Advanced Biofuels

May 17, 2018

Fulcrum Bioenergy breaks ground on Sierra Biofuels Plant

BY Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsFulcrum BioEnergy Inc. announced May 16 the start of site construction for Phase 2 of its first waste-to-fuels project, the Sierra BioFuels Plant, with a groundbreaking event at the plant site in McCarran, Nevada, to celebrate this milestone. READ MORE

May 16, 2018

Bioenergy, ag groups urge Congress to oppose House Farm Bill

BY American Biogas Council Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe American Biogas Council in conjunction with the Agriculture Energy Coalition and the Biomass Power Association is urging Congress to oppose H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill. READ MORE

May 15, 2018

Grassley discusses E15 timing, Pruitt

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn a press conference May 15, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, discussed the timeline for year-round E15 sales and threatened to call on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign if he doesn’t carry out President Trump’s commitment to the RFS. READ MORE

May 15, 2018

North American RNG industry advocates on Capitol Hill

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsStakeholders from across the North American renewable natural gas (RNG) industry descended on Capitol Hill May 15 for more than 65 meetings with U.S. Federal lawmakers to communicate the importance of continuing to develop RNG biofuels. READ MORE

May 15, 2018

Gevo to focus on ethanol production, improvements at Luverne

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. recently released first quarter 2018 financial results, reporting that the company currently sees ethanol as a pathway to profitability. The company’s near-term plans include making improvements its plant in Luverne, Minnesota. READ MORE

May 14, 2018

EPA delivers proposed rule for 2019 RFS RVOs to OMB

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn May 11, the U.S. EPA delivered its proposed rule to set 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard blending obligations to the White House Office of Management and Budget. OMB review marks a final step before the proposal is released for public comment. READ MORE

May 14, 2018

AEC urges House to oppose elimination of Farm Bill’s energy title

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn May 14, the Agriculture Energy Coalition sent a letter to the House of Representatives opposing the elimination of a stand-alone energy title and exclusion of mandatory funding for energy programs in the 2018 Farm Bill. READ MORE

May 14, 2018

BioAmber files for bankruptcy

BY BioAmber Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBioAmber Inc. announced May 4 that it has filed a voluntary petition for relief under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. The company's two Canadian subsidiaries are taking similar action under Canada's bankruptcy laws. READ MORE

May 14, 2018

Neste sells 1 billionth gallon of renewable fuel in North America

BY Neste U.S. Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsNeste U.S. Inc. recently marked its 1 billionth gallon of Neste MY Renewable Diesel sold in North America, which has effectively helped reduce more than 7 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in the Earth’s atmosphere. READ MORE

May 11, 2018

DOE funds 2 biofuel projects through BRDI

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced FuelsOn May 9, the U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $3 million in funding for advanced biofuels, bioenergy, and biobased products available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI). READ MORE

May 10, 2018

Senators seek answers on CVR waiver from Pruitt, Icahn

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn May 8, a group of senators sent letters to U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and CVR Energy Chairman Carl Icahn to request information on reports that the EPA granted CVR an economic hardship waiver under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

May 09, 2018

Partnership to help supply biojet to Sea-Tac Airport

BY Port of Seattle Found In:Advanced FuelsThe Port of Seattle announced May 1 that 13 airlines have agreed to collaborate on a work plan for providing all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with access to sustainable aviation fuel. READ MORE

May 08, 2018

Trump to allow year-round E15 sales, attach RINs to exports

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsPresident Donald Trump hosted a meeting May 8 on the RFS at the White House. During the meeting, attendees agreed to allow year-round sales of E15, to abandon plans to pursue a price cap on RINs, and to allow RINs to be assigned to exported biofuels. READ MORE

May 08, 2018

Pasadena fire department switches to Neste renewable diesel

BY Neste Corp. Found In:Advanced FuelsThe Pasadena Fire Department in California has switched much of its fleet of apparatus from operating on petroleum diesel to using Neste MY Renewable Diesel. Its entire fleet is expected to be fueled with renewable diesel by next year. READ MORE

May 08, 2018

Researchers produce biohydrogen using green algae

BY University of Turku Found In:Advanced FuelsA research group from the University of Turku, Finland, has discovered an efficient way for transforming solar energy into the chemical energy of biohydrogen through the photosynthesis of green algae that function as cell factories. READ MORE

