethanol producers; expanded adoption of corn kernel fiber fermentation at dry mills; 'better-than-business-as-usual' industry-wide efficiency improvements and ethanol yields; carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) by ethanol facilities; and expansion of conservation tillage and other low-carbon practices by corn growers. (Source: Renewable Fuels Assoc., 21 Feb., 2022) Contact: Renewable Fuels Assoc., Geoff Cooper, CEO, (202) 289-3835, www.EthanolRFA.org

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    Strategic Biofuels Allocated $250Mn Green Bonds (Ind. Report)
    Strategic Biofuels
    Date: 2022-02-23
    Columbia, Louisiana-based Strategic Biofuels, the leader in developing negative carbon footprint renewable fuels plants, reports Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards awarded the company's Louisiana Green Fuels project a $250 million bond allocation.

    The tax-free bonds will form part of the project's construction debt financing, will be sold into the private market at final investment decision in early 2023, when construction is slated to begin.

    As the first renewable diesel project in North America to achieve "negative" carbon emissions, the project will produce roughly 34 million gpy of renewable diesel from woody biomass and various forestry wastes. A carbon sequestration test well program for the project was completed in 2021. (Source: Strategic Biofuels, PR, Website, 21 Feb., 2022) Contact: Strategic Biofuels, Paul Schubert, CEO, www.strategicbiofuels.com

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    EPA RFS Exemptions Update (Feb, Report Attached)
    EPA, Renewable Fuels Standard
    Date: 2022-02-23
    Section 211 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and 40 CFR 80.1441 exempted small refineries from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program through compliance year 2010. CAA section 211 authorized EPA to extend the exemption for two years. Beginning with the 2013 compliance year, small refineries may petition EPA annually for an exemption from their RFS obligations. EPA may grant the extension if it determines that the small refinery has demonstrated disproportionate economic hardship.

    EPA's decision to grant an exemption has the effect of exempting the gasoline and diesel produced at the refinery from the percentage standards of 40 CFR 80.1405. The exempted refinery is not subject to the requirements of an obligated party for fuel produced during the compliance year for which the exemption has been granted.

    EPA intends to coordinate the timing of future small refinery exemption decisions and updates to this RFS data website such that refineries receiving exemptions and other interested parties receive the same RIN market information at the same time.

    Download RFS Small Refinery Exemptions Feb 17 update HERE . (Source: US EPA, 17 Feb., 2022) Contact: EPA Fuels Program, 800-385-6164, FuelsProgramSupport@epa.gov

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    Aemetis Acquiring Indian Biodiesel Feedstock Refining Site (Int'l)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2022-02-21
    Cupertino, California-based renewable fuels producer Aemetis, Inc. is reporting its Universal Biofuels subsidiary in Kakinada, India has agreed to acquire a site for the construction of a tallow oil refining facility. The new facility supply feedstock to the company's existing 50 million gpy biodiesel plant on the East Coast of India and provide future feedstock supply to the company's 90 million gpy sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel (RD) plant being built in Riverbank, California.

    The new facility will expand the range of feedstocks that can be used for biodiesel, SAF and RD production to include crude tallow oil. Aemetis built, owns and operates the Kakinada biodiesel plant with an installed capacity of 150,000 metric tpy of biodiesel,, making it one of the largest biodiesel production facilities in India processing a variety of vegetable oils, animal oils, and waste oil feedstocks into biodiesel that meet international product standards. (Source: Aemetis, Website PR, 17 Feb., 2022) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO, emcafee@aemetis.com, Andy Foster, (408) 213-0940, Fax: (408) 252-8044, www.aemetis.com

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    Neste Customers Cut GHG Emissions 10.9 Mn Tons in 2021 (Int'l.)
    Neste
    Date: 2022-02-16
    Helsinki-headquartered biofuels producer Neste Corp. is reporting in 2021 its renewable and circular solutions helped customers reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions globally by 10.9 million tons -- equal to the annual carbon footprint of 1.7 million average EU citizens or the removal of 4.2 million passenger cars from the roads for a full year.

    Neste has committed to reaching carbon neutral production by 2035 and to lead the transformation towards a carbon neutral value chain by 2040 and reduce the use phase emission intensity** of sold products by 50 pct by 2040 compared to 2020 levels.

