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Mega manure-to-LNG project in Arizona still on track despite green bond hiccups

Mega manure-to-LNG project in Arizona still on track despite green bond hiccups

September 10, 2019 |

In Arizona, Bloomberg reports that an award winning green bond set up by Goldman Sachs to finance a mega cow manure-to-LNG project that is expected to supply public transportation in the Los Angeles area has had a number of challenges such as triggering a technical default with bondholders, missing milestones, going over budget by about […]

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Estonia may exempt military from biofuel blending mandate due to fuel concerns

Estonia may exempt military from biofuel blending mandate due to fuel concerns

September 10, 2019 |

In Estonia, national news agency ERR reports that the finance ministry has rejected the economic affairs ministry’s proposal to change Liquid Fuel Act, highlighting the finance minister’s concerns that using biofuel for military use wasn’t a good idea because of alleged problems with blended fuel. Biofuel blending is set to reach 10% from January 1 […]

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BCB International scores another four-year contract to supply FireDragon to UK military

BCB International scores another four-year contract to supply FireDragon to UK military

September 10, 2019 |

In the UK, Army Technology reports that after a first successful contract supplying the UK Armed Forces with its FireDragon portable ethanol-based cooking fuel kit, BCB International has won another four-year contract from the Ministry of Defence to supply an unknown number of kits. The company’s first contract in 2015 has led to more than […]

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Indonesia’s Red and White Catalyst making progress for improved biofuel production from palm oil

Indonesia’s Red and White Catalyst making progress for improved biofuel production from palm oil

September 10, 2019 |

In Indonesia, the Antara news agency reports that the government is supporting the development of what’s being called the Red and White Catalyst, named after the country’s flag, that is meant to boost the efficiency of biodiesel production from palm oil as it works towards 30% biodiesel blending next year. The Pertamina Research and Technology […]

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NBB and 33 members ask Trump to stop harming small biodiesel producers with hardship waivers

NBB and 33 members ask Trump to stop harming small biodiesel producers with hardship waivers

September 10, 2019 |

In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and 33 of its members sent a letter to President Trump asking that he save small biodiesel producers harmed by his administration’s small refinery exemptions. The letter indicates that more than 200 million gallons of U.S. biodiesel production capacity has been idled as a result of policy instability. […]

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Eni teams with Venice and Toyota on hydrogen refueling with eye on waste-to-hydrogen

Eni teams with Venice and Toyota on hydrogen refueling with eye on waste-to-hydrogen

September 9, 2019 |

In Italy, Venice is experimenting with hydrogen-fueled mobility, which only releases water vapor from exhausts. This afternoon in Mestre, as part of the events organized by Italy’s Japan Foundation for ‘Japan Week’, the Municipality and the Metropolitan City of Venice, Eni and Toyota signed an agreement to evaluate the construction of a hydrogen refueling station […]

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National Biodiesel Board frustrated with court backing EPA on hardship waivers

National Biodiesel Board frustrated with court backing EPA on hardship waivers

September 9, 2019 |

In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) expressed frustration with a Court decision declining to review the Environmental Protection Agency’s refusal to properly account for its flood of retroactive small refinery exemptions. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit dismissed on technical grounds NBB’s petition on the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard rule. NBB […]

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County commissioners OK NEXT Renewables’ Port Westward lease

County commissioners OK NEXT Renewables’ Port Westward lease

September 9, 2019 |

In Oregon, state-wide public radio reports that the Columbia County Commissioners have approved NEXT Renewables’ lease at Port Westward to develop a $1 billion biofuel project there despite concerns by environmental groups that some of the project’s backers’ pasts have included projects that didn’t come to fruition. The project is meant to produce up to […]

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Renewable Industries Canada launches radio ad supporting E15 in Ontario

Renewable Industries Canada launches radio ad supporting E15 in Ontario

September 9, 2019 |

In Canada, a new province-wide radio ad launched by Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada), the country’s leading biofuels industry group, supports the Ontario Government’s commitment to increase ethanol blending in the province’s gasoline to 15 per cent (E15) as early as 2025. The ad spotlights ethanol, a clean and renewable fuel, that is already blended in […]

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Green Fuel doubles ethanol production to 380,000 liters per day

Green Fuel doubles ethanol production to 380,000 liters per day

September 9, 2019 |

In Zimbabwe, the Herald newspaper reports that the country’s main ethanol producer Green Fuel has doubled its ethanol production capacity to 380,000 liters per day in an effort to help reduce fossil fuel imports. The additional supply allows blending of 20% ethanol which can reduce fossil fuel imports by $10 million per month. As a […]

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