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Iowa Farm, Biofuel Leaders Support E15 Legislation (Ind. Report)
POET, Growth Energy
Date: 2021-06-02
Ethanol industry giant POET is reporting it and other biofuel and farm advocates are urging Hawkeye State lawmakers to approve H.F. 859, legislation to ensure all Iowans can benefit from access to E15 at the pump by 2028. The following joint statement was issued by Growth Energy, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Ethanol Producers Association, and POET: "Every Iowa driver should have the freedom to choose E15, which will provide fuel savings and is made from corn harvested on Iowa farms. We enthusiastically support the work of Governor Reynolds and the Legislature to get Iowa on the road to E15.

"E15 is already popular with consumers, compatible with today's infrastructure and saves motorists an average of five cents per gallon in Iowa. Expanding E15 across the state will grow corn markets by 23 million bushels, inject $140 million into the state's economy, and save Iowa motorists an additional $72 million each year. Now is the time to act, and we're counting on Iowa lawmakers to lead the nation by ensuring access to E15 statewide."(Source: POET, Website PR, 28 May, 2021) Contact: POET, www.poet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Growth Energy,  Biofuel,  E15,  


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

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

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

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Grwoth Energy,  RFS,  


Greasezilla Scores $8Mn Investment (Ind. Report, Funding)
Downey Ridge Environmental
Date: 2021-05-26
In West Virginia, Downey Ridge Environmental Co., developer of Greasezilla FOG separation and processing systems, reports Sheltowee CleanTech Fund I LLC, is investing over $8 million to expand Greasezilla technology nationwide. The funding will be use to place ten new Greasezilla FOG receiving stations with private and public joint venture partners across the country.

By separating FOG into its basic components, Greasezilla generates a consolidated brown grease advanced biofuel (ABF) with a 1 pct or less moisture content providing an ideal, low-cost, conversion-ready feedstock for biodiesel producers. Greasezilla is currently installing new systems in Austin, Los Angeles, Virginia Beach, New York, Florida, Cincinnati and overseas, with 10 sites committed for installation over the next 12 months. (Source: Downey Ridge Environmental Co., PR, Website, 21 May, 2021) Contact: Downey Ridge Environmental Co., Greasezilla, Ron Crosier, CEO, 304-658-4778, info@greasezilla.com, www.greasezilla.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Downey Ridge Environmental,  Greasezilla,  ,  


Climate-Smart Agriculture, Forestry Strategy (Report Attached)
USDA
Date: 2021-05-26
In Washingto on January 27, 2021, Pres, Joe Biden signed Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, directing all Federal agencies to coordinate in a Government-wide approach to combat the climate crisis.

In compliance with the Order and recognizing the role agriculture and forestry will play in climate change mitigation and resilience, the USDA submitted the agency's recommendations for a climate-smart agriculture and forestry (CSAF) strategy covering CSAF practices that decrease wildfire risk fueled by climate change, CSAF as a source sustainable bioproducts and fuels, and conservation actions that provide measurable carbon reductions and sequestration.

The USDA report notes: "The adoption of on-farm biogas capture technologies and the production of biobased products can provide producers with new income streams while also reducing GHG emissions and improving water quality. Opportunities to generate income from these technologies include the generation of renewable electricity and the production of biobased products from manure, renewable natural gas (RNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG). USDA should support producers as they enter these new markets and consider innovative finance mechanisms to provide upfront capital for biogas technologies and encourage the connection of multiple small operations to provide economical renewable energy production."

Download the USDA Climate-Smart Agriculture, Forestry Strategy; 90 Day Progress Report HERE. (Source: USDA, May, 2021) Contact: USDA, www.usda.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  


Quebec Low-Carbon Fuel Regulation Lauded (Opinions & Asides)
Advanced Biofuels Canada
Date: 2021-05-14
Vancouver-based Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC) applauds the Government of Quebec's release of a draft regulation to require increased use of low carbon fuels in the province.

Effective January 1, 2023, gasoline and diesel fuels distributed in the province are to have low-carbon content of 15 pct and 10 pct respectively by 2030, with progressively higher inclusion rates between 2023 and 2030. Diesel pool content in 2023 will be 3 pct and gasoline pool content 10 pct in 2023. In both pools, the low-carbon content volume requirements will be adjusted by a carbon intensity factor. Volume bonuses will be awarded if the average carbon intensity of low carbon fuels in the year is greater than 45 pct below the gasoline carbon intensity, or 70 pct below the diesel carbon intensity; in 2028, the bonus will apply after 50 pct and 75 pct, respectively. Consultation on the draft regulation closes June 26, 2021.

The regulation respecting the integration of low-carbon-intensity fuel content into gasoline and diesel fuel is expected to result in 2.5 MT of GHG reductions per year by 2030, and contribute to the provincial goal of reduced reliance on fossil fuel imports. With Quebec's regulation, over 90 pct of Canadian fuel consumption will be subject to a provincial low-carbon or renewable fuel standard, with biofuels supplying most of the compliance pursuant to these standards.

ABFC is the national voice for producers, distributors, and technology developers of advanced biofuels. ABFC promotes the production and use of low carbon advanced biofuels in Canada, which our members supply across North America and globally. These companies have invested in processing and supply chain operations in Quebec and are actively bringing to market the next generation of low carbon biofuels. Since 2005, ABFC has provided provincial and federal leadership on sound biofuels policies to expand clean energy options, achieve measurable climate action results, and stimulate new investments and clean growth. (Source: Advanced Biofuels Canada, PR, 13 May, 2021) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thompson, Pres., (604) 947-0040, ithomson@advancedbiofuels.ca, www.advancedbiofuels.caABFC, Ian Thomson, www.advancedbiofuels.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Canada,  Biofuel Blend,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  


HECO CER Strategy Calls for Rooftop Solar Ramp-up (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric
Date: 2021-05-12
In the Aloha State, Hawaiian Electric (HECO) reports it has filed its Customer Energy Resources for Hawaii: A Customer-First CER Strategy for a 100 pct Clean Energy Future with the state Public Utilities Commission. The strategy aims to increase energy efficiency, rooftop solar and similar customer energy resources (CERs) to the scale needed to reach the state's clean energy benchmarks.

Release of the CER strategy follows consultation and cooperation with the rooftop solar industry that has further smoothed and hastened the interconnection process during the COVID-19 pandemic and removed barriers to customers quickly getting rooftop solar and energy storage benefits. As a result of this continuing process, in 2020 nearly 6,000 new rooftop solar systems were installed across Hawaiian Electric's service territory -- 55 pct increase from 2019.

The CER strategy details the "Equity Principle" that expansion of CERs benefit all customers, including those with moderate or fixed incomes and must fairly allocate utility costs among customers based on benefits they receive or provide the grid. Customer energy resources are technologies and devices on the customer-side of the meter that can alter energy use.

The Strategy envisions a modern grid with about half of all customers' electricity needs coming from the "edge of the grid" (that is, from customers) not the "center of the grid" (large power plants that push power out to customers.)

The strategy also notes that energy efficiency and conservation are essential to customer involvement. Hawaiian Electric continues to collaborate with Hawaii Energy, the Public Utilities Commission's independent entity that administers the state's energy efficiency programs. Energy efficiency is incorporated in resource planning, including the state's Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard, which targets a continuing 30 pct electricity sales reduction by 2030.

Download the Customer Energy Resources for Hawaii strategy HERE. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, 10 May, 2021) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, Scott Seu, Pres., CEO, Shannon Tangonan, 808.351.4978, shannon.putnam@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric,  Rooftop Solar,  Solar,  Community Solar,  


Greasezilla Announces ABF Distribution Network (Ind. Report)
Greasezilla
Date: 2021-05-12
In West Virginia, Downey Ridge Environmental Company reports it has developed an international distribution network for "Greasezilla" -- a brown grease advanced biofuel (ABF) byproduct.

