Advanced Biofuels

March 19, 2020

EPA: 25 SRE petitions now pending for compliance year 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on March 19, reporting that two additional SRE petitions have been filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard for compliance year 2019. READ MORE

March 19, 2020

Eqtec to develop biomass gasification projects in Greece

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsU.K. based gasification company Eqtec has announced plans to develop at least two biomass gasification projects in Greece. The first will have a capacity of 500 kilowatts (kw), while second will have a 1 megawatt (MW) capacity. READ MORE

March 18, 2020

Gevo discusses plans to produce low carbon ethanol, jet fuel

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOfficials from Gevo Inc. discussed plans to produce renewable aviation fuel and upgrade the company’s biorefinery in Luverne, Minnesota, to produce low carbon ethanol during a fourth quarter earnings call, held March 17. READ MORE

March 17, 2020

ABC staff initiates remote work procedures due to COVID-19

BY American Biogas Council Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe American Biogas Council has announced its staff will work remotely for the rest of the month, effective March 16. The organization will continue to operate at full capacity. ABC staff can be reached by phone, email and teleconference. READ MORE

March 16, 2020

DOE cancels March 24-25 meeting of biomass R&D advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy on March 16 announced it has canceled the open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee scheduled for March 24-25 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. READ MORE

March 13, 2020

Aemetis provide updates of RNG, cellulosic ethanol projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsAemestis Inc. released fourth quarter financial results on March 12, reporting increased revenues and progress with the development of its cellulosic ethanol and renewable natural gas (RNG) projects. READ MORE

March 13, 2020

DOE: Biomass R&D technical advisory committee to meet March 24-25

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has scheduled an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development and Technical Advisory Committee for March 24-25. The meeting will be held in Arlington, Virginia. READ MORE

March 12, 2020

Gevo says goodbye to fossil-based electricity at Luverne facility

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. and partners Juhl Energy and Harrison Street Investors held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completed construction of two wind turbines that will supply up to 5.0 MW of fully renewable electricity to Gevo's biorefinery. READ MORE

March 11, 2020

Executive order expands Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOregon Gov. Kate Brown signed an executive order on March 10 that sets a new goal for greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and outlines several steps the state will take to combat climate change, including expanding Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program. READ MORE

March 11, 2020

Senators question EPA nominee on agency’s SRE policy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on March 11 to consider the nomination of Douglas Benevento to serve as deputy administrator of the U.S. EPA. During the event, Benevento was on the EPA's SRE policy. READ MORE

March 11, 2020

Clean Energy introduces TouchPoint

BY Clean Energy Fuels Corp. Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsClean Energy Fuels Corp. on Feb. 25 announced it has partnered with Natural Gas Vehicle Institute to offer TouchPoint, an extension of Clean Energy’s Zero Now program that makes it ealier to lease or purchase natural gas-fueled trucks. READ MORE

March 10, 2020

Groups urge administration not to appeal court’s SRE ruling

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsRepresentatives of the biofuels industry are speaking out against the Trump administration’s decision to seek an extension of the deadline to challenge the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Jan. 24 decision that struck down three SREs. READ MORE

March 09, 2020

Court extends deadline to challenge SRE ruling until March 24

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Trump administration will have 15 additional days to decide whether to challenge a Jan. 24 ruling by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down three small refinery exemptions (SREs) approved by the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

March 09, 2020

Gevo signs agreement with Viva Energy

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. has signed an agreement with Viva Energy Australia Pty Ltd. to work collaboratively on activities in Australia to establish the technical and commercial feasibility of converting biomass into sustainable jet fuel and renewable gasoline. READ MORE

March 06, 2020

USDA issues rule on Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. and Farm Service Agency published a final rule on March 2 implementing changes to the agency’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), as required by the 2018 Farm Bill. READ MORE

March 06, 2020

Biofuel groups urge Trump not to challenge court’s SRE ruling

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsRepresentatives and supporters of the biofuels industry are speaking out against reports that President Trump will appeal a Jan. 24 decision handed down by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down three SREs approved by the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

