Advanced Biofuels

March 12, 2019

US EPA releases E15, RIN market reform proposed rule

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA released its proposed rule March 12 for year-round E15 sales and reforms to the RIN market. Much of EPA’s proposed RIN market reforms apply only to D6 ethanol RINs, although EPA is accepting comments on this narrow applicability. READ MORE

March 12, 2019

Neste MY Renewable Diesel commercial fueling site opens in Calif.

BY Neste Corp. Found In:Advanced FuelsRenewable diesel will be more accessible to fleet drivers in northern and central California thanks to four cardlock locations, unstaffed fueling stations designed to accommodate fleet vehicles, which will soon offer Neste MY Renewable Diesel. READ MORE

March 08, 2019

RNG Coalition announces scholarship awards for 2019

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) has notified five applicants that they will receive financial scholarships from the RNG Coalition - Tudor Williams Academic Scholarship Fund. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

DOE: $50M available for commercial truck, gaseous fuels research

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will award up to $51.1 million to support new and innovative research of technologies for trucks, off-road vehicles, and the fuels that power them, including renewable natural gas (RNG) and biopower. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

REG announces plans to sell Life Sciences division

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsREG has released fourth quarter 2018 financial results, announcing plans to sell its Life Sciences business unit and expressing optimism that the tax credit for biodiesel and renewable diesel will be retroactively extended for 2018. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

W2C Rotterdam project welcomes Shell as partner

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsShell has joined as an equity partner with Air Liquide, Enerkem, Nouryon and the Port of Rotterdam for a proposed project in Rotterdam will be the first of its kind in Europe to make chemicals and biofuels out of non-recyclable waste materials. READ MORE

March 06, 2019

Federal agencies release framework for advancing the bioeconomy

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe federal Biomass Research and Development (BR&D) Board unveiled a multi-agency strategy March 5 to accelerate innovative technologies that harness the nation’s biomass resources for affordable biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. READ MORE

March 06, 2019

Neste: Sweden proposes ambitious aviation GHG reduction target

BY Neste Corp. Found In:Advanced FuelsSweden has an ambitious target of being fossil-free by 2045. As a part of the initiative, a proposal for decarbonizing aviation was announced on March 4. Under the proposal, Sweden could introduce a GHG reduction mandate for aviaition fuel. READ MORE

March 05, 2019

EPA delivers E15/RIN reform rule to OMB for review

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn March 4, the U.S. EPA delivered its proposed E15/RIN reform rule 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

March 01, 2019

EPA releases RIN data for December 2018, January 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for December 2018 and January 2019 that shows nearly 19.5 billion RINs were generated last year. During the first month of 2019, RIN generation reached 1.48 billion. READ MORE

March 01, 2019

Gevo, HCS Group enter supply agreement for renewable isooctane

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. and HCS Group have entered into a long-term, definitive, binding and bankable renewable isooctane purchase and sale agreement. The isooctane will be used in high-end applications, such as high purity solvents and specialty fuels. READ MORE

February 28, 2019

Grassley, Wyden introduce tax extenders bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSenate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., have introduced a bill to extend 29 tax credits, including those that benefit producers of renewable diesel, second generation biofuels and bioenergy. READ MORE

February 28, 2019

Senate confirms Wheeler as EPA administrator

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Senate has voted 52 to 46 along party lines to confirm Andrew Wheeler as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Wheeler has held the post of acting EPA administrator since July 9, 2018, following Scott Pruitt’s resignation earlier that month. READ MORE

February 28, 2019

SoCalGas seeks to offer RNG to customers

BY Southern California Gas Co. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSouthern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced Feb. 28 it has filed a request with the California Public Utilities Commission seeking to offer renewable natural gas (RNG) to its 21 million customers in Central and Southern California. READ MORE

February 28, 2019

Paul, Grassley introduce Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2019

BY Office of Sen. Chuck Grassley Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsFeb. 27, Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, introduced the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2019 (S.581), legislation that would remove burdensome regulations on domestic energy production. READ MORE