    Neste has refineries in Finland, the Netherlands and Singapore and produces approximately 3.3 million tpy of renewable fuels. Capacity will increase to 4.5 million tpy with completion of the previously reported extension of its Singapore refinery in Q1, 2023. Additionally Neste's Rotterdam sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) project is expected to produce 1.5 million tpy of SAF by the end of 2023. (Source: Neste, PR, 15 Feb., 2021) Contact: Neste Corp., Minna Aila, Senior VP, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

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    New USA BioEnergy Plant to Produce SAF, Include CCS (Ind. Report)
    USA BioEnergy
    Date: 2022-02-16
    Scottsdale, Arizona-based USA BioEnergy, through its subsidiary Texas Renewable Fuels (TRF), is reporting the development of an advanced biorefinery that will convert 1 million green tpy of wood waste-woody biomass into 34 million gpy of premium clean burning transportation fuel including Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), Renewable Diesel and Renewable Naphtha. Future expansion will double the plant's production capacity to 68 million gpy.

    The new biorefinery will also capture and sequester (CCS) approximately 50 million metric tons of CO2 over the life of plant -- giving Texas Renewable Fuels one of the lowest Carbon Intensity (CI) scores in the industry.

    The company has fuel off-take agreements with a major trading and logistics company as well as one of the world's premier airlines and will announce its partners and suppliers in greater detail in the coming months. The Company also benefits from state and federal credits and tax incentives. The project is expected to be completed in 2025, according to the release. (Source: USA BioEnergy, PR Feb., 2022) Contact: USA BioEnergy , Dr Robert Freerks, VP Product Dev., (602) 883-8220, www.usabioenergy.com

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    ClearFlame Engine Tech Touts First 100 pct Biofuel Heavy-Duty Truck Demo (Ind. Report)
    ClearFlame Engine Technologies
    Date: 2022-02-11
    Geneva, Illinois-headquartered ClearFlame Engine Technologies reports the completion of an 'on-road' demonstration of its proprietary technology that enables a heavy-duty truck diesel engine to operate on 100 pct renewable plant-based fuels. The validation of ClearFlame's technology marks a critical milestone in the company's objective to revolutionize carbon emissions within heavy-duty transportation, one of the hardest sectors to electrify and decarbonize.

    The demonstration of ClearFlame's engine technology was implemented by taking a Class 8 diesel truck running on a Cummins X15 500hp 15L heavy-duty engine, commonly used for long-haul truck and off-highway applications, and converting it to run on renewable E98 ethanol. While the wide availability, cost-effectiveness, and lower emissions of ethanol make it the fuel of choice today for the engine, ClearFlame's technology is fuel agnostic and can run on a range of renewable fuels.

    Trucks equipped with ClearFlame's cost-effective and scalable engine technology will significantly reduce CO2 emissions air quality emissions -- particulate matter (soot) and Nitrogen Oxides (smog). ClearFlame has the potential to mitigate carbon in the heavy-duty truck sector faster than any alternative, including hydrogen and battery EV, without compromising engine performance. Diesel engines release billions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year, and projections suggest that even with a growing number of alternatives, only 25 pct of new heavy-duty trucks in 2035 will be zero emissions, unless other alternatives are developed, according to ClearFlame.

    ClearFlame's technology can be used anywhere diesel engines are used today, and leverages existing infrastructure -- fuel production and distribution, engine manufacturing and re-manufacturing processes, and the heavy-duty parts & services industry.

    In addition to long-haul trucking, the technology enables emissions reduction for hard-to-electrify applications in a wide range of industries, including agriculture, power generation, and other off-highway markets. ClearFlame is also working with John Deere on a pilot demonstration project for an off-highway engine platform, demonstrating the versatility of the company's technology as a retrofit option or original equipment integration.

    As previously reported, ClearFlame recently secured $17 million in Series A Financing, led by Bill Gates-founded Breakthrough Energy Ventures, with participation from Mercuria, John Deere, and Clean Energy Ventures, ClearFlame notes. (Source: ClearFlame Engine Technologies, PR, 10 Feb., 2022) Contact: ClearFlame Engine Technologies, B.J. Johnson, CEO, Michelle Caldwell, PR, 313.418.4692, comms@clearflameengines.com, www.clearflame.com,

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    Europe Can't Afford to Ignore Renewable Fuels , says ePURE (Int'., Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    ePURE
    Date: 2022-02-09
    According to a new study carried out by Gear Up for Fuels Europe, decarbonising EU road transport will require a range of emissions-reduction solutions , including sustainable fuels and ethanol, not just electrification.

    The report looked at the societal impacts and consequences of light duty fleet electrification on access to passenger vehicles for EU citizens. The study compared the cost-of-ownership of similar battery electric vehicle (BEV) and internal combustion engine vehicle (ICEV) models in 16 EU Member States.