March 05, 2020

New Mexico governor signs bill to extend biomass tax credit

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsNew Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a bill on March 4 that extends the state’s agricultural biomass income tax and corporate income tax credit for 10 years, through Jan. 1, 2030. The bill also establishes new reporting requirements. READ MORE

March 05, 2020

Perdue appoints Brand to lead USDA Rural Development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Feb. 28 announced the appointment of Bette Brand to serve as USDA Rural Development Deputy. Brand replaces former Rural Development Deputy Donald “DJ” LaVoy following his retirement. READ MORE

March 05, 2020

Brightmark partners with Michigan dairy farms to produce RNG

BY Brightmark Energy Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsBrightmark Energy has partnered with three Western Michigan farms on the latest in a series of biogas projects the company has launched over the past two years. Dairy manure from the farms will be used to produce RNG. READ MORE

March 04, 2020

Wheeler: EPA to announce response to court ruling on SREs soon

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsU.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said on March 4 that the agency will soon announce its response to a recent court ruling that struck down three SREs and expressed hope the announcement will quell recent RIN price spikes. READ MORE

March 04, 2020

Kinetrex celebrates opening of RNG plant in Indiana

BY Kinetrex Energy Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsKinetrex Energy, EDL and South Side Landfill on March 3 celebrated the completion of the Indy High BTU plant at the Indianapolis South Side Landfill. The plant will convert landfill methane gas into RNG. READ MORE

March 03, 2020

A novel biofuel system for hydrogen production from biomass

BY Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA research team, led by Professor Jungki Ryu in the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST has presented a new biofuel system that uses lignin found in biomass for the production of hydrogen. READ MORE

March 02, 2020

US Gain builds new RNG fueling station for Moreno Valley USD

BY U.S. Gain Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsU.S. Gain announces the completion of a new onsite natural gas fueling station for Moreno Valley Unified School District, supplied with RNG, providing the district strong environmental and economic returns. READ MORE

March 02, 2020

Open-source software analyzes economics of biofuels, bioproducts

BY University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBioSTEAM, a new open-source simulation software developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a fast, flexible tool to analyze the economics of producing different biofuels and bioproducts. READ MORE

February 28, 2020

Pingree introduces net-zero ag bill that supports biogas energy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsRep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, has introduced legislation that sets a goal to reach net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in U.S. agriculture by 2040. Anaerobic digestion technology would play a part in reaching that goal. READ MORE

February 28, 2020

EPA: 1.45 billion RINs generated in January

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released Renewable Fuel Standard renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for January, reporting that more than 1.45 billion RINs were generated during the month, including 454,720 cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

February 27, 2020

Wheeler: EPA will release new guidance on SRE program soon

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsU.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said on Feb. 27 the agency will soon issue new guidance on the RFS's SRE program related to the Tenth Circuit Court's Jan. 27 ruling that struck down three SREs previously issued by the EPA. READ MORE

February 27, 2020

Diamond Green Diesel enters agreement with IMTT

BY Darling Ingredients Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsDarling Ingredients Inc. on Feb. 25 announced that its joint venture with Valero Energy Corp., Diamond Green Diesel, has entered into a long-term lease agreement with IMTT for the use of the St. Rose IMTT Terminal in Louisiana. READ MORE

February 27, 2020

Gevo secures funding from Queensland Waste to Biofutures Fund

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. has been awarded part of The Queensland Waste to Biofutures (W2B) Fund to support the development of waste to biofutures projects in Queensland, Australia. W2B provides funds for biorefinery projects that process waste streams or biomass. READ MORE

February 25, 2020

EPA delivers proposed rule on biogenic emissions to OMB

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA delivered a proposed rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget on Feb. 24 focused on the treatment of biogenic carbon dioxide emissions under the Clean Air Act’s permitting programs. READ MORE