February 27, 2019

Kwik Trip to sell RNG produced at Wisconsin landfill gas project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOfficials in Dane County, Wisconsin, have announced that Kwik Trip will be a primary dispenser of renewable natural gas (RNG) produced at the county’s landfill biogas project when it reaches completion later this year. READ MORE

February 26, 2019

Amp Americas expands RNG project in Indiana

BY Amp Americas Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsRenewable Dairy Fuels, a business unit of Amp Americas, recently announced that it has expanded production at its biogas operation at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana by 30 percent. The facility now processes more than 800,000 gallons of manure per day. READ MORE

February 25, 2019

EPA proposes to complete RFS anti-backsliding study by March 2020

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Feb. 22, the U.S. EPA published a notice in the Federal Register announcing a proposed consent decree that would require the agency to complete an anti-backsliding study on the Renewable Fuel Standard by March 30, 2020. READ MORE

February 25, 2019

Harnessing top algae strains for bioenergy through collaboration

BY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking algae industry partners and academic researchers to help find the best algae strains for biofuels and bioproducts to reduce the cost of producing bioenergy from algae feedstocks. READ MORE

February 22, 2019

California refuse vehicles go full circle with Redeem RNG

BY Clean Energy Fuels Corp. Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsClean Energy Fuels Corp. announced an increased demand for renewable natural gas (RNG) from the refuse sector, particularly in California, where refuse trucks are fueled by the very solid waste they haul. READ MORE

February 21, 2019

EPA: 15 new small refinery exemption petitions filed for 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Feb. 21, the U.S. EPA released updated data on small refinery hardship waivers filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard, reporting that 15 new waivers for the 2018 compliance year were filed between Dec. 18, 2018 and Feb. 10, 2019. READ MORE

February 21, 2019

ABO bids farewell to executive director

BY Algae Biomass Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMatt Carr, executive director of the Algae Biomass Organization, has announced that he will be leaving the organization at the end of March to return to academia. The ABO's board of directors will soon begin its search for Carr's replacement. READ MORE

February 20, 2019

MSU algae research could make biofuel production more economical

BY Montana State University Found In:Advanced FuelsMontana State University researchers are exploring a potential breakthrough in producing biofuel from algae. The three-year project is backed by a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. READ MORE

February 19, 2019

Massachusetts awards $2.89 million to support biomass heating

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources recently awarded nearly $2.89 million in grants to five infrastructure projects that aim to increase the availability of low-carbon, renewable heating fuels, including wood chips and biofuels. READ MORE

February 18, 2019

Velocys announces amended agreement with Red Rock Biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsVelocys has agreed to a series of amendments in its licensing contracts with Red Rock Biofuels LLC regarding Fischer-Tropsch reactors and proprietary catalyst the company is supplying to the RRB biorefinery under construction in Lakeview, Oregon. READ MORE

February 15, 2019

Spending bill urges EPA to quickly process eRIN applications

BY RFS Power Coalition Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Feb. 15, the RFS Power Coalition applauded the spending bill passed by both the House and the Senate. The committee report of the Interior-EPA portion of the spending package includes a provision to encourage EPA to process eRIN applications. READ MORE

February 15, 2019

Canadian government funds new biomass research cluster

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe government of Canada has announced it will invest up to $7 million in a new biomass research cluster. An additional $3.1 million is contributions is expected from industry, bringing the total investment to $10.1 million. READ MORE

February 14, 2019

Republican senators threaten Wheeler’s confirmation over RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Feb. 11, five Republican senators sent a letter to Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler suggesting that his willingness to bend to oil industry interests over the Renewable Fuel Standard will impact their upcoming confirmation votes. READ MORE

February 14, 2019

DOE announces $66 million for research on plants, microbes

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. DOE has announced a plan to provide $66 million for new genomics-based research on plants and microbes. The $30 million plant initiative aims to expanding knowledge of gene function in plants to be grown for bioenergy and bioproducts READ MORE

February 13, 2019

Neste’s renewable fuels reduce GHG emissions by 7.9 million tons

BY Neste Found In:Advanced FuelsIn 2018, Neste's renewable fuels helped private motorists as well as professional and commercial drivers in several geographic markets to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by altogether 7.9 million tons. READ MORE