Greasezilla processes waste fats, oil, and grease for conversion-ready feedstock for biofuel production.

The international distribution network resells Greasezilla's ABF in markets with the greatest demand -- the maritime industry, the industrial sector and biodiesel producers, according to the release. (Source: Greasezilla, Website PR, 6 May, 2021) Contact: Downey Ridge Environmental Co., Greasezilla, Ron Crosier, CEO, 304-658-4778, info@greasezilla.com, www.greasezilla.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greasezilla,  Brown Grease,  Biofuel Feedstock,  


Growth Energy Launches Consumer Biofuel Campaign (Ind. Report)
Growth Energy
Date: 2021-05-10
Growth Energy, the nation's largest association of biofuel producers and supporters, reports the unveiling of a new consumer initiative to raise awareness of the positive environmental benefits of biofuels and encourage consumers to choose higher biofuel blends like E15 at the pump.

Through a series of targeted digital content, advertising, and digital media, the "Get Biofuel" campaign aligns the benefits of biofuel to an empowerment message titled "Fuel Beyond". "Our industry's passion for showcasing the benefits of biofuels is unparalleled, and I'm thrilled to unveil this new initiative that will help raise awareness with consumers -- reminding them that by choosing a cleaner fuel they are fueling beyond their gas tank and also becoming a part of the climate change solution. With biofuel, you fuel much more than just your car. You also fuel cleaner air and help the planet," said Growrh Energy CEO Emily Skor.

Download Growth Energy "Fuel Beyond" details HERE. (Source: Growth Energy, PR, 7 May, 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Biofuel,  


FACA Recommends USDA Carbon Bank Pilot Projects (Ind. Report)
Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance
Date: 2021-05-05
The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA) has developed the following specific recommendations for how the U.S. USDA should approach a potential carbon bank -- a voluntary policy mechanism to help reduce barriers that producers and landowners face to participating in voluntary carbon markets and adopting climate-smart practices.

FACA recommends that USDA lay the foundation for a potential carbon bank by first developing a series of pilot projects aimed at:

  • Scaling climate solutions -- Pilot projects should help increase adoption of climate-smart practices that reduce, directly capture or sequester greenhouse gas emissions, and/or increase climate resilience. Pilots should deploy "critical climate infrastructure" to increase the capacity of farmers, ranchers and forest owners to adapt to climate change, while ensuring food and economic security.

  • Removing barriers to adoption -- Pilot projects should encourage the widespread adoption of climate-smart practices and critical climate infrastructure by removing barriers and making it easier for producers and landowners to adopt these practices.

  • Improving carbon accounting standards -- USDA should develop consistent and credible criteria to account for the carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas reduction benefits of climate-smart agriculture and forestry projects and practices.

  • Ensuring equitable opportunities -- Pilot projects must be developed with and provide equitable opportunities for minority, socially disadvantaged and small-scale producers.

  • Information gained from the pilots will serve two critical purposes -- First, it will help USDA build a durable foundation for a carbon bank that gains long-term bipartisan congressional support. Second, it will help USDA build confidence in how to verify the climate benefits delivered by specific practices and management approaches.

    According to the FACA, this approach will lay essential building blocks for a voluntary carbon bank that creates opportunities for all producers and landowners to participate in rapidly developing voluntary private markets and leverages private investment in agricultural and forestry climate solutions. As USDA develops a carbon bank, it must protect all existing funding for farm bill conservation and insurance programs, and it must ensure that a USDA-led carbon bank doesn't undermine voluntary private markets.

    The FACA consists of 70 member organizations representing farmers, ranchers, forest owners, agribusinesses, manufacturers, the food and innovation sector, state governments, sportsmen, and environmental advocates. These groups have broken through historical barriers to develop and promote shared climate policy priorities across the entire agriculture, food and forestry value chains, according to its website. (Source: FACA, Website PR, 3 Apr., 2021) Contact: FACA, www.agclimatealliance.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Voluntary Carbon Market,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Carbon Bank,  Carbon Storage,  CCS,  


  • REGI Announces Proposed $500Mn Green Bond Offering (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2021-05-05
    In the Hawkeye State, Ames-headquartered Renewable Energy Group, Inc. reports it intends to offer, subject to market conditions and other factors, $500 million aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes due 2028 in a private placement.

    REGI estimates the offering will net approximately $489 million, which will be used to finance or refinance, in part or in full, new and/or existing eligible green projects, including the expansion of its Geismar, Louisiana biorefinery.

    Renewable Energy Group, Inc. is leading the energy industry's transition to sustainability by transforming renewable resources into high-quality, cleaner fuels. REG is an international producer of cleaner fuels and one of North America's largest producers of advanced biodiesel. REG solutions are alternatives for petroleum diesel and produce significantly lower carbon emissions. The company utilizes an integrated procurement, distribution and logistics network to operate 12 biorefineries in the U.S. and Europe. In 2020, REGI produced 519 million gallons of cleaner fuel delivering 4.2 million metric tons of carbon reduction, according to the release. (Source: Renewable Energy Group, Inc. Website PR, 4 May, 2021) Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Todd Robinson Deputy CFO, (515) 239-8048, todd.robinson@regi.com, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group news,  REGI news,  Biofuel news,  Ethanol news,  


    American Coalition for Ethanol Comments on Biden's GHG Reduction Plan (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    American Coalition for Ethanol
    Date: 2021-05-05
    "Renewable fuels like ethanol are a significant part of the solution to climate change and should be part of US commitments to contribute to global emissions reductions under the Paris Agreement. In fac, ethanol is the only transportation energy source that can reach net-negative carbon intensity through carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) and continued advancements within ethanol facilities and on-farm practices in how biofuel crops are grown.

    "Other countries have initiated national ethanol policies as part of their countries' global initiatives to decarbonize transportation fuels, and US biofuel producers are ready to play a larger role in meeting these targets here and around the world." -- Brian Jennings, CEO, American Coalition for Ethanol Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, (605) 334-3381, www.ethanol.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Coalition for Ethanol ,  Ethanol,  Climate Change,  


    CABBI Investigates RFS Biofuel Mandates, Incentives (Ind. Report)
    CABBI
    Date: 2021-05-03
    New studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) have found the need to adopt more targeted policies that value the environmental and ecosystem benefits of perennial bioenergy crops over cheaper options -- and provide financial incentives for farmers to grow them.

    In particular, the study calculated the net economic and environmental costs of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) mandates and found that maintaining the corn ethanol mandate would lead to a cumulative net cost to society of nearly $200 billion from 2016 to 2030 compared to having no RFS. The social cost of nitrogen damage from corn ethanol production substantially offsets the social benefits from GHG savings, the report notes.On the otherhand, the additional cellulosic mandate could provide substantial economic and environmental benefits with technological innovations that lower the costs of converting biomass to cellulosic ethanol and policies that place a high monetized value for GHG mitigation benefits. The study notes that maintaining the corn ethanol mandate pushes more land into corn production which increases the market price of other agricultural commodities. While producers might benefit from higher market prices.

    The study notes the cellulosic ethanol mandate could provide an overall benefit with the right policies. Supporting research and development to lower the cost of converting biomass to cellulosic ethanol would substantially reduce production costs and increase social benefits, and a high monetized value for GHG mitigation could offset all other costs.

    CABBI researchers hope performance-based policies -- including the low carbon fuel standard, carbon and nitrogen leakage taxes, or limits on crop-residue harvest -- can be implemented to supplement the RFS mandates after 2022.

