Category: Policy

Canada publishes framework for design of Clean Fuel Standard

Canada publishes framework for design of Clean Fuel Standard

December 14, 2017 |

In Canada, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, moved Canada a step closer to using cleaner fuels, with the release of the regulatory framework outlining the proposed design of Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard. The framework will provide the basis for technical discussions and regulations that will require the use of cleaner fuels […]

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ARPA-E launches $100M Open Solicitation for Transformative Energy Projects

ARPA-E launches $100M Open Solicitation for Transformative Energy Projects

December 14, 2017 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $100 million in funding for new projects as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA‑E) latest OPEN funding opportunity. OPEN will support America’s top innovators through dozens of early-stage research and development projects as they build technologies to transform the nation’s energy system. “The Department […]

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RenovaBio policy passes Brazilian Senate, awaits President’s signature

RenovaBio policy passes Brazilian Senate, awaits President’s signature

December 13, 2017 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that the Senate passed the long-awaited RenovaBio policy, the last step before heading to the President for his signature, potentially before the end of the year. The House of Representatives passed the bill just a few days after it was presented in November in an effort to push the legislation through. […]

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DOE launches Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium Directed Funding Opportunity

DOE launches Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium Directed Funding Opportunity

December 12, 2017 |

In Washington, news arrived that the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) is overseeing a Directed Funding Opportunity (DFO) call. Interested industrial and academic partners wanting to collaborate with research experts and leverage unique technology capabilities at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s national laboratories are encouraged to apply. Lignocellulosic biorefineries’ development and operation have suffered from […]

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India looks to 15% methanol blending to help offset lack of ethanol

India looks to 15% methanol blending to help offset lack of ethanol

December 12, 2017 |

In India, in light of the difficulty for sugar mills to supply required volumes for the 10% ethanol-blending mandate, Autocar India reports that the government announced last week it would allow up to 15% blending of coal-based methanol in an effort to reduce fuel costs. Depending upon how it’s produced, however, it can have very […]

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Alberta government gives $1.4B funding for cleantech, low-carbon innovations

Alberta government gives $1.4B funding for cleantech, low-carbon innovations

December 8, 2017 |

In Canada, the government of Alberta is putting $1.4 billion into five categories to create new jobs and reduce carbon pollution over seven years for clean tech innovation projects. The bulk of the funding comes from the Climate Leadership Plan, which recycles carbon levies back into Alberta industries to help them compete and grow their […]

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Trump wants it both ways on RFS debate

Trump wants it both ways on RFS debate

December 7, 2017 |

In Washington, President Trump wants to see a compromise on the Renewable Fuel Standard that keeps farmers happy but also protects oil industry jobs and told oil state senators to “get it done” in the long awaited meeting held Thursday. Some reports on the meeting made it sound more like he was in favor of […]

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Chairman of Senate’s environment committee demands EPA assess RFS impacts on water, air and land quality

Chairman of Senate’s environment committee demands EPA assess RFS impacts on water, air and land quality

December 7, 2017 |

In Washington, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to request that the EPA complete overdue studies assessing the impact of the Renewable Fuel Standard on air, water, and land quality. Under sections 211(v) of the Clean Air […]

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EPA OKs MAAPW for Edeniq Cellulosic Ethanol

EPA OKs MAAPW for Edeniq Cellulosic Ethanol

December 6, 2017 |

In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Mid America Agri Products – Wheatland LLC’s registration to produce cellulosic ethanol at its ethanol production facility in Madrid, Neb. using Edeniq’s Pathway technology. The 48 million gallon per year MAAPW facility began using Edeniq’s Pathway technology this month. “We are thrilled that Mid America Agri Products […]

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US ruling on biodiesel dumping paves the way for duties on Indonesia, Argentina fuels

US ruling on biodiesel dumping paves the way for duties on Indonesia, Argentina fuels

December 5, 2017 |

In Washington, the US International Trade Commission voted 4-0 in favor of the National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition’s position that the industry has suffered because of unfairly subsidized imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia. This affirmative vote on injury, coupled with last month’s final countervailing duties determination by the Commerce Department, paves the way for […]

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