    The research illustrates that by betting almost exclusively on electrification of the auto fleet as a decarbonisation solution -- the direction favored in the European Commission's "Fit for 55" package -- the EU risks greatly increasing the cost of vehicle ownership and thus potentially shutting out large sectors of the population.

    The study found that BEVs reached price parity with ICEVs in many countries mostly due to advantageous subsidy schemes which create in return an increasing cost burden on governments. Still, with Europeans buying mainly second-hand car vehicles, the penetration of BEVs remained low. Without subsidies and without access to low-carbon electricity, the electric vehicle is the least favourable abatement option, saving less GHG emissions than alternative fuels and increasing the cost of ownership for drivers, the study notes.

    In France, E85 is already the most cost-effective low-carbon mobility option, saving emissions at a lower cost of ownership compared to conventional petrol and electric cars. A subsidy system rewarding different options based on their full life-cycle GHG-reduction potential would level the playing field between low-carbon solutions to maintain choice and attractiveness for consumers.

    The study concluded that higher volumes of renewable fuels will be needed in the road sector following the new higher targets set in the revision of RED II and the potential creation of a dedicated ETS for road transport. Renewable fuels are a complementary option to battery electric vehicles and can help drive faster decarbonisation of transport while benefiting the EU economy, industry and society, the report concludes. (Source: ePURE, Website 2 Feb., 2022) Contact: ePURE , www.epure.org

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    Green Fuels UK Biomass Feedstocks Programme Funded (R&D)
    Green Fuels
    Date: 2022-01-24
    In the UK, Gloucestershire-based Green Fuels Research reports it has secured Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Biomass Feedstocks Innovation Programme for its Microalgae Biomass Sustainability project (MISTY). The project aims to boost yields from algae farming in the UK by co-culturing microalgae with bacteria using wastewater from the brewing and dairy industries.

    Green Fuel's key innovation lies in cultivating microalgal strains in conditions adapted to the UK's weather by using two bioreactor systems, one taking advantage of natural sunlight during spring and summer and the second using organic compounds present in dairy and brewery wastewater as carbon sources in winter.

    MISTY will enable breweries and the dairy sector to dispose of zero-value, environmentally harmful waste streams while sustainably industrialising a high-value bioenergy resource, decarbonising their value chains and combating climate change.

    According to the release, "Green Fuels is a pioneer in renewable fuels. Founded in 2003, Green Fuels has supplied biofuel equipment with aggregate capacity equating to $500bn in fuel sales to customers in more than 80 countries. Identifying aviation and marine as strategic fuel markets of the future, Green Fuels Research was established in 2014 to develop IP in these areas. The group has attracted £12m in direct and indirect research grant funding to date, with R&D facilities in Berkeley, Gloucestershire. Green Fuels was awarded a Royal Warrant of Appointment to HRH the Prince of Wales in 2013 and has participated in many pioneering events in its field including the first 100 pct biofuel powered jet flight and the first 100 pct biofuel-powered train. Green Fuels is headquartered in Gloucestershire, UK, with offices in London, Mumbai, Muscat and Rio de Janeiro." (Source: Green Fuels, PR, Website, Jan., 2022) Contact: Green Fuels, Julian Beach, Dir. Business Development, +44 0 7715 674987, julian@greenfuels.group, www.greenfuels.group; BEIS, +44 0 20 7215 5000, enquiries@beis.gov.uk, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

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    Macquarie Capital Launches Aerogy RNG Platform (Ind. Report)
    Macquarie Capital
    Date: 2022-01-24
    Australia-based Macquarie Group's global infrastructure and energy development and investment firm Macquarie Capital is reporting the launch of Aerogy, a platform that develops, operates and invests in renewable natural gas (RNG) infrastructure projects that help reduce emissions and support the lower carbon economy transition.

    Aerogy will initially focus on funding and accelerating projects in the broader RNG and renewable fuels sector and plans to expand into renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and hydrogen, according to the release. (Source: Macquarie Capital, SWFI, 19 Jan., 2022) Contact: Macquarie Capital, 212 231 1000 -- US Office, www.macquarie.com

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    Topsoe Supports Indaba Renewable Fuels SAF Production (Ind. report)
    Haldor Topsoe ,Indaba Renewable Fuels
    Date: 2022-01-19
    Denmark-headquartered Haldor Topsoe is reporting Newport Beach, California waste-to-renewable fuels producer Indaba Renewable Fuels LLC is constructing a new renewable fuel refinery in both California and Missouri.

