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Vilsack: Release of 40BSAF-GREET model to be delayed by ‘weeks, not months’

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By Erin Voegele

March 01, 2024

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on March 1 announced a short-term delay in the release of the GREET model for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), citing the need to get calculations for climate-smart agriculture right.

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Drax has become the latest founder member of the University of Sheffield’s newly-launched Energy Innovation Centre. The new partnership will drive forward research into next-generation carbon capture technology, including innovations in BECCS.

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Moisture and wood fuel biomass are vital to each other for minimizing cost, proper operation of biomass boilers, and genuine fuel load assessment. Near-infrared technology is a great non-contact way to measure moisture content.

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Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack expressed confidence that the U.S. EPA will issue an emergency waiver to allow E15 to remain available this summer and discussed the USDA’s ongoing efforts with regard to SAF during a Feb. 28 congressional hearing.

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Total U.S. operable biofuels production capacity fell slightly in December, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Total feedstock consumption was up when compared to both the previous month and December 2022.

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The U.S. EPA has opened a public comment period on version 16 of the WARM, a tool that estimates the potential GHG emissions, energy savings and economic impacts of baseline and alternative waste management practices of materials.

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New independent analysis by Public First, ‘Mind the gap: Exploring Britain’s energy crunch’, commissioned by Drax Group, reveals that the U.K. will hit an energy security “crunch point” in 2028.

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Sugar Valley Energy, a new 160-acre bioenergy campus planned in California’s Imperial Valley has added New York-based TerraNova Capital Equities, Inc. to its finance team to lead marketing and placement of equity capital for the $1 billion project.

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Clean Energy Fuels Corp. on Feb. 27 released Q4 results, announcing that its RNG sales were up nearly 14% last year. RNG sales are also expected to increase in 2024 with several new dairy RNG projects scheduled to begin operations.

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Vertex Energy Inc. released fourth quarter financial results on Feb. 28, reporting that the company’s renewable diesel production unit at its refinery in Mobile, Alabama, produced 3,786 barrels per day during the three-month period.

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Southwest Airlines Co. has launched Southwest Airlines Renewable Ventures, a wholly-owned subsidiary dedicated to creating more opportunities to obtain scalable SAF. The carrier also announced a $30 million investment in LanzaJet Inc.

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EIA: D4, D6 RIN prices decline 45% from start of year

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By U.S. Energy Information Administration

February 29, 2024

The price of compliance credits for biomass-based diesel and ethanol has decreased about 45% since the start of the year, when prices were already the lowest in about three years, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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Yield10 Bioscience Inc. on Feb. 14 announced it has granted VISION Bioenergy Oilseeds LLC a global license to certain proprietary varieties of camelina sativa for the production of feedstock oil for biofuels.

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U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 870,000 tons of densified biomass fuels in November, according to the February edition of the U.S. EIA’s Monthly Densified Biomass Fuels Report. Sales of densified biomass fuel reached 790,000 tons.

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Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Pete Ricketts, R-Neb., have introduced the Renewable Fuel for Ocean-Going Vessels Act, which aims to ensure that RINs generated for renewable fuel used by ocean-going vessels would be eligible for RFS compliance.

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The government of Singapore has unveiled an action plan that aims to decarbonize the country’s aviation sector. The program will, in part, require flights departing Singapore to be fueled with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) starting in 2026.

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The U.S. Senate on Feb. 26 confirmed Basil Gooden at USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development. He has served as director of state operations in the USDA Office of Rural Development since July 2021.

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The U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. EPA on Feb. 22 released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA), entitled, “Inflation Reduction Act Funding for Advanced Biofuels,” for up to $9.4 million for the development of advanced biofuels.

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Calumet released Q4 financial results on Feb. 23, announcing that Montana Renewables returned to normal operations in December following the replacement of a cracked steam drum and providing an update of the company’s proposed MaxSAF initiative.

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CVR Energy Inc. released Q4 results on Feb. 20, reporting that the feedstock pretreatment unit at its Wynnewood refinery in Oklahoma is mechanically complete. The company is also continuing to evaluate projects to add SAF capacity at two refineries.

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Clean Energy turns DFW area into an RNG hub

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By Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

February 26, 2024

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced the opening of two new fueling stations in Texas that offer heavy-duty truck and other fleet vehicles RNG. One station is located in North Fort Worth, and the other in South Dallas.

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Aemetis Inc., an RNG and renewable fuels company focused on negative carbon intensity products, has announced an updated five-year plan that projects the company will generate $1.95 billion in revenues and $645 million of adjusted EBITDA in 2028.

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Cepsa and Bio-Oils, a subsidiary of Apical, are beginning construction of the largest second-generation biofuels plant in southern Europe. The facility will have the flexibly produce 500,000 tons of SAF and renewable diesel.

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Clean Fuels Alliance Foundation awards scholarship

By Clean Fuels Alliance America

February 23, 2024

The Clean Fuels Alliance Foundation has awarded the Beth Calabotta Sustainable Education Grant to Pranab Adhikari. Adhikari is currently pursuing a computer science degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Braya Renewable Fuels on Feb. 22 announced that its project to convert an oil refinery in Come By Chance, Newfoundland and Labrador, to renewable fuels is now complete and that commercial operations have commenced.

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Ameresco Inc. on Feb. 21 announced its award from Hawaiian Electric Co. for the proposed 'Ūkiu Energy 40-MW renewable energy site in Maui. The proposed facility will include a biofuel-powered generator with six dual-fuel engines.

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BPC Instruments AB announced it has secured a purchase order from a U.S. national laboratory for two of its Gas Endeavour systems for use in biogas applications. The laboratory instruments measure gas production or consumption.

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The U.S. Department of Energy has announced its intent to issue funding to support research and development (R&D) projects for converting algae and other wet waste feedstocks to low-carbon fuels, chemicals and agricultural products.

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Technip Energies announces a strategic investment in the United Airlines Ventures Sustainable Flight Fund, which is designed to leverage cross-industry support, providing start-ups working on SAF research, production and technology.

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A Pennsylvania refinery operated by a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines Inc. is evaluating the possibility of producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and other renewable fuels, according to information contained in the company’s annual report.

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