    CABBI aims to integrate recent advances in agronomics, genomics, and synthetic and computational biology to increase the value of energy crops -- using a "plants as factories" approach to grow fuels and chemicals in plant stems, an automated foundry to convert biomass into valuable chemicals, and ensuring that its products are ecologically and economically sustainable. This holistic approach will help reduce fossil fuels dependence, according to the CABBI website. (Source: CABBI, PR, 27 Apr., 2021) Contact: CABBI, Evan DeLuc1a, (217)244-1586, cabbi-bio@illinois.edu, www.cabbi.bio

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CABBI,  Biofuel,  RFS,  Corn Ethanol,  


    Renewables Included in USDA Infrastructure Investments (Funding)
    USDA
    Date: 2021-04-26
    In Washington, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports it is investing $487 million in critical infrastructure that will help communities in 45 states "build back better and stronger while prioritizing climate-smart solutions and environmental stewardship." USDA is making the investments under the Water and Environmental Program, the Rural Energy for America Program, the Electric Loan Program and the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program.

  • Renewable Energy in Rural Communities -- USDA is investing $78 million in renewable energy infrastructure in 30 states through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). This program helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. Projects financed under this program can help to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas pollution that affects our climate.

    For example, in Iowa, Textile Brewery LLC will use a $20,000 grant to purchase and install a 38-KW solar array. This project will save the company nearly $20,000 in electricity costs and will replace 50 pct of the electricity it uses each year.

  • Other investments include: Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure -- $374 million; Rural Electric Infrastructure Upgrades -- $17.4 million; Biofuel Infrastructure -- $18.4 million.

    USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to support infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, Tribal and high-poverty areas. (Source: USDA Rural Development , PR 22 Apr., 2021) Contact: USDA Rural Development www.usda.gov, www.rd.usda.gov; Rural Energy for America Program, www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-energy-america-program-renewable-energy-systems-energy-efficiency

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rural Energy for America Program ,  USDA,  HBIIP,  Renewable Energy,  


  • CoSAFA Aims to Accelerate SAF Usage (Ind. Report)
    National Air Transportation Association
    Date: 2021-04-19
    The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) aviation industry group is reporting establishment of the Council on Sustainable Aviation Fuels Accountability (CoSAFA), which is intended to accelerate the industry's movement toward further sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) use.

    According to the NATA release, the global aviation industry currently accounts for around 2 pct of man-made CO2 emissions. The aviation industry is committed to limit and reduce these emissions through the deployment of advanced technology, operational measures, infrastructure improvements and SAF.

    While most SAF transactions to date have involved a limited set of SAF producers and aircraft operators, there is increasing interest in multiple-party purchase and deployment agreements, according to the release.

    CoSAFA represents a unified vision across the aviation industry for advancing consistent, accurate accounting practices documenting the production and use of SAF in such multi-party transactions -- a crucial tool for further reducing the industry's carbon footprint.

    CoSAFA aims to work through an orderly, global approach toward providing the necessary transparency for multi-party SAF transactions, the release notes. (Source: National Air Transportation Association, PR, 16 Apr., 2021) Contact: National Air Transportation Association, CoSAFA, Tim Obitts, 202-774-1535, www.nata.aero

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Air Transportation Association news,  SAF news,  


    FTC Solar Announces IPO Launch (Ind. Report)
    FTC Solar
    Date: 2021-04-19
    Austin, Texas-based FTC Solar, Inc. (FTC) is reporting its initial public offering (IPO) of 18.4 million shares of its common stock at a price between $18 and $20 per share, before underwriting discounts and commissions. Net proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes and the purchase of shares from certain employees, officers, directors and other stockholders.

    Founded in 2017, FTC Solar is a fast-growing, global provider of solar tracker systems, technology, software, and engineering services.  (Source: FTC Solar, PR, 19 Apr., 2021) Contact: FTC Solar, Bill Michalek, VP Investor Relations, (737) 241-8618, IR@FTCSolar.com, www.ftsolar.com


    Bolivia Planning Soybean Biodiesel Production (Int'l. Report)
    Bolivia
    Date: 2021-04-16
    In La Paz, the Government of Bolivia is reporting plans to construct a 300 million lpy biodiesel production facility that will open a new market for the country's soybean producers and reduce diesel and gasoline imports which stood at 2 billion lpy at a cost of $1.4 billion in 2019.

    The planned $270 million biodiesel plant is slated for Santa Cruz and is expected to be fully operational by 2024. An international competition for the construction of the plant will be announced in the second half of 2021.

    The government plans to establish a 5 pct blend mandate for biodiesel which could require up to 505,000 MT of soybeans, or roughly 95,000 MT of soy crude oil, which would produce 105 million liters of biodiesel. Bolivian soybean growers produce roughly 3 million metric tpy. (Source: USDA, Global Agricultural Information Network, 15 Mar., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Soybean,  


    Novozymes Notable Quote on Climate Change
    Novozymes
    Date: 2021-04-16
    "As the world's largest industrial biotechnology company, with bio-innovation operations from Copenhagen in Denmark to Milwaukee in the U.S., Novozymes is proud to support the call for at least halving emissions by 2030.

    "We can harness the renewable potential of millions of acres of cropland, sequester GHG emissions, boost yields and increase the production of renewable energy made from farm crops, such as corn or soybeans. With smart policy and smart science, the Biden Administration can raise the bar for nations around the world, but to do that, it is vital that biofuels are core in the U.S. strategy.

    At Novozymes, we specialize in tapping into the power of nature to deliver advanced biology that does everything from boosting crop yields without added fertilizer, to improving laundry detergents to cut energy and water waste. Our (Novozymes) innovation helps biofuel producers get more energy out of every harvest. These technologies have already helped the U.S. replace about 10 pct of liquid fuels with renewable alternatives.

    "The vital importance of these bio-based solutions to address the climate crisis is already recognized, but ideas must be turned into action. Incentives that would allow the entire agricultural supply chain to invest in the future and a fuel market that is open to higher-biofuels blends -- such as E15 -- that allow drivers to save money, while reducing consumption of fossil fuel, are essential. These opportunities would not only drive green economic growth in the U.S., but could also offer a roadmap for other countries." -- Brian Brazeau, North America Novozymes, Apr., 2021)Contact: Novozymes, Brian Brazeau, VP Bioenergy, 646-671-3897, www.novozymes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Novozymes,  Biofuel,  Climate Change,  


    WELTECH BIOPOWER Delivers Two Biogas Plants in Japan (Int'l.)
    WELTECH BIOPOWER
    Date: 2021-04-12
    Vechta, Germany-based WELTEC BIOPOWER reports it is setting up two agricultural 250-kW biogas plants for one of Japan's major milk producers. Both plants, one in Urahoro the other in Sakata, Yamagot prefecture, are on Japan's largest island, Honshu. The generated power and heat will be used directly on site. Commissoning is slated for summer 2021 in Urahoro and in autumn 2021 in Sakata.

    The two biogas project dairy farms yield approximately 30,000 tpy of liquid cattle manure, which will be used for the energy production in the anaerobic digestion plants. Apart from the two projects' digesters, upstream and digestate storage tanks, separation and pump technology, WELTEC BIOPOWER is also setting up a 250-kW CHP unit at each location.

    The biomass potential in Japan amounts to approximately 284.4 million tpy, enough to produce about 13 billion kWh of electricity and continually supply 2.8 million households, according to the WELTECH release. (Source: WELTECH BIOPOWER, PR, 9 April, 2021) Contact: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, +49 4441/99978-220, presse@weltec-biopower.de, www.weltec-biopower.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WELTECH BIOPOWER,  Biogas,  Biomethane,  anaerobic digestion ,  


    A4A Commits to Net-Zero Emissions, SAF (Ind. Report)
    Airlines for America
    Date: 2021-04-07
    Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization representing the leading U.S. airlines, announced the commitment of its member carriers to work across the aviation industry and with government leaders to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and for a rapid expansion of the production and deployment of commercially viable sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and to make 2 billion gallons of SAF available to U.S. aircraft operators in 2030.

