Category: Policy

Renewable Sources of Natural Gas report released

Renewable Sources of Natural Gas report released

January 9, 2020 |

In Washington,  American Gas Foundation released this study conducted by ICF, to c provide an estimate of the supply potential of domestic RNG resources, calculates associated costs of RNG production and estimates the corresponding GHG emission reduction potential. ICF presents three scenarios for RNG resource potential, all based upon a 2040 timeline. The study finds […]

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New round of Clean Fuel Advanced Technology grants available

New round of Clean Fuel Advanced Technology grants available

January 8, 2020 |

In North Carolina, the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at North Carolina State University announces the following request for proposals (RFP) through the 2020 Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project. The 2020 initiative will offer $1.4 million, focused on reducing transportation-related emissions, and supported with federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funding from the […]

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New Report outlines “Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest”

New Report outlines “Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest”

January 7, 2020 |

In Minnesota, a new report details the unique considerations needed to design a successful Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest. Created by Midwesterners for the Midwest, the report recommends a technology-neutral, portfolio approach that encourages a fair and competitive marketplace and benefits producers, consumers, agriculture, utilities, jobs, and public health. The Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest white […]

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US DOE releases NOI for Vehicle Technologies Funding Opportunity 

US DOE releases NOI for Vehicle Technologies Funding Opportunity 

January 6, 2020 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office has published a notice of intent to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) titled “Fiscal Year 2020 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research FOA.” The FOA will support a broad portfolio of advanced vehicle technologies that can strengthen national security, enable future economic growth, support American energy […]

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Valero Energy and AFPM Petition Supreme Court on RFS’ Point of Obligation

Valero Energy and AFPM Petition Supreme Court on RFS’ Point of Obligation

January 5, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., Valero Energy Corporation and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to look at whether the EPA is following the law by not considering past petitions to change the point of obligation in the RFS. Valero and AFPM wants the EPA to consider requiring fuel blenders to follow […]

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Estonia implements 10% biofuel blending but more flexibility already on the cards

Estonia implements 10% biofuel blending but more flexibility already on the cards

January 2, 2020 |

In Estonia, the Baltic Course reports that Estonia has increased its biofuel blending mandate to 10% in line with the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive with a minimum of 6.4% of biofuel in any given liter of fuel. Although the new policy has just come into effect, already amendments to the law have been approved […]

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Zimbabwe looking for alternative oilseed feedstocks to bring back jatropha project

Zimbabwe looking for alternative oilseed feedstocks to bring back jatropha project

January 1, 2020 |

In Zimbabwe, the Herald newspaper reports that the government has asked researchers to identify possible alternative oilseed feedstocks that will allow it to restart the originally jatropha-based biodiesel project on Mt. Hampden. Limited production from soybeans has been done, as well as using jatropha from plantations developed in the early 2000s. Another 6,000 ha has […]

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Record funding for Algae R&D expected in 2020

Record funding for Algae R&D expected in 2020

December 31, 2019 |

In Washington, the Algae Biomass Organization said that a record amount of federal funding for algae research, development and commercialization projects in 2020. Strong Congressional support signals that algae technologies will continue to make remarkable headway. A breakdown of the 2020 funding includes $40 million to be directed to the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office […]

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RIN price volatility seen continuing in 2020 ahead of Presidential election

RIN price volatility seen continuing in 2020 ahead of Presidential election

December 30, 2019 |

In Washington, Platts reports that RIN price volatility is expected to continue in 2020 as the battle between farmers and biofuels interests against the oil industry drags on following the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to use a three-year average for recuperation of “lost gallons” resulting from small refinery exemptions. The Department of Energy had recommended […]

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Pakistan government seeks to ban wheat straw as fuel

Pakistan government seeks to ban wheat straw as fuel

December 29, 2019 |

In Pakistan, the Express Tribune reports that the Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has recommended that provincial governments should ban the burning of wheat straw in fields and as a fuel. Wheat straw is used in pulp and paper production but is being used for alternative fuel recently which is leading to shortages of wheat […]

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