    Both of the 6,500 bpd facilities will use Topsoe'sHydroFlex™ technology to produce high grade, low carbon footprint, ultra-low sulfur "drop-in" sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Topsoe will also provide its H2bridge™ hydrogen technology that further replaces fossil fuels with renewable liquids like LPG or naphtha to lower the carbon intensity of the products. Both facilities are expected to begin production of SAF in 2024. (Source: Topsoe, PR, Website, 14 Jan., 2022) Contact: Indaba Renewable Fuels, Geoff Hirson, Pres., CEO, 949-697-3088, geoff@indaba-llc.com, www.indabarenewablefuels.com; Topsoe, +45 27 77 99 68, www.topsoe.com

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    Alto Ingredients (fka Pacific Ethanol) Acquires Eagle Alcohol (M&A)
    Alto Ingredients, Pacific Ethanol
    Date: 2022-01-19
    In the Golden State, Sacramento-headquartered Alto Ingredients, Inc. (fka Pacific Ethanol) is reporting the $14.0 million -- plus an estimated net working capital adjustment of $1.3 million -- acquisition of St. Louis, Missouri-based Eagle Alcohol Company LLC, a distributor of specialty alcohols. The acquisition is expected be immediately accretive and grow Adjusted EBITDA by $7 million to $9 million annually in 2023 and beyond, including expected synergies.

    Alto Ingredients, Inc. produces specialty alcohols and essential ingredients with a fcous on Health, Home & Beauty; Food & Beverage; Essential Ingredients; and Renewable Fuels. (Source: Alto Ingredients, Website PR, 18 Jan., 2022) Contact: Alto Ingredients Inc., Michael Kramer, 916-403-2755, Investorrelations@altoingredients.com, www.altoingredients.com

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    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

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  • Renewable Energy Group Acquires Amber Resources (M&A)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2022-01-14
    Ames, Iowa-based renewable fuels producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG) reports the acquisition of Long Beach, California-based Amber Resources, LLC (dba Sawyer Petroleum) and its affiliated entities, M.O. Dion & Sons and Amber Petroleum Products. Amber Resources is a leading Southern California full-service distributor of transportation fuels and fuel components, industrial services and additives.

    With this deal, REG adds eight locations in Southern California, including distribution centers and three cardlock sites. REG will continue business operations from these locations, providing customers with uninterrupted services and an enhanced clean fuel product offering.

    Renewable Energy Group operates 11 biorefineries in the U.S. and Europe and produced 519 million gallons of cleaner fuel delivering 4.2 million metric tons of carbon reduction in 2020. (Source: Renewable Energy Group, Website PR, Jan., 2022) Contact: REGI, Bob Kenyan, Snr. VP Sales & Marketing, C.J. Warner, Pres., CEO, (515) 239-8000, www.regi.com; Amber Resources LLC, 888-424-3466, www.amberresources.com

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    Willdan Designs NYC Emissions Reduction Action Plan (Ind. Report)
    Willdan
    Date: 2022-01-14
    Anaheim, California-headquartered Willdan Group, Inc. reports it has completed the development of New York City's Local Law 97 (LL97) Implementation Action Plan for near-term greenhouse gas emissions reductions for the city's portfolio of government and private buildings. LL97 requires NYC operations to reduce emissions 40 pct by 2025 and 50 pct by 2030, compared to a 2006 baseline.

    The action plan calls for a broad set of interventions, including:

  • investments in cost-effective emissions reduction opportunities;
  • converting more municipal buildings' heating to electric power;
  • expanded solar installations to generate 100 MW of solar power on City properties annually by 2025;
  • 100 pct renewable electricity to power city government operations by 2026;
  • energy and emissions reduction projects at wastewater and water treatment facilities; and
  • electric vehicles and renewable fuels for New York City's vehicle fleet.

    Willdan is a nationwide provider of professional technical and consulting services to utilities, government agencies, and private industry. The company's services span a broad set of complementary disciplines that include electric grid solutions, energy efficiency and sustainability, engineering and planning, and municipal financial consulting. E3, a Willdan Company, develops long-term pathways for deep decarbonization and guides strategic decisions for utilities, regulators, developers, and investors as they implement new public policies and respond to technological advances. (Source: Willdan, PR, Website, 6 Jan., 2022) Contact: Willdan, Al Kaschalk, VP Investor Relations, 310-922-5643, akaschalk@willdan.com, www.willdan.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Willdan Carbon Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • 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

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    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,  

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