– by Erin Voegele, June 29, 2018, Biomass Magazine
On June 28, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with a strong bipartisan 86-11 vote. The legislation, titled “The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018,” includes mandatory funding for Energy Title programs. The Agricultural Energy Coalition has spoken out to applaud the senate for its action.
The Energy Title includes a variety of programs that benefit the bioenergy and biofuels industries, including the Biomass Research and Development Initiative; the Biobased Markets Program; the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Product Manufacturing Assistance Program; the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels; the Rural Energy for America Program; and the Biomass Crop Assistance Program.
– by Jennifer A. Dlouhy and Mario Parker, June 7, 2018, Bloomberg News
A day after a tentative agreement to overhaul U.S. biofuel policy appeared to collapse amid farm-state concerns, EPA chief Scott Pruitt met to discuss the issue with the lead senator pushing for the changes: Ted Cruz.
Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, declined to comment on the June 6 meeting, but Cruz said it included discussion about the Renewable Fuel Standard and had been planned well before reports June 4 that a White House-brokered accord was unraveling. Cruz stressed that a deal to overhaul the biofuel policy could be revived.
“The conversations are ongoing,” Cruz said. “And I continue to believe that there is a positive win-win solution for everyone.”
– by Kurt Liedteke, April 15, 2018, Herald and News
After countless meetings, hearings, discussions and planning, all hurdles have been cleared for construction of a new renewable energy biofuels plant in Lake County.
Red Rock Biofuels, a Colorado-based company established in 2011, has had its sights set on Lakeview since 2013 as a target location to build its first operational facility; identifying the location for its proximity to rail, highways, the Ruby natural gas pipeline and an abundance of forest bi-products to be collected and converted to jet fuel.
– by James Q. Lynch, November 24, 2017, Globe Gazette
The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to deny attempts to change Renewable Fuel Standard rules is good news for the ethanol industry and fuel retailers who would have had to assume responsibility for blending ethanol with gasoline, according Iowa officials who opposed the changes.
“This is the right policy conclusion and I’m glad to see it happening,” Sen. Chuck Grassley said about the EPA decision announced Wednesday. “This decision puts the issue to bed, and certainty is so important. It’s a decision from the EPA that sides with the integrity of the RFS.”
– by Tina Alvey, November 17, 2017, Register-Herald
A man who lives near the proposed site for a synthetic fuel facility in the Sam Black area is urging local officials to “be proactive” in determining the potential environmental impact of the project.
Houston Adkins shared his concerns with the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation’s board of directors Thursday afternoon.
Among the issues Adkins raised is the possibility that the plant — which was pitched to state economic development officials as a $73 million facility — may operate far below capacity and, therefore, never deliver the promised 60 to 100 jobs.
– Alyssa Danigelis, November 21, 2017, Energy Manager Today
UPS signed a deal this week with Environmental Energy LLC subsidiary Big Ox Energy to buy 10 million gallon equivalents of renewable natural gas annually through 2024. It’s the largest investment that UPS has made in this type of biogas.
RNG, also called biomethane or biogas, can be produced from renewable sources such as decomposing organic waste from landfills, agricultural facilities, and wastewater treatment facilities. Once produced, RNG can be distributed through natural gas pipelines, UPS says, so that it becomes available for use as liquefied natural gas (LNG) or compressed natural gas (CNG).
– by Katie Cantle, November 22, 2017, Air Transport World
Photo: Xinhua News Agency
Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-8 has completed China’s first intercontinental passenger flight with sustainable fuel produced from waste cooking oil from restaurants in China by Sinopec.
According to Xinhua News Agency, Hainan Airlines flight 497 flew from Beijing to Chicago O’Hare International Airport Nov. 21 after flying more than 11,000 km (6,835 miles).