    Many A4A members have set net-zero emissions goals and are already investing in SAF, but the aviation industry requires a similar urgent commitment from policymakers, fuel producers and others in the feedstock and fuel supply chain to achieve meaningful scalability. Additionally, A4A has helped launch the nascent SAF industry and committed to CORSIA to help facilitate achieving carbon-neutral growth in international aviation beginning in 2020, according to the organization's website. (Source: Airlines for America, PR, Website, 30 Mar., 2021) Contact: Airlines for America, Nicholas E. Calio, Pres., CEO, www.airlines.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Airlines for America news,  Aviation Emissions news,  SAF news,  


    LCRI Cutting Rural Oregonians' Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
    Lake County Resources Initiative
    Date: 2021-04-07
    In Oregon, the Lake County Resources Initiative (LCRE) is reporting a two-year partnership with not-for-profit Spark Northwest to provide energy efficiency and renewable energy development assistance (REDA) program support to rural Oregonians.

    REDA is a service process that increases rural energy productivity and independence. It can help small businesses and farming operations implement solar photovoltaics, solar heating, energy efficiency, micro hydro, wind energy and methane digesters and other energy efficiency systems and initiatives to lower energy expenses.

    LCRI connects producers and small business owners to funding opportunities and project assistance for energy saving projects. LCRI can also provide technical guidance and grant assistance as well as direct people toward Energy Trust trade ally energy saving project contractors statewide. (Source: LCRI, Contact: LCRI, Nick Johnson, Dir., 541-947-5461, www.lcri.org; Oregon Renewable Energy Development Assistance, www.oregon.gov/energy/Incentives/Pages/Renewable-Energy-Grants.aspx; Spark Northwest, 206.267.2212, www.sparknorthwest.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    DDGs Offer Opportunities for Ethanol Producers (Ind. Report)
    National Corn Growers Association
    Date: 2021-04-07
    The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is reporting new corn fractionation technologies at dry mills offer the potential for ethanol producers to diversify and produce specialized Dried Distillers Grains with Solubles (DDGs) for specific livestock and poultry needs.

    According the NCGA, as these next generation DDGs products become increasingly competitive in their nutritional composition, ethanol manufacturers have the opportunity to diversify their portfolio, plugging into newly created revenue sources. If an ethanol plant is experiencing a lull in liquid fuel demand, they could offset this loss or risk by continuing to produce specialized feed products for livestock, poultry and aquaculture producers as well as the pet food industry. This heightened level of confidence and corn demand consistency at a local ethanol plant could translate to additional dollars back on the farm.

    The new corn fractionation technologies create value by separating out the various components of corn to optimize feed for animals of different species in various geographies and life stages. Producers are working with regulatory agencies to develop specifications for these next generation feed products, according to the NCGA. (Source: NCGA, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: NCGA, Liz Friedlander, (202) 326-0644, friedlander@ncga.com, www.ncga.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Corn Growers Association,  DDG,  Ethanol,  


    Winter Weather Reduces Ethanol Production (EIA Report)
    U.S. Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2021-04-05
    According to EIA's latest Weekly Petroleum Status Report, the colder-than-normal weather that affected much of the U.S. in mid-February and disrupted Midcontinent and Gulf Coast petroleum markets also affected fuel ethanol producers. Fuel ethanol production fell to the lowest levels since the onset of responses to COVID-19 in spring 2020. U.S. weekly fuel ethanol production fell to an average of 658,000 barrels per day (b/d) during the week of February 21, 2021, which was the lowest weekly production level since May 11, 2020, and 38 percent lower than at the same time last year, according to EIA's Weekly Petroleum Status Report. Production rates have since returned to average levels, but fuel ethanol inventories remain low.

    Fuel ethanol operating margins and production rates are largely driven by fuel ethanol, corn, and natural gas prices. Estimated fuel ethanol margins fell to negative levels in February, when natural gas supplies were disrupted and natural gas spot prices approached near record-high levels. As a result, many fuel ethanol producers reduced production rates. Amid record-high natural gas prices, some fuel ethanol producers chose to sell natural gas supplies back into spot markets instead of producing fuel ethanol. U.S. weekly fuel ethanol production has since increased to an average of 922,000 b/d for the week ending March 19, but fuel ethanol inventories have yet to fully return to average levels after the supply disruption.

    U.S. weekly inventories of fuel ethanol fell to 21.3 million barrels as of March 12, 2021, which marked the fourth consecutive weekly inventory withdrawal at a time when inventories typically build as we head into the summer driving season. The March 12 inventory level was 13 percent less than at the same time last year and the lowest inventory level since Nov. 27, 2020, when fuel ethanol production and inventories began increasing after reaching five-year lows, which occurred as a result of responses to COVID-19. Fuel ethanol prices and producer margins have since returned to average levels. Elevated prices for fuel ethanol renewable identification numbers (RINs) should also help drive higher fuel ethanol production rates and prompt fuel ethanol inventories to build closer to their normal seasonal averages in the coming weeks, as evidenced by the slight increase to 21.8 million barrels as of March 19, 2021. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, 31 Mar., 2021) Contact: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Weekly Petroleum Status Report, www.eia.gov/petroleum/supply/weekly

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    A4A Commits to Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Airlines for America
    Date: 2021-04-02
    Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization representing the leading U.S. airlines, announced the commitment of its member carriers to work across the aviation industry and with government leaders in a positive partnership to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. As part of that commitment, A4A carriers pledged to work with the government and other stakeholders toward a rapid expansion of the production and deployment of commercially viable sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to make 2 billion gallons of SAF available to U.S. aircraft operators in 2030.

    A4A and its member carriers are committed to working in partnership across the commercial aviation sector and beyond to help advance and deploy commercially viable technology, operations, infrastructure and SAF to meet these ambitious climate goals. At the same time, it is imperative that the U.S. federal, state and local governments implement supportive policies and programs that enable innovation, scale-up, cost-competitiveness and deployment in each of these areas, while avoiding the implementation of policies that would limit the aviation industry's ability to invest in emissions-reducing measures.

    Many A4A members have set net-zero emissions goals and are already investing in SAF, but the aviation industry requires a similar urgent commitment from policymakers, fuel producers and others in the feedstock and fuel supply chain to achieve meaningful scalability.

    U.S. airlines greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions currently accounts for less than two percent of the nation's GHG emissions inventory. U.S. airlines improved their fuel efficiency by more than 135 pct between 1978 and year-end 2019, saving over five billion metric tons of CO2 -- equivalent to taking more than 27 million cars off the road on average in each of those years. Additionally, A4A has helped launch the nascent SAF industry and committed to CORSIA to help facilitate achieving carbon-neutral growth in international aviation beginning in 2020, according to the organization's website. (Source: Airlines for America, PR, Website, 30 Mar., 2021) Contact: Airlines for America, Nicholas E. Calio, Pres., CEO, www.airlines.org

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    USGC Helps Ensure Ethanol's Environmental Role in Fuel Recovery (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    U.S. Grains Council
    Date: 2021-03-24
    "As fuel demand begins its recovery around the world, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is taking steps to ensure ethanol will continue to expand as a part of policy solutions that address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and offer a comprehensive portfolio of other benefits including air quality improvement and economic value.

    "USGC's ethanol team and consultants offered an update this week to the Council's Ethanol Advisory Team the member-driven group of grain producers and agribusiness representatives that identify opportunities, set priorities and chart the course of the Council every year, giving them background on ethanol's role in the Paris Agreement -- of which the US is again a member -- explaining what it means to have the U.S. rejoin and presenting an outlook for ethanol as it relates to the Paris Agreement as whole.

    "As many countries have listed their transportation sectors and named biofuels or ethanol specifically to contribute to overall emissions reductions outlined in the Paris Agreement, the case can be made for U.S. ethanol to help meet these countries' global initiatives.

