Advanced Biofuels

May 10, 2019

SoCalGas kicks-off 2019 Environmental Champions Grant Program

BY Southern California Gas Co. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSouthern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has kicked-off its 2019 Environmental Champions Grant initiative, announcing the company is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations focused on clean air, clean energy and renewable natural gas. READ MORE

May 09, 2019

Gevo discusses plans to decarbonize Luverne plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. released first quarter 2019 financial results May 8, highlighting efforts to decarbonize its Luverne, Minnesota, biorefinery and predicting the company could be become profitable during the next 18 months. READ MORE

May 09, 2019

SUEZ methanis biogas membrane system generates RNG in Kansas

BY SUEZ Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Oakland wastewater treatment plant in Topeka, Kansas will generate up to 530 SCFM of pipeline-ready RNG each year with SUEZ Methanis membrane biogas upgrading. The project marks the first North American installation of Methanis. READ MORE

May 08, 2019

US Gain brings sixth RNG development project online

BY U.S. Gain Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsU.S. Gain ha announced the completion of its sixth renewable natural gas (RNG) landfill development project located in Church Hill, Tennessee. The project will generate enough RNG to displace nearly 1.5 million gallons of diesel annually. READ MORE

May 07, 2019

Judge rules EPA must enforce 2016 landfill gas regulations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA federal district court ruled April 6 that the U.S. EPA’s failure to implement and enforce a 2016 regulation limiting landfill methane emissions is unlawful. The ruling requires EPA to develop a federal plan within six months. READ MORE

May 07, 2019

EPA delivers proposed rule with 2020 RVOs, ‘other changes’ to OMB

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has delivered a proposed rule to set 2020 RVOs under the RFS to the White House Office of Management and Budget. The proposed rule also includes the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel and “other changes” to the RFS program. READ MORE

May 07, 2019

Representatives urge EPA to stop issuing SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsA bipartisan group of 35 representatives, led by Reps. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, and Adrian Smith, R-Neb., sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler May 7 urging the agency to stop issuing SREs to large or unqualified refiners. READ MORE

May 06, 2019

UK report targets net-zero GHG emissions, bioenergy can help

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.K. Committee on Climate Change published a report May 2 that recommends the government set a goal to reach net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. Drax and the U.K. Renewable Energy Association say bioenergy can help meet that goal. READ MORE

May 06, 2019

DOE offers $79 million for bioenergy R&D

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe DOE has opened a $79 million funding opportunity for bioenergy research and development that aims to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower and enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources. READ MORE

May 03, 2019

REG: Gallons sold up in Q1, buyer for Life Sciences identified

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsREG released first quarter 2019 results on May 2, reporting a significant increase in biofuel gallons produced. The company also reported it has identified a buyer for its Life Sciences division, and is working to expand renewable diesel capacity. READ MORE

May 03, 2019

Canada invests $11.2 million to support bioproducts development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Canadian government announced April 25 a federal investment of up to $11.2 million to the Bioproducts Cluster under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership in an effort to help provide opportunities for farmers and grow the clean economy. READ MORE

May 03, 2019

TransLink introduces RNG to its bus fleet

BY TransLink Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsTransLink and FortisBC announced April 24 a partnership that will source RNG for TransLink’s natural gas bus fleet. TransLink is now the first public transportation authority in Canada to use RNG to help fuel its natural gas powered buses. READ MORE

May 02, 2019

Bill introduced to overhaul renewable fuel, energy tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., introduced legislation May 2 that aims to overhaul the federal tax code and consolidate the current 44 energy incentives into three technology-neutral provisions. Several biofuel and bioenergy groups support the bill. READ MORE

May 02, 2019

Dane County, Wisconsin, celebrates the opening of RNG project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsDane County, Wisconsin, celebrated the opening of its biogas upgrading project on April 25 with a ribbon cutting. The county’s project converts trash and cow manure into RNG that is injected into the pipeline for use as transportation fuel. READ MORE

May 02, 2019

RFS Power Coalition announces supporting organizations

BY Biomass Power Association Found In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe RFS Power Coalition has added four supporting organizations, including the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, 25x25, the California Biomass Energy Alliance, and the California Rice Commission READ MORE

