Biogas & Landfill Gas

June 17, 2019

Oberon Fuels secures $2.9 million grant for rDME production

BY Oberon Fuels Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOberon Fuels was awarded a grant for $2.88 million from the California Energy Commission for a first-of-its-kind, multi-phase project to produce the first renewable dimethyl ether (rDME), a clean-burning, ultra-low-carbon transportation fuel. READ MORE

June 14, 2019

Bill aims to reform EPA’s SRE process, increase transparency

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsSens. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., introduced the RFS Integrity Act of 2019 on June 13. The bill aims to bring transparency and predictability to the U.S. EPA’s small refinery exemption (SRE) process. READ MORE

June 14, 2019

EIA: Power generation from renewables to increase in 2019, 2020

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the June edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will provide 11 percent of U.S. power generation in 2019, increasing to 13 percent in 2020. READ MORE

June 13, 2019

UK to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasBritish Prime Minister Theresa May announced June 12 that the U.K. Parliament has introduced legislation that will mandate the country achieves net-zero emissions by 2050. Bioenergy is expected to help reach that goal. READ MORE

June 13, 2019

Bill aims to extend MLPs to bioenergy, biofuel projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Reps. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., and Ron Estes, R-Kan., reintroduced a bill June 13 that aims to give investors in clean energy projects access to the use of master limited partnerships (MLPs). READ MORE

June 12, 2019

Senators urge EPA to process eRIN applications

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA bipartisan group of nine senators, led by Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Jeff. Merkley, D-Ore., sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler June 11 urging the agency to act on pending applications for electric fuel pathways under the RFS. READ MORE

June 12, 2019

Senators ask EPA to end SRE approvals, reallocate waived volumes

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsA dozen democratic senators, led by Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler June 11 urging the agency to end approval of unjustified SRE applications and reallocate waived volumes. READ MORE

June 12, 2019

Smithfield Foods begins construction on biogas systems

BY Smithfield Foods Inc. Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsSmithfield Foods Inc. has announced the construction of new biogas gathering systems in Missouri and Utah, which bring the company steps closer to delivering RNG to communities in multiple states using manure from its hog farms. READ MORE

June 11, 2019

Letter urges EPA to process pending RFS fuel pathway applications

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA bipartisan group of 21 members of Congress, led by Reps. John Shimkus, R-Ill., and Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler June 4 urging the agency to take action on pending RFS fuel pathways. READ MORE

June 07, 2019

EPA solicits nominations for SAB, related committees

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe EPA is inviting nominations of scientific experts to be considered for appointment to the agency’s Science Advisory Board and four SAB committees, including the SAB Agricultural Science Committee, which provides advice on ag-related industries. READ MORE

June 05, 2019

REA: Bioenergy needed to meet net-zero GHG goals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.K. Renewable Energy Association has released the second installment of its industry-led Bioenergy Strategy, reporting that bioenergy can meeting the U.K.’s projected shortfall of the 5th Carbon Budget and the impending nuclear gap. READ MORE

June 05, 2019

GESS to build 6 anaerobic digester facilities in Idaho

BY GESS International Found In:BiogasGESS International will make a $240 million investment in Cassia County, Idaho, to develop six anaerobic digester facilities. The biogas plants will be located on several dairy cattle feedlots. Construction is expected to begin later this year. READ MORE

June 04, 2019

Letter urges extension of 3 biofuel-related tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsReps. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, and Josh Harder, D-Calif., authored a letter June 3 urging the House Ways and Means Committee to retroactively extend several expired biofuel tax credits. The letter was signed by 17 additional members of the House. READ MORE

June 04, 2019

Nelson Engineering becomes Nelson Baker Biotech

BY Nelson Baker Biotech Inc. Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNelson Engineering, Inc. has changed its name and is now Nelson Baker Biotech Inc. An innovative EPC firm in the industrial biotech space, the company has expanded into biomass processing, biochemicals and biogas in recent years. READ MORE

May 31, 2019

EPA finalizes E15 rule, steps back approach to RIN market reform

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe EPA released its final E15/RIN market reform rule May 31. The rule extends the RVP waiver to E15. It also includes reforms to the RIN market compliance system, although those changes are less severe than those originally proposed by the agency. READ MORE