    "Even with policies in place some countries are not meeting the intended goals or mandates, leaving room for further GHG emissions reductions. India for example has recently announced its national plan to blend 20 pct ethanol nationwide by 2025. In the most recent market year, it blended just above a 5 pct rate from a nationwide average standpoint. Filling in that blend gap will be critical to fully realize these benefits. Identifying these gaps and demonstrating the benefit and how to fill them is an ongoing role the Council provides with its global partners.

    "For instance, new research from Environmental Health and Engineering Inc. demonstrates that U.S. corn-based ethanol cuts GHG emissions by 46 pct providing benefits nationally, but also globally, as ethanol trade expands. In terms of emissions reductions, this means the U.S. saved more than 4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2020 from ethanol exports alone and could provide other countries a pathway to meeting their own Paris Agreement commitments.

    “Elevating the contribution that ethanol has already made to abate emissions globally is critical, and these reductions are expected to continue as further investment in abatement technologies take place and policies expand around the globe." (Source: U.S. Grains Council, PR, Website, Mar., 2021) Contact: US Grains Council, Brian D. Healy, Director Global Ethanol Market Dev, Bryan Jernigan, bjernigan@grains.org, www.grains.org

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    Green Power, Silicon Ranch Commission Solar Portfolio (Ind. Report)
    Green Power EMC, Silicon Ranch
    Date: 2021-03-22
    Tucker, Georgia-based Green Power EMC, the not-for-profit renewable energy provider for 38 Georgia Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs), and Silicon Ranch, one of the nation's largest independent solar power producers and the U.S. solar platform for Shell, reports completion of a 200-MW /AC solar portfolio of three utility-scale projects in southern Georgia. The total capacity is distributed across two counties in the southwestern and southeastern parts of the state and provides sufficient energy for more than 35,000 EMC households while offsetting more than 350,000 metric tpy of GHGs.

    The three solar projects were developed, funded, and constructed by Silicon Ranch, which also owns, operates, and maintains the solar arrays. Green Power EMC is purchasing all the energy and environmental attributes generated by the facilities on behalf of its Member EMCs for the next thirty years. (Source: Silicon Ranch, Website PR, 18 Mar., 2021) Contact: Silicon Ranch, Matt Beasley, CCO, Rob Hamilton, (629) 202-4009, rob.hamilton@siliconranch.com, www.siliconranch.com; Green Power EMC, Blair Romero, (770) 270-7290, blair.romero@opc.com, www.greenpoweremc.com

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    Clean Fuel Standard Act Passes in New Mexico Senate (Reg. & Leg.)
    Clean Fuel Standard
    Date: 2021-03-19
    In Santa Fe, the New Mexico State Senate has approved the state's Clean Fuel Standard Act (CFS) requiring a minimum 10 pct decrease in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels below 2018 levels rising to a 28 pct by 2040. The act was originally tabled on 19 Jan, 2021.

    Fuel producers and importers could meet the CFS by producing sufficiently low-carbon fuels or by purchasing credits generated from any business in any sector of the state's economy, including the agriculture, chemical, dairy, energy, forestry, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, waste management and wastewater treatment industries.

    Also this month, the New Mexico Clean Fuel Coalition was formed in conjunction with the CFS. Coalition members include: Advanced Biofuels Community Fuels, BIO, the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, Darling Ingredients, EcoEngineers, Fulcrum Bioenergy, Gevo, Iogen Corp., LanzaTech, Novozymes, Neste, Oberon Fuels, Poet, Renewable Energy Group, and Velocys. (Source: New Mexico Legislature, PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: New Mexico Clean Fuel Coalition, www.lcfcoalition.com

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    Ethanol Ind. Leaders Comment on EPA's Last Minute RFA "Hardship" Waivers (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    RFS Waivers
    Date: 2021-02-01
    On Jan 19, the Trump administration's Andrew Wheeler-led EPA approved three small refinery "hardship" waivers to reverse one denial from 2018 and granting two for the 2019 compliance year. The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) was quick to respond with a petition for review and an emergency motion to stay EPA's action.

    "Based on empirical evidence from SREs improperly granted in other compliance years, the new 2018-2019 SREs will likely have a sudden, negative impact on both ethanol sales volumes and prices. This would be devastating to America's ethanol producers, many of which are already on the brink of closure due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This action by EPA is completely without legal merit," RFA Pres. and CEO Geoff Cooper Noted:

    "This midnight-hour attempt by the Trump administration to damage the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and sabotage the ethanol industry's recovery from the COVID pandemic simply cannot be allowed to prevail. With just hours remaining in his shameful term as EPA administrator, Wheeler couldn't stop himself from doling out a few more Clean Air Act compliance exemptions to his well-connected friends. But the fact remains that this action by EPA is completely without legal merit. It flouts both the statute and recent court decisions that clearly limit EPA's authority and ability to grant these exemptions. And while this action comes as one last sucker punch from the Trump administration, we are confident it will be a hollow victory for the politically connected oil companies receiving today's waivers, as the new Biden administration will most certainly act quickly to restore the volumes erased by these waivers," RFA president and CEO Geoff Cooper said.

    "Farm families and biofuel workers across the country have worked tirelessly to make a living over the past few months despite a global pandemic. And yet, the Trump administration's SRE abuse has piled on to the uncertainty and difficulty that rural Americans are facing every day," according to Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor.

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: RFA, Growth Energy, AgriNews, 30January, 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org; RFA, Geoff Cooper, Pres., CEO, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

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    JinkoSolar's 20 GW Solar Cell Plant Construction Underway (Int'l.)
    JinkoSolar
    Date: 2021-01-25
    JinkoSolar, one of the largest solar module producers in the world, reports it is constructing the world's largest -- 20 GW -- solar cell factory in Chuxiong, Yunnan Province, China.

    The facility, which is slated to be fully operational by the end of the year, will triple the company's overall production capacity to 30 GW, according to the release. (Source: JinkoSolar, PR, Website, CleanTechnica, 23 Jan., 2021)Contact: JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd., Ripple Zhang, +86 21-5183 3105, pr@jinkosolar.com, www.jinkosolar.com

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    Keystone XL Commits Net-Zero Emissions by 2023 (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2021-01-20
    Houston-headquartered TC Energy Corporation is reporting a new sustainable energy initiative for the Keystone XL Project. The company will achieve net zero emissions across the project operations when it is placed into service in 2023 and has committed the operations will be fully powered by renewable energy sources no later than 2030. This announcement comes after an extensive period of study and analysis, and as part of the company's ongoing commitment to sustainability, thoughtfully finding innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, while providing communities with reliable energy needed today.

    Implementation of the initiative is expected to eliminate more than 3 million tpy of CO2 from the pipeline project's operations -- equivalent of removing approximately 650,000 cars from the highway. TC Energy is expected to spur an investment of over $1.7 billion in communities along the Keystone XL footprint creating approximately 1.6 GW of renewable electric capacity, according to the release.

    By implementing this initiative, Keystone XL will allow responsibly produced Canadian oil to be safely transported into the United States from many producers who have set their own net zero emissions goals. Canadian Oil Sands producers have cut emissions intensity by 21 pct in recent years and they are expected to fall another 27 pct by 2030.

    Net zero emissions will be achieved when the pipeline is placed into service by purchasing renewable energy from electricity providers the purchase of renewable energy credits (REC) or carbon offsets.

