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September 22, 2021

Grassley: RFS proposal rumored to be released Sept. 24

BY Erin VoegeleSen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, discussed the U.S. EPA’s upcoming rule to set Renewable Fuel Standard RVOs during a Sept. 21 press call, noting the agency is expected to release a proposed rule for public comment as soon as Sept. 24. READ MORE

September 22, 2021

Chevron sets goals for RNG, renewable diesel, SAF production

BY Erin VoegeleChevron Corp. on Sept. 14 announced it has set new goals for renewable natural gas (RNG) production and the expansion of production capacity to produce renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). READ MORE

September 22, 2021

Drax, NFU partner to boost UK energy crop market

BY Drax Drax Group has teamed up with the National Farmers Union of England and Wales to identify opportunities to scale up perennial energy crop production and help the U.K. meet its ambitious climate goals. READ MORE

September 21, 2021

EPA’s OIG to audit agency oversight of RFS RIN market

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA’s Office of Inspector General on Sept. 17 announced its intent to begin fieldwork on an audit of the agency’s oversight of the Renewable Fuel Standard renewable identification number (RIN) market. READ MORE

September 21, 2021

Shell sets goal to produce 2 million tons of SAF annually

BY Shell Royal Dutch Shell plc on Sept. 20 announced its ambition to produce around 2 million metric tons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) a year by 2025. It also aims to have at least 10 percent of its global aviation fuel sales as SAF by 2030. READ MORE

September 21, 2021

SCA, St1 enter joint venture to produce, develop liquid biofuels

BY St1 Nordic Oy SCA and St1 have entered a joint venture to produce and sell liquid biofuels. SCA and St1 will be equal shareholders of the joint venture, which will itself have a 50 percent share in the St1 Gothenburg Biorefinery under development in Sweden. READ MORE

September 20, 2021

EPA: 1.7 billion RINs generated in August

BY Erin VoegeleMore than 1.7 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs) were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in August, up from 1.6 billion generated during the same period of last year, according to data released by the U.S. EPA on Sept. 16. READ MORE

September 20, 2021

Drax: Construction starts on second Arkansas pellet plant

BY Drax Group Drax Group has started construction on the second of three satellite pellet plants in Arkansas, the company announced Sept. 20. The faciltiy, located in Russellville, Arkansas, is expected to begin commerical operations in 2022. READ MORE

September 20, 2021

UGI, CalBio, Sevana Bioenergy partner on South Dakota RNG project

BY UGI Corp. MBL Bioenergy LLC announced Sept. 16 that it has entered into definitive agreements to develop several clusters of dairy farm digester projects to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) from multiple farms in South Dakota. READ MORE

September 20, 2021

Gevo, DOE lab apply GREET model to net-zero project

BY Gevo Inc. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory recently partnered with Gevo Inc. to perform a critical lifecycle analysis of its next-generation technology to produce liquid hydrocarbons, such as sustainable aviaition fuel (SAF). READ MORE

September 16, 2021

Massachusetts bills aim to eliminate wood biomass from RPS, APS

BY Erin VoegeleTwo bills pending in the Massachusetts legislature aim to prevent woody biomass energy from participating in the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS) and alternative energy portfolio standard (APS). READ MORE

September 16, 2021

FutureMetrics paper addresses the biomass carbon debt fallacy

BY Erin VoegeleFutureMetrics on Sept. 9 published a new white paper revisiting the flawed assumption that there is a carbon debt after wood is harvested and explaining why some academics continue to perpetuate the carbon debt fallacy. READ MORE

September 16, 2021

EPA: 3 new SRE petitions filed, 62 SRE petitions now pending

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on Sept. 16 published updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data, reporting that there are currently 62 SRE petitions pending under the Renewable Fuel Standard, up from 59 that were pending as of mid-August. READ MORE

September 16, 2021

OMB schedules additional meetings on RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleThe White House Office of Management and Budget has now scheduled 16 meetings with interested parties to discuss a proposed rule to set renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

September 16, 2021

ADM, LG Chem sign MOU for lactic acid, polylactic acid

BY ADM LG Chem and ADM announced Sept. 14 that they have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore U.S.-based production of lactic acid to meet growing demand for a wide variety of plant-based products, including bioplastics. READ MORE

September 16, 2021

Total Corbion PLA marks 100kT Luminy PLA production milestone

BY Total Corbion Total Corbion PLA’s plant in Rayong Thailand is now operating at its namepate capcity of 75,000 metric tons per year. The facility opened in 2019 and in mid-2021 produced its 100,000th ton of PLA bioplastic. READ MORE