May 30, 2019

Maine utility announces RNG initiative

BY Summit Utilities Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSummit Natural Gas of Maine has announced a new renewable natural gas (RNG) program under which it will partner with the state's dairy industry to produce home-grown RNG through the construction of an anaerobic digester in Clinton, Maine. READ MORE

May 28, 2019

Final E15/RIN reform rule under review by OMB

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA’s final E15/RIN market reform rule is under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget. The agency is expected to release the rule before the June 1 start of the summer driving season. READ MORE

May 28, 2019

Report forecasts continued growth in demand, supply of RNG

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsA new report authored by Bates White Economic Consulting forecasts that demand for RNG fuel in the U.S. transportation sector will continue growing rapidly over the next five years, and that RNG industry production will keep pace. READ MORE

May 23, 2019

Bill allows fuel made from federal biomass to qualify under RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsSens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., introduced bipartisan legislation May 22 that aims to allow biomass from certain federal lands that are in need of ecological restoration to be used to make biofuels eligible for RFS compliance. READ MORE

May 23, 2019

ABC decries EPA’s indiscriminate granting of SREs

BY American Biogas Council Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe American Biogas Council is speaking out against the Trump administration’s continued attempts to erode the Renewable Fuel Standard by indiscriminately granting of small refinery exemptions (SREs). READ MORE

May 23, 2019

Duckworth urges investigation into EPA’s abuse of biofuel waivers

BY Office of Sen. Tammy Duckworth Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsSen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., asked the U.S. EPA OIG to launch an independent investigation into whether top EPA officials violated the law by inappropriately exempting a number of oil refineries from having to use legally required levels of biofuel. READ MORE

May 22, 2019

EPA: 33.68 million cellulosic RINs generated in April

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for April, reporting that more than 1.69 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 33.68 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

May 22, 2019

UPS purchases 170 million gallons of RNG from Clean Energy Fuels

BY UPS Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsUPS has announced an agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to purchase 170 million gallon equivalents of renewable natural gas (RNG) through 2026. This is the largest commitment for use of RNG to date by any company in the U.S., according to UPS. READ MORE

May 22, 2019

Texas RNG project achieves EPA registration for cellulosic RINs

BY Element Markets Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsElement Markets recently announced Blue Ridge Landfill in Fresno, Texas, has been registered under a new RIN pathway utilizing renewable natural gas (RNG) to compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquified natural gas (LNG). READ MORE

May 22, 2019

Capstone, GESS partner to promote biogas, RNG at Indianapolis 500

BY Capstone Turbine Corp. Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsCapstone Turbine Corp. and Green Energy Sustainable Solutions Inc. have entered into a joint marketing agreement to further the awareness of biogas and renewable natural gas (RNG) as the fuel of the future at the 103rd Indianapolis 500. READ MORE

May 21, 2019

EPA delivers RFS ‘reset’ rule to OMB

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA delivered its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard “reset” rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget May 20. OMB review marks a final step before a proposed rule is released for public comment. READ MORE

May 21, 2019

CARB: Cleaner fuels offset 3 billion gallons of diesel under LCFS

BY California Air Resources Board Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsNew 2018 data from the California Air Resources Board indicates that, to date, the state's LCFS has replaced 3.3 billion gallons of diesel with cleaner fuels. The data also shows fuel producers are in 100 percent compliance with the LCFS. READ MORE

May 20, 2019

Court rejects ABFA request for injunction on SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsA court on May 17 denied a motion filed the ABFA last month seeking a preliminary injunction preventing the EPA from granting any additional small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the RFS until its pending lawsuit with the agency is resolved. READ MORE

May 17, 2019

California funds biofuel, renewable gas demonstration projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe California Energy Commission has approved $11 million for clean energy demonstration projects, including those for biofuels, renewable gas and microgrids. One project focuses on catalytic biogas reforming, while two others focus on gasification. READ MORE

May 17, 2019

SoCalGas moves forward with dairy biomethane projects

BY Southern California Gas Co. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSouthern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced May 16 the utility has received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission to begin the next phase in construction of four new dairy biomethane projects in California. READ MORE