    The pipeline would carry heavy Canadian tar-sands oil from Alberta to refineries and ports on the Texas Gulf of Mexico via connections in the U.S. Midwest. Former President Barack Obama had killed the $8 billion Keystone XL project saying that it would cause emissions linked to climate change and do little for U.S. drivers. President Donald Trump resurrected the 830,000 barrels-per-day project two months after taking office in 2017. Incoming Pres. Jor Biden has indicated he will kill the project almost immediately upon entering the White House. (Source: Keystone XL, PR, 17 Jan., 2021) Contact: KeystoneXL, Richard Prior,, Pres., CEO, 866-717-7473, keystone@tcenergy.com, www.keystonexl.com


    Lenovo Plans Global Product Carbon Offset Launch (Ind. Report)
    Lenovo
    Date: 2021-01-06
    As part of its ongoing CO2 Offset Services initiative, computer manufacturer Lenovo is touting its recent carbon offsetting scheme for customer purchases of its Think-branded products worldwide. The offset scheme accounts for emissions produced from the manufacture and shipping of each individual product and up to five years of consumer use. Offsets are delivered through projects overseen by the UN and ClimeCo, -- one of the largest producers of US-based carbon credits.

    The programme was initially launched as a pilot in the Nordics in February. During the first nine months, customers helped offset 26,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, the equivalent to almost 1,800 European flights.

    . Lenovo is focusing on long-term decarbonisation. Last year, the company set science-based targets to halve emissions from its operations and reduce value chain impacts by 25 pct by 2030, with a view to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. The new targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) and are aligned to limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, as envisioned by the Paris Agreement. (Source: Lenovo, PR, edie 6 Jan., 2020) Contact: Lenovo, www.lenovo.com

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    ePURE Launches E10 Specific Website (Int'l. Report)
    ePURE
    Date: 2021-01-06
    In Brussels, ePURE is touting its recently launched website specific to ethanol E10 blended transportation fuel.

    ePURE represents the interests of European renewable ethanol producers to the EU institutions, industry stakeholders, the media, academia and the general public. ePURE speaks for 36 member companies and associations (including 19 ethanol producers), with around 50 plants in 16 EU Member countries, accounting for about 85 pct of EU renewable ethanol production. The organisation, established in 2010, promotes the beneficial uses of ethanol throughout Europe. (Source: ePURE, PR 3 Jan., 2020) Contact: ePURE, Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary-General, +32 2 657 6679, info@epure.org, www.epure.org; New E10 website, www.e10info.eu

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    Impact of COVID-19 on the Ethanol Industry (RFA Report Attached)
    Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2020-12-28
    According to a Renewable Fuels Association Impact of COVID-19 on the Ethanol Industry report released Dec. 9, the COVID-19 pandemic has cost ethanol producers $3.8 billion in losses due to restricted driving and less ethanol-blend gasoline consumption.

    By April, the low point in both production and consumption of ethanol had fallen by 50 pct from the previous year. Volumes rebounded from that point but never reached "normal" levels. In the first week of December, consumption of both gasoline and ethanol fell to their lowest points since May, according to data from the Energy Information Administration.

    The cumulative decline in ethanol production is estimated to have been 2 billion gallons from March to November 2020. The ethanol industry's usage of corn has been reduced by 700 million bushels.

    Access the RFA's Impact of COVID-19 on the Ethanol Industry report HERE. (Source: Renewable Fuels Association, High Plains Journal, 27 Dec., 2020) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, Pres., CEO, (202) 289-3835,www.ethanolrfa.org

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    RFA CEO Comments on COVID-19 Relief Package (Opinions & Asides)
    RFA
    Date: 2020-12-28
    "As Congress debates another COVID-19 relief package, we implore policymakers to consider the devastating economic impact the pandemic has had on renewable fuel producers. Our new analysis provides an in-depth look at how rural communities have suffered.

    "The decrease in ethanol production has idled or permanently closed plants across the heartland and caused job losses in rural communities where good employment is often hard to find.

    "As an industry deemed critical and essential to America, we call on Congress to act swiftly to provide some targeted relief to our nation’s renewable fuels industry." -- Geoff Cooper, Pres., CEO, (202) 289-3835,www.ethanolrfa.org

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    Ottawa Proposes Clean Fuel Standard Regulations (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2020-12-21
    In Ottawa, the CBC is reporting the Canadian federal government has proposed rules for its Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) that producers and distributors would have to follow under the Canadian climate plan. The CFS to intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the carbon in transportation fuels and heating oil.

    The regulations would require fossil fuels producers and distributors to reduce their products carbon content by 2.6 pct by 2022 increasing to 13 pct by 2030. Companies could achieve that by reducing carbon emitted during production and use of those fuels or by earning credits to apply against emissions. Import rules would be tightened to ensure biofuels brought into Canada were actually reducing carbon emissions in their country of origin. The rules would also enable fuel distributors to earn credits by helping drivers switch to electric vehicles by, for example, building charging stations.

    Current biofuel and fossil fuel blending requirements would remain and become part of the new regulations which are projected to reduce emissions by nearly 21 megatonnes by 2030. (Source: CBC News, 20 Dec., 2020)

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    Hydro-Quebec Launches EVLO Energy Storage Systems (Ind. Report)
    Hydro-Quebec
    Date: 2020-12-11
    In Montreal, Canada's largest electricity producer Hydro-Quebec is reporting the launch of its subsidiary EVLO Energy Storage Inc. (EVLO) to design, sell, and operate medium- and large-scale energy storage systems for power producers, transmission providers and distributors, as well as the commercial and industrial markets.

    EVLO's lithium-iron phosphate batteries and modular design can be scaled to meet a wide variety of needs and includes power control and energy management software. They also have a smaller environmental footprint, are made from naturally abundant, nontoxic materials, and can be recycled using a process that allows 99 pct of the active materials to be recovered and reused. Moreover, EVLO systems do not contain any cobalt or rare earth elements. (Source: Hydro-Quebec, Website, PR, 9 Dec., 2020)Contact: Hydro-Quebec, Sophie Brochu, Pres., CEO, www.hydroquebec.com; EVLO, www.evloenergy.com/en

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    E15 Poised to Fast-Track Climate Progress (Report Attached)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2020-12-09
    Growth Energy, the nation's largest association of biofuel producers and supporters, released a new report examining the potential climate benefits of a nationwide transition from the standard 10-pct ethanol blended fuel (E10) to a 15-pct ethanol blend (E15). The report was authored by Air Improvement Resource (AIR) Inc., a leading research firm in the area of mobile source emissions modeling and technology.

    Marketed to consumers as Unleaded 88, E15 is approved by the EPA for all light-duty vehicles model year 2001 and later, which is 95 pct of the vehicle fleet on the road today. Currently, 98 pct of all gasoline contains about 10 pct ethanol, but more than 2,200 retail locations are now offering E15, and in 2020 -- despite COVID-19 -- retail sites offering E15 have increased 10 pct. According to the AIR study, the higher ethanol blend would not only help achieve the nation's climate goals, but also offers individual states the opportunity to lead -- cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 1.88 million tpy in California alone.

    Download the GHG Benefits of 15 pct Ethanol (E15)Use in the United States report HERE. (Source: Growth Energy, PR, 7 Dec., 2020) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

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    EPA Misses 2021 RFS RVO Announcement (Opinions & Asides)
    Renewable Fuels Association,National Farmers Union
    Date: 2020-12-02
    Commenting on the US EPA's again missing the annual statutory deadline for the release of the RVOs, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper said:

    "It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that EPA is missing its statutory deadline for publishing the final rule for 2021 RVOs, given that we still haven't even seen a proposed rule. And even if a proposed rule was released today, it would be next to impossible to have a final rule done by the end of the calendar year, or even by inauguration day.

    "At this point, it likely makes more sense to let the new administration handle the 2021 RVO rulemaking process entirely. President-elect Biden has correctly noted that the RFS waivers granted by the current EPA have severely cut ethanol production, costing farmers income and ethanol plant workers their jobs. Thus, we are confident that the new EPA administrator, whoever that may end up being, will stop doing secret favors for oil refiners and ensure the RFS is implemented in a way that is consistent with the law and Congressional intent. We know it may take a few months for the new administration to get a final 2021 RVO rule done, but in the meantime, the statute is crystal clear that refiners must blend at least 15 billion gallons of conventional renewable fuel in 2021.

