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September 28, 2020

DOE solicits applications for Technology Commercialization Fund

BY Erin VoegeleThe Department of Energy on Sept. 23 issued its FY 2021 solicitation for the Technology Commercialization Fund, which aims to advance the commercialization of promising energy technologies and deploy lab-developed technologies to the marketplace. READ MORE

September 28, 2020

Corbion and Total to build first world-scale PLA plant in Europe

BY Corbion Corbion and Total on Sept. 24 announced their intention to build a new PLA bioplastics plant in Europe through their Total Corbion PLA joint venture. The plant is expected to have a capacity of 100,000 tons per year. READ MORE

September 28, 2020

NREL shares $40M with partners to scale next-gen biotechnologies

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory The U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office has awarded nearly $40 million to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory that will be used to develop and scale up 11 groundbreaking bioenergy projects. READ MORE

September 25, 2020

USDA solicits applications for loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA is soliciting applications for two different cycles of the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. The first cycle closes Oct. 1, while the second is open through April 1, 2021. READ MORE

September 25, 2020

CalBio, dairy farmers and Chevron announce first RNG

BY California Bioenergy LLC California Bioenergy LLC, Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and local dairy farmers on Sept. 24 announced their joint venture, CalBioGas LLC, successfully achieved first renewable natural gas (RNG) production from dairy farms in Kern County. READ MORE

September 24, 2020

House passes bill that aims to increase SRE transparency

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 24 passed the Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act, or H.R. 4447, by a vote of 229 to 187. The bill includes provisions of the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act. READ MORE

September 24, 2020

DOE opens $2M FOA for co-gasification research

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy on Sept. 22 released a $2 million funding opportunity announcement (FOA) focused on the co-gasification of coal, biomass and plastic waste to produce hydrogen. READ MORE

September 24, 2020

USDA seeks applications for Advanced Biofuel Payment Program

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA announced on Sept. 23 it is making $7 million available under the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program. The agency will accept applications from advanced biofuel producers during the month of October. READ MORE

September 24, 2020

Gulfstream extends contract for sustainable aviation fuel

BY Gulfstream Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. on Sept. 14 announced it has extended its contract with World Fuel Services to continue providing the business-jet manufacturer with a steady supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced by World Energy. READ MORE

September 23, 2020

UK opens consultation on Green Gas Levy to support biomethane

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. government has opened a public consultation an initiative that aims to scale up the production of renewable natural gas (RNG), also referred to as bioemethane or green gas, for use in heating applications. READ MORE

September 23, 2020

Groups call on Trump administration to live up to RFS commitments

BY Erin VoegeleWhile the EPA’s recent denial of 54 gap year SRE petitions was a positive step for the U.S. biofuels industry, representatives of the U.S. biofuel and ag industries are calling on the Trump administration tp live up to its remaining biofuel promises. READ MORE

September 23, 2020

Pinnacle responds to Fibreco silo incident

BY Pinnacle Renewable Energy Pinnacle Renewable Energy on Sept. 22 that it has temporarily diverted all pellet shipping activity to its wholly owned Westview shipping terminal in response to a structural failure of a silo at the Fibreco Export Inc. shipping terminal. READ MORE

September 23, 2020

Neste, Shell sign agreement to increase the supply of SAF

BY Neste In a move which anticipates increasing desire from airlines to reduce emissions, Neste and Shell Aviation have entered into a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supply agreement that the companies say will increase the supply and availability of SAF. READ MORE

September 22, 2020

EPA: 1.58 billion RINs generated in August

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released data showing 1.58 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs) were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in August, down from 1.65 billion during the same period of 2019. READ MORE

September 22, 2020

Natural Resource Canada funds 11 bioenergy projects

BY Erin VoegeleNatural Resource Canada is has announced it will award approximately $21 million to support several clean energy projects in Indigenous communities in Ontario and the Northwest Territories, including 11 biomass projects. READ MORE

September 22, 2020

Air bp delivers 210 metric tons of SAF to Stockholm airport

BY Air BP Air bp, the international aviation fuel products and services supplier, has today delivered 210 metric tons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to Swedish airport operator, Swedavia, at Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN/ESSA). READ MORE