September 16, 2021

Archaea Energy, Aria Energy close business combination

BY Archaea Energy Inc. Archaea Energy Inc., formerly known as Rice Acquisition Corp., announced Sept. 15 that it has completed its previously announced business combination with Aria Energy LLC and Archaea Energy LLC, creating an RNG platform. READ MORE

September 16, 2021

Greenlane Renewables signs contract for Colorado RNG project

BY Greenlane Renewables Inc. Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd. has signed with Green Impact Partners, through its EPC contractor, a biogas upgrading system supply agreement for $6.1 million (US$4.8 million) for a RNG project in Colordao. READ MORE

September 16, 2021

Drax urges businesses to join BECCS supplier engagement program

BY Drax Drax is calling on U.K. businesses of all sizes to join the U.K.’s first bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) supplier engagement program. The company will host a series of nationwide events next year focused on the BECCS supply chain. READ MORE

September 16, 2021

Shell to build one of Europe’s biggest biofuels facilities

BY Shell Royal Dutch Shell plc has announced a final investment decision to build an 820,000-tonnes-a-year biofuels facility at the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The facility will produce SAF and renewable diesel from waste. READ MORE

September 16, 2021

Axne touts 9-year extension of biodiesel tax credit in draft bill

BY Office of Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa As the House continues to consider the Build Back Better Act, Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, is touting the inclusion of a nine-year extension of the biodiesel tax credit that is included in the draft legislation. READ MORE

September 16, 2021

Honeywell, Preem conduct commercial biofuel trial

BY Honeywell Honeywell announced Sept. 15 the completion of a commercial refinery trial with Preem AB for co-processing of biomass-based pyrolysis oil in a fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) unit. UOP has conducted five other similar commercial tests. READ MORE

September 15, 2021

UK to launch fourth round of CfD energy scheme

BY Erin VoegeleU.K. has announced the fourth round of its Contracts for Difference (CfD) energy scheme. Landfill gas, sewage gas, energy-from-waste with CHP, large-scale anaerobic digestion, and dedicated biomass with CHP are among the eliglbe technologies. READ MORE

September 15, 2021

EIA releases renewable diesel, SAF capacity data

BY Erin VoegeleThe EIA on Sept. 3 for the first time released U.S. capacity data for biorefineries that produce renewable diesel, renewable heating oil, renewable jet fuel, renewable naphtha and gasoline, and “other" renewable fuels and intermeidate products. READ MORE

September 15, 2021

FortisBC to reopen its RNG program on Oct. 15

BY FortisBC Energy Inc. FortisBC Energy Inc. has announced it will reopen its renewable natural gas (RNG) program to its natural gas customers on Oct. 15, 2021. The RNG program was launched in 2011, with approximately 10,000 customers currently subscribed. READ MORE

September 15, 2021

Eni, Aeroporti di Roma sign SAF agreement

BY Eni Eni and Aeroporti di Roma have signed a strategic agreement to promote decarbonization initiatives in the aviation sector and accelerate the ecological transition of airports. One feature of the agreement is the introduciton of SAF for aviation. READ MORE

September 15, 2021

Aemetis Biogas signs utility pipeline interconnect agreement

BY Aemetis Inc. Aemetis Inc. announced that its subsidiary Aemetis Biogas LLC has signed the standard renewable gas interconnection agreement (SRGIA) with the PG&E and funded the final $1.2 million payment for installation of PG&E’s interconnection equipment. READ MORE

September 15, 2021

Kinder Morgan, Neste partner on renewable fuels logistics project

BY Neste Kinder Morgan Inc. is partnering with Neste to create a premier domestic raw material storage and logistics hub in the United States, supporting increased production of renewable diesel, SAF and renewable feedstock for polymers and chemicals. READ MORE

September 15, 2021

Chevron, Gevo announce intent to pursue SAF investment

BY Gevo Inc. Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of Chevron Corp., and Gevo Inc. on Sept. 9 announced a letter of intent to jointly invest in building and operating one or more new facilities that would process inedible corn to produce sustainable aviation fuel. READ MORE

September 13, 2021

Biofuel groups call on lawmakers to fix SAF legislation

BY Erin VoegeleA group of nine biofuel and ag groups are calling lawmakers to fix major flaws in pending legislation that they say could leave American farmers and biofuel producers cut out of the sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) market. READ MORE

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