    "So, while there may be some uncertainty around where the final advanced and cellulosic volume requirements may end up, the marketplace should be able to enter 2021 with some level of confidence around the conventional renewable fuel and biomass-based diesel requirements."

    National Farmers Union President Rob Larew added, "By punting a decision on 2021's RVOS to the next administration, EPA is introducing yet more uncertainty to the biofuels industry -- uncertainty that most farmers and biofuels producers can't afford right now. Despite promising again and again to uphold RFS, the Trump administration has consistently undermined the program with its misappropriation of small refinery exemptions, preferential treatment of oil corporations, and disregard for its legal responsibility to restore lost demand, all of which has cost America's farmers and biofuel producers dearly. To add insult to injury, fuel use -- and, consequently, ethanol use -- has dropped significantly during the pandemic, cutting deeply into profits.

    "Trump's EPA has almost invariably fallen short in its handling of biofuels, and today's decision, or lack thereof, is no different. We sincerely hope Biden's EPA learns from their mistakes and takes biofuels policy in a much more promising direction." (Source: National Farmers Union, Renewable Fuels Association, FencePost, 30 Nov., 2020) Contact: National Farmers Union, Rob Larew, Pres., (202) 554-1600, www.nfu.org; Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, Pres., CEO, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

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    Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre Trialing Marine Biofuels (Int'l.)
    Alfa Laval
    Date: 2020-11-06
    Lund, Sweden-based fluids handling specialist Alfa Laval reports its Test and Training Centre in Aalborg, Denmarg is collaborating with industry partners and research institutes for marine biofuels testing and taking a key role in the marine industry effort to meet the International Maritime Organization's (IMO's) goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 50 pct over 2008 levels by 2050.

    The first biofuel tested at the Centre will be one produced in India by MASH Energy, which is created through pyrolysis of waste biomass.

    The company also noted it is in talks with additional biofuel producers, as well as other research partners including Aalborg University, where fuels derived from hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) technology that can turn any wet organic material into an energy-dense bio-crude, are in focus. (Source: Alfa Laval, Manifold Times, 5 Nov., 2020) Contact: Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre, Lars Bo Andersen, Manager, +46 46 36 65 00, alfa.laval@alfalaval.com, www.alfalaval.com/industries/marine-transportation/marine/alfa-laval-test-and-training-centre; MASH Energy, www.mash-energy.com; IMO. www.imo.org

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    Growth Energy Touts Biofuels' Advantage to Meet Ag Innovation Goals (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Growth Energy, USDA
    Date: 2020-10-30
    In Washington, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor submitted comments to the USDA as part of the agency's Agriculture Innovation Agenda, regarding readily available technologies that enable the U.S. domestic agriculture sector to increase biofuel production while reducing its environmental footprint.

    In her comments, Skor argued that biofuels play a critical role in achieving the department's goals and called for building on current investments to expand renewables fuels' role in the nation's transportation infrastructure.

    "Supporting programs like the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and initiatives to expand access to higher biofuel blends can build on biofuels' environmental progress and expand the market for American agriculture. USDA's Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) is a prime example of how the agency can support the productivity of our farmers while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions and encouraging further adoption of sustainable farming practices across our agriculture sector," Skor noted.

    Growth Energy is the world's largest association of biofuel producers representing 89 U.S. plants that produce more than 7.5 billion gpy of renewable fuel, 96 businesses associated with the production process, and tens of thousands of biofuel supporters across the country, according to its website.

    Download Skorr's full comments HERE. (Source: Growth Energy, Website PR, 28 Oct., 2020) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

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    Growth Energy Lauds USDA HBIIP Grants Announcement (Ind. Report)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2020-10-19
    Growth Energy welcomed the USDA's announcement of grants under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Programme (HBIIP). Growth Energy's network of both large and small retail partners secured nearly $30 million in grants for over 290 sites selling more than 400 million gpy of petroleum .

    "This announcement offers a welcome ray of hope during an otherwise rough year for America's farmers, retailers and biofuel producers. It represents a major milestone in our efforts to ensure more Americans can access cleaner and more affordable ethanol-blended fuel. We're grateful to Secretary Perdue, USDA, and our congressional champions who are working tirelessly to make higher ethanol blends a success. We're especially proud of Growth Energy's incredible network of retail partners, who bring Unleaded88 (E15) to consumers across the nation and are paving the way for higher blends of ethanol," Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor said. (Source: Growth Energy, PR, Oct., 2020)

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    USDA Supports Rural Kansas Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
    USDA Rural Development
    Date: 2020-09-28
    Reporting from Topeka, USDA Rural Development State Director for Kansas, Lynne Hinrichsen, has announced that USDA is investing $558,552 to make energy efficiency improvements and reduce energy costs for farmers, ag producers and rural-based businesses and institutions in rural Kansas.

    USDA is investing in 17 rural small businesses and agricultural producers through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Grants and Guaranteed Loans. Investments can used for renewable energy systems such as wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and hydropower. REAP funding can also be used for energy audits and to make energy efficiency improvements to heating, ventilation and cooling systems, insulation, lighting and refrigeration.

    USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. (Source: USDA Rural Development, Salina Post, 26 Sept., 2020) Contact: USDA Rural Development, www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-energy-america-program-renewable-energy-systems-energy-efficiency/mn, www.rd.usda.gov/ks

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    Sweden Sustainable Aviation Fuel Front-runner, says Neste (Int'l.)
    Neste Oyi
    Date: 2020-09-21
    In Helsinki, in line with its "fossil-free fuel by 2045" initiative, the Swedish Government reports plans to introduce a greenhouse gas reduction mandate for aviation fuel sold in Sweden in 2021. The reduction level will be 0.8 pct in 2021, and gradually increase to 27 pct in 2030. This makes Sweden an undisputed leader in sustainable aviation, according to Neste Oyi.

    "We need front-runners to lead the way in sustainable aviation. The ambitious target now set by the Swedish government is an example others should follow in order to support the aviation industry in meeting its emission reduction targets. It also creates the necessary certainty for sustainable aviation fuel producers to invest in increasing the production", says Neste VP for Renewable Aviation Europe, Jonathan Wood.

    Earlier this year, Norway introduced a 0.5 pct biofuel blending mandate. There will be enough capacity on the market to supply the anticipated volumes of sustainable aviation fuel to Sweden and Norway. Neste is already producing commercial scale volumes of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™, refined from renewable waste and residue raw materials. In its neat form and over the lifecycle, the fuel can reduce up to 80 pct of greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil jet fuel, according to Neste.

    Neste's sustainable aviation fuel capacity is currently 100,000 tpy. With Neste's Singapore refinery expansion on the way and possible additional investment in the Neste Rotterdam refinery, Neste will have the capacity to produce some 1.5 million tpy of sustainable aviation fuel by 2023.

    The global aviation industry has set ambitious targets to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from air transport, including carbon-neutral growth from 2020 and beyond, and a 50 pct reduction of net aviation carbon emissions by 2050. Aviation needs multiple solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Currently, sustainable aviation fuels offer the only viable alternative to fossil fuels for powering aircrafts, according to the Neste release. (Source: Neste Corporation, Press Release, Website PR, 17 September 2020) Contact: Neste, +358 50 458 5076, media@neste.com, www.neste.com

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    US Biomass Pellet Assoc. Supports EU's Carbon-Neutral Goals (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    US Industrial Pellet Association
    Date: 2020-09-21
    In a release, the Richmond, Virginia-based US Industrial Pellet Association (USIPA) welcomed the European Commission (EC) proposal to accelerate the EU's transition to a climate neutral economy. Over the past decade, sustainable biomass has displaced millions of tons of coal in Europe and will play a critical role in helping achieve the EU's 2030 Climate Targets.