September 21, 2020

Japan solicits comments on proposed changes to FIT program

BY Erin VoegeleJapan is proposing to shorten the eligibility window for previously approved and future biomass projects under its feed-in tariff (FIT) program, according to a report filed with the USDA FAS Global Agricultural Information Network on Sept. 18. READ MORE

September 21, 2020

EPA delivers final Fuels Regulatory Streamlining rule to OMB

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA delivered its final Fuels Regulatory Streamlining rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget on Sept. 17. OMB review marks a final step before a rulemaking is released publicly. READ MORE

September 21, 2020

Drax Biomass donates $20,000 to help victims of Hurricane Laura

BY Drax Biomass Drax Biomass is donating $20,000 to help families in Northeastern and Central Louisiana who were impacted by Hurricane Laura last month. The funds donated are going to hurricane relief efforts driven by the United Way and local food banks. READ MORE

September 21, 2020

Gevo: Sweden and Norway target increased use of SAF

BY Gevo Inc. Swedish Government announced on Sept. 11 its intention to introduce a greenhouse gas reduction mandate for aviation fuel. Norway made a similar announcement earlier this year. Gevo Inc. has welcomed both announcements. READ MORE

September 18, 2020

UK bioenergy generation up 17% in Q1

BY Erin VoegeleU.K. renewable energy generation increased by 30 percent during the first quarter of 2020, reaching 40.8 terawatt hours (TWh), according to data released by the U.K. Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on Sept. 10. READ MORE

September 18, 2020

Censky to leave USDA, resume post at American Soybean Association

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA announced on Sept. 18 that Deputy Agriculture Secretary Stephen Censky will step down on Nov. 8 to resume his post as CEO of the American Soybean Association, a position he previously held for 21 years. READ MORE

September 18, 2020

Fortistar, Rumpke begin construction on Ohio RNG project

BY Fortistar Fortistar and Rumpke Waste & Recycling have announced construction is now underway on a $33 million project in Ohio that will capture methane from the Noble Road landfill and convert it into renewable natural gas (RNG). READ MORE

September 17, 2020

European Commission proposes 55% cut in GHGs by 2030

BY Erin VoegeleThe European Commission on Sept. 17 released a plan that aims to reduce European Union GHG emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030 when compared to 1990 levels. The goal would put the EU on a pathway to reaching climate neutrality by 2050. READ MORE

September 17, 2020

Stabenow criticizes plan to bail out oil refiners with USDA funds

BY Erin VoegeleSen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., is speaking out to criticize the Trump administration over reports that it plans to use $300 million in USDA funding to bail out small oil refineries that are denied small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the RFS. READ MORE

September 17, 2020

EPA: 7 new SRE petitions filed, including 5 gap year SREs

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published updated SRE data that reflects the denial of 54 gap year SRE petitions announced by the agency on Sept. 14. The data also shows seven new SRE petitions have been filed in recent weeks, including five new gap year SREs. READ MORE

September 17, 2020

Wisconsin project produces drinkable water from digested manure

BY Dane County, Wisconsin Dane County, Wisconsin, on Sept. 15 cut the ribbon on a community nutrient concentration system that converts digested manure from GL Dairy Biogas LLC into drinkable water. Nutrients are recovered and used as fertilizer. READ MORE

September 16, 2020

House to vote on bill that aims to increase SRE transparency

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act during the week of Sept. 21. The bill includes the provisions of the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act. READ MORE

September 16, 2020

Letter urges EU leaders to increase GHG reduction targets

BY Erin VoegeleLeaders of Enviva and Drax Group are among the nearly 200 business leaders, investors and organizations that recently sent a letter leaders of the European Union and EU member states urging the EU to increase GHG emission reduction targets. READ MORE

September 16, 2020

Prometheus Fuels licenses ORNL ethanol-to-jet-fuel process

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Prometheus Fuels has licensed an ethanol-to-jet-fuel conversion process developed by ORNL researchers. The ORNL technology will enable cost-competitive production of jet fuel and co-production of butadiene for use in renewable polymer synthesis. READ MORE

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