May 07, 2018

Velocys sells license to Red Rock Biofuels

BY Velocys plc Found In:Advanced FuelsVelocys plc, the renewable fuels company, has received a “notice to proceed” action to commence manufacturing of the Fischer-Tropsch reactors and catalyst for the Red Rock Biofuels LLC biorefinery that will be located in Lakeview, Oregon. READ MORE

May 07, 2018

Sweetwater, Graanul announce first commercial biorefinery

BY Sweetwater Energy Found In:Pellets, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSweetwater Energy and Estonia-based AS Graanul Invest will build a commercial-scale integrated biorefinery that will produce clean cellulosic sugars and highly pure lignin from 50,000 tons of local hardwood each year. READ MORE

May 04, 2018

USDA solicits applications for Repowering Assistance Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA is soliciting applications for up to $5 million in funding under its Repowering Assistance Program, which helps eligible biorefineries use biomass as a replacement for fossil fuels used to create heat or power. READ MORE

May 04, 2018

RNG production facility begins operations in Iowa

BY GAIN Clean Fuel Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsGAIN Clean Fuel and BioResource Development announce the start-up of a renewable natural gas (RNG) production facility located at Water and Resource Recovery Center in Dubuque, Iowa. RNG produced at the facility will be used as transportation fuel. READ MORE

May 03, 2018

Chempolis, Fortum, NRL partner to build biorefinery in India

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsChempolis, Fortum and Numaligarh Revinery Ltd. have formed a joint venture to develop a biorefinery in India that will convert 300,000 tons of bamboo annually into ethanol, furfural, acetic acid and biocoal. READ MORE

May 03, 2018

Air Canada operates biofuel flight from Edmonton to San Francisco

BY Air Canada Found In:Advanced FuelsAir Canada announced its Edmonton-San Francisco flight May 2 operated with biofuel onboard a 146-seat Airbus A320-200 aircraft. Air Canada continues to support and advocate for the development of biofuel in Canada. READ MORE

May 03, 2018

DOE offers bioenergy research funding opportunities

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced four funding opportunities totaling up to $78 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office. READ MORE

May 02, 2018

ABFA challenges EPA’s RFS small refinery exemptions in court

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Advanced Biofuel Association has submitted a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to sue U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, challenging EPA’s process for granting RFS small refinery hardship waivers. READ MORE

May 02, 2018

Neste reports strong Q1 performance for renewables division

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn April 26, Neste Corp. released first quarter 2018 financial results, reporting strong results for the company’s Renewable Products division. Overall, the company posted an all-time high quarterly profit. READ MORE

May 02, 2018

REG launches REG Ultra Clean Diesel

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsRenewable Energy Group Inc. launched the company’s latest innovation in diesel fuel, REG Ultra Clean Diesel, at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, California, May 2. READ MORE

May 02, 2018

Wood formation model to fuel progress in bioenergy

BY North Carolina State University Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new systems biology model that mimics the process of wood formation allows scientists to predict the effects of switching on and off 21 pathway genes involved in producing lignin, a primary component of wood. READ MORE

May 01, 2018

Biofuels key to success of Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard

BY Renewable Industries Canada Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsCanada’s two largest biofuels stakeholders—Renewable Industries Canada and Advanced Biofuels Canada—released the results of a new study April 30 on the economic impact of Canada’s upcoming Clean Fuel Standard. READ MORE

April 30, 2018

Biofuel industry criticizes EPA handout to Icahn

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsSupporters of the biofuels industry are speaking out to condemn reports that the U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt granted an undisclosed small refiner “hardship” waiver to a refinery owned by billionaire Carl Icahn. READ MORE

April 30, 2018

EIA: Subsidies for renewables down as tax credits diminish

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFederal subsidies for renewable energy—including biofuels for transportation use and renewable generation of electricity—dropped to $6.7 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2016, a 56 percent decline from FY 2013. READ MORE

April 30, 2018

EIB launches financing initiative for bioeconomy, agriculture

BY European Investment Bank Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe European Investment Bank, the EU bank, announced the launch of a new financing initiative April 16 that aims to unlock close to EUR 1 billion of investment in the agriculture and bioeconomy sector. READ MORE