    The EC's plan calls for a series of new climate targets to be met by the end of the decade on the path to achieving climate neutrality by 2050. Sustainable biomass is poised to make significant contributions to several of these, including reducing the 27-member trading bloc's greenhouse gas emissions by 55 pct compared to 1990 levels; increasing its share of renewable energy to 38-40 pct and cutting coal and gas consumption by 70 pct and 25 pct respectively, compared to 2015 levels.

    As its largest single source of renewable energy, sustainable biomass is a cornerstone of the EU's low-carbon energy transition. We welcome the EC's recognition that in to meet its ambitious targets for 2030 and 2050 the EU will need more sustainable biomass to balance the grid and support a massive expansion of intermittent renewables like wind and solar.

    According to the USIPA, sustainability is paramount to ensuring biomass delivers tangible benefits for the climate. US producers are leading in this area, thanks to our ability to provide substantial quantities of renewable fuel to EU Member States while supporting healthy forests and protecting biodiversity. (Source: USIPA, PR, 16 Sept., 2020) Contact: USIPA, 804.775.5894, JMarcus@theusipa.org, www.theusipa.org

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    Novozymes Platform Converts Corn Fiber into Ethanol (Ind. Report)
    Novozymes
    Date: 2020-09-21
    Novozymes today announced the launch of Fiberex, a comprehensive platform based on novel enzymes and yeast strains to convert corn fiber into ethanol. Fiberex is specifically aimed at breaking down tough fibers in the corn, providing producers with greater operational flexibility. The technology converts a low-value by-product into high-value, low-carbon fuel while also enabling the production of significantly more corn oil.

    According to the release, Novozymes is the technology leader in fiber conversion, enabling new revenue for biofuels producers from low-carbon credits such as in California and EPA's cellulosic RIN credits. Through Fiberex, Novozymes is collaborating with the biofuel industry to further expand the boundaries of corn-based ethanol -- literally breaking down some of the barriers between what is considered conventional biofuels and advanced biofuels.

    Novozymes' Fiberex enzymes are specifically designed to break down this complex matrix -- resulting in more corn oil and converting the fiber into simple sugars that are easily converted into ethanol.

    As part of the platform announcement, Novozymes is also launching the first Fiberex products: Fiberex R1, a technology specifically designed to provide maximum ethanol in separate fiber-to-ethanol processes, and Fiberex F1, a cellulase enzyme designed to provide fiber conversion for in-process technologies. Additional solutions, to launch in 2021, are in proof-of-concept trials now, according to the release. (Source: Novozymes, Website PR, 16 Sept., 2020) Contact: Novozymes, Brian Brazeau, VP Bioenergy, 646-671-3897 , www.novozymes.com

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    Ethanol Industry Joint Statement On Brazil Ethanol TRQ Announcement (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Ethanol Tadiff
    Date: 2020-09-16
    The following is a joint statement from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), Growth Energy, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). After expiring on August 31 and a 20 percent tariff was temporarily applied to all U.S. ethanol, Brazil's tariff rate quota (TRQ) has been extended for a further 90 days starting on Sept. 14.:

    "The U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association and the National Corn Growers Association believe the 90-day extension of the TRQ serves neither Brazil's consumers nor the Brazilian government's own decarbonization goals, especially while Brazil's ethanol producers continue to be afforded virtually tariff-free access to the U.S. market. The extension falls during Brazil's annual inter-harvest period when U.S. ethanol exports to Brazil are traditionally low, causing greater uncertainty for U.S. exporters looking to make selling decisions now for the traditionally higher Brazilian demand in the winter months. While the Brazilian ethanol market has not been fully reopened to imports, we appreciate the continued support and efforts of the U.S. government as we use this 90-day period to aggressively pursue an open and mutually beneficial ethanol trading relationship with Brazil.

    "The U.S. ethanol industry actively sought, through repeated dialogue with local industry and government, to illustrate the negative impacts of tariffs on Brazilian consumers and the Brazilian government's own decarbonization goals. However, it seems Brazil's government has left its own consumers to pay the price through higher fuel costs once again. While we would have preferred Brazil abandon its ethanol import tariffs entirely and resume its free trade posture on ethanol, which it held for several years before the TRQ, we view its decision to temporarily extend the TRQ on ethanol at the current level as an opportunity to continue discussions toward that end.

    "The U.S. ethanol industry remains focused on expanding the global use of low-carbon ethanol, reducing barriers to trade and elevating its prominence in energy discussions. We remain eager to collaborate and cooperate with other nations that share in the vision of a free and open global ethanol market." (Source: U.S. Grains Council Website News, 14 Sept., 2020) Contact: USGC, Bryan Jernigan, 202-789-0789, bjernigan@grains.org, www.grains.org; Growth Energy, Leigh Claffey, lclaffey@growthenergy.org, www.growthenergy.org; RFA, Ken Colombini, kcolombini@ethanolrfa.org, www.ethanolrfa.org; NCGA, Liz Friedlander, (202) 326-0644, friedlander@ncga.com, www.ncga.com

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    US, Brazil Extnd Zero-Tariff Ethanol Agreement (Ind. Report)
    U.S., Brazil
    Date: 2020-09-14
    In a joint statement, the US and Brazil, which together account for 85 pct of the world's ethanol supply, have announced an agreement agreed to hold trade talks for a 90-day period starting September 14, and return to the previous tariff-free arrangement during that time. The talks will focus on ethanol, sugar -- which Brazilian producers want to sell tariff-free in the US -- and possibly corn, according to a release.

    Brazil previously exempted up to 750 million lpy (200 million gpy) of imported ethanol from tariffs but let the benefit expire on September 1, reinstating a 20-pct tariff. The US exported more than 1.25 billion liters of ethanol to Brazil last year, and imported 738 million liters of Brazilian ethanol. (Source: Various Media, France 24, 12 Sept., 2020)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Velocys Joining BIO, RTFA Trade Groups (Ind. Report)
    Velocys
    Date: 2020-09-11
    UK-based renewable fuels specialist Velocys Plc reports it will join the new Renewable Transport Fuel Association (RTFA) and the Washington, DC-headquartered Biotechnology Innovation Organisation's (BIO) Industrial and Environmental Section Governing Board.

    The UK-based RTFA is primarily comprised of greener transportation fuel producers and suppliers and supports rapid action to decarbonise transport through the uptake of low carbon fuels.

    BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centres and related organisations globally. (Source: Velocys, Sept., 2020) Contact: Velocys Plc, Henrik Wareborn, CEO, +44 1235 838 621, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, [endlink]www.velocys.com[endlink]; BIO,
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    Iowa Announces Biofuel Aid Packages (Funding, Ind. Report)
    Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds
    Date: 2020-08-31
    In the Hawkeye State, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) has allocated approximately $100 million in relief funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for a range of agricultural programs to offset the impact of COVID-19 on farmers, producers and agricultural industries.

    The $100 million is part of Iowa's share of the $2 trillion CARES Act, which Congress approved in March. Of the $100 million allocated the following biofuel related concerns will receive funding:

  • $15.5 million, State Biofuel Grant Program -- Biofuels producers were excluded from receiving aid under other parts of the CARES Act; this program will provide relief to those Iowa ethanol and biodiesel producers based on gallons produced. Grants will also be awarded through IEDA's existing small business relief program and are capped at a maximum grant of $750,000 per producer. IEDA administers the program.

  • $7 million, Renewable Fuel Retail Recovery Program -- This previously announced funding supports a program that helps expand retail fueling infrastructure for higher blend renewable fuels, including E15 or higher, and B11 or higher. IDALS administers the program.

    Producers can apply for IEDA-administered programs at www.iowabusinessrecovery.com beginning today, Aug. 31. Apply for IDALS-administered programs Aug. 24 at www.iowaagriculture.gov/grants. (Source: Office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Wallaces Farmer, 31 Aug., 2020) Contact: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, 515-281-5211, www.governor.iowa.gov/contact

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