April 29, 2019

Biofuel groups weigh in on EPA’s E15/RIN reform proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe comment period on U.S. EPA’s E15/RIN market reform rule closed April 29. Several biofuel trade groups filed comments in support of E15, but expressed opposition to the agency’s proposed RIN market reforms. READ MORE

April 29, 2019

EPA denies requests to extend comment period on E15/RIN rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has denied two requests to extend the comment period for its proposed E15/RIN market reform rule. The agency said “extending the comment period would hinder the agency’s ability to make a decision in a timely manner.” READ MORE

April 29, 2019

FortisBC: RNG now part of the low carbon fuel standard

BY FortisBC Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsAt a carbon intensity level equal to or even less than electric vehicle power, FortisBC’s RNG has been approved by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources for inclusion within the province’s low carbon fuel standard. READ MORE

April 26, 2019

Valero: Ethanol earnings down, renewable diesel sales up

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsValero Energy Corp. released first quarter 2019 financial results April 25, reporting significantly reduced income for its ethanol segment. The quarterly report was also the company’s first to address its newly established renewable diesel segment. READ MORE

April 25, 2019

Letter opposes proposed cuts to DOE’s renewable energy programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe BPA partnered with six renewable energy trade groups April 25 to send a letter to Congress opposing deep cuts in FY 2020 funding proposed by the Trump Administration for the Department of Energy's EERE, ARPA-E and NREL. READ MORE

April 25, 2019

ABFA files for injunction against EPA to prevent additional SREs

BY Advanced Biofuels Association Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe ABFA filed a motion April 24 for a preliminary injunction to prevent EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler from granting any additional small refinery exemptions (SREs) until the resolution of its pending lawsuit against EPA. READ MORE

April 24, 2019

In Depth: Biomass in the Hostess City

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe 12th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo drew nearly 900 attendees to Savannah, Georgia. READ MORE

April 24, 2019

Smithfield Foods, RAE form Monarch Bioenergy to produce RNG

BY Smithfield Foods Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSmithfield Foods Inc. and Roeslein Alternative Energy have formed a joint venture called Monarch Bioenergy to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) across Smithfield’s hog farms in Missouri using manure feedstock. READ MORE

April 24, 2019

Quantum, QBI partner on California biogas project

BY Quantum Fuel Systems Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsQuantum Fuel Systems announced April 22 that Quantitative BioSciences Inc. is partnering with and purchasing the company’s newest 10-foot Virtual Pipeline trailers to be used in a dairy biogas project. READ MORE

April 23, 2019

EPA: 32.61 million cellulosic RINs generated in March

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for March, reporting that nearly 1.59 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 32.61 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

April 23, 2019

RNG project proposed for Prince George, British Columbia

BY FortisBC Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsFortisBC announced it has received approval in principle from local authorities to purchase landfill gas from a landfill near Prince George, British Columbia, to purify and inject the gas into its natural gas distribution system as RNG. READ MORE

April 22, 2019

Comment period on E15/RIN market reform rule to close April 29

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsMembers of the public who wish to weigh in on the U.S. EPA’s proposed E15/RIN market reform rule have less than one week to do so. The comment period on the proposal closes April 29. As of April 22, more than 25,000 comments have already been filed. READ MORE

April 22, 2019

Neste, city of Oakland partner to fuel city fleet with biofuel

BY Neste Corp. Found In:Advanced FuelsThe city of Oakland, California, and Neste recently announced that waste feedstock collected from local businesses is now being converted to Neste MY Renewable Diesel, which is then used to fuel the city's fleet. READ MORE

April 19, 2019

Lawmakers urge robust funding for Farm Bill energy title programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMore than 50 federal lawmakers have spoken out to encourage members of the Senate and House appropriations committees to provide robust fiscal year 2020 funding for Farm Bill energy title programs. READ MORE

April 18, 2019

EPA: 40 SRE applications now pending for compliance year 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA released updated data on small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions on April 18, reporting that there are now 40 pending SRE applications for compliance year 2018, up from 39 that were pending